People for Change: Spreading Education

Walking on the heat-radiating Delhi road, I noticed a bunch of Government school children clad in their blue uniforms, aiming for the fruits on a ‘Jamun’ tree with stones. Their evening snack was happily hanging from the branches hidden by innumerable leaves growing in all directions. I wondered how these children managed their studies with hardly anybody at home to guide them. It is not that these children are any less intelligent than the children who are economically blessed, but it is just that they don’t the right kind of supervision.

The difference between the organization “People for Change” and me is that I simply thought about it while they worked on it. “People for Change” is an organization that conducts tuition classes for underprivileged children in order to guide them in the right direction and prepare them well for the future. The organization was founded two years back with mere five students in a play school’s building which was lent to them during evening hours. It is now situated in Dayal Bagh, Faridabad where they have an apartment to themselves, the rent of which is paid by one of the many donors. It has children from class third to tenth totalling up to a hundred students at present. They have recruited 2-3 teachers who help the students with their homework, prepare them for lessons in advance and also teach them various crafts like paper bag making, art, origami etc. An addition to the teachers there are a few college students who teach on a voluntary basis. The founders of this organization, Ms. Nellie Dhillon and Ms. Nisha Celly, also come to teach on a regular basis. They believe that it is only when the children get appropriate exposure that they will get encouragement to do better. In order to encourage the children to strive for excellence, the organization rewards the students who perform outstandingly well in their annual examination.

Education has evolved to become a blend of academic excellence and personality development. Working on these lines, “People for Change” conducts an annual function where all the children participate. In addition, they organize stitching, embroidery and other hobby classes during summer in the month of May. The aim of these hobby classes is to inculcate life skills in the children and to make maximum utilization of their free time.

“People for Change” would appreciate more citizens to come forward and help them in spreading education to the needy. As “People for Change” is an expanding not-for-profit organization, it needs more people to help their cause in any little way they can. Anybody willing is welcome to help in their mission to attain hundred per cent literacy. Details can be obtained at the following number: 9899401882

This article has been written by Kanika Gautam. She is currently pursuing Bachelor of Commerce at Delhi University. She has been a part of the Shadow Editorial Board with Faridabad Times, Times of India. She is an alumnus of Mother’s International School, New Delhi and has been on the Editorial Board of her school magazine. She has also made contributions to her college magazine, has a passion for social work and a zeal for writing.

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