At Teach For India, we believe that every child deserves an excellent education but the stark reality today is that only 10% of children in India go on to college.
Today we would like to share with you a story - a story of 24 children studying in Grade 2 in Shahpur English school, a municipal school in Shahpur area in Ahmedabad. Most of the children's parents are auto-rickshaw drivers or daily wage labourers.
When Shalin started his fellowship with Teach For India six months ago, he entered the classroom of these 24 children to find out that almost all of his students did not know simple math or even the alphabet for that matter. Together, he and the children set new rules in the classroom which they proudly call 'Superhero Rules' and learnt new values.
One such child is Chintu, who has a speech sound disorder. When Shalin joined the fellowship, he saw that Chintu was low on confidence and did not participate in a single class activity. Every day, he used to sit in a corner with a dejected look on his face. On the academic front, he couldn't recognize a single alphabet or number. 5 months later, Chintu not only knows all the alphabets and numbers till 50, he can even write simple words and sentences on his own. Also, despite the fact that he struggles to express his thoughts because of his speech disorder, he participates in all the classroom activities with great enthusiasm. This has led to a huge morale boost for him and his confidence in his own abilities is increasing day by day.
Teach For India exists because of a deep belief that every child can and must attain an excellent education. You can be a part of this change in Chintu and many other such children by sharing this with people you know! Your continued support will help us in going a long way!