Wanted to share my experience with partially blind and underprivileged children near my school. I have been visiting this school occasionally since 2013 and have been very regular for the past few months.
I go there regularly to teach English and History about two to three times per week. Well to begin with its not easy since i do not speak fluently the regional language marathi and becomes a bit difficult to connect sometimes with a few of the students. I have to be creative since i cannot use the blackboard. I started by explaining past, present and future tense and how to converse in day to day english. Some of my students have picked up while some of them have been struggling. I am thinking how to be more creative. Will it help to use audio tapes? But then i will need Hindi tapes explaining words in English.
All the children are from underprivileged background and the school is works on charity. The food is very decent and is served at 6.10pm sharp. The food is usually vegetarian and nutritious. The school has a playground in the back of the school which includes toys for children to play with. The children travel outside the school premises once very week while go to regularly for swimming on Sunday for swimming in a pool nearby. (Had gone with them long time back).
This is a very good experience since it is very different from teaching in business schools. I need to reinvent myself and try to find a way to find a more effective way to reach out to a few of them.
I try to motivate them by discussing stories of great Indian spiritual leaders & statesmen. In my last week i had discussed Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Shivaji and Guru Gobind Singh. Time for the dude to sleep soon..
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