Tuesday, 28 October 2014

e education can help them secure a better future....

Sunita Patkare

Sunita Patkare’s story brings out the urgent need to look after the underprivileged sections of our society.

Sunita or “Didi” as the 29 year old is fondly called by her students began working with Pratham InfoTech Foundation’s Student Enrichment Program(Utkarsh) two years ago. 

She began her Utkarsh journey as a Fellow, teaching in Vivek Vidyalaya and then moving on to the Children Aid Education Society.

“The transition was not easy”, she said. “I face fresh and bigger challenges here”

With a heavy heart she starts telling us about the conditions in which her students live. 
They are orphaned with no one behind them. “They live in a hostel.”  She pauses, takes a deep breath and continues “they have no decent meal, no proper clothes and no books” “they face major health issues due to inadequate nourishment of the body.”

She tells us about Vikram Pawar, a young, ambitious boy who aspired to become an Engineer and support his family. But unfortunately he passed away due to health issues resulting from inadequate nutrition.

She says,” Pratham InfoTech Foundation has taken the initiative to help improve the conditions of such children by providing them with e- education to help them secure a good future for themselves and for that I congratulate it. We need more of such institutions to come forward and take the responsibility of such children. 
Only an educated youth will take the country forward.”

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

A man out to make a difference

Jitendra Kadam

It was time to interview the much spoken about Team Leader. But when Jitendra Kadam walked in I only saw a twenty four year old young man who must have probably just started off with his career. But within the next thirty minutes I realized I was wrong! And how!
The integrity! The maturity!

Here is his story.

Jitendra hails from a modest background .Unfortunately he lost his father at a very young age. He has two siblings. Despite being the youngest he aspires to create a strong career and support his family and gives them a higher and better lifestyle. He truly is a man his family will always be proud of!
He holds a Diploma in Education from Mahatma College in Mumbai.
He has always been highly passionate about teaching. ” I have always imagined a career as an educator”, he said, “and so when I saw the advertisement in the newspaper about Pratham InfoTech Foundation’s Student Enrichment Program( Utkarsh) I immediately applied for the job.”

It has been a bitter sweet journey since then for this young man.

He was appointed as a Fellow in a school in Tilak Nagar
This was the most challenging school under our program having attendance and discipline issues. But Jitendra put in his heart and soul into solving this problem. He personally ensured all the students attended the lectures regularly and on time! The commitment!

So it is not surprising that he is now a Team Leader.
This is not all, as the Team Leader Jitendra shoulders many responsibilities. He has 10 schools, 10 Fellows and 210 students under him! He fills in whenever a Fellow is unable to make it to the lecture. He visits the school and spends 2 hours inspecting and setting the following day’s agenda. Along with this he has to work with and manage a lot of data. The hard work!

Aren’t you left in awe of his dedication! But this is not all.
He also gives free tuitions to other underprivileged students living in close proximity to his residence. The selflessness!

Jitendra’s heart goes out to the cause of the education of underprivileged sections of our society. He says, “These children have potential to do well in life but do not, due to want of proper guidance. Hence it is the responsibility of the government and the privileged sections of the society to extend a helping hand towards them and help secure a stronger, educated youth in the country”!

He goes on to say, “The government is doing its bit at the planning level and organizing various projects but unfortunately the benefits of the same do not reach these children.”

On a personal note he adds,” when I initially associated myself with Utkarsh I was very shy and spoke very less. But the environment at Pratham InfoTech Foundation is so stimulating and motivating that I slowly started shedding my hesitations and began to communicate freely with my colleagues and seniors. Furthermore the training sessions and workshops help me constantly hone my skills.
     Today I am definitely more mature and confident than the day I first walked in here.”