I’m a Teach for India fellow, who’s been working at a low-income private school in the Medahalli area in Bengaluru.
The people living in Medahalli are mostly migrants and daily wage workers, who send their kids' to Sri Vidyaniketan School.
But, due to the lockdown and the dire situation in the country, most of these families have returned back to their villages as they cannot find work in the city. Leading their kids to drop out of school as a result of not being able to afford the tuition fees.
I have been teaching these kids for about one year now, and have even gotten to know some of their family backgrounds, and the crux of the matter is usually ‘monetary’. While some parents have other reasons to withdraw their children like not being able to pay for all multiple kids' tuition fees.
The class strength was at 66 when the previous fellow handed over the class to me, but as we began reaching out to them around 33 of them withdrew their admission due to the pandemic, lack of funds, and some of them migrating back to their villages.
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to get back all these students but currently, few students in my class are on the verge of dropping out due to the lack of funds.
As a teacher, I believe every child has the right to learn. No child should be deprived of it, regardless of where they are from or how much money their family has.
My aim is to ensure students' successful completion of the academic year by helping with tuition fees and reducing the dropout rates, especially among female students.
These kids need your attention today, so we’d be grateful to however you can help me reach my goal which is Rs 2,00,000. I’m also raising funds for any future cases that might come up and also help fund their books, stationery, and any other need in their family.
So, please donate any amount you think can help change the lives of these students.