I'm Aparna, a teacher at KP Agrahara Govt School in Bangalore. My students are the children of daily laborers who work long hours for minimum wages. Our classroom has several issues that need immediate attention. Hence we are seeking your monetary help. Every donation, no matter how small, would make a difference. Please consider donating to this noble cause.
I'm Aparna Narayanan, a teaching fellow at Teach for India. As a part of the fellowship, I'm posted in a Government School in KP Agrahara, Magadi Road, Bangalore. I teach a bunch of 40 extremely energetic kids. My educational background includes a Bachelors in Business Administration from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore.
When I decided to join the fellowship immediately after my graduation, I had big plans and dreams of how I want to teach the kids and drive the passion to learn in them. When I started teaching, it broke my heart seeing them not reciprocate the efforts that was being put in for them.However, I realised that there is a larger problem that prevents them from learning - the environment around them, their classroom.
The classroom functions with just one small bulb, no fans and no benches. This leads to drowsiness, which further leads to the lack of motivation to learn.My students are the children of daily laborers and incense stick makers who work long hours for minimum wages. The income earned by the parents is not enough to make the ends meet in most cases. So, my students carry the hopes and responsibilities of their families in addition to their own. My students do not let their backgrounds define or restrict them.We need classrooms that encourage teamwork, creativity, and dynamism - spaces where students learn from their peers and learn to ask the right questions. My goal is to create a space where students feel safe, comfortable and excited. To this end, I have partnered with The Better Design Foundation (TBDF).
TBDF is an organization started by ex-TFI fellows with experience in architecture and interior design. In partnership with FRDC - a large retail design studio, they have formulated a well thought out scalable solution to our current infrastructure issues. Our current classrooms have limited student-teacher interaction, inefficient space utilization, and a lack of diversity in learning mediums. Over the next year, I will be working with TBDF to transform my classroom in terms of equipment, technology, and structure keeping student outcomes at the center of this transformation.
Most importantly, I will be shifting my classroom from an instructional model to a collaborative one. My classroom will then serve as a model to other teachers, other schools, the local government, and to large institutions motivated to make a difference. I am very glad to be part of this campaign led by the students themselves and they are the reason I happily do what I do now. We have the opportunity not only to transform the lives of my current students but to also disrupt the entire education system. With all that said, we will not be able to do any of this without your support. A portion of the funds raised will be used to provide basic amenities like electricity, fans, lights, etcetera and then the larger chunk of it would be used for customized, flexible furniture - which includes height-adjustable desks, innovative seating, whiteboards, LED TVs, an in-room library and solar power systems ensuring the classroom is self-sufficient and sustainable - I will be working with TBDF to ensure the classroom has varied layouts and plans to accommodate every student that passes through my classroom and their unique needs. Every donation, no matter how small, would make a difference.
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