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Aug 27, 2019

Sowing New Seeds

With the start of the new academic year, all U&I's Learning Centers have been actively meeting their goals for the semester. But we are having fun doing it - because we know that's hands down the best way to teach children!

After being exposed to nothing but rote learning at school, U&I gives our students the chance to experience their learning through practical activities wherever possible.

Just a couple of days, for instance, while studying the parts of a plant, students at a Bangalore Learning Centers took time out to plant saplings and sow seeds. While these students are accustomed to memorization at their low-income or government schools, hands-on activities get them excited about learning and help them understand concepts much better.

U&I reaches 2000 students in 54 Learning Centers across India. We are changing lives, one child at a time, one practical lesson at a time, one affirmation at a time. 

Maybe ten years down the line, these students won't remember exactly what the volunteer teachers taught them. But they sure will remember how these U&I teachers made them feel!

Today about 2000 young people in college or working professionally devote 2.5 hours of their time every single week to build the community, one child at a time.

A simple gardening activity - something these children would never otherwise have the chance to do - builds the teacher-student relationship, ensuring learning for a lifetime.

Jun 20, 2019

Summer Camp at Boys' Home

It was a week filled with activity as the children from the Boys' Home took part in sports, arts and crafts activities and even went on a field trip.

Summer camp 2019 at the Boys' Home takes work and planning and commitment - but it was worth every bit of effort as our staff watched the boys grow and learn and simply have a blast.

The highlight of the week was, of course, the field trip to the Bannerghatta National Park. The boys were able to identify animals from their special needs class flash cards - a proud moment for our teachers.

Another amazing accomplishment was that some of the boys were trained to make paper and ribbon flowers during the camp. Our resource people from other centers met with some of the boys and trained them to make colorful flowers which were then displayed during the exhibition on the last day of the camp.

We're proud of our boys and we also want to give a big shout out to our staff at the Boys' Home who give of themselves day after day.

May 21, 2019

Changemakers of Today - and Tomorrow

On U&I’s social media, our volunteers write reports about their teaching experiences. A uniform thread runs through all their stories: these volunteers receive more than they give. That’s in their words. Not ours.

 

Again and again, these volunteers report that they first went into classes expecting to teach and inspire students. At the end of their stint of nine months, they were amazed by the resilience of the children, inspired by their teachable hearts and motivated to smile through adversities.

 

U&I is now gearing up to recruit more volunteers for the coming academic year. We have launched our recruitment campaign for 2019-2020. This year, we expect about 2,500 volunteers to join the tribe of U&I change-makers.

 

We’re excited about the start of the academic year. Our office basement is overflowing with towering textbooks for 2000 students. But more than that we’re excited that our volunteers are such an amazing bunch who are determined to give to the community and also vulnerable enough to receive from the children. We are excited about today's changemakers who empower tomorrow's leaders. 

 
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