Look to the Stars
For today’s Good News Wednesday, I wanted to share a fun, uplifting story that I recently read from a Washington Post writer. The article described a program in one of the poorest areas of India, the village of Pannithittu, that is really amazing to me in its potential to open up the world to kids who might not have the possibility to dream very big otherwise.
In this seaside village, the children of farmers and fishermen aspire to become something that their impoverished parents never thought possible: astronauts.
Through community-based programs, India’s space agency is partnering with schools in rural areas such as this one, helping to teach students about space exploration and cutting-edge technology.
The agency is also training thousands of young scientists and, in 2012, will open the nation’s first astronaut-training center in the southern city of Bangalore.
“I want to be prepared in space sciences so I can go to the moon when India picks its astronauts,” said Lakshmi Kannan, 15, pushing her long braids out of her face and clutching her science textbook.