Monday, 14 January 2019
Prachi Makde started working with Sondara Gurukulam
Prachi Makade of NIRMAN batch 7 has worked in Orissa with a tribal residential school for last one year. She has recently started working with Sondara Gurukulam, Beed. Let’s hear about her fellowship experience, and role at Gurukul…s
“I recently completed my SBI Youth for India fellowship (2017-18). During the fellowship, I was assigned the partner NGO Gram Vikas, Orissa. Gram Vikas has 4 residential schools with a capacity to teach 500+ children coming from 200+ tribal villages of 3 districts of Orissa. I chose to work in Thaumul Rampur block of Kalahandi district. The route to my location passes through a thick dense forest in Karlapat sanctuary. This rich flora and fauna makes this location serene and beautiful. Amidst, all this beauty lays some harsh realities of poor education, health and communication facilities. The closest location from the school to access even 2G data is 12 kms away.
My project was to introduce alternative methods of teaching with a focus on activities and project-based learning. The objective of my project was to create a fun learning atmosphere and to bring creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking in the classroom. Initially, I faced a lot of language barrier as the textbook language was Oriya and the local dialect was totally different. I learned to speak Oriya in 3 months which helped me to work with the teachers and to communicate with the people there. Being brought up in a city I never had an exposure to such grassroot level realities. The whole year changed my way of looking at life. I started finding joy in small things. I got to explore myself and enhance my comfort zone. I learned to never give up, no matter how tough the situation is. I realized working hard, making money is all we do for ourselves. Working for others gives me happiness. I started enjoying my work more.
With that, I decided to continue my journey in the education sector. I want to work on something which will help build a responsible generation and help in holistic development of an individual. For which, I am still exploring.
Recently I have joined Sodara Gurukuam, a residential school, 40 km from Beed. I have been here for a month before my fellowship. It is like coming back to second home. Sondara Gurukulam is a unique school in Marathwada which aims to provide a value based education along with modern day skills to its students. I have started my work with the library to enhance students’ interest in reading. We were having fewer library resources available in our school. We launched a campaign on Pratham’s ‘Donate-a-Book’ page and managed to gather books worth INR 13500.
Various activities like storytelling, group reading and shared reading are conducted on daily basis in our library. The other thing I am working on is strengthening the student committees like media committee, discipline committee, art committee etc. We are planning to run our school radio through media committee. I am also helping the students from weaker class in mastering the basics with a major focus on language.
The students, here, are very curious and keen; I get bombarded by questions every now and then. At times there are questions whose answers I don’t have and I am working on it. I am trying to find the answers to their quest, and my quest also.”
To know more about Sondara Gurukulam visit- http://www.sondara.in
Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/sondara.beed
Prachi Makade, NIRMAN 7
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