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“Teaching is more than Imparting Knowledge, it is Inspiring Change” – William Arthur Ward
“Quality Education is extremely important for an individual to realise their full potential and be the person they want to be. One of the greatest Injustice in India is that a child’s access to quality education depends on his family’s income or social status. Majority of the school going children in India use the government schools as a medium of education. Government schools in India suffer from a variety of problems which include infrastructure, sanitation, quality of education and a crisis of Leadership. Due to these factors the students passing of out of these schools are not able to stand as equals to their private counterparts.” teachforchange.in
I had, for the last couple of months, been thinking of getting associated with an NGO wherein I am able to contribute, not in terms of money or tangibles, but devoting my time for a good cause. And as the saying goes- where there is a will you will always find a way. I happened to come across Teach For Change website and decided to register myself as a volunteer. Teach For Change is a nation-wide movement to improve literacy among primary school children studying in government schools. The Program gives lot of flexibility to the volunteers as they can choose to conduct the classes on any day of the week. Working people can even choose a Saturday.
The screening was done and I was required to attend a full day Training Workshop to be able to kick start the journey for the new academic year. It was a mixed group of working Professionals, Housewives and retired people as well.
I was really touched by what Former Ms Universe Sushmita Sen said in one of the videos shown to us about the initiative- “Teach For Change is not a social responsibility, it is a human responsibility”.
During the training the volunteers who have been a part of Teach For Change for more than a year shared their experiences with the group. One of them mentioned that initially she faced a lot of challenges and only after she made some changes within herself and in her outlook towards the children, she actually started enjoying taking up this initiative.
One of the volunteers I interacted with during the break mentioned that she had joined last year as well but could not continue after few days as she found it difficult to handle the kids. I could see HOPE and INTENT in her wanting to make a second attempt this year… !!!
Now I really look forward to this journey of “mutual learning” and “acceptance” – with the hope that I am able to bring some positive changes in the lives of the kids as well as myself.
I believe with your best wishes, I should be able to take this journey to fruition and do my bit…stay tuned for I plan to share my experiences in the next part of this blog, as I move forward in this journey….
First published here.
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