Self Paced E-Learning in Vernacular language at Kachchabari Village – an initiative in Jharkhand

 

They say journeys are important, but here it was the destination. Last weekend after a four-hour bus journey from Jamshedpur my stop at the village Kachchabari, a small village around 35 kilometers from Ranchi, arrived. The picture of a typical modest village, most of whose houses were made of mud-tiles, came into live right before my eyes. On my way to the village, I crossed by few girls carrying utensils and heading towards the pond for cleaning them; a scene that usually gets painted when we talk of rural India. But this village showed me something more than just that which made my destination worthwhile. On reaching the village we were received by the village’s widowed mukhiya with a warm welcome along with tea and some snacks. She then accompanied us to the place of our interest, the Panchayat office. No, it wasn’t the office that was our interest but the study center that functioned there in the evening hours (whereas the office work took place during the day).

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Spreading awareness

With the world constantly moving past us with fast-paced technological innovations created one after the other, it is vital for us to remember to create a strong educational foundation for the future generation through these innovations.

Volunteering through Shikhya, I have realized how important it is to dedicate time to those in need whether it is by teaching English or simply talking to them. There are many underprivileged children in this world, and if we all just take a few minutes away from our daily, monotonous routine to help them in any way, we could make a big impact on their lives. For example, donating a few dollars to your local charity or helping out at the food shelter, or even visiting a foreign country to help out at an orphanage.

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Teaching English as a Second Language:Part 2

My manager called me soon after and we discussed what I could do to improve for the next session. He said that I did an excellent job by making the two girls feel comfortable by smiling through the whole session. However, he observed that I did talk too fast. By speaking slower, I would be able to help the children catch onto some of the words and phrases I was saying as well as understand me more clearly.

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Teaching English as a Second Language:Part 1

There is a first time for everything right. Learning how to walk, trying the “real-good” cheeseburger right down the street where the new restaurant opened, or even traveling on a plane! For me, July 29th, 2015, was the first time I became a teacher for orphan children wanting to learn the English language. For the first time, I was in complete control of how I ran the classroom on the virtual communication system.

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Each One Teach One

I remember the first time when I had learned to write. It was an euphoric moment. I had scribbled madly on notebooks,magazines, books, newspapers, walls and almost everywhere. It was a time when I realized that I could do something beyond just eating, sleeping and playing. I knew that my life was much more than I had thought it to be.

Education is almost like developing wings. It liberates one, freeing one from the shackles of inhibitions.  I wonder how my life would have turned out had I never been to school?

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