The Small Wonders of Colomba
Aviraj Velip - a nine year old, who loves to teach children, since they love to learn, grew up in the village of Kajur, named after Goa’s most famous export. IAviraj is famous in his own way for being able to explain the Panchatantra to his admiring friends and family and performing well in math and science.
Besides his natural abilities, Aviraj has yet another claim to fame. He is a recipient of the Gyan Jyoti Puraskar - a scholarship provided by the Ashiyana Trust of Fomento Resources, which funds his lifelong education, giving flight to his biggest dream of teaching at the Government high school where he is currently a student of class.
His classmate and ‘best mate’ - Pravin Gaonkar whose parents could not graduate from school due to a lack of finances is also a recipient of the Gyan Jyoti Puraskar award. Pravin’s sister was one of the first awardees of this scholarship when Fomento Resources initiated it in 2007. She is now a proud college student in Curchorem.
Two of a kind - Pravin Gaonkar and Aviraj Velip of Colomba : Recipients of The Gyan Jyoti Puraskar
Pravin Gaonkar is passionate about Marathi literature. He is uncertain, however if his passion will triumph over the practical needs to study commerce or science. Thanks to the Gyan Jyothi Puraskar, he is in no rush to make that decision.
For both these children, the scholarship has the same meaning - Less expenses for the family, funds to buy note books, text books, and story books and above all commute from home to school and back with the bus fare taken care of by the scholarship. While Pravin is following in his sisters footsteps, Aviraj hopes that his little sister Avisha, a student of class four will follow in his.
|The Guru and his Little Masters - Gaonkar And Velip with their Senior Teacher Ram Karmali
||Many Bright Sparks - The Gyan Jyoti Puraskar Awardees with Senior Teacher Karmali and other school students of the Government High School Colomba
Mr Ram Karmali - the senior teacher of these bright sparks at the Government high school enthuses: “Ever since this scholarship started, there is a healthy competition amongst students to get it. In addition, the facilities provided to all students, like umbrellas, dictionaries and note books has made attending school a real pleasure. Just see the smiles of children as they come out of class during a break.”