My name is Monika Satoskar. I am a senior this year at Upper Arlington High School and will be finishing school. I have spent the first 2-3 years of my life in India with my grandparents. That is why I am very fond of going back to Mumbai to visit my grandparents. Recently, however, I began noticing the growing overcrowding and poverty in the city. Because of my attachment to India, I wanted to help in some way. I came to know about AID and began volunteering with the AID Columbus chapter.
There I was introduced to a unique school program called the Avehi Abacus Project by one of AID’s founding members, Aravinda Pillalamarri. Avehi enriches the school curriculum by blending traditional school subject work with aspects of daily life and experiences of the society using innovative strategies. It aims to give a purpose or some meaning to the education learnt in school.
I was very intrigued by this project. And so, I decided to focus my senior capstone project (a year long project) on the Development of India, specifically the Avehi Abacus Project.
As a part of my capstone project, I visited a municipal school in Mumbai to learn more about Avehi. I spoke with some of the students and teachers about their experience with Avehi and took video clips. Using those, I have created a documentary about my visit.