Thursday, May 13, 2010

Poor children make Salesian center proud

A Salesian center near Bangalore that cares for children from streets and extremely poor backgrounds, reports about its studetns achieving impressive gains in the state level school examinations.
Don Bosco Child Labor Mission coordinator Manjunath said that of the 26 students who appeared for the II level of pre-university examination from the various schools, seven students passed in first division, one student in second and eight others in pass class.
Of the 48 students from poor backgrounds who had appeared for the school leaving secondary examinations, 31 students passed, Don Bosco Information service reported.
B. Somakka, who secured first class in second year pre-university course, was one who once begged on the street as a child. Born in a poor family of seven children, she did not even dream of having an education, said Manjunath, a layperson.
Somakka studied in Don Bosco School with the help of a benefactor sponsoring her expenses.
Manikanda of Chatnihalli had a similar story to relate. Born in a family of bonded laborers, Manikanta spent his childhood wishing he could study like his employer’s children. He scored 400 marks in the II level pre-university examinations, and plans to pursue his dream of becoming a chartered accountant.
“If God continues to support me through generous persons like He has done in the past, I will definitely put my heart and soul into my education and pass the CA examination,” he said speaking to the press persons in the press meet held in Davangere.
Sakkamma who was forced to discontinue her studies when she was in class three, on the death of her parents, worked as the domestic before distant relatives admitted her to the school. She scored 498 marks in the II pre-university examinations this year.
“I dream of becoming an executive in a top company or at least become an officer in a government department,” she said. Two other students from poor backgrounds, Manjula and Soraba and aspire to become management professionals.
Of the 48 students from poor backgrounds who had appeared for the school leaving examinations, 31 students passed. Center’s director Father Kuriakose said extra coaching would be given to the failed students to continue “their dreams” of education.

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