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Meet interns Juveza Chadha and Mujeeba Tarannum - Part V- the last of our series on visiting interns

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Her aim in coming to India, as part of the UNICEF programme, is clear: she wants to get right into the rural interiors of Madhya Pradesh and observe the real challenges.

Juveza Chadha: An extrovert who speaks her mind
Age: 25
Resident of : Sweden
Academic pursuit: 2nd year Medicine, Sweden
Field posting: Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Field subject: Malnutrition

Juveza looks Indian, but her upbringing in Stockholm, Sweden, makes her European. At 25, Juveza - a name given to her by her father who was learning Spanish at the time - has a unique academic blend. She did her Masters in Business Administration and is now into her second year in medicine.

Her aim in coming to India, as part of the UNICEF programme, is clear: she wants to get right into the rural interiors of Madhya Pradesh and observe the real challenges.
"I am an Indian at heart and even though I have a Swedish Passport, I would love to be working here in he future.""Even for someone like me, who has Indian links, this will be a very unique experience," she says. Malnutrition is a serious concern in this area, and Juveza sees herself busy everyday of the ten weeks she is going to spend at her base in Bhopal. "I am very interested in eventually studying paediatrics, so this topic will benefit me immensely," she says.

Juveza is aware that ten weeks will be a very short time to work on a case study. "That is the challenge. We were introduced briefly to the methodologies at our orientation programme in Manesar. But to be working in a group and for someone to be filming our work as well is wonderful," she says.

"I am an Indian at heart and even though I have a Swedish passport, I would love to be working here in the future."

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"Some of the speakers at the orientation programme kept me captivated. I must admit it was a huge learning experience"

Mujeeba Tarannum: A dream come true
Age: 23
Resident of : India
Academic pursuit: Masters in Public Policy, Hyderabad, India
Field posting: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Field subject: Girl child labour

For 23 year old Mujeeba, being selected as a UNICEF intern was a dream come true. She has done her Masters in Public Policy from ICFAI in Hyderabad, and was perhaps one of the most interactive speakers at the orientation programme in Manesar.
Mujeeba knows there will be resistance when she asks tough questions like why children are not studying but being used as labour.Having been brought up in Hyderabad, she returns to the same city to work on her case study on girl child labour. Familiarity with the area will be an asset to her. "There aretwo interns from abroad in my group, so it is going to be a lot of work and I look forward to it," she says.

She admits, this is a new area of study for her, but she has already done her homework on the project and is prepared for the related paper work. "Some of the speakers at the orientation programme kept me captivated. I must admit it was a huge learning experience," she adds.

Travelling to the interiors of Andhra Pradesh, talking to farmers who employ children as labour in cotton seed production, and asking them for their reasons in doing so, will not be easy for Mujeeba. She knows there will be resistance when she asks tough questions like why children are not studying but being used  as labour. "I did my masters in Social Work, so I am prepared for all this. To put the theoretical skills I learnt into practice will be good."

At the end of it when Mujeeba wants to say a 'Thank you' for being chosen as an intern, it comes from the heart. "I would love to be involved in such UNICEF programmes," she says.

 

 

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