Monthly Archives: October 2013

Learn more than what you teach

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Brimming with joy and responding to the call from within , I went to the government school at Nagwara along with Ashutosh from Shlok to teach lessons in english but ended up learning important lessons of life .

Soon as I entered , the children, who had just finished their mid day meal ,were waiting in the queue ,patiently awaiting their turn to wash their used plates. Even while washing the plates or during their wait they seemed cheerful and enthusiastic and greeted us with a warm smile .Though I don’t wash my plates even now , I have at least learnt to express silently a deep sense of gratitude for the maid servant who washes my used plates everyday. Though I dont break any queues, I am trying to improve the art of cultivating a cheerful attitude while waiting. Hope I will get there.

Coming back to school – Just after the meal, the kids had so much energy that both Ashu and I tried to channelize by trying to make their learning as much fun as we could . We made them play team games and even during this play the kids did not cheat or try to be unreasonable to the other team. I learnt how important it is to exhibit the attitude of true sportsmanship while doing anything in life or to treat life itself as just another game.

Thereafter , When those kids read stories from their textbooks as loudly as they could , how much I realized that if we as adults try to incorporate the moral of those stories in our life , how beautiful can our world be. How I wish I were like these beautiful children . English or computer skills appear so inferior to some of these skills that children naturally exhibit . I teach them english or computers and they teach me life. Not a bad deal at all. Thank you shlok .

If you liked this post, you can read about Ms.Vasanti’s first few days at Shlok on http://shlokorg.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/to-give-pride-and-dignity-to-kids.

- Sumukh Guruprasad

To give pride and dignity to kids

My first day at Puttenahalli Govt. School was of sheer joy…as I always wanted to just go to this school and ‘do’ something….. Every time I drove by this school for six years…..every time…..I said I have to go to this school……and so, when Smitha took me on entering the gates …I felt sheer joy at just being there! What I wanted to do…..well, SHLOK helped me do just that! Thank YOU!

The sight of kids sitting on the floor with huge smiles made me want to go and hug each one of them and say…now we are here..we will teach you..help you speak that elusive ..Englishu ….as the kannadigas say!!!! I remember telling Smitha, those tiny hands had the tiniest Pencils and they were so engrossed in writing ! Here we take so many things for granted! I had never taught in a govt school here…well…..but in the Singapore Govt schools where i did teach for a while, they are better than most of our private schools! The Children here were very enthusiastic…the teachers were very co operative and we were determined to do our best…what more?

My personal feeling is , they need the basic teaching itself! Some don’t even know the alphabets. Some are very smart! But then , I was keen we do the Phonics alongwith the alphabets so that they can start reading! It is not going to be easy! Maybe we should start from grade I……by grade III they are a little older…..what do you all think? Then we are giving them a better foundation. I am very keen we discuss this in our Saturday CCD meet. I was discussing with Raghvendra, we should also target grade VIII,IX and X so that they don’t drop out, and we guide them into vocational courses. For this we need to teach them basic functional English. Ultimately, we want these kids so go into the world with dignity and pride at having achieved some education to sustain themselves and not get into drinking or become labourers etc ……MY own driver studied until 7th and said he left school because he lost interest and today he regrets he can’t even read English. I truly want every child to have basic education and also English for, we need it,

The enthu all you SHLOK members have, fascinates me! Long ago on Teachers day one of my student gave me a red rose with a card which had the most beautiful words…I always carry in my heart….he said” A Teacher is not someone who teaches, but makes you want to learn” Thank You, M’ am for being my Teacher……. That has been my mantra ever since!!

Thank You Smitha, Raghvendra for guiding me on my first days at SHLOK.

Vasanti

Deepti’s memorable first month

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Harini and I walked into the Computer lab at GMPS while they were totally engrossed in their ‘Radio-Patha’. (‘Radio-patha’ is the educational dvd the kids watch during their computer period) The silence, the tiny gossip, the bewilderment, the confusion, the excitement were all the different expressions we could see on the innocent faces when we first stepped into a classroom of 80 kids!

Frankly, it was quite over-whelming for us. I didn’t know whether I would be able to do handle it at all. Then when I saw the interest and the excitement the kids had and I said to myself ‘as much as I don’t know kannada, I want to make this work’. So with the help of Harini, I made a deal with the kids. They teach me Kannada and I teach them Computers J. That helped break the ice and it has been a month since we have been going and enjoying teaching the kids. Their interest and passion to learn inspires anyone who walks into their campus to impart knowledge. Thanks to Sholk for having given me this opportunity. It’s a joy that has no words to describe.