Pavan feels that when youth of India joins hands to bring change in education and have guidance from Organizations like Teach for India, the journey seems not difficult
Today I met the angels of Teach For India in Gangotri Public School, Seelampur, New Delhi. It was not a regular day for me as I was to reach Seelampur New Delhi to visit angels of Teach For India.
Rohan, one of the representatives of Teach for India picked me from Seelampur Metro Station and we started our journey to Gali No.1. The drive was no less adventurous. At every point we felt either the three-wheeler would crash with rickshaws or the over-flowing drains in the locality might create hygiene issue.
After 15-20 minute trip we reached the Gangotri Public School. Once I entered the gate, the profile changed. Young cadets of Teach for India were taking classes of students and the classrooms were packed.
I was introduced to Kritika, Manya, Shivam, Rohan, Ananya, Ketkee, Prakriti, Tanya And Navneet. I also met the Principal Vikas Singh and also his wife.
Every student greeted me in English and the energy levels, of both students and the faculties, were worth seeing rather feeling. Good handwritings on the boards with clarity of thoughts were mark of passion and interest. These cadets were here to make difference in education and bridge the gaps.
I interacted with many students. Some recited poems and some shared with me their details – name, family etc. But the best thing that I liked was their conversation skills. Students were most comfortable with the new pattern of this teaching.
I spoke also in length with the Principal Vikas Singh and was quite happy to see the alignment with Teach for India. He has become inspiration for other schools also.
Principal told me that initially he had to convince parents of this new method of teaching. But once convinced, they are now only admiring the change in their children.
True, when youth of India joins hands to bring change in education and have guidance from Organizations like Teach for India, the journey seems not difficult.
(Pavan Kaushik is an author and renowned storyteller having over 30 years of experience.)