Volunteer Diary

From Akka to Miss!

Coming from a family of academics, I assumed that teaching ability should be second nature even without formal training. And I’m apparently fine according to many children I have volunteered with although I may not

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Volunteer Diary

“All are equal miss…

…Hindus, Muslims, Christians, boys and girls", were the heart warming words of Afreen Sultana, a promising class IX student of a government aided English medium school in Matadahalli, R.T. Nagar. A fornight ago, it all

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Volunteer Diary

A Class Apart…

Have you ever observed or interacted with children from low income families (and sometimes first generation literates) studying in private or government aided English medium schools, in their school or outside? Who are their friends?

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Volunteer Diary

Money Matters!

ABBA’s song "Money, money, money, must be funny, in a rich man’s world. All the things I could do if I had a little money… " comes to mind at the plight of a few

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Volunteer Diary

Unity in Diversity?

Different language, faith(religion), caste. Similar socio-economic background, residential neighbourhood, age and school. Do they divide or unite? Fortunately the latter in most cases I have encountered over several years of teaching and counselling children from

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In English Please…

All children I have voluntarily tutored (often, first generation literates from low income families)  over the last several years yearn to become fluent in English irrespective of the languages they speak or study in. And