“Teach the children, so it will not be necessary to teach the adults.” – Abraham Lincon
Following the same path, the team of Being Social – एक नई शुरुआत decided to initiate a learning school where children can be taught academics as well as extracurricular activities for overall personality development. They named it ‘Kala Pathshala’ where classes are conducted every weekend by the volunteers with great zest. Since its inception a year ago on May 28, 2017, the popularity to join the classes is increasing day by day among the children. Initially, there were mere 25-30 kids which has now increased to almost 110 children within a few months.
Mostly, kids here come from the nearby slum area. Initially, parents were reluctant to send their kids to the classes, but after noticing behavioural changes and interest, now they themselves wait for the weekend to come!
The real essence of knowledge is seen when it is shared. Adapting with this, each volunteer tries to impart and share every bit of relevant knowledge with the kids. They try to make each session interactive and interesting. And in return, kids are always inquisitive to ask more questions and satisfy their hunger for knowledge.
Once or twice a month, it is made sure that such activities are conducted where kids can get involved in high numbers and a message can also be passed. Like, in the past, a cleanliness drive was conducted where the emphasis was given to the importance of clean and safe surroundings. Also, separate study groups are made according to the academic competencies, so that special attention can be provided towards matching the reasoning levels.
One can actually feel a sense of satisfaction after spending just a few hours with the kids. And this happiness gets doubled when the kids show how happy they are when they learn something new in the school. Every volunteer has a unique way of interacting with the kids and that’s what makes the sessions lively. Being one of the volunteers for this wonderful cause, I can so aptly relate to the kind of boost I get every time I spend some time with them.
The brightness in the eyes and the wide smile on the faces can make anyone’s day and give strength to do something for the society again and again. The contentment of the day well utilised is contagious.
This organization actually have hundreds of followers in multiple cities like Delhi/NCR, Pune, Bangalore, Jaipur, Chandigarh. Volunteers from every corner of the country and outside are ready to render their support in every possible way.
Apart from this initiative, Being Social – एक नई शुरुआत is also involved in other activities like ‘Carefree Laado’ – An initiative for woman menstrual hygiene awareness, ‘Festival for all’ – where clothes and other necessary items are distributed among the needy, visits to orphanages and old age homes, environment friendly activities like ‘Water for birds’ during summers, etc.
I just wonder – if every citizen of the country tries to give a part of their time to the needy, the whole world will be so different with bright hopes and the light at the end of the tunnel would be so magical.