Muskan Ahirwar, a 10-year-old slum dweller in Bhopal, was recently conferred the ‘Women Transforming Award’ for running a library.
The award was a given at an event organised by Niti Aayog in which 12 other women were also felicitated for their contributions in various developmental programmes.
The little girl changed many lives when she began ‘Bal Pustakalaya’- a library situated near her home for slum children.
When she caught attention of representatives of Rajya Shiksha Kendra during a quiz contest organised by them at Arera Hills, they decided to build a library and offered her the post of the librarian.
She choose the path education and encouraged other to do so.
Many children eagerly wait every day for Muskan to come back from school and open the library. The library receives books supplied by Rajya Shiksha Kendra. “Many Didi-Bhayiaa (elders) are helping me. They come and teach us many a time, give us books to read and clear our queries,” said Muskan.
Rahul Kumar Mehra, an M Tech from Bhopal, assists Muskan in running the library. “I help Muskan with managing books, hold quiz competitions for children and also teach her how to maintain a register of books lent. A few of my batch mates regularly visit the library to borrow books and monitor reading habits of children,” said Mehra.