VIDEO | Barclays Citizenship Awards: Sumita Patnaik Teaches the Value of Education
In 2001, Sumita Patnaik, along with her cousin, started Twinkle Academy, a school in the rural village of Kalan, India. The school has grown from three children to 170 in this time, with the first class of seniors soon to graduate. This has had a huge impact on the community and the education of its children. Kalan is 200 miles from the nearest city and when Twinkle Academy was founded none of the children in the village attended school. A key challenge faced by Sumita was that parents were reluctant to send their children to school which would result in loss of earnings to support the family. Sumita had to teach the villagers about the value of education to entice parents to send their children.
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