On March 31, 2015 Asha organised a Student’s Meet for over 300 high school students from Asha communities across Delhi. The primary agenda of the meeting was to motivate students to pursue Higher Education, and follow the footsteps of the previous batches.
Children from Seelampur Slum Colony presented a dance performance on Bollywood melodies choreographed by Asha Student Ambassador, Shiv from Seelampur slum colony. The highly energetic performance was greatly enjoyed by the audiences.
The event saw many University students and Asha Student Ambassadors coming forward to inspire their younger peers with stories of their success through the Asha Higher Education programme. All of them underscored the value of higher education and urged the high school students to never give up their studies. “My life has changed entirely, and I have learnt that we can achieve anything if we have the right attitude,” shared Om Prakash from Zakhira slum colony.
“If you are not smiling, you are not completely dressed.” In step with the Asha value of joy, Asha’s Associate director, Mr Freddy Martin, gave a presentation on ‘Smile’ and highlighted the impact it can have on a person’s life. Supporting him, Asha Supervisor Sweeta Jacob talked about the importance of an optimistic perspective in one’s life. Citing examples from her own life and the Asha communities, she motivated the students to always think in a positive manner.
Mr Phil Leighton, Coordinator, Friends of Asha (GB) also addressed the students during the event. “All of you gathered here are inspirations. What inspirational talk can I give to inspirations like you all!” stated Phil. He has been associated with Asha since the very beginning, and continues to support the work with an indefatigable enthusiasm.
The highlight of the meeting was Dr Kiran’s interaction with the students. She motivated the students to continue working hard and fulfill all their dreams, and assured her unconditional support for each and every one of them. She also urged them to continue to excel in all aspects of their lives. “To succeed in life, you need not only academic & professional excellence, but also excellence of character,” she said.
Dr Kiran also discussed one of the key Asha values, Non-Violence, and recounted the various hurdles and set-backs that Asha team has crossed by the practice of Non-Violence and active peacemaking over the years. She encouraged the students to practice Non-Violence of action, of words, of expression, and of thought in their day-to-day lives. “Non-Violence, to become a way of life needs a lot of practice. And remember that Non-Violence does not demonstrate weakness, but rather demonstrates courage, dignity and strength,” shared Dr Kiran.