Thanks to a Sunnyvale high schooler, the students at a rural high school in West Bengal, India, have a brand-new library.
Dipashreya Sur says the inspiration for her Girl Scout Gold Award project was a talk she heard at San Jose State University a few years ago by Malala Yousafzai. As a young girl in Pakistan, Malala was shot in 2012 after demanding that girls be allowed to get an education. She survived the attack and went on to become a champion for women’s education, winning the Nobel Peace Prize in the process.
Sur asked herself how she, too, could become an advocate for education and connect that to her Indian heritage. So she contacted an uncle who taught at Semana Prankrishna High School in India to see what she might be able to do for the school of 250 students in grades 5-10.
“I asked if they had a library and they didn’t, but my uncle said they wanted to have one,” Sur said. She had to convince her parents to let her follow her dream of helping the school get a library.