This post “How can you contribute?” is the final post in the Education series “Choosing between devil and deep sea“ & “Only freebie no one wanted“. So, if you have not read the previous posts, my kind request is to read it first and then continue with this post.
Chennai, TamilNadu, 7 am
“Chintu, get up. It’s going to be 8 am.”, with a glass full of Chintu’s favorite energy drink in her hand, Sapna was trying to wake up her kid so he gets ready for the school.
Chintu wakes up and sits on the bed, almost 10 minutes after the first call from his mother. Looks at the clock on the wall and “I know you always cheat me” saying so he was hitting his mother with both hands. With a smiley face, Sapna said “Its ok, it’s already 7 am. Don’t you want to go to school?”
“No, I do not want to go. Why should we need to go to school every day?”
“Let’s have all those debates once your father is back from his tour. Now, get up, have this drink and get ready for school.” She kept the glass of drink near the bed. “First brush your teeth and then drink.”
She was back to the kitchen to get the breakfast and lunch box ready for Chintu.
30 minutes later.
Sapna was running behind Chintu with the plate on her one hand and a piece of Idly on the other. To feed him the breakfast.
“Chintu, its getting late. The school bus can come at any time.” After the regular fight and shouts finally its done. The school bus driver horns outside.
Sapna almost runs to get Chintu into the bus on time.
The whole bus journey is fun for Chintu with chatting with all his friends. And talking about the last day’s TV programs.
Ankleshwar, Gujarat, 7 am.
Gokul wakes up from his sleep. “Did you had good sleep, Kanna?”
“Yes, mummy.” And she know, he did not. How could one have a nice sleep with all those mosquitos around?
Within 20 minutes Gokul was ready for school. “What happened? Today you seem to be very happy?”
“Mummy, today my favorite teacher will be taking classes on science. I have completed the homework she gave last week, and I am sure she will appreciate me today also.”
“Yes beta, you are always good.”
Gokul is a brilliant kid, but her economic situation has forced her to put him in a public school. But, he does not regret and puts full effort to learn. Good kid.
He drinks a glass of water and rushes out of the home. “Bye mummy.” And his legs do not rest on the ground. It was just flying in the direction of his school. It’s a long walk, Oops flight.
Sometimes she will wonder if it would be good to not send him. But, thinking of food made her change the mind. Yes, its only for the school midday meal that his son has the one set of meal a day.
Gokul reaches school and most of his friends are already there waiting.
Every kid is eagerly watching the fat monitor kept on the table. The monitor was facing the kids, and a teacher was trying to bring it alive.
A few dazzy lines of black and white and then, it came to life, only after the few hits it got on left & right from the teacher.
On the monitor, the Skype video call was saying “Connecting…”
The whole class was silent.
Suddenly the connection was established and the image of their teacher was on the screen. Kids greet the teacher.
The image of the teacher was digitally transmitted from her residence – 1000s of miles away from their school. In fact, in a different time zone. Yes, the teacher works as a volunteer to contribute her bit to the next generation of Indian kids.
The above statement is as true as you breathe. As true as you can feel the pain.
How does it all work?
There are NGOs and Rotary clubs which are working to bring India back to its glory. The teachers who work as a volunteer, teach the kids from the remote. And there is also another teacher on duty in the local class who helps to coordinate with the kids.
I thought I will highlight some of such services & challenges they face. They definitely do not need any introduction from me, for they are well known in their own way.
But this is more of a tribute to such organization from my side. A squirrel’s effort in the building up of Ram Sethu!
One of the NGO is called eVidyaloka. And the other I want to talk about is called Pratham. These are just a few samples, and there are plenty, and few of them also tie up with the local Rotary clubs to do these services.
Like we saw in the last two posts, there are many attempts by government and private entities to improve the education system. This does works with a bit of success in Urban India.
But in rural India, we are still lagging. The drop out rates from these areas is alarming.
There are schools where we have 400 students, but with just 2 teachers. A big lack of teachers in rural areas.
I do not need to say why, right? Not everyone likes to move to rural to contribute to India’s growth.
So, how do we fill in this huge gap without forcing teachers to relocate?
Also, to achieve 100% learning for everyone, the first and foremost is to make sure that the preliminary learning is reaching every kid in the country. And generally, the ratio of teachers and student in these schools are something not to talk about.
That is where these NGOs are a boon. Some of these NGOs have tie-ups with government bodies like Vikram Sarabhai Space Center etc who operate Mobile Vans to provide an interesting way of learning through experiments for these rural kids. Some contribute by acting as a medium to connect the passionate teachers, mostly volunteers, to do the teaching of using the internet and video conferencing.
I personally have a friend who volunteers into one such NGOs and that is how I heard about this noble gestures. The success stories are always a mix – some good results and some not. But most times the success is mainly due to the participation and ownership of the school principal and other workers.
Are you passionate?
Sounds interesting, right?
Are you one of such passionate teacher who wants to contribute to rural India’s growth? Do not hesitate, contact these NGOs and sort out how you can contribute.
Well, if you cannot commit for a long term? Even then it’s ok.
Whenever you are available, you can help any kid in your neighbor for studying. There is no demand for poor kids around. It’s a mutual win-win situation. You will have the satisfaction of making a contribution and kids would also benefit.
By the way, the word teacher is made Synonym with ladies in India. But here I am not being gender-biased. So, this is an open call for both Ladies & Gentlemen.
Hey, where are you going? Oh, heading to get yourselves registered?
Sure. Go ahead. Good luck!
Together, let’s make an Incredible India.
I am taking my Alexa rank to the next level with Blogchatter. So with this I am closing my first theme of Education. In coming weeks let move into other areas that can be improved for our next Gen.