ICICI bank Teach for India came up with this arrangement wherein the bank sponsors two of the employees as fellows for the Teach for India initiative annually as one of its many CSR initiatives have always wanted to work in the social work service sector a few years don in line. This experience provides me the insights into the functioning of a school as well as an NGO and will consequently aid me in achieving my long term goal of starting an institution such as a school or an orphanage.
Working with small kids, has been a wonderful experience. T has worked for two different classrooms during the last two years yet the joy he gets by teaching these children is the same even today. T can now appreciate the difference between role learning and skill based learning. During the days as a school going child, learning was al about reading the prescribed books and writing answers for the exam. Today, it is more about empowering a child to answer questions. This backed by the power of expression and the knowledge of the world. Another thing worthy of mentioning is while teaching may be an enjoyable experience it is definitely not simple but conveying the subject after considering the attention span, interests and learning levels of each child is a challenging task.
The best part about being a teacher of course is the opportunity to work with sweet kids, who love you and are willing to do anything to make you happy! They make you a feel like the king of their small kingdom. You feel extremely responsible when your sense that you are the role model for them and bear the onus of their success and failure! Add to it, the fun element there are so many instances which leave you laughing throughout the day, giving you the opportunity to enjoy each day of your life. The flip side is the occasional frustration when in spite of repeated efforts they just don’t get it. Apart from this, the longs hours of talking you have to do in the classrooms can be quite strenuous.
It is truly sad that a teacher’s profile today is looked down upon in a country like India, where traditionally the Guru is likened to God – Gurur Sakshat Parabrahma. While the teacher himself is respected by everyone no one wants to pursue a career as teacher. The mindset that one prefers will opt for teaching only if nothing else works is dangerous for our future generations. The roots also lie in the pay scales of teachers. While in some high profile schools teachers are paid well, in most schools teachers salary levels are miserable. Considering that the fortune of the entire generation rests in the hands of teachers there is an urgent need to work out some solution to make the job of teaching financially lucrative.
Teaching gives you a feeling of being a leader, where you feel responsible for the success or failure of the children in your class. It is a great sense of responsibility.
Teaching as a profession requires immense patience, the ability to control yours as well as your student’s emotions conviction to continue efforts for successful change and not to give up in spite of recurring failures. All these qualities can actually being you success even in the corporate world.
Teaching in under privileged schools also gives you an idea of the term educational inequity. While we all know that there exists inequity in India, the difference in the quality of education offered to the haves and have nots further widens the gap. There control being equal opportunity unless the quality of education offered to everyone is similar. There is no level playing field for these children. This understanding further saddens you when you consider that you are the one who got the opportunity and are getting all the comforts you otherwise may or may not deserve.
While it is encouraging to find different NGOs working in this sphere, the gap is so wide that the amount of investment and effort required to redefine the education system in India is huge. This may not be possible immediately. Hence, NGOs and other socially active elements need to increase their efforts and presence to widen their impact. In a democratic country like India, where people vote for their leaders, the quantity of education can also bring about a transformation in the political amp of the country.