Since the outbreak of the pandemic from March 2020 in India, people have largely witnessed the relentless efforts of Hindi film actor and philanthropist Sonu Sood. From assisting with medical aid, to helping in procurement of study material for students, to aiding lakhs of stranded migrant workers in reaching their homes, safe and sound, Sood has been unstoppable, despite testing positive for the virus, earlier in April 2021.
In a recent video shared on his Instagram profile, the actor appealed to the Central and State governments of India to provide necessary assistance and aid for children to acquire access to education, free of cost if they have lost one or both their parents to the deadly COVID-19 disease.
Sood emphasized that a pandemic must not come in the way of children’s growth and development and the society and the government must come together as a whole to help children secure a sound future.
In support of his vision, global star Priyanka Chopra Jonas expressed appreciation towards Sood for the clarity in his thought and for being a ‘visionary philanthropist’.
In a long post, the actress wrote, “Have you heard of visionary philanthropists? My colleague @sonu_sood is one such. He thinks and plans ahead.
Think this one out carefully because the impact is long-term and it involves children—amongst the many horror stories of the pandemic, this is regarding those children who have lost one or both parents due to COVID-19. The disruption, for many, sadly leads to a complete stop in their education due to the combination of loss and economic factors due to that loss.
Firstly, I am inspired that Sonu made this critical observation. Secondly, in typical Sonu style, he has also thought of a solution and come up with some suggestions for action.
Sonu’s suggestion is to both the state and central governments to ensure free education for all children affected by Covid. Whatever stage of studies they are at—school, college, or pursuing higher studies. The aim is not to allow a pause and definitely not for the lack of finance. If ignored, a huge number of children would be left without the opportunity as adults.
For those outside govt, I appeal to your compassion combined with generosity and be the philanthropists, knock on institute doors or anyone who can help to make an impact that will matter. Adopt the education of a child if you can.
I fully support Sonu’s ideas and I will actively work towards finding ways to support education because I have always believed that #educationforeverychild is a birthright.
And we cannot as a society let the virus change that.”