“I will use my voice to solve the problems in our world. That is why...”
What If you had the power to change a life?
Shakthi, all of eleven years, believes talking to others without fear is the way to go forward. She is aware of her potential to stand up for herself and others like her. She is one among our class of 17 students, who each have a special way of looking at the challenges around them. From art, drama to singing and debating, they “show” their thinking with their unique strengths. They not only use such diverse medium to voice their views about the world, but also enact their role in being part of the solution.
What is stopping them from scripting a success story? While my students want to create a new reality for themselves, the hard truth is they are completely disconnected from the elements of a changing world. Majority do not know the meaning of the word Internet, some struggle with understanding simple science without experimental kits for hands on learning. However, their commitment to learning is immense. I have seen them do all it takes to make projects with everything they can find at home, to avoid burdening their parents.
Literacy is another challenge. As someone who grew up with a love for the written word, I strongly believe that each child should have access to books - to experience the joy of reading. A classroom library can not only bring to life their imagination, but also prepare them to be global citizens who can read, communicate clearly and make themselves understood.
Imagine a world where you and I can empower them in transforming their lives.The possibilities are huge.
I am Shalini Ilanahai, a 2016 Teach For India Fellow. I am currently teaching class 7 students at Corporation Girls Higher Secondary School, Nungambakkam. And if you think you can contribute in any way for our classroom, please take a look at our needs for this year and contact me at: Shalini.firstname.lastname@example.org.
My students and I would be grateful to you for your partnership in our journey for this year. Let’s do this together.
Cost (In Rupees)
Stationery(Pens,Notebooks,Pencils Workbooks, Maps, White board)
Registration fees for Talent Exams
Technology Integration in classroom
20,000 (for 2 years)
Science experimental kits and practical exposure amenities +
Field trips ( 17 students at approximately Rs.200 per student and 2 trips)
8000 (for 2 years)
7000 (for 2 years)
Elemental Medical and Hygiene Needs for girl children
Setting a leveled classroom library(Fiction and Nonfiction books(Olympiad prep materials)
9000 (for 2 years)
Miscellaneous(Print outs of worksheets, reading material, assessment sheets)
4000 (for 2 years)
Educational games and sports equipment
Cupboard for storing books and student folders