When Aakanksha realised that her rights gave her the power to affect change, she, along with her friends and teachers, started to think about how they could solve the problem of the poor state of their roads.
Aakanksha and her friends fought tooth and nail to ensure that their rights to basic amenities were met. Their journey was hard, but they stood firm in their belief to bring about a change in society.
Aakanksha, a standard 7 student, is from the village of Bajghera, in the Gurgoan district of Haryana. Her school is run by Literacy India, and is open to kids of all ages, regardless of whether or not they have had a formal education in the past.
The lack of a proper drainage system as well as the lack of an efficient garbage disposal mechanism in her village meant that the approach road to her school was often overflowing with trash. This made getting to and from school a difficult exercise for Aakanksha and other students.
It was during a Citizenship Programme conducted by the organisation We, The People that Aakanksha realised that the power to bring about change was in her hands. During the programme, she learnt about the importance of the Indian Constitution, about her rights as a citizen and how she could implement them.
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