by Tale Weavers &
The Red Elephant Foundation
On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable TALE
Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030
Agenda for Sustainable Development, weavers
adopted by world leaders in September
2015 at an historic UN Summit, weaving tales, breaking stereotypes
officially came into force.
Over the next fifteen years, with these
new Goals that universally apply to all,
countries will mobilize efforts to end all
forms of poverty, fight inequalities and
tackle climate change, while ensuring
that no one is left behind.
Stories for Awareness is a collaboration
between The Red Elephant Foundation
and Tale Weavers to engage with
children and build awareness around the
17 Sustainable Development Goals.
This story throws light on SDG 4:
The illustrations for this story have Story: Nanditha
been done using the “Warli” art style. Ravindar
The Warlis or Varlis are an indigenous Illustrations: Renuka
tribe or Adivasis, living in mountainous Viswanathan
as well as coastal areas of the states of
Maharashtra-Gujarat border, in India.
The Warli people are famous for their
beautiful and unique style of painting
which reflects the close association
between human communities and
It was a pleasant day, perfect to spend some time at the
With the waves splashing at a distance behind them,
Yashasvini, Deepti and Megan were having a great time
running around and chasing each other.
Megan was visiting Chennai with her parents as it was
her summer vacation and she was so happy to be with
other kids her age!
After a while though, it was time to go back home with
Laughing and chattering, the kids freshened up once
they were back home. As they were just getting ready
for dinner, Megan noticed that there was a little boy in
the house whom she had not seen before.
“Deepti, who is this boy?” Megan asked. “Oh, he is our
maid aunty’s son,” replied Deepti.
“Does he come only during summer vacations?” Megan
asked. “No, he accompanies his mother almost every
day. Why do you ask?” Yashasvini replied to Megan’s
“Hmm. Does he not go to school on other days just like
us? He seems like he is probably our age. That’s why I
asked,” replied Megan.
“No, he does not go to school. Unfortunately, his
parents do not earn enough to put him in a good school.
So he helps his mom on some days and on other days,
plays with his friends. Mummy tried to convince his
mother to send him to school but could not convince
her,” Deepti said.
“Deepti is right. In fact, I have seen quite a few kids
from other small areas who either don’t go to school at
all, or go for a few years and then stop.
Though I sometimes wish I could just play all day like
them, I know that I will not learn anything unless I go
to school and so I am happy,” Yashasvini added.
“That is so sad. I thought all kids our age go to school.
It seems unfair that not all of us get equal chances when
it comes to studying. I wonder if this is the case in India
alone,” Megan said.
“Not really, Megan”, Nanditha (Deepti and
Yashasvini’s elder sister) had overheard their
conversation and joined them in the hall. Nanditha was
“Most countries around the world have quite a large
number of kids who cannot read and/or write because
they don’t have access to education like we all do.
The reasons why a lot of
people don’t have access
to education differs,” said
“It could be because their parents cannot afford to
send them to school, or because there are no proper
schools or colleges in some areas, or in some cases,
because the parents want the kids to work and bring
home money instead.
But it is important to make everyone understand that a
good education is necessary to enable us to learn new
things, protect ourselves and to attain a better standard
of living as well,” Nanditha added.
“Hmmm, you’re right. Education is so important for
I love studying so much. I never thought there were
other kids who don’t get to study like I do.
Hereafter, I will try to share my books and teach other
kids who don’t go to school whatever I learn,” Megan
Deepti and Yashasvini promised to do the same before
diving into the yummy food their mom had prepared for
all of them.
Tale Weavers is an initiative that
aims to engage with children and the
youth through stories that challenge
stereotypes and break the barriers in
creating a just society.
We welcome you to our world of stories
where simple conversations, colorful
illustrations, and powerful characters
help break the stereotypes and create
an inclusive learning space which is
free of bias - be it gender, religion, race,
nationality or ethnicity.
The Red Elephant Foundation is an
initiative that is built on the foundations
of story-telling, civilian peacebuilding
and activism for sensitisation on
all drivers of peace - gender, race,
nationality, colour and orientation.
The initiative is titled “Red Elephant”
to stand out as a vehicle that projects
stories that must never be forgotten:
stories that show you such courage that
you should never forget, and stories that
show the world such profound lessons
that the world should never forget. In
doing so, the initiative aims at creating
awareness and opening up channels
of communication towards creating
societies of tolerance, peacebuilding