It has been about three months since I’ve been associated with Freedom English Academy (FEA) and in this very short period of time I’ve had some bittersweet experiences. I have realized that education is indeed a very serious problem for the people living in slums and other remote areas of India. What they lack is not a will to learn, but a good teacher to teach, a role model they can imbibe. When I interact with the unprivileged and underserved, I am reminded of my uncle, for whom I have much admiration – he used to say, “If India needs to grow then the vast majority of India that is poor and underprivileged must be given an equal chance to walk with alongside the rich and privileged. Working with the underprivileged youth and adults, I realize how sagacious he was. If the roots of tree are not given enough nourishment then how can the tree bear fruits. But as a nation, instead of looking after our teaming millions who are languishing, we choose to splurge on few.
At FEA, we are trying to provide some nutrition to those “roots” that were deprived of their rights and discriminated at almost every step of their arduous journey. It is not because we want to help them but because we want to return to them what we owe to them-equity, smile, rain, opportunity- so that they can learn, grow and walk along. It is indeed truly satisfying to be entrusted with the responsibility of strengthening the foundation of our nation.
On a personal note, being associated with FEA has been an astounding learning curve for me. I have been able to meet and know many beautiful people and learn from them. Thus far, I’ve met a writer, a future fashion designer, a veteran teacher and an Evangelist, all under one roof. Moreover, FEA has inculcated in me a crucial personality trait that I lacked earlier- responsibility- and I like it. I have realized that the world does not revolve around me. I understand myself better now. In the past few months, I have learnt to take responsibility of my past actions and that of my future.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust.
Working for FEA gives me new set of eyes, everyday.
Morning Facilitator, Aman Vihar FEC Center