Kicking out stereotypes
Gender stereotypes exist all around us. And one of them is that girls are not good in sports, or even interested in it. But a group of students at Bal Bharti Public School in Pitampura, Delhi, decided to do something about this. They felt excluded from the sports field and wanted to form a team where girls played football along with boys on school grounds. The change began with a small group of girls who took the initiative of forming a football team. They bravely withstood the jeering of boys while playing and soon enough were joined by more girls who wanted to play football. They put in a lot of efforts and finally got a place in the quarter finals of the prestigious Subroto Cup. The girls felt more confident and broke gender stereotypes existing within their school premises.
This story was shared by Design For Change (DFC), a global movement designed to give children an opportunity to express and action their ideas for a better world. Since 2009 over 1,70,000 children have participated in the DFC India School Challenge and have submitted over 3000+ compelling stories, 100 of which were recognized at the 'I CAN' awards in Ahmedabad on November 22, 2014. Learn more at www.dfcworld.com.