The Coaches Sesstion
2 medals. 1 silver, 1 bronze.
That was India’s medal count at the 2016 Olympics. A nation of 1.2 billion people scored fewer medals than countries less than one tenth of its size. For all its talk of becoming a rising sporting nation, India has yet to travel the distance it will take to accomplish this goal.
Among many reasons for the above-mentioned grim scenario, the most important one is a lack of grassroots level coaching. Primary and secondary school Physical Education/ Training teachers aren’t trained for their jobs. They’re history teachers who’ve been assigned physical education because nobody else has. They’re art teachers who may have played a sport in college or taken one class on exercise. Trained coaches are luxuries of the accomplished, only available once an athlete has already demonstrated his or her ability.
That’s why Mann Deshi Champions has started coach the government school coaches. To that extent, A month ago we had put together a training camp for 50 government school coaches in Mhaswad, India. For four days, coaches from Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, and Solapur did scientifically-grounded workout practices, including proper warm-up and cool-down exercises. They’ll discovered the theoretical and practical basics of different sports, and how to best teach them to children.
Moreover, the coaches practiced the social skills necessary to create a supportive and nurturing environment for primary-school children, especially girls- creating room for them to fail and succeed in ways they never thought possible, ways that will help them grow and alter their futures for the better. The camp was conducted in partnership with the Sprinters club Mumbai. At the end of the four days coaching seestion we conducted a village level wrestling competition.
After the camp, we realized we should start a Travel Coach program. Where 10 of Mann Deshi’s travel coach will travel to different schools to coach the government school coaches as well the children with unified curriculum. Every coach will spend at least 4 month in each school. Travel coach program is going to start from the Jan 2019.
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“The cycle given to me by Mann Deshi has allowed me to reach school on time. And since I have started saving time on my daily commute to school, I utilize it to study. Earlier I was able to score 60 percent marks in my exams, but now I am scoring 75 percent” says Jyoti.
Jyoti is a student in the 5th standard. Her family situation is very financially insecure. She lives in a small house, with a thatched roof, along with her parents, her four sisters and her younger brother. Her family does not own any land of their own to cultivate, and therefore, Jyoti’s mother, Shantabai, works as a wage labourer. They barely manage their household expenses with her income.
Jyoti and her family’s everyday existence became even more difficult when her father started drinking. The entire responsibility of running the household and taking care of the children had to be borne by her mother alone, and she became depressed. However, to manage expenses, Shantabai began to work on their neighbour’s field, from which she earns around 3000/- a month. On holidays, Jyoti and her four sisters go the fields to help their mother.
Shantabai dreams of giving her children a good education and making them independent. Jyoti mentions that, without Mann Deshi’s timely help, her mother’s dream could not have had a chance to come true. Mann Deshi, under its Young Girls’ Initiative, gifted Jyoti and many other school-going girls like her bicycles, to make it easier for them to go to school. Jyoti says that they barely manage to eat two meals in a day, so purchasing a bicycle would have been out of the question for them. Jyoti and her four sisters used to go walking to school before, from Gundevadi to Chetavali. Now, at least two of her sisters can use the cycle to go to school, in much less time. They use the extra time productively, to study.
Since she received the cycle, Jyoti’s hopes have risen and she has become inspired to learn more. She now goes to school on time every day, and gets more time to study. She is determined to achieve her goal of becoming a police officer one day.
Quote from Jyoti's mother:
“Since my husband and me are both engaged in daily labour, both our daughters used to commute on foot everyday. Even the younger one used to walk long distances. We are grateful to Mann Deshi Foundation for giving bicycles to our daughters. Since my husband is an alcoholic and I am a daily wage earner, we live a hand to mouth existence. Under these circumstances, we would never have been able to afford bicycles for our daughters.”
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“A year ago, I used to only cook at our hotel because I am not well-educated. I was under the assumption that I would not be able to manage the accounts and other financial aspects of my business. But since I have started attending Mann Deshi Foundation’s Deshi MBA program, ‘a fire has been ignited in my belly’. Now I have employed a woman who needed employment to cook in my hotel, and I myself sit at the reception desk and look after the accounts. I settle the bills and even keep a record of the small loans. I feel confident and have started saving money too. I sincerely thank Mann Deshi for transforming my life.”
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