Thomas Edison had rightly said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Sixteen-year-old tribal girl from Janwaar, Madhya Pradesh Asha Gond will be travelling to the UK to study English language in Oxford school where only her passport formalities are awaited to be completed soon.

Ulrike Reinhard, a German lady, has created a skate park in Janwaar village of Panna district of Madhya Pradesh. She trains the tribal kids in skating and English and Gond was introduced to the English language here and had shown brilliant performance in the discipline. Impressed by her talent and desire to learn, Reinhard promised to send her to UK to learn this language.

But things were no cake walk as both Reinhard and Gond had a tough time convincing her parents to send her to UK instead of marrying her off at an early age (which is normally the case). As expected her parents were not able to understand the value of learning English in Oxford school, UK. She is looking forward to study in UK and has decided to give it her best.

Her family is completely dependent on farming and took eight months to be convinced enough to let her go abroad to study. The MLA of Panna constituency, Lokendra Pratap Singh and school teacher of Gond, Awadh Bihari, helped her to convince her parents in letting her go to Oxford school for study. The 16-year-old has planned to come back to India after studying and teach kids in Janwaar and will also try to get a job to support her family. Her story is a ray of hope to many girls across the nation who is seen as a liability to be married off. In a country where educating the girl child is considered a waste of resource, the story of Gond is sure to set an example.

Another such inspiring story that is an addition to the kinds of Edison is Malvika Joshi from Mumbai. At 17, Joshi has bagged a seat at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. This news is sure to stir one&’s mind and force one to think about the kind of educational qualification she possesses and her score during annual exams. Well, Joshi left school after Class VII. Happiness is more important than conventional knowledge her mother believes and she also feel that there is more to learning than just going to schools, reading prescribed books and writing exams. Hence, she took her daughter off the school and started teaching her at home. Apart from learning what her mother taught her, Joshi studied on her own. She started gaining more interest in programming. Her urge for knowledge took her to Chennai Mathematical Institute, where she studied MSc and her joy knew no boundaries when she started studying mathematics and algorithms. Consequently, she continued adding feather after feather to her cap by representing India in the Olympiads for three times.

Even though Joshi successfully represented India in the International Programming Olympiads thrice, she had to taste rejection from the Indian Institute of Technology&’s. It was quite natural for her to be disappointed as her dream to study at an IIT, however, her sheer hard work and endeavour showed a silver lining in the form of an opportunity to study at MIT, Boston. IITs lost a genius as they gave importance to Joshi&’s educational qualification, which requires a student to pass Class XII, whereas, MIT bulked up its treasure of talented students by admitting her. And do you know what was her qualification to bag the MIT admission? It was her excellent performance at the three International Programming Olympiads. This example should strengthen and pervade the belief that formal education is not a parameter for talent; talent can be measured only through infinite minds and ideas.