‘Smile School’ by Chandigarh Students

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Providing a hi-tech learning experience with animated presentations on projectors and laptops to nearly 55 slum children hailing from Colony No. 5, a group of youngsters in the city have re-defined teaching.

And what sets the ‘Smile School’ project apart from other evening schools is that weakest students in studies and aptitude from the colony have been picked for these 3-hour skill building classes .

As many as 50 out 55 slum children aged between 7 to 14 years, who are a part of this project, are also studying in government schools in the vicinity.

The volunteers, who have dedicated their evenings to teach these children include Shivam Sarin, Tushar and Atin Walia from GGDSD College, Aditya Kesari from PEC University of Technology and Rahul, a pass out of GGDSS College.

Volunteer Rahul, who also runs another project of teaching slum children under the banner Global Education Concern, said, “We have been running evening tutorials for children of Colony No. 4 since two years. Once the team of youngsters who wanted to dedicate their time to this cause grew, we decided to do the same for children in Colony No. 5 as well. This spirit has grown stroger with time.”

Aditya, who attends his college in the morning and teaches these children in evening, said, “I believe that even a small group of youngsters can bring a great change in the society and this is exactly what I wanted to do.”

The skill building classes for these children are being run from Monday to Friday between 3.30pm to 6.30pm in British School, Sector 44.

“The Smile Centre at the British School has state-of-the-art infrastructure to help any child grow. We have put all our efforts to give these underprivileged students the best infrastructure and teaching,” said Atin, who is a regular faculty at the Smile School.

In its two-hour curriculum, the children are given teaching classes, for which the volunteers prepare a presentation beforehand, and are shown on projector and laptops. For the last one hour students are provided skill building expose in which they are made to opt an activity of their choice. “The students are being encouraged to learn dance and get into sports of their choice. The British School had been kind to lend their premises and even facilities right from tennis to golf coaches to play grounds and dance instructors facility,” said Rahul.

Right from creating awareness of opening up such a school by celebrating Dusshera with slum children to taking their IQ test to check their level of understanding of Maths, Science, English and Hindi, the young volunteers have been sweating it out to launch the centre.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/

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