Last week of September 2014
As you know the 3rd batch of the Warwick volunteers left us on Friday 19th of September 2014. We all were very sad and the Warwick volunteers were as well. They worked very hard with us. They made major changes at Laksh foundation. They were a miracle for the Laksh teachers and the students. So I would like to thank the University of Warwick, for taking a great initiative and introducing us. This initiative is an amazing way to develop the community and uplift the underprivileged children in this area. I hope the Warwick university keep continue this programme, expanding and reaching more and more people.
Every day we faced challenges while working and tried to sort out them, proving our resilience and hardworking nature. We are learning and trying to develop ourselves alongside the project. I decided to provide training to the Laksh volunteers on pronouns for English and multiplying fraction by fraction for mathematics. I saw the pupils found it difficult to use the appropriate pronouns to fill in the sentences and multiplying fraction by fraction in mathematics. I taught them kinds of pronouns e.g. Personal Pronouns, Demonstrative Pronouns, Reflexive / Intensive Pronouns: the “self” pronouns, Indefinite Pronouns, Interrogative Pronouns
We developed worksheets in the morning classes with the teachers to make it easy. We practised with lots of examples and ensured to what we learnt was implemented in the evening classes with the older students because they have same content in their school syllabus. I realised that we are trying to improve their learning skills and have to encourage them towards study. The worksheets we had created for mathematics were really successful with the students and they seemed happy at the end of the lesson. The pupils are having fun with learning. But we want to work with them on the other issues like health education, special education, child rights education, moral education etc. As you know we are working with underprivileged and first learning generation, so we are looking forward to use our resources in order to help make teaching these issues possible. Many times we find difficult to coordinate with the community people because they believe in superstitions. They don’t believe in the education of girls, they don’t send them outside their home for study after the 5th standard. This year Laksh Foundation took initiative in Silakari village, we motivated parents and 15 girls got admission in 6th standard. They went there only for 2 months and then they all dropped their study – it was a great disappointment and of course made us very sad. We asked their parents, and then they said “we need their help in our domestic work and agriculture as well”. So we need to create a good awareness among the community people and children so that they can understand the importance of education and motivate their kids for further study.
On 25th of September 2014, we decided to organise a workshop on health and hygiene. We demonstrated the right way of teeth brushing. We got some resources from Ash, a Warwick volunteer for the workshop. First, I asked a group of 26 students about brushing their teeth, but I was shocked to hear that nobody brush the teeth every day. Then picked up a student and gave him a brush with toothpaste and explained them the right way of brushing his teach. I explained following points:
- Clean the outer surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth
- Clean the inner surfaces of your upper teeth, then your lower teeth
- Clean the chewing surfaces
- For fresher breath, be sure to brush your tongue, too
Lots of Love,