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.

Happy Thanksgiving!

You can read the full story here.

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About Shelley Seale

I'm Shelley, a journeyer and learner of the world, freelance journalist and author, yoga chick and dog lover. I pound the keyboard from home barefoot every day, and while my boss is demanding she also occasionally lets me have the early afternoon cocktail. I think not going into an office or collecting corporate paychecks are very good ideas, though not always profitable. I have written for National Geographic, USA Today, The Guardian, Texas Monthly and CNN, among others. Neither the New York Times nor Johnny Depp have answered my letters yet. I love yoga, indie movies, wine, and books, though not necessarily in that order. I believe in karma. Mean people suck. If I could have any dream job I would like to be a superhero. I have performed a catch on the flying trapeze, boarded down a live volcano and was once robbed by a monkey in Nepal. But, I don't know how to whistle. My mantra is "travel with a purpose."

Posted on November 26, 2009, in India and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Good story! Indians of course have a gift for achieving states of higher consciousness …. so in a whimsical way, this makes a lot of sense.

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