MAI - Through the gorges of Kui Valley - the periphery of the land they call the ‘rain factory’ - strides a striking Angra.
Just ten years old, he lives with his parents, harmoniously attending to daily chores as they earn their livelihood in this remote location.
Angra plays marbles with his peers and hunts for birds in the nearby bush. It’s part of his daily routine, but it does not include attending the local primary school.
One time, for some reason, his dad attended a Grade 8 graduation at the school and heard several speeches from the guests, picking up a particular phrase from the guest of honour’s presentation.
“Value education as your life time asset, since a child attending school is a gold mine.”
The message touched his heart and, at home that evening, he sat beside the fire meditating upon it.
When Angra returned from hunting, his father called him to his side.
“Son, you are my asset. I will earn my future not from traditional practices but from education.”