Report on Education Drive themed ‘Civic Sense and Social Awareness' by students of Bawa-Lalvani Public School, Kapurthala
A Pragmatic Dream of EDUCATION : for a better community, a poverty-free country, a healthier nation, and a safe abode for all children!
The underprivileged child and the community is a distinct microcosm. The children in these communities grow in different environments and have different learning requirements. Henceforth the students of BLPS pursuing the Bronze and Silver Award of The International Award for Young People have decided to play their part actively in regard to the theme ‘Civic Sense and Social Awareness’, dedicated themselves to teach the children from underprivileged backgrounds in Government Elementary School, Village Mansoorwal; District Kapurthala. Pupil Teachers customized the Education to suit the underprivileged ones to ensure their maximum participation and impact.
Setting another milestone, the students of BLPS undertook the responsibility to be an Emphatic Pupil Teacher and perform his/her duty to uplift/reform the society by using the most impactful weapon i.e. Education. They started the education program experimenting with various methods of teaching- alternative methods. They rationalized and came to an understanding that the existing methods do not do justice to the child from the underprivileged community. It led them to work on a tailor-made curriculum. They taught children the basics of Mathematics (addition, subtraction & multiplication), Languages (grammatical concepts) and Sciences (day-to-day occurrences), Arts and Sports. Focus was also made on life skill training, etiquettes, coaching on how to be present in a classroom, grooming and behaving with elders and the young ones. Targeted intervention was practiced to develop motor skills that would enable a child’s fingers to hold a pencil especially in junior grades. Taking inputs from the various methods, the students improvised and devised the newest approach. Nutrition and physical fitness was embedded to support learning. They allow children to receive a quality education and pave the way to bring about sustainable change within their communities, supporting the nation in the future.
Children from underprivileged communities do not have a good support system at home. The battle for survival does not let them prioritize education. These children do not have a structured way of learning at home. To ensure they grasp the concepts taught in class, a constant learning environment has to be created. Therefore, Young BLPians reinforced teaching in the form of art, theater, story-telling, activities, etc to ensure complete understanding of concepts. Pupil Teachers taught children in all experiential ways possible at a given time.
Education and the change it can bring in the life of an individual is a long-drawn process. For a community where more hands mean more income, it takes a lot to convince and motivate the people to keep the child in school. They have to be constantly inspired and given hope of the positive impact that education can bring in their child’s life. Because change can be brought only if they trust and follow the path without wavering. Over the years, this has also become a key point that makes students of BLPS pursuing the Award motivated and they then play their role with passion and to dare to deviate.
THE RIGHT KIND of education is not concerned with any ideology, however much it may promise a future utopia: In fact the highest function of education is to bring about an integrated individual who is capable of dealing with life as a whole. And that is the Motto of BLPians to teach each and every underprivileged child of the District.
The main goal of the program is to combat illiteracy in the region which makes it hard for local people to escape poverty. The pupil teachers visit the school on every Tuesday and Saturday morning for one and half hours. Multiple milestones are plugged in the academic calendar of BLPS to visit and keep these underprivileged children and the family motivated and focused to attend school and get education.
The International Award for Young People, India has played an important role in making our students understand their responsibility towards society.
Thank you IAYP!
Dr. Ekta Dhawan
Bawa-Lalvani Public School, Kapurthala