Monthly Archives: June 2013

Shlok an update

We came back to the Puttenahalli government school in June 2013 and it has been a roller coaster ride since then.

We have had lots of new volunteers joining in to take up the cause from far off places in bangalore- some of them coming to the school from as far as austin town.

We have also had some success in terms of getting the local community involved. One of our aims was to have the local area folks volunteer so that this becomes a self sustaining initiative. Today we had our first interest in taking ahead this initiative on weekdays. I am quite excited as I am sure are our fans and trustees of team SHLOK.

I look forward to this weekday teaching program driving further interest in the core focus areas for SHLOK.

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I will end this with a story- i think about 2 weeks ago one of the kids from standard 5 came up to me and asked- ‘computer class toglalva’ ,meaning wont you take computer coaching sessions for us.. and that reminds me- where are you ritesh rajani and darshan yadunath, the kids are looking for the computer Jedi to teach them the art of computer force..

Cheers and until next time

- Ashwin

Awesome Saturdays

It’s almost a year now being part of SHLOK organization.

Got to know about SHLOK from IBM run ODC (On demand community), can recollect for the first time I met SHLOK team in Ashwin’s house. Team was with full of ideas how they can contribute themselves in betterment of English and computers in government school; I can say it was a brainstorming session.

First day in school never expected kids coming to me saying Good morning Sir, welcome, how r u?

I was really amazed with the kind of response from kids, innocent faces and sparkling smiles. Learnt a lot from them, actually I am not a teaching material at all, but these kids made it happen within a year. I got the confidence of teaching…

Many ideas started popping in my mind like teach different things, go digital. Whenever I teach new content / show them digital content I can see joy & happiness in their eyes…. They are like energy packets never get dry.

I never feel like missing the session every Saturday, it’s a kind of give back to society.

Actually my team termed it as Joy of giving… That’s right I feel it every time I go to school.

All the best to SHLOK team, let this cause spread to each and every corner in INDIA and improve our education system and empower our children in English communication and computer education.

-Madhu

Experience beyond Expectations

“Hi, Good Morning, What is your name?” These were the first few lines the little tots came up with, I was shocked to see all of them coming up to me and greeting without knowing me. Those innocent faces had priceless smiles and too many questions in their minds,  they were all so eager to know what I was going to teach them, “akka, are you teaching English?”. The kids weren’t scared to come up to me and ask questions, but I was, I had butterflies in my stomach as it was the first time I stood in front of so many kids to teach, this was the big difference between me and them. There were a few kids responding to what was being taught, few running around and having great fun, few noting down every small thing written on the blackboard…but once they heard the bell go, their faces lit up and they were in a hurry to leave, but before they left, they came up to me and said bye, thank you and a few kids asked “are you coming again next week?”, that was the moment when I promised myself that I will be a part of SHLOK always. The happiness I felt after spending an hour with the kids is inexplicable. I want this to continue…..and it will…

- Keerthi