At some point in our lives we all come across a few rare sights that inspires us to think beyond our self interest and share a portion of our resources of any shape and form to help those in dire need of it more than us. Unfortunately in such a marginalized country like ours the images that should move us are not rare but for most part of our time we choose to ignore it. This definitely does not mean that we as a community are not generous enough and indifferent towards the suffering of those around us. But the idea that a single person helping a handful of people won't bring much of a change holds many of us back. One of these rare moment came into our lives when Ankit and me (Kunal Raj) saw students from LKG to std 5 of a low independent school named 'Manav English School' carrying out a campaign to raise awareness about girl education in a locality with majority of people being uneducated and with a very generic small town conservative thought process. We could see these kids rallying behind their teachers with their hand made placards and raising slogans addressing the people they have grown up around. We had heard at several times in the past about the artistic and very unconventional style of teaching in such a low-income independent school that was set up by a fine arts teacher in the small backyard of his house. Initially we decided to pay a visit to the school at least once a week and teach some of the classes on subjects that might not be be covered by the school and to provide a different insight to the students about life outside their home town. But after having a brief conversation with Mr. Gopal mahto(the principal) we got to know that what the school needs is much more than just a few graduates giving free teaching classes to the students. Being an independent low-income school it is facing a lot of challenges. The instances of students dropping out is very frequent due to lack of financial capabilities of the parents ( as most the parents are daily wage earners and laborers). There kids are then left with no choices other than helping out their parents in their work or doing some petty works themselves. A lot of students are carrying their books and copies in polythene bags. Also the gap of modern, creative and technically driven education between high end private schools and an low-income schools like these is quite large due to which the many families of the area are hesitant to send their kids to this school as they feel that bigger private school is the best option for providing high quality education to them. The students are not familiar with any form of digital interactive education due to which they fail to reinforce what they read in classroom in form of texts. We understand that due to the present hectic work environment a lot of us are not able to physically contribute to these social campaigns but there are lot of groups that are fully dedicated to bring change in the society.
We are a group of few graduates who are giving you a chance to be a part of that change and contribute in making the kids of a independent school like these to be at par if not better than any other high end private school in the country so that these underprivileged children does not miss out on any opportunity despite having all the knowledge but low level of sophistication on technologies.
We aim to set up a smart class along with a distinct curriculum in the school with at least one class a week for every class. The focus of the curriculum will be not only on conventional textbook learning but also on moral education and social awareness. We have planned to include children films and documentaries, animation, moral stories and pictorial classes for general awareness. The whole idea is to provide children an opportunity where learning will be made more interesting and engaging. Also we are dedicated to set up a support program for 50 students to provide them with school necessities like textbooks and copies, backpacks and other accessories.
The cost estimation for the whole program(Rs. 65,000) includes:
1.Projector and accessories — Rs.35,000
2. Visual and audio study material — Rs.5,000
3. Backpacks — Rs.15,000
4.Textbooks and stationery — Rs.10,000
Contribute any amount of money to our project 'MANAV' and be a integral part of our small group here on