Jhumon Roy is a young man in his early 20s, who hails from a small town in Assam. He is a security guard who works long hours, seven days a week. But despite his busy schedule, Roy makes time to read. Be it newspapers, magazines, or short stories, Roy is often found reading in his free time. And not just reading. He also keeps an English dictionary at his disposal to learn new words and enrich his vocabulary.
Roy was 19, when he dropped out of high school as his family could not afford his education fees. In fact, they could barely make their ends meet. With no other option in sight, Roy had to leave his hometown and find a job to support his family.
Through his diligence, Roy has eked a decent living for himself, and for his family too. But his love for books still lingers in his heart. That is why, even today he reads books, to self-educate himself and expand his horizons. He has the seed of literacy within him that motivates him to learn and grow in life. One day, he wishes to become a graphic designer, for which he’s already begun reading books on the subject.
Isn’t it amazing how being literate—ability to read, write, comprehend and communicate—opens the gates of knowledge and wisdom? Whether at home or on the streets, in restaurants or at a workplace, knowledge follows a literate person like a shadow. And anyone who has the key of knowledge can open any doors of opportunities.
The transformation which education can bring about in an individual’s life and society is inspiring. Educated individuals are empowered, to not only change their own lives but also change their societies for the better by spreading knowledge.