Albert Einstein once said "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb trees then it will live its life believing that it is stupid".
Do you know that at least 5 of your child’s friends live this truth every day? Their teachers and friends ridicule them as gross failures. The parents (who love their children as much as you do) believe that the child is an embarrassment and live in denial. Impact on the child: a low sense of self esteem and a deep sense of being a failure. The child’s crime: born with a learning difficulty. This is not a poverty problem…this happens in homes similar to yours and mine.
But do you know that this is a very solvable problem? Early detection and timely support can bring out the genius in the child and alleviate the self inflicted suffering of parents. Dr. Shanta Vaidya Memorial Foundation-Maitra has been doing just that with around 1000 children and 11 schools* (*through remedial teaching courses) since the last 3 years. Reason for success: it believes that learning difficulty is not disability. They believe that that these children learn; just not using the conventional methods and that makes their learning difficult but doesn't make them disabled in any manner. The foundation focuses on the child's abilities rather than their learning difficulties and creates opportunities and enabling learning environment for the child which makes a huge difference to their lives. You can read more about the foundation here:
They have reached this number with 1 center and a 6 team member staff because that’s all that the resources allow them to reach. But that’s a drop in the ocean and other children cannot wait. Can you support one family break these barriers and let the child blossom? This Diwali and Navratri can you give a “Dan of opportunities’ and make a difference in the life of a child.