A discussion in class brought out the problem of illiteracy faced by innumerable children, which by large, results in child labour and other related problems. This started us thinking about what we, as students, could do to alleviate this major problem and came to the decision that if each one of us taught one, we could, in time, make a difference to many children.
We are a new school with 33 students in classes VI and VII combined. We imagined each one of us teaching one child in ones own time! We imagined every privileged student doing the same! Very soon we will have no child who does not know his/her 3 R’s (Reading, Writing and Arithmetic). This thought of helping under privileged students and sharing what we learn in school got adrenalin pumping in us. What better gift could we give others of our kind than the gift of the 3 R’s!
Four of us formed a team and planned to teach a child each on a daily basis from 26 th September to 2 nd October. We also decided to continue it twice a week for as long as it took to make a difference to that child.
Two of us knew of a child each we could help. The other two visited an orphanage and with the blessing of the Mother Superior there, were given permission to help two girls.
Ashmitha:I met Revathi, a 9 year old, in class III at Jeevadhanam Home. She could hardly read or write and barely write the numbers. I started teaching her the letters of the English alphabet and numbers.
Revathi responded very well, in fact she was very reluctant to let me go even after an hour and a half of studies.
Alagappan: I made friends with Gautham, a 7 year old boy who lives in a hutment close to my residence. Gautham could speak in Tamil, but knew neither the letters of the alphabet nor numbers. Over the week I spent with him, I taught him the basics of reading and writing Tamil and English and also simple addition and subtraction.
“ KNOWLEDGE IS STRUCTURED IN CONSCIOUSNESS”- our consciousness has initiated us to motivate our students to share their knowledge with the most underprivileged children of our society with utmost care. Our student realize and feel that many children of their generation lack education while they are blessed to enjoy its bliss.
A small but a GREAT deed by our students in in eradicating illiteracy.