AID Jeevansaathi Ravishankar (pictured above on right side) has started a new initiative Chudar to improve the quality of education for middle and and high-school children from underprivileged sections. Chudar is a Tamil word which denotes the sparkle or brilliance from a flame.
As the first step, 5 model after-school centers have been started in slum areas of Chennai. At each center three trained tutors take Maths, English and science classes in the evenings. Each center reaches out to 50 children.
Ravishankar notes, “While the curriculum is in sync with the state syllabus, the unique approach ensures that children learn and understand the subject, as opposed to rote memorization. Chudar is also working with some government and government-aided schools, and we have got tremendous response from the children and community so far.”
Sidhyansh (pictured above), one of the volunteers at Chudar’s learning center, shares his experience:
“It’s been a wonderful experience teaching these kids who grew up with the most limited resources and in such crude surroundings.
“Their drive and motivation to achieve something through their educational aspirations at such a young age motivates me. In turn, it challenges the current methods of parents who are well off to pamper their kids and give them most of the comforts.
“Through my experience I have developed faith in the fact that India can realize it’s true potential when these kids have access to not just education but good and quality education. As their minds are equally or more bright than any of us, they lack the opportunity to educate themselves at early level which over time makes them unable to cope with other peers.
“I encourage every individual to experience this and to contribute in whatever way you can towards their early education.”
We congratulate Ravishankar and Chudar‘s team and will be together in this journey to unleash the brilliance of children.