November 1998: Ms Donaldson, 5th grade teacher at Kendal Primary, asks her students to indicate whether they had done their homework. Surprised that Ghunta raised his hand, she instructs the class to applaud him. Ms Donaldson checks Ghunta’s workbook. The pages are ‘blank’. She commands the students to retract their applause. The class erupts in laughter.
That was the moment Ghunta first thought of dreamright—the idea that not only sustained him through years of poverty and hopelessness but also transformed him into notable speaker and advocate.
On that morning in ’98, Ghunta thought about the challenges his mother faced to send him to school. Some days he couldn’t afford lunch. He used second–hand textbooks or went without. He thought of a life free of want and shame. By the time his classmates’ laughter faded, Ghunta was filled with fervour for success. For the first time, he felt certain his struggles would not determine the outcome of his life. Ghunta was the only student from his batch who was forced to repeat the 6th grade. The following year, he passed his external exams for the most prominent high school in Hanover. Ghunta won more awards at graduation than any other student in Kendal Primary’s history.
A decade later, while living in the Eastern Caribbean, Ghunta created the D.R.E.A.M.R.I.G.H.T acrostic. Now, as an internationally recognised speaker, Ghunta has shared the principles of dreamright with thousands of people and is determined to share it with millions more.