Teach a child and it’s the biggest imprint you can leave on his life. National Service Scheme, SRCC has dedicated an entire project in the same direction. ‘Project Sanskar’ is an initiative to provide tuition facilities to children from nearby areas. Apart from studies, on a larger canvas, it aims at bringing overall development of children. Having a total strength of about 25 students, they conduct daily classes in the college classrooms with student volunteers to teach them.
Even after realizing its essence, the standard of education in government schools is below par. With a project like this, they are provided with extra help after school hours. Classes are held on weekdays from 3.30pm to 5pm. Special emphasis is given on Maths and English. Children come from the slums in the vicinity including Kamla Nagar, Patel Chest and Malkhaganj.
Initially it was a difficult task to convince parents to send their children to the college but they now see significant changes in their children’s lives. For the children, the class is a learning platform where they are treated equally with love, attention and care. The project not only focuses on their syllabus but aims at strengthening their basics which is often ignored in schools.
Each volunteer teaches a single kid giving utmost attention to the child. An extensive syllabus is prepared for each student to analyse and guide him in the right direction. It gives the child an opportunity to clear all his doubts unhesitatingly. Each day begins with an evening prayer followed by the roll call. The class also hosts a plethora of activities to keep the children engaged.
Various competitions like recitation, extempore, plays and art and craft contests are organized to keep up a lively atmosphere in the class. Also each volunteer has been assigned a student for the entire year to keep a check on the child’s overall performance and improvement. At the end of each class, children are given seasonal fruits to eat after studying.
Shivangi Sinha, Literacy Head, NSS SRCC talking about her experience and vision for the project says, “When I joined this project as a volunteer, I found that in spite of going to government schools, they didn’t receive quality education. A class 8 student wouldn’t know the alphabets or basic mathematical operations. So I came up with this idea of a personalised curriculum for each student. In ‘Project Sanskar’ we teach each student as per his/her own speed which is often ignored in schools. It is also challenging to maintain their regularity as sometimes parents engage them in other works. Hopefully we will be a step closer to our goal next year.”
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