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Feb 21, 2019

Go, Kids!!

U&I teamed up with Grant Thornton India for two fun sports events for our students in Bangalore and Mumbai. A third sports day in Delhi is in the works for next week. 

The Bangalore event, "Sports Fest", saw boys and girls from one of our Learning Centers play high-energy games like football, cricket and three-legged races. The Grant Thornton employees rolled up their sleeves and got right into the thick of things. 

The kids had a blast and took home medals and prizes. "This is way better than my school sports day," said one of the girls who won a prize for the three-legged race.

The event also included lunch and refreshments for the tired but happy kids.

U&I believes in providing a well-rounded educational experience for our students. We understand that sports are a great avenue to build confidence and foster teamwork. It also revealed a competitive edge to some of our students who are quiet in their classrooms. The Sports Fest was also an important way to reiterate to our female students that girls can rock at sports, too! 

Most of these children don't go to schools with sports facilities where they can actually kick a ball or run a race. While they may attend sports days at their schools, its more about marking attendance than learning a sport.

Thanks to our partnership with Grant Thornton, we were able to give these children the opportunity to grow in their sports skills and boost their confidence. 

Jan 18, 2019

The Last Leg

There are four more months for the academic year to wrap up. For many, that means feet are dragging and levels of enthusiasm are waning. But, not at U&I. 

To keep our students and volunteers motivated for the last leg of the academic year, we are intentional about running refresher training programs.

Each city will run a volunteer training day called Recharge which is meant to do exactly that - recharge the volunteers so they give their best for the last few months. We believe that students, in turn, will respond by giving their best! Recharge programs will kick off in most of the18 cities across India where U&I is located from the 26th of January onward. 

U&I has collated feedback from each center and will run the specific Recharge training programs to address those needs that have been communicated. Additionally, we will also be introducing the Child Protection Policy with our volunteers so each class is conducted with exemplary standards,

 We are poised to give each student the motivation to keep working hard and to finish the year well. U&I is poised to give 1675 children a deep love for learning and a commitment to education. 

Jan 7, 2019

When the Student Becomes the Teacher

When Priyal started as a volunteer with U&I, she was apprehensive. She was assigned to teach English to 9-year-old Vijay, at an orphanage in Mumbai. She wasn't quite sure what to expect. 

The spark in his eye said that Vijay was a keen learner. Yet, Vijay struggled with self confidence. He wasn't sure he could learn to read as he hadn't been able to, thus far.

But, gradually, Priyal was able to help Vijay overcome his fears. Within a few months of one-on-one classes with Vijay, he was able to read his story books with ease. His confidence started to soar, not just with his reading ability, but in every area of his life.

Vijay soon became a role model to the other children in the orphanage. In fact, he soon began to help the other boys, who were struggling with English, with their reading.

It was truly fulfilling when Priyal had the chance to watch her student become the teacher as Vijay helped his friends to read.

Through our volunteers like Priyal, U&I helps 1750 children across India grow in their academic abilities and their levels of confidence. We invest one-on-one time with them, so our volunteers are not merely their tutors but also their mentors who help these kids believe in their dreams.

U&I is showing these first-generation learners that education is a way out of poverty. 

Thank you for investing in the lives of underprivileged children and changing the course of their lives!

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