April 2013: Interview with Shivanika Marapin
1. Would you like to tell something about yourself?
My name is Shivanika Marapin and I am 13 years old. I am at school at Van Vredeburch College and my hobbies are making fun/acting silly, dancing and singing.
2. This school year is your first at secondary school, what are de most important differences between elementary school and your present day school?
There are more children at secondary school. They are impudent towards the teachers and other pupils. We’re getting much more homework and more exams. I have to go to another classroom and teacher for every subject. We also have different timetables.
3. There are a lot of complaints against youngsters from the big cities in the west of Holland. What do you have to say about that?
I personally think that they don’t do anything without a reason. There must be a reason for them to behave in such a way. It might not be good, but we are in no position to judge them. Something might have happened to them in the past, which could be the cause for their behaviour. We can’t judge them because we’re not in their shoes. I myself think that their parents/family should do something about the situation. We can of course help them, but only with their coöperation. If not, we’ve done all we could do.
4. Why are sponsoring a child? Don’t you mind cutting on your pocket money?
I am sponsoring a child, named Sandesh. I am sponsoring this child because I think that everyone should have the chance to go to school. If I have the chance why should others not have the chance? Going to school is not always nice, but it’s good for later. This is the way to build your own future, so that later you can do everything by yourself. No, I don’t mind my pocket money to become a bit less. I like to do this, and this child loves to go to school. And later on I can always earn a salary, no problem.
5. Do you ever think about the future? What would you like to become when you grow up?
Yes, I do think about the future, but I don’t know what I want to become. I change my mind very often, so I don’t know what I’m going to be later.
6. Is there anything that made such an impression on you that you’re not going to forget?
When I went to Nepal for the first time in August 2012, we were visiting some orphanages. And then we asked those kids to tell about themselves. We also asked them to answer 5 questions. They wrote it down on papers very well and it took them half an hour to an hour to do so. Their reaction was very nice and they liked it very much. Whereas, if you would ask us questions like that, here in Holland, we get thoughts like, ‘yah right fascinating.’Later on we went to the zoo with the children of 4 orphanages. They loved it, since they don’t have these outings very often. For us here in Holland a zoo is something quite normal, but for them it really means something.Here in Holland we don’t like to go to school at all, whereas children in Nepal love to go to school.
7. What would you do if you had much power, let’s say that everything you would want to be done would be done by people?
I would do everything possible to make short work of poverty. I would also want people to respect each other and that all people would be treated equally.
8. What would you do if you had so much money that you could not spend it all?
I would give money to orphanages, to charity and to people who are hard up. So that at least everyone would be provided for the basic necessities.
9. Is there anything you would like to tell?
No not really, I told everything already and I hope you enjoyed it a little.