I started my professional journey with one of the largest NGOs in India, my numerous trips to rural India in far-flung areas brought me closer to the grassroots realities of our society. I found myself working with communities, who had never witnessed electricity in their village or the mortality rate of babies were left at the doorstep of destiny. The opportunity of working in these areas made me realize the power of work right then and defined the scope in which I had to train myself in the future.
Communication as a skill comes organically to me, I spent time building capacity to harness this skill in the development sector. In my next organization, I just did that. We are more connected than ever before, but that’s not the case for thousands of public-school teachers in India. Lack of internet connectivity in rural areas holds teachers back in building their capacity thus, making rote learning the only option for children.
As a communication and advocacy specialist, I used my experience on the ground to influence various stakeholders at the policy level towards the cause of education with the help of media, social media, collaterals, and documents. I have held workshops for students in the Delhi School of Economics and Indian Institute of Mass communication to share my learnings from the field and present data for learning levels. I worked with the professors of Harvard Business School to document two case studies on “Transforming primary education through Innovation”.
I currently work for a bilateral non-profit organization leading the communication team in India for various programs in education, health, and livelihoods. This is where I am now - young, creative, hands-on, and working at scale with an indomitable spirit of getting things done to make the world incrementally better than yesterday. My ability to get things done comes from the diverse experience that I have gathered in the last seven years. At 27, I have already worked across digital media activism, technology for development, communication research, and design thinking.
I come from humble beginnings – my grandmother was illiterate; my grandfather was a factory worker and my father had to work on wage jobs after school to pay for his tuition during his teenage years. He made the right choice at the right time of learning computers with the help of a mentor in the 1980s, which pulled him and the family out of poverty. Fortunately, during his struggles, he understood the importance of education and sent me and my brother to the best schools possible.
In India, it is increasingly important to create effective and regular content to meet the development needs of our complex society. India is among the two largest but the fastest-growing smartphone market in the world. Even populations with low media penetration are now online, on affordable smartphones and cheap data plans.
How can you help?
Due to the pandemic, many financial institutions have not offered scholarships and funding for applicants like me. I am planning to fund my tuition fees through partial loans and living expenses through part-time jobs. But due to the high amount of tuition fee, I need your help to achieve my dream of attaining this prestigious degree.
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I want to make a humble request to all of you to contribute graciously within your capacity and share the words with your friends and family. For any more information, you can write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org