That's Me ! Ankit Agrawal :)
MY ROLE :
Teacher in an under-income school.
( school with fees < Rs. 450 per month, small classrooms, no playground, 1 common toilet for ~120 students and teachers )
WHY AM I DOING THIS?
I got an excellent education. My teachers are my role-models. I want to be a ROLE MODEL and give an excellent education to those who dont have the opportunity. Like my manager says, "Let's create a levelled playground".
I am also doing this because I want to become a LEADER. And how will teaching in a school make a leader out of me?
Well, there's a model called TAL( Teaching as Leadership ) . Teach For India provides all its teacher the right ecosystem to develop the leadership skills.
HOW AM I DOING THIS?
I joined Teach For India. Teach For India selected me after a rigorous selection process and placed me in my present school where I am working to give my students an excellent education.
WHY DO I NEED FUNDS?
I need funds to give my students an excellent education.
( That's the vision :) )
WAIT ! What does an excellent education mean ?
An Excellent education( according to me) means a holisitic education which forms a well-rounded personality. Okay, so why is money needed for it?
The students who attend an under-income school come from backgrounds where they don't get enough exposure and support. So?
This means that their life is a little(actually a lot) more challenging that ours. So?
The time that they spend with me and my co-teachers in school is the time when we can impact their lives through our teaching. The experience they have at school has immense potential to shape them. So?
We want to take them on field trips, provide high-quality reading and practice material ( their state board books are not that appealing ) , pay for school maintenance work and sometimes need to pay for their uniform / school fees.
Wait !! ONE REALLY IMPORTANT THING !
We run a community centre because 4 hours of school time is not sufficient. We wanted to create an informal learning space for students.
THE STUDENTS LOVE THE SUNRISE COMMUNITY CENTRE.
Watch a 10 min Documentary on Sunrise Community Centre ( Thanks to students from Symbiosis , Pune ) in youtube.
Ronald McDonald at Surnise School
So.. we need funds for the above mentioned purposes.
Want to visit the School / Community Centre ? :)
Location(School): Near Columbia Asia Hospital, Kharadi, Pune
Location( Centre) : Near Kumar Primevera, Kharadi, Pune
Want to know more about my experiences?
We can have a chat over coffee / lunch / dinner / walk , whatever :D :)