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Teach for India: Empower my adventurers with the gift of learning

Hi! I’m Priyanka Venkat (a Teach for India fellow) and I teach 48 beautiful fourth graders in a BMC school in Malad, Mumbai.



This is Rehan. He is eight years old and comes from a family of four. He is a vivacious child, who by matters of circumstance, has been exposed to violence all his life. He also has a medical condition where he gets fits and faints often. This has played out in different ways in the classroom, with his minuscule attention span, his frequent defiant standoffs with the teachers in school, and his aggressive behaviour towards his classmates.

My biggest challenge and goal right now, is to get him invested in his education and for him to know that there is a big, beautiful world out there for him. I want to help him look beyond his immediate surroundings, and dream about where he can go. Rehan is just one of my 48 kids who come from difficult circumstances, but are super enthusiastic about who they can become. I believe that one of the most important ways I can help my kids dream, is to help them fall in love with reading. In order to build literacy in the classroom, a library with books of different reading levels would do wonders in helping me achieve this. I also want to give them experiences that broaden their perspective on the world. This includes excursions to museums, workshops, extracurriculars like sports, dance and music.

However, I need help in providing them with resources they desperately need.

How can you help?

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1) Books- Considering that my kids are at different reading levels, I need to buy books that cater to those levels. Additionally, to inspire them, I will be teaching them about leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Hausabai (indian freedom fighter), and Kiran Bedi. Some of these books are expensive to get for an entire class and will need help in doing so.
I need to raise: 9000.

2) Stationery items: Charts around the class really stimulate a child’s learning. So even if the child’s mind is wandering, he/she can look at the charts and learn something. Chart paper, tape, coloured paper, sketch pens and glue to create charts.
We need to raise: Rs. 6000/-

3) Textbooks the school provides are high rigour for our children. English is a new language for them and just teaching the kids out of textbooks is not going to help. We design our own worksheets, understanding the children’s needs.
We need money to xerox these worksheets for our kids. The current price of xerox is Rs. 2 per sheet (we at times get a discount) While we can reimburse some money from Teach for India, it’s not always enough. This year we are introducing them to history also.
I need to raise: Rs. 8000/-

4) Educational excursions: We all remember our school trips to the museum and the zoo. Field trips are recognised as important moments in learning; a shared social experience that provides the opportunity for students to encounter and explore novel things in an authentic setting. Also, it’s a lot of fun as they hardly get time in their daily life from tuition and household chores.

a) Trip to Nehru planetarium and Discovery of India.
Hire a bus: Rs 4000
Main gate entry: Free We need to raise: Rs. 4000/-

b) Dramebaaz: (Interschool play competition) Registration: 2500/- Bus fee (this is a shared bus with other schools): 1000/- The registration fee is per team. So I need to raise at the minimum: Rs. 3500.

At the very minimum, we need to raise Rs. 30,500. My goal is to raise upto one lakh so that I can give more to my kids in terms of enrolling them in classes that build different skills, and other support structures like counselling, help with learning disabilities etc. 

Your contribution will go a long way in helping my kids explore the world around them and achieve our goals for the year.  



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20th March 2020
Hi,

I just thought I'd give you an update. Considering the Coronavirus situation in the country, classes ended rather abruptly. Halfway into March we were told that all schools would be closed till the 31st March. Our final exams were scheduled from 20th March to the 29th.

An hour ago, we received news that the government has cancelled final exams for students from grade 1 to 8. This is pretty heartbreaking for both the kids and me as we were hoping to finish the year strong, and together. I am not sure when I will see the kids again, as their teacher in our classroom, as it seems the school year has ended.

Regardless, we are trying to keep the kids motivated and on task so that they continue learning during this difficult time and don't lose sight of the goals we had set together. We send students work everyday on whatsapp, and get on calls or send voicenotes to them in the evening to explain material/ correct their mistakes. The kids have shown a lot of strength and are still studying hard, even if they are not going to be tested. This gives me a lot of hope. So here's some pictures that I hope will make you hopeful as well. :)







Thank you so much for your contribution. The kids were able to experience and grow so much this year because of it.

Regards,
Priyanka
Hi,

I just thought I'd give you an update. Considering the Coronavirus situation in the country, classes ended rather abruptly. Halfway into March we were told that all schools would be closed till the 31st March. Our final exams were scheduled from 20th March to the 29th.

An hour ago, we received news that the government has cancelled final exams for students from grade 1 to 8. This is pretty heartbreaking for both the kids and me as we were hoping to finish the year strong, and together. I am not sure when I will see the kids again, as their teacher in our classroom, as it seems the school year has ended.

Regardless, we are trying to keep the kids motivated and on task so that they continue learning during this difficult time and don't lose sight of the goals we had set together. We send students work everyday on whatsapp, and get on calls or send voicenotes to them in the evening to explain material/ correct their mistakes. The kids have shown a lot of strength and are still studying hard, even if they are not going to be tested. This gives me a lot of hope. So here's some pictures that I hope will make you hopeful as well. :)







Thank you so much for your contribution. The kids were able to experience and grow so much this year because of it.

Regards,
Priyanka
20th February 2020
Hi!

Last week, the kids took to the streets to raise awareness about the harms of color based discrimination.

They performed a street play at the station and they did it beautifully! :)

Here are some pictures-



Hi!

Last week, the kids took to the streets to raise awareness about the harms of color based discrimination.

They performed a street play at the station and they did it beautifully! :)

Here are some pictures-



11th January 2020
Hi!

Our classroom library is finally up. The books are arranged according to the reading levels of the kids. The purpose behind this is to ensure that students are able to read independently and can actually enjoy the story instead of it becoming a purely educational practice.

Names are listed on each basket so the kids know where to pick their books from. I constantly test them, so when I see them moving up in levels, will shift them to more challenging books.

Thank you for your support! :)

Hi!

Our classroom library is finally up. The books are arranged according to the reading levels of the kids. The purpose behind this is to ensure that students are able to read independently and can actually enjoy the story instead of it becoming a purely educational practice.

Names are listed on each basket so the kids know where to pick their books from. I constantly test them, so when I see them moving up in levels, will shift them to more challenging books.

Thank you for your support! :)

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Rs.104,000 raised

Goal: Rs.100,000

Beneficiary: 4th graders of ... info_outline

Supporters (40)

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AJIT NAIR donated Rs.2,500
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Harita donated Rs.1,500

Great work, Priyanka! Good luck with this initiative

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Anonymous donated Rs.3,280
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Balaji donated Rs.1,000
kP
karthick donated Rs.1,000

God bless!

RM
Rishika donated Rs.1,000

Wishing the best for the students!