This compilation of dreams for the 'Mumtaz Embroiders her Dreams' contest was sent to us by Teach for India Fellows - Fiona Vaz and Vaibhav Mathur.
Note from Fiona :
"I told my students about the National Girl Child Day and gave them a little information on how girls in several parts of the country are treated unequally. I was surprised by what some children wrote and said, they already knew- they experienced it in their own families.I asked them to write about their dreams, and have chosen about 25 of them. I have edited them, as they still cannot write that well.Vaibahv Mathur and I are Teach For India Fellows and teach in a low income private school in Malad East. The school is called Divine Child High School and we teach Grade 4 kids."
I am very sad because I just came to know that in some parts of India, people treat girl children very badly. My dream is to treat both boys and girls equally. People think that only boys can do something, but there are many girls who have done a lot like Mother Thresa and Kiran Bedi. People think that girls can only become housewives, but if they study, they will teach their children to study. Sometimes people feel that the fees of the school are very high and do not send their daughters to school. If this is the problem then girls can be taught by relatives who have gone to school and who have studied- they will not ask for any fees then!
If girls are educated they will get money and will buy a new house. They will leave the chawl and they will ask their parents to live with them in a building. My dream is that everyone should send their children- boys and girls to school.
Abhilasha Yadav, 10 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.
My dream is to read more and more books. My teacher says that if this class reads more books then, all the children can learn from them. I want to read more books because I want to speak excellent English. I can then teach my brother and sister, because their teacher doesn’t teach them. I can help children and my friends. They can then help their brothers and sisters and also their mothers! If this happens, I will be very happy and I will feel that this happening because of me. All children can then become what they want. This is my dream.
Pratiksha Sapkade, 10 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.
My sister’s dream is to work in a beauty parlour. She is now studying in class ten. She wants to compete her studies and work in a beauty parlour. She says that she likes to do that job and that she can make a lot of money and become famous in Malad East or Malad West. I will be very happy if her dream comes true, I will go to her shop and see her make all hairstyles.
Yogesh Yadav, 10 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.
Her dream is to be a pilot. Her name is Itisha. She wants to become a pilot because she want to have a lot of money. She wants to go to different countries and have a nice journey on the plane. She wants to meet nice people, and she wants to take her family to other countries. I can help her by telling her to do her homework, pay attention in class, listen to her family, get more marks, reach her goals, read storybooks, textbooks and workbooks. I will also tell her to make the teacher happy, to love her family, not to give bad words and to help her sister also to become like her. She should also pay attention when she is driving the plane, because she has to look straight when she drives the plane. Last thing, I will tell her is to take care of the family, because when she reaches her goal, her family will also be happy. I will also be very happy, because she is my friend.
Shahid Ali, 10 years, Child High School, Malad East.
My dream is to be a teacher and also to be painter. I like to teach. I also paint very nicely in my Art Class. If there are any children who cannot pay the fees, I will help them. I will tell the Principal of the school to give me a job. I don’t do my homework, but I will make other children do their homework. If children have no money, I will pay for them. I will go to everybody’s house and give them some money. I like to teach and paint with children and that is my dream.
Mehjabeen Khan, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.
I want to be a teacher in “Teach for India” or I want to be a very successful person. I want everyone to know me as a better person. I want to become successful because nobody in my family is successful. My teacher tells me that if one person starst working then everybody will start.
Ansita Yadav, 13 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.
My dream is to pass the scholarship exam because if I pass then I will get money and I can build a big house. Chief Minister will pay the money to the school. My father will become happy. If my dream comes true then I will be very happy. I will work really hard to pass.
Sujata Jaiswar, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.
In my group there is a girl. Her name is Sujata. She wants to become a doctor. If she becomes a doctor, she will help other people who are poor and will take less money from them. I think that if I study Science, Biology and medicine then I can help her to study. But I think that she has to help herself to become a good doctor. I will test her to see how she has studied. I will tell her what a doctor needs and I will tell her to buy it. I will also teach her how to use those things.
Gaurav Yadav, 10 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.
My sister’s dream is to be an architect. She want to be an architect because she will earn a lot of money and she will show all the parents in India, who think that boys are more important than girls, that it is not true. To let my sister become an architect I will speak to my parents and tell them to help her. I will also put an advertisement so that all the people help me to help her. When my sister will become an architect I will be happy and proud. All the parents and brothers will also make their daughter and sister something.
Abhishek Rai, 10 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.
My dream is to become a teacher. I want to teach poor children without any money. I also want to buy a big house for my mother. I want to become a teacher because I want children to study so that they get a better job. When they earn money they can buy a nice house and take care of their families. I want to buy a new house because I want my mother’s dream to come true. Sometimes I think this cannot happen because in my family people don’t allow girls to do any job. But still I hope my dream comes true
Anjali Gupta, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.
My dream is to become a teacher or a doctor. If I become a teacher I will teach the children and make them perfect is all subjects like Math, Geography, History and Science. I want to be a doctor because the doctors in the city are so bad that they will give medicines but they do not make people alright. I have never seen a doctor who makes us good and healthy. When I grow up I promise you that I will become a doctor or a teacher and end all the problems in the city
Shreha Gawde, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.
My dream is to study in a nice college and get more money and a big house to live in. When I marry my children can go to a nice school and study there they can also send their children to a nice school. My mother and father had this dream for me and I will work hard so that this dream comes true
Sneha Gaikwad, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.
My dream is to become a teacher who teaches poor people. I have to study hard to become a teacher. I want to become like Fiona miss, she studied in her school and college. I have to study like this. To become a teacher I want my mother to help me but my mother likes only my small brother. I don’t think my mother will help me in this. But is till hope that she will help me when I grow up.
Angira Yadav, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.
My sister dream was to complete class 10, but this dream did not come true. When she became 15 years old, she got married. She told her father that she wants to study but her father did not listen. She wanted to study class ten because she wanted to become a junior kg teacher and teach three to four year old children.
Arjun Kumar Choudhry, 10 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.
In my class there is my teacher her dream is to start a school. She want to start a school because she wants all children to be happy. When she starts a school I will go to my teacher and ask her if I can teach children. I want to teach children how to speak perfect English just like how she teaches me. The way my teacher put charts so that we know all the words I will also do put the charts in the class.
Ankit Mishra, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.
My teacher’s dream is to start a school. She will start a school anywhere in India. In her school everything will be clean and children will respect each other. She will keep very good teachers in her school who will not beat or shout any child. This is why everyone will respect my teacher’s school.
Jibran Khan, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.
One day I was reading a book. In that book it was written that aeroplanes fly above the sky. I was thinking I should be a pilot, because I have heard that God lives in the sky. I was waiting and Ma’am gave me a storybook about what you want to be, it was the gladdest thing when Ma’am said that this story book is mine forever. From that day, I began reading a lot. Now I know so much more about pilots. I want to become a pilot because they help everyone to go to other countries. I know that if planes are not there then people can still go by train, but in a plane people reach faster. I will work harder to become a pilot.
Itisha Pathak, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.
My mother’s dream is to get a nice necklace. My mother wants to be smart in the village. In my village nobody has a necklace. When my mother will wear it, it will be shiny and my mother will look like a fairy and a heroine. Every day my mother asks for a necklace. My mother works hard to get money and my mother gets money slowly every day. She saves it to buy food. She thinks that first we should buy food and then we can buy a necklace. My mother takes care of all her money, but still she cannot buy it.
Vijay Reddy, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East
Neha’s dream is to become a dancer. If she becomes a dancer she will get money. When she becomes a dancer she can teach other people to dance and she will teach me also.
Aakash Mourya, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.
My dream is really big. I want to start 5 shops. If I have 5 shops then I will have more money. My mother and father need more money because when my sisters have to get married they need a lot of money for the party and for decoration. In my father’s shop there are lot of problems, people come and take the milk but do not give us money. My brother also cheated us and now my mother cannot pay the fees of the school. I will work hard and open a shop.
Neha Yadav, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.
My dream is that my parents should give me and my brother more money so that we can study more and more. I also want to become a dancer and I want to come on TV, but I have not told this to anyone else. Now my parents shout at me, but when I grow up and have a big job, they will not shout at me.
Sapna Yadav, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.
I am thinking of a day when my sister’s dream will come true. She wants to become a teacher. She wants to become a teacher because she wants to teach children. She wants to start a school in my village. In my village there are no good schools, so my sister wants to start a school and become the best teacher in Uttar Pradesh.
To become a teacher, my sister will have to study very hard. She will also have to study in a commerce college. My sister will be very happy if she becomes famous in the state. She will feel very proud of herself. My family will also be happy that her dream has come true.
Abhishek Mishra, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.
My sister’s wish is to have a remote control car. I told my mother to buy a remote control car for my sister, but my mother said no. The cost of a car is 100 rupees. I thought of an idea. I collected all my money and gave it to her to buy a car, but she lost the money. My sister’s name is Pooja.
Rohit Yadav, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.
My sister’s dream is to go to the best college and become the world’s best teacher and become very rich. She wants these things to become famous and to take care of parents well.
To help my sister I will collect money and get her admission in Mumbai’s best Art college and help her with whatever I can do.
If she becomes the world’s best teacher by using the money which I collect I will be the happiest and the proudest person.
Madhukumar Paka, 10 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.
My sister’s dream is to take tuitions. She teaches English, Math, Geography, Science, History and work experience. She does not beat any children. She takes tuitions from 8.30 am - 10.30 am. She never pulls children’s hair. She takes a fee and we go and buy some food and clothes. If she becomes a teacher, she will feel happy and good. Her mind will be very brilliant. Because she will become a teacher even my other sisters will become teachers. They will also go to college and study well.
Naresh Prajapati, 9 years, Divine Child High School, Malad East.
You can read all the entries we received for the contest here.