Empowered by The Asha Trust in Powai, a group of IIT-Bombay graduates is making a difference to the lives of over 130 students from government schools.
Breaking away from the traditional practice of ‘mugging up’ books, these IIT-Bombay students are helping children breakdown concepts and understanding them better.
The Asha Trust helps such students, who are mainly from municipal schools, in managing studies after school. The IIT grads are helping with this process by making them understand the concepts, theoretically and practically, and also remembering it in a logical manner.
One of the teachers, Abhishek Kumar, an IIT graduate, decided to become a full-time teacher at Asha, instead of pursuing other job opportunities. He teaches math, social studies and Hindi to high school children.
Abhishek is now focussed on helping six students prepare for the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) to be held in November 2017. “I want to conduct an aptitude test and train students for JEE examination as well. I wish I had more time,” Abhishek told the Hindustan Times.
He attributes his love for teaching to ‘Abhyasika,’ a student initiative at IIT. Another one of Abhishek’s colleagues from IIT, Suranjan Sen, is coaching his students for NEET.
In an age, where coaching classes have become inaccessible to students from government schools and underprivileged backgrounds due to exorbitant fees, the trust charges between ₹100 and ₹500 to coach them.
“Most students who come to us are from municipal schools. Many of them are not able to read and write, even though they are in class 5,” Dr Smita Puniyani, chapter co-ordinator, Asha Trust Mumbai, told HT.
Since their parents cannot afford to send them to tuitions and coaching classes, the trust is helping the kids get low-cost, high-quality coaching. “The fees adds to their burden. So, we thought why not ensure everyone gets quality education without paying a bomb?” said Dr. Smitha.
Asha’s approach to learning has resonated with the students and they love it. “In school, we are asked to mug things up. Here, the teachers help us understand every lesson,” said Kajal Kanojia, a student from a Bhandup school.
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