Thanks to our work, we get to hear and see several examples of passionate teachers and educators who strive to make their classrooms joyful places of learning. Recently, a colleague shared this heartwarming story from a village in Rajasthan :
In an effort to keep the villagers interested in sending their wards to school and make education valuable in their eyes, the Headmaster and his team provide 'employment' to their 12th pass out students in the form of temporary teachers. Yes, you read it right, The Headmaster and the teachers spent a part of their own salaries (on their own free will) to employ ex students so that parents continue valuing education. These 'temporary' teachers helped the school with summer camps or work as substitute teachers as the school is anyway understaffed. Later, Pratham absorbs most as teachers and the school gets prepared to groom the next batch.
Across the country there are many such examples, of teachers on the ground making real impact, making real sacrifices for the future of this country. Real unsung heroes. This country is in good hands.
And as someone rightly said 'Not all superheroes wear a cape' :)
As our timelines and feeds get taken over with nostalgia and gratitude for teachers who've made a difference in our lives, take a moment to help the teachers who are currently making an impact in the lives of children across India. We are sharing 3 campaigns that you can support this week. This Teachers' Day, pay it forward by getting much needed resources into a classroom :
Ankit teaches 50 students and wants to get 200 books that the entire school can share.