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Help me educate people!!
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  • Vishal

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    Vishal Vasanth
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    Vishal Vasanthakumar

    from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

At the age of 19, I started an educational enterprise called Warhorse with the simple aim of teaching public speaking to school students. I was extremely upset with my undergraduate education and thought that I may be able to have some impact doing this.
Fast forward 5 years later, the team at Warhorse is 11 members strong, having trained over 4000 students in subjects including microeconomics, political theory, philosophy, history, science and of course, the skills of communication and debate. We have raked in revenues of more than a crore in the last two years and the last 5 years have been thoroughly rewarding and enjoyable but there was always something gnawing at me; our clientele.
Our clientele comprised of children who are extremely privileged and that started bothering me when I started introspecting on the purpose of my work. I figured that my individual purpose is to have a large scale social impact in education and that the work I do in my for-profit educational enterprise will not be able to facilitate that purpose.
I am resigning from active duty at Warhorse k  the 24th of December. I am applying to study International education policy at some of the top schools in US & UK in 2019 with the aim of coming back to India to work with the government or international organizations in the economics of education.
I realized that if my intended career is policy and to work with economically poorer sections of society, my perspective on education thus far is extremely narrow and urbane.
I am embarking on a 4-month tour of rural India from January 2019 onwards working in various rural educational institutions including schools in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Haryana, Kashmir and Jharkhand amongst others to get a better perspective of what education requires.
I am using up all my savings for this trip and of course, am not going to get paid for any of the teachings I will be doing anywhere in the country.

The funds you provide would be used by me for basic boarding and lodging in the village/town/city of the schools I will be working in. These include schools in the village of Manjakudi and Kannaripettai in Tamil Nadu, Thrissur in Kerala, Hubli in Karnataka, Malegaon in Maharashtra, Udaipur in Rajasthan, Kutch in Gujarat, Chandigarh in Haryana, Bhatinda in Punjab, Leh and Baramulla in Kashmir, Kannaur in Himachal Pradesh and Shillong in Meghalaya. 

Your contribution will go a long way in channelizing the passion of a young citizen on a quest.
Thank you <3

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