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Svāvalambi - Help My Students Become Self-Sufficient

Hello!
My name is Gayathri Brundavanam and I am a Teach For India fellow in the second year of my fellowship programme. I presently teach Grade 6 at Greenland Public School, Adugodi, Bangalore. It is an english medium classroom and follows the Karnataka State Board syllabus.

Most of my students come from impoverished communities around the Ejipura slum in Bangalore. They are the children of daily laborers, domestic help and factory workers who work long hours for minimum wages. Absent parents, alcoholism, family feuds and lack of employment security are challenges that my students and their families have to battle each day. However, my students do not let their backgrounds define or restrict them. What stands out is the resilience, the level of commitment and the sense of possibility that characterizes these students. While the aspirations vary from student to student, the questions they ask, the answers they seek and the choices they make indicate their will and determination to take ownership of their lives. It is not that they don’t make mistakes rather it is their ability to review, reflect and respond to them that sets them apart.


These aspirations are what drive them to come to school everyday. They come into my classroom to learn and work with me to find a way to eventually achieve their goals. While one can admire and applaud their motivation, one can also see the crushing reality of the place they come to in search of an impetus. Despite recent interventions to fix up the basic structure of the school by organizations involved in school infrastructure, the problems in our school remain multifold - The classrooms in my school are tiny and cramped; They are piled with racks and desks which have been haphazardly cut together and are laborious to move around and are sometimes hazardous to sit in. 90% of our classrooms have no technology available to use in them. How is a child supposed to come into this environment and be able to attain an excellent education? How are teachers supposed to prepare children for the 21st century in classrooms like these?  What can I, as an educator, do to help these children and best equip them for the future?


One may assume that a few benches and a blackboard would resolve this issue, but such solutions do not take into account modern views on education, and the idea that our students must be prepared for tomorrow. Transforming education today requires educators to shed the traditional notion of a teacher imparting knowledge to their wards and instead turn to the idea of a teacher as a facilitator helping students realise their creative potential and instiling within them the confidence to face uncertainty. We need classrooms that encourage teamwork, creativity and dynamism - spaces where students learn from their peers and learn to ask the right questions. The vision that I have for myself as a teacher is to create classroom experiences that will promote learning in multiple forms and cater to the needs of EACH child in the classroom. The idea is to make content accessible to students at all learning levels and most importantly make visible the connections between what they learn in class and its application in the real world.



We are raising funds with two goals - to provide a community library and reading room for after school use by students of multiple nearby schools  in the community and then use a  larger chunk of the raised funds for customized, flexible furniture - which includes height adjustable desks, innovative seating, whiteboards, LED TVs, an in-room library and solar power systems for the classroom - ensuring self-sufficiency and sustainability. The bet that we are placing is that access to these facilities will act as a key lever that will put our students on the pathway of independent learning and self-sufficiency. The current reality we face is that our school is not equipped to provide these facilities to all classrooms

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6th October 2019
We are in the process of getting a science lab and projector for our classroom. Procuring of projector is done our next step is to fix it with white blinds.
We are in the process of getting a science lab and projector for our classroom. Procuring of projector is done our next step is to fix it with white blinds.
29th July 2019


Dear Supporters,

With the funds raised, we have made a library.

Thank You so much for all the support!



Dear Supporters,

With the funds raised, we have made a library.

Thank You so much for all the support!

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Rs.31,000 raised

Goal: Rs.300,000

Beneficiary: Gayathri Brunda... info_outline

Supporters (12)

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Anonymous donated $75
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Anonymous donated $75
Pk
Pavan donated Rs.1,500

All the best..

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Anonymous donated Rs.1,000

Great job. Keep going

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KONAKANCHI KRANTHI donated Rs.1,000
Pk
Pavan donated Rs.1,500

All the best.. keep going