Category: Education

Small Steps Before Long Strides

“In conversation with Divyashri, a 12-year-old student who has set out to challenge preconceptions of our ability to create a positive impact in society.” How did you start volunteering? Since a young, well much younger age, I have always been socially conscious. Recently, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Belakoo Trust’s Spoken English classes in Hangrapura Malavalli. Here, I got to interact with students of age 5-15 years. The students, for their part, thoroughly enjoyed themselves and being a student myself, I was able to teach them a few tricks and hacks that helped them learn better. This...

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NavGurukul: Shaping Lives of the Underprivileged through Education

“Here’s Mr. Abhishek Gupta’s story, founder of “NavGurukul”- an organization that helps students from low-income and marginalized communities to learn Software Engineering, enables them to get a job and brings them out of poverty.” How did you get started on your philanthropy journey? I received my Software Engineering degree 5 years ago from IIT Delhi and I founded a Startup that built a conversation platform. The app allowed people to come together and discuss a topic of interest. It was acquired by a large company with $2.6M in funding and I was appointed as its CTO. Eventually, I started...

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Giving the Gift of Education – Building One School at a Time

If the government schools in rural areas of India are in such a bad condition, it speaks badly about our country. How will the teachers be motivated to teach? How will the kids be motivated to come to school? And how will the parents be motivated to send children to school? Let’s not forget we are talking about the next generation of citizens. Here’s Mr. Vadiraj’s story, founder of “One School at a Time – OSAAT”- an organization that helps rebuild the infrastructure of government schools in rural India. How did you get started on your philanthropy journey? We...

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Meaningful Education for All Must Be a Priority

“My students always told me that I was a subversed teacher. They said somehow you teach in a subversive fashion. I like that.” In conversation with Jyoti Thyagarajan, founder of Meghashala (school on the cloud) How did you get started on your philanthropy journey? Well the philanthropy technically didn’t start until a couple of years back. But it all links back to my teaching career which began a bazillion years ago when I married my husband Tyagu. I began my life as a teacher in Africa where we first lived for about 10-12 years. Teaching is the kind of profession...

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If quality is one’s focus then the concentration is on “how well” the job is done and not “how many”.

As I walk into this bubbly school, Parikrma Foundation, near Ashoka Pillar, Jayanagar, Bangalore, a group of kids playing in the ground run towards me shouting “Anna” (meaning brother), give me a tight hug and return back with a smile. Some kids stayed back with a barrage of questions ranging from “Who am I” to “Did you hear the thunder” to “Why are you so tall?” I was amazed at the outspoken nature and soft skills in these so called “Slum kids” which is rare to see in a reputed private school also …Just then Mrs. Shukla Bose, the...

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