Remember doing anything other than watching Cartoon Network all day, when you were a kid? I certainly don’t. Now meet Muskaan Ahirwar, a 9-year-old girl from Bhopal who runs a library called “Bal Pustakalaya” for underprivileged children!

9 year old girl opens library

The class 3 student has transformed her mud-paved house in the Durganagar slum of Bhopal into a library, where she reads out stories for the kids who come over! Having been provided the books by The Rajya Shiksha Kendra of Madhya Pradesh, every day after coming back from school, at around 4 pm, she sets up the library outside her house! And the best part is that children from the slum eagerly flock outside her house every day, actually waiting for her to open the library!

9 year old girl opens library

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This all started when a committee of The State Education Board visited the slum area on New Year’s eve, and to know the status of education in the area, held a question-answer round. Little Muskaan won the round, and feeling proud, the committee decided to give her the responsibility of education in the locality!

9 year old girl opens library
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A team from the State Education Board has officially recognized “Bal Pustakalaya” as a library, and Muskaan repeatedly urges everyone who wants to learn to read or loves reading to take some of her books.

Currently, officials have provided 119 books to the library, which is my responsibility and I love doing this. Other children in the slum area, take books and then return them on another day. Some stay back to read here with me and ask questions where they don’t understand.

A class 3 student called Palak Singh even talked about how much she has learnt about freedom fighters and great Indian kings from the books.

Often assisted by her elder sister Neha, Muskaan’s father is a carpenter and her mother, a housewife. The proud parents see their daughters as an inspiration to all, for trying to improve the conditions of the people through education, in an underprivileged society.

9 year old girl opens library

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Doing an incredibly commendable job, little Muskaan has certainly done justice to the responsibility given to her, and most of the slum children have already finished reading all the books in the library!

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