Closer View of Neeraj

While reading the Wide Angle film script, Back to School, the story of Neeraj grabbed my attention. I could easily picture in mind the desert village in Rajasthan. I saw Neeraj attending night school like other girls in her village, making her steps to pursue her dream of being educated.

I felt pity for Neeraj, who had to do household chores all day long, while her brothers went to school. My heart moved when I saw a girl about ten returning home at late night when every other family member is asleep. I found myself secretly praying for her safety after seeing this. I fear if anything happens to her. How much we try to protect ourselves, still a girl has to fear moving at late night because of her physique. I wonder why this bitter fact is not being realized by Neeraj’s parents. Don’t they care about their daughter’s life and safety? Or maybe this small desert village respects women and such calamities never grip girls like Neeraj. However, even this does not convince me. If women were respected in this particular village, they would have sent their girls to day school and released them from such heavy burden of whole day chores.

Despite of all these circumstances, I respect Neeraj’s determination to receive education. Gripped with the responsibilities of household chores, she does not give up her courage to receive education. On the other hand, Neeraj’s compulsion to stop going to night school is very symbolic. She was taken out of school so that she could take care of young cattle and help her family in grazing their livestock. If this situation repeats each year and each year she has to remain away from school for two months, we cannot imagine Neeraj being able to pursue her dream of education. Continuous distraction from school may bring down her courage and determination. She may give up her hope and surrender herself to the tradition of desert village of Rajasthan.

Thus, with closer view of Neeraj’s steps towards receiving education, we should be able to understand where we are. In this regard, we are the lucky ones to land here. Girls like Neeraj are around the world, waiting for educated and aware humans like us to rescue them from their deprivation to easy access to education. Our combined steps can lead to a bigger change in the world.


Education no matter what shapes a person. If one is not educated, one becomes an alien to the world. One becomes unknown. We call an educated person a sophisticated and skilled human, but what about those who receive no education at all. Do we ignore them or do we just say they do not deserve at all. How can a person become non-recipient of education? There are many reasons why a girl or a boy is not studying. There are family issues, political matter, diseases, and no proper education system. I personally often end up thinking, “Are we really doing something to help the ones who are deprived of education?”  We become very selfish, we are in the process of enlightening ourselves, yet we complain a lot. “The teacher gives us too much work,” “the teacher is bias,” “the teacher did a surprise ‘pop quiz,’” “the teacher talked about some useless matter in class today.” We often do that, every time a class gets over we start complaining; we dread to go to school. Nevertheless, do we think about those who “do not go to school at all?” We abhor extra homework. They might enjoy extra work. We loathe surprise “pop quiz,” they might enjoy it and do it wonderfully. We complain saying that the teacher talked about some futile matter, but those very “futile matters” might be so effective on them. They will find them interesting. Do you know why we complain? It is because we fail to look at the brighter side, we look at the darker side.

I had known very little, why people were unable to educate themselves. I had always thought that they just did not want to study. However, my ideas about them have changed a lot. Last week, as a member of AUW community teaching volunteer, we had to go to a place to teach little children. I was surprised that the children were very enthusiastic. They were amazing. While my friend and I were teaching, many other kids, young girls and boys, joined us. They were so much interested in learning. They wanted us to teach them more. However, “all good things come to an end,” we had to stop because our time was up. I am looking forward for the next time, can’t wait! I did learn something out of this; I learned to appreciate what I have. We are getting the most important things of all, education, while they have no access to it. Education is our backbone. If we are educated, we are informed. We become learned and skilled. Moreover, I am sure everybody wants to be learned and knowledgeable. We are the future leaders. In the future, we will have to make a difference. Does not matter whether it is a small one or a big one, it will count. Let us make this world a better place, let us complain less and work more.



This week’s course theme on “Education” was really fruitful. We learnt about the film transcript,
“Back to school” that broadened my mind about the possible hindrances in getting quality education. With an excerpt of a film, the transcript shows how children are likely to drop out from school. Introducing some tangible characters, this transcript tries to show the reasons behind inaccessibility of education for children in the developing nations.
The main character, Shugufa, is a 13 years old girl from Afghanistan who presents an overview of all the possible obstacles that children in Afghanistan have to come across to get a quality education. Especially in the developing countries like Afghanistan, where war is a plausible problem, it has become difficulty for young children to go to school. These children have to stay at home until the disputes have been settled, and are secure enough to go outside. Sometimes, it takes many years to pacify the violent situations. As a result, children have to quit going to school. Moreover, to escape from the war, people take refuge to other nations just as, Shugufa’s family have moved from Pakistan to Afghanistan to flee from the assail of Taliban rule.
However, the incentive of migrating to places cannot solve the problem until the societies they live in have a broader view about educating both genders equally. Still, there are some communities, which believe in stereotypes that girls should not be allowed to go to school or read and write, but do household and domestic chores. This type of concept of society restricts them from their studies. This will deter girls being an independent and confident individual, which not only hamper the girl’s future but also the whole society who she is connected to. However, by bringing awareness about these conservative beliefs, we can evoke people to stop being rigid about gender inequalities. If parents are educated and are not convinced of the dogmatic beliefs of the society, the young girls will get chance to go school and get knowledge. For example, in the film transcript, Ziaudin, Shugufa’s father is a learned man, and he does not comply with the society’s stereotypical beliefs. Instead, he believes that education is a right of every human being, and it must be considered in both case of a boy or a girl. Thus, Shugufa is able to go school unlike other girls in the society.
Education is the backbone of a nation and it enlightens the darkness of mind. Hence, we should try to bring awareness amongst all people in providing education to youths, which may cause youths to become an independent and confident individual.