Kavya, Auxilia, Netra and Sneha are 10th grade girls from one of U&I’s Learning Centers. They are at a crucial stage of their lives because of the academic pressure kids face in India during the 10th grade. Amidst the fear and anticipations they say they are having fun in 10th grade. Auxilia said “Homework and projects have multiplied this year compared to 9th grade, but the feeling of being seniors, in the highest class of our school is lovely.” Their common problem is with Hindi. Sneha said, “We are just focused on graduating. Hindi brings us nightmares, if we can’t understand simple words, then how can we write essay type answers?”. When asked how they are managing, Netra said “The countdown has already begun in our school- 8 months more, 6 months more... fast moving days worry us”. The year is almost wrapping up for these girls and their reasons for graduating the10th grade was eloquently put across by Kavya, “I am desperate to just pass this exam in order to get a degree. I only want to work and support my family and nothing else.”
Along with children our teaching volunteers are equally anxious.The children share a strong and genuine bond with the volunteers. The volunteers are especially able to empathize with the children who are about to graduate the tenth grade since they have been there themselves.
The past three months have been challenging as well as incredibly inspiring. The U&I teach program is ever-expanding. U&I is up and running in four other Indian cities- Mumbai, Mysore, Coimbatore and Chennai. We are currently teaching over 458 women, children and men. We have recruited over 650 volunteers who are teaching over 5000 hours in 8 weeks.
As the year comes to an end and we reflect upon the past year, team U&I is grateful for the support that we have received. It is because you that children like Sneha are able to make their dreams a reality. We want to say a huge thank you for believing in the work that we do and positively impacting the lives of these children. With your continuous support, we are certain that these children will become pillars of success in their communities. Your support fills us with gratitude. Thank you, again.
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We've had a great start to a new academic year and are thrilled to share this journey with you! We have partnered with 4 more organisations, setting up new Learning Centres in their facilities and have also increased the teaching courses in Learning Centres of already existing partners. As of today the U&I Teach Programme has 25 classes a week, offering English and Tuition lessons in 11 Learning Centres set up in partnership with 8 organisations here in Bangalore.
A highly valued partner in the U&I Teach programme this year is the Flippen Group. Established in 1991, the Flippen Group the largest educator training organisation in North America today and has been working in countries across the globe, changing the learning environments in schools and learning institutions. We have been immensely blessed to have trainers from the Flippen Group work with us to customise classroom management tools to fit the needs of our Learning Centres. They also conducted a 2-day training session for all the volunteer leaders and staff and we have since then implemented these tools in all our Learning Centres.
We are really looking forward to this year and the positive impact its going to have on these wonderful children. All this is made possible by your continued support and encouragement. Thank you once again for believing in what we do here at U&I and for partnering with us to BE THE CHANGE within our communities in need.
This is Vishal – his name means ‘large’ or ‘big’ and he’s a little guy with big dreams – he wants to become a pilot!!
Your warm-hearted support of U&I’s Teach program, encourages Vishal and nearly 500 children like him to dare to dream. Leave your mark on the futures of these children as you partner with us in making their dreams come true.
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We've had a great year of teaching and learning at all our Learning Centres and its been very rewarding to see the exceptional improvement in the scores of the children that you help us reach. This report is a short overview of the progress of the students in all Learning Centres.
We want to say a huge thank you for believing in these children and the work that we do here at U&I. We do believe that as you continue to partner with us, we will see all these children excel in their academics and go on to create stable homes and futures for themselves and their families. We look forward to your continuing support through the coming year as we expand our work to reach more children and women within our communities in need.
Its very exciting to bring you news about the work happening in the U&I Teach program over the past few months. We have had a very fulfilling teaching season in all our Learning Centres and are looking to end this academic year with many success stories of well-deserved rewards for our students and their teachers (our volunteers)
Our volunteers are the grass-root champions of our work and I know you will love hearing from them directly. Nandita has volunteered with U&I for the past year at the Muslim Orphanage, one of our Learning Centres. It is her proactive enthusiasm, creativity and love for the children she teaches that shows brilliantly as she now leads a team of volunteers teaching English. Here is her story:
Testimonial by Nandita
My name is Nandita and my approach to life has changed immensely since I started working with U&I during Summer Camps 2013. I volunteer as a Class Head at the English Learning Centre:Muslim Orphanage. Let me start by saying that Muslim Orphanage is unlike any Learning Centre you’ll ever go to. No matter how much preparation or planning is done, every weekend is a bit of an improv session - there will always be kids to chase, new rhymes to sing, etc. Having said that, this Learning Centre has been an absolute joy to work at. Its true that it gets overwhelming and exhausting at times, especially around 4:15 on a lazy Sunday afternoon where the kids who aren’t falling asleep are throwing hula hoops from the 3rd floor. But when I look back, there are so many things I take back from having volunteered here. I remember this one class with 9th and 10th grade girls; they were having a story-building competition where they were divided into groups and given 5 different words that they were to use through the course of their story. It was great to see the normally shy and quiet girls open up and speak about their dreams for their lives. But there was this one girl, who kept chiding her friend for revealing her dreams and cynically remarked that these things were too far-fetched to ever come true. In my conversation with her, I asked her if it would be so bad if she dreamt anyway and as the others came up and presented their stories, she wrote one for herself and gave it to me later. Her note said that maybe being a princess is too far-fetched but being a doctor or a teacher isn’t and that is what she wanted to become and that she had been inspired by us, her teachers. I realized afresh the value of what we were doing among these children and it has strengthened my resolve to continue. If going there every weekend helps even one girl or boy then I know I have made a change. I truly look forward to every weekend I spend with these girls and will always strive to make a difference because I too, like the author of this quote would say that “I have the gift of faith and foolishness to believe that I can change the world”.
We thank you for believing in these children like we do and we really appreciate all you do to partner with us in our work here at U&I. Attached is a report about the progress at each of the Learning Centres that you support through your generosity. I would love to have you write to me with your thoughts, feedback and insight that would help us serve our communities better. Do write in at email@example.com
Once again, THANK YOU from everyone in Team U&I!!
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