Greetings from Teach For India!!
We are back to school - and are entering our third year of operations in Hyderabad. We have been with these children for three years now, and are amazed to see the growth in our children.
Hearing it straight from Meghana, the proud teacher of these children.....
'I would like to share with you the story of Asif. Asif lost his mother at the age of five and dropped out of school in first grade after severe physical abuse. On the insistence of his grandmother he joined my second grade class midway last year. He started off as the most defiant kid of my class. He made no friends, repeatedly disobeyed all rules of the class and got into fights with older kids in the school. One day during the course of the class Asif had attempted to answer a question and I lifted my hand to offer him a hi five to celebrate his attempt. To my surprise the boy involuntarily cringed assuming I was going to hit him. That was the day I sensed his inner fears that he tried to hide beneath his disobedient facade. Over the next few weeks I worked persistently to bond with Asif and to gain his trust. A year later, Asif is now the most kind and resilient child I’ve ever seen. He has developed a great interest in reading and writes amazing short stories. He loves to build and dance in his free time.
I am Meghana Devineni a fellow at Teach for India. I am the proud teacher of 37 kids just like Asif, each one of them unique in their own right. I joined the fellowship right after completing my Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Growing up I was always critical about the way education is perceived, practiced and perpetrated in our country. My skepticism about the credibility of our educational system was validated after I moved away for my undergraduate studies. I decided that I need to do more than criticise, I decided to act upon it.
I took up the fellowship to work towards ending educational inequity. I joined the fellowship with the assumption that I will be teaching these little children but over the past year I’ve realised that I have learnt as much from them as they have from me. I have seen what it really means to be resilient. I have experienced what it really means to be committed to a goal and to work towards it relentlessly day after day. I have learnt what it really means to hope against all hope and to truly believe that with all our efforts one day these kids will grow up to be bright and responsible citizens of the world.
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