Jul 10, 2024

Kiara: A Passionate Reader and Advocate for Education


Kiara, 11, is an avid reader and a dedicated advocate for education. Driven by a desire to make a positive impact, Kiara actively contributes to Pratham’s mission of providing learning opportunities for children and young people across India. This summer, she is participating in the Pratham USA Readathon, a program that combines her love of reading with fundraising! Read our Q&A with Kiara to hear all about her experience participating in this fun campaign.  

How old are you and what grade are you going into next year, Kiara?

I turned 11 this June and I’m excited about going to sixth grade – first year of middle school – in August.

How did you first learn about Pratham USA, and what inspired you to get involved?

I first heard about Pratham USA from my mom and dad who learned about this from their friends. My parents talked about how Pratham helps kids in India get a better education. I thought it was really cool and wanted to learn more. It felt like a win-win since I love reading and love helping those who don’t have access to new worlds through books.

I felt like I could do more. So it made me want to get involved since Pratham helps so many kids by finding smart ways to solve problems. They work with the community and make sure their programs actually help kids learn better. I believe education can change lives, and seeing how Pratham makes a real difference inspired me a lot.

I also loved that Pratham focuses on giving quality education to kids. I read about Malala last year in school and it made me realize how important it is that everyone gets a fair chance to learn. Knowing I could help kids who might not get to go to school otherwise was something I wanted to do. Joining Pratham USA lets me support a cause I care about and help kids get the education they deserve, which makes me really happy.

Do you have a favorite reading nook or a special place where stories come alive for you? 

My sister gifted me a bean bag for my half birthday which has become my favorite reading book. Most days I love lying in my bed to read. It’s a cozy corner in my room, right next to a large window that lets in plenty of natural light.

What role did you play in the Readathon efforts this year and in the past?

This is my first year doing the Readathon. I love raising money for a great cause. I read and help raise awareness for Pratham and building libraries. It was the perfect Summer project. I look forward to doing this again next year and maybe I can convince my sister to participate too!

What’s the most fun thing about participating in the Readathon?

The Readathon has turned reading (something I already deeply love) into a fun, social, and impactful adventure that I will look forward to next year. Knowing that my reading efforts can support a good cause, like raising funds for education or libraries, adds an extra layer of motivation and satisfaction. It’s great to know that my love for reading can make a positive impact. I love setting reading goals for myself and feeling a sense of accomplishment when I reach them. It makes the whole experience more challenging and rewarding.

Why is supporting Pratham’s learning programs important to you?

Supporting Pratham USA’s learning programs is important to me for many reasons: I think every kid should be able to go to school and learn, no matter where they come from. Pratham USA helps kids who don’t have the same chances as others, which I think is important. When kids get a good education, they can have better lives. They can get good jobs, make smart choices, and help their families and communities. Education gives them the tools they need to succeed. Pratham USA’s programs have helped so many kids do better in school. They use smart ways to teach and it really works. Pratham teaches kids more than just reading and math. They also learn important life skills, like how to solve problems and think creatively. They work with the whole community to make sure the programs last and keep working well. This way, the changes they make can continue even after the programs end. It makes me feel good to know that I can help a kid go to school and have a better future. It’s nice to be part of something that helps others and makes the world a better place.

Overall, supporting Pratham USA is important to me because education is super important, and it feels great to help kids learn and have better lives.

How do you envision continuing to contribute to Pratham USA’s efforts in the future?

I hope I can visit a Pratham program the next time I visit India. Maybe I can learn how to teach others to read and write. It would be cool to sponsor girls to graduate high school and even college through my efforts.

Looking back at your experience so far, what’s one thing you’re most proud of accomplishing?

I like knowing that I am doing my small part. Millions of children don’t have anything close to what I have at home and with my parents. It is nice to know that I can help make a difference.

Bonus Question: What kinds of books do you enjoy reading the most?

I love all kinds of books from mystery to science fiction to fantasy and about kids like me trying to be brave as they navigate life. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Adventure Stories: I love books that take me on exciting journeys and introduce me to brave characters facing thrilling challenges. Stories with quests, mysteries, and exploration always keep me hooked.
  • Fantasy: Books with magical worlds, mythical creatures, and epic battles are some of my favorites. I enjoy getting lost in worlds where anything is possible and following the adventures of heroes and heroines.
  • Science Fiction: I’m fascinated by futuristic worlds, advanced technology, and space exploration. Science fiction books spark my imagination and make me think about what the future could be like.
  • Mystery and Detective Stories: Solving puzzles and uncovering secrets alongside clever detectives is something I find very engaging. I love trying to figure out the mystery before the characters do.
  • Historical Fiction: Stories set in different time periods allow me to learn about history while enjoying a great narrative. I like reading about how people lived in the past and the events that shaped their lives.
  • Non-fiction: I also enjoy reading non-fiction books, especially those about science, history, and interesting real-life stories. They help me learn new things and expand my knowledge.

Overall, I enjoy any book with a captivating story, well-developed characters, and a bit of magic or mystery. I just finished reading Harry Potter, which I adore. Valentina Salazar series is so fun and I just completed all the Texas Bluebonnet books. My mom introduced me to Enid Blyton which I love and my dad wants me to read comic books, so I might pick those up later this year. I read joke books to make my little sister laugh. 

Thank you for your support, Kiara!

This interview has been shortened for length and clarity. The views and opinions expressed in this interview are those of the interviewee and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Pratham USA.