Abhishek Babaji Jedgule Age: 10 Standard: 4th in Zillha Parishad School Saikhindi
Abhishek belongs to a poor family. His father Babaji is doing Clerical work in a Pvt. Office and mother roll bidies. Ahbishek and his family live in village Saikhindi, which is a remote and dry village.
Two years back Ahishek was an isolated boy who spoke very little, with family as well as others. He had very low confidence, and was struggling with his studies. NISD’s support class teacher and social workers identified and admitted him, when he was in 3rd standard, into the Reading Improvement Programme (Support Class). He secured 40% marks in the baseline test organised by NISD. He was not able to read, write and understand the alphabet. This lead him to poor results in class. He slowly revealed to his social worker his lack of confidence, and therefore why he would not speak to others. The Support Class teacher taught him different songs, stories , games to help him gain confidence. He also admitted in the Chotu Balpanchayat Group ( Child Parliament of Young Children). This group gave him number of friends and he started communicating with others more confidently. His increased confidence and attention helped him to complete the syllabus of Reading Improvement Part- I. He got 55 marks in that. After this, the Support Class teacher enrolled him in Reading Improvement Part-II and greater attention was paid to his studies. Due to this he got 75% marks in mid term test and 90% in the final test. Now Abhishek mixes with his friends, school mates and villagers quite easily and confidently. His reading and writing skills have improved. He is regular in the school and his school performance is also improved greatly.
Thanks to all of you for providing opportunity to NISD to bring these children in the mainstream of education and saved Abhishek from a possible dropout. Abhishek's right to education is protected through this project.