I am lucky. The older I get, the more I understand and appreciate this concept more holistically. I have parents who unconditionally love and support me. I have an amazing younger brother. I have a roof over my head, healthy meals, clothes on my back and I go to a school where I feel safe and valued. I have always had these necessities and I took them for granted.
This changed in 6th grade when my parents took me on a trip to India. As a family, we visited a PRATHAM primary school center in Pune. The classroom was no bigger than my bedroom, and the students were only a year younger than me at the time. Most were dressed in tattered or torn clothing and many were shoeless. However, their eagerness and enthusiasm was palpable. It occurred to me then not one child in that room took for granted the opportunity before them.
Needless to say, that visit left an indelible mark on me. The concept of giving back and social action became more nuanced to me. Today, I believe service learning should be integral to our core values, encouraging us to seek opportunities that cultivate respect for diversity, inspire social responsibility and kindness, and empower us as students to have the courage to act.
With this I applied and was selected as a 2019 PRATHAM Youth Leader, where I spent two weeks teaching Science and English with PRATHAM in India.
The main objective of this program was to encourage and enable students to deeply engage in a cross-section of PRATHAM's high impact programs in India.
I realised how lucky I was to be offered this opportunity. Each child I had the privilege to work with was engaged, eager and considered the process of learning to be a privilege.
Having moved from New York City to London, I have come to understand I have a greater responsibility as a global citizen and student. After this incredible experience, I now have found the vehicle to affect change in a way that I am now passionate about and that is PraDigi.
As described on PRATHAM's website, the PraDigi initiative works to transform learning through use of technology. Using continuous data analysis to determine what content is relevant and engaging, the goal is to develop a viable student-focused model which can accompany more traditional teacher-centric approaches with the intention of scaling the methodologies across India’s rural school system. To date, the program has distributed 13,500 tablets uploaded with approved educational content and is bridging the gap for those commnunities that have limited access to a quality education.
My hope is to continue my involvement from London with PRATHAM through the PraDigi Initiative before I go back next Summer. As such, my intent now is to raise funds to further expand the scope of the Pradigi initiative to develop and refine the existing digital content.
Please help me achieve my fundraising goal for PRATHAM. Every single dollar raised through my campaign goes directly to PRATHAM and it's amazing scope of educational programs.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY AND SUPPORT!