Light of Knowledge


Reading under a spotlight might not seem like a world changing act. But for eight-year-old Rekha Bag, studying past sundown is one step toward equality.

Loisingha, India, faces struggles like increasing drought and an education gap between girls and boys. The caste system prevents lower-caste families like Rekha’s from drawing water from wells belonging to higher caste families and discourages girls from attending school.

The second grader and her sisters are defying local practices, and Rekha’s dedication to her education is creating a new path for her — and for the next generation. “I want to become a teacher,” she says. So after the sun sets at the end of a long day in class, Rekha studies by the light of the fireplace or under a street lamp behind her house. And with each page she turns, she’s breaking barriers for herself and the girls of Loisingha.


Written by Elizabeth Hendley

Photo © 2013 Daniel Mung  / World Vision


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