India Literacy Project: starting the new academic session

Today was the second class at the new school that ILP will be covering. I’m the first volunteer.

The school has been a pleasure to go to. I can see firsthand the difference that an enthusiastic headmaster, interested teachers, joining hands with corporates and well wishers ( Infotech has adopted this school), are making to the school.

As soon as I enter, I see this neat playground lined with young trees. The classrooms are laid out nicely, there is absolutely no litter around. I compare this with the school less than a km away where I did summer camp for the kids – lots of garbage, no place for the kids to play, no toilets – the school was even being used as a thoroughfare by people who wanted a short cut to the main road.

The teacher from the third standard is cooperative and enthusiastic. Not only is she helping me with translation ( most of the children are not conversant in English, not yet anyway), but she loved the way we were teaching and wants me to write down some rhymes for her. It is a pleasure to teach when the environment is so nice.

Attendance at the school is good too, and the children are enthusiastic ( that is true everywhere though). I am working out a program for them where I will supplement, through stories and rhymes, what they are being taught in school ( alphabets, words, sentences).

Enjoying being involved. I even got a rose today from a kid 🙂


3 thoughts on “India Literacy Project: starting the new academic session

  1. kopili August 18, 2010 / 11:32 am

    We are looking for a volunteer to teach the 4th standard kids in the same school. Anybody out there who can spare 1-2 hours a week? – especially convenient for folks who work in the Gachibowli area as the school is on the main road.

    • Mini September 16, 2010 / 6:23 pm

      Are you still looking for a volunteer?
      I am interested and I live in Gachibowli.

      • kopili September 28, 2010 / 1:36 pm

        We found a volunteer for 4th standard. Looking for a volunteer for 2nd standard. If you like working with smaller kids, and are very energetic, come join us. You can volunteer for an hour/two hours each week as per your wish. Lots of activities for these smaller kids.

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