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From darkness to light

Good Afternoon, again something good I read and I am here to share with you all. Teach India volunteers did it again. Red the following news I found at times of india website. “Tamso ma jyotirgamaya…” means leading from darkness to light. It could not have been more true, when children at Shankar Bhavan in Shahpur sung this prayer on Wednesday afternoon. It was a churning for both the students, all from underprivileged homes, and Teach India volunteers who spent time with them.


At their second class with teachers, the kids seemed more enthusiastic about English. As they started with a quick revision of the previous lesson, Payal Thakur, a student of class VI from Shahpur school number 15, beamed: “At home, I spoke to my father in English and told him everything I learnt here. He was ecstatic and proud and insisted I continue learning.”


The overjoyed volunteers then began to teach them to spell their names in English. Otherwise shy, the kids soon started opening up and displayed a confident demeanour when the volunteers asked them about Christmas.


Anil Chauhan, a student of DBV High School

, told them about how he created the Nativity scene in paper mache. The fact that he narrated most of it in English was remarkable. “I learnt about paper mache at my grandfather’s farmhouse. I make a variety of animals out of paper mache, my favourite being the symbol of peace which is a dove,” he said as the volunteers helped him connect sentences.


The class then learnt to identify different colours and shapes in the form of an innovative activity. “I enjoy learning here because the class is extremely entertaining,” said 12-year-old Bharat Parmar a student of standard 7.


When asked about what they aspire to become, 12-year-old Alpesh Parmar said, in a patriotic note, “I wish to serve the nation and make my parents proud.” On other hand, his sister Gauri, 14, told the volunteer, “I want to do what you are doing. I want to teach.”