Samarthya: Empowering young minds through Pragyaan

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Samarthya: Empowering young minds through Pragyaan

Earlier this year, Samarthya started working on a social initiative called Pragyaan which is the weekly sessions conducted by the students of XLRI for the empowerment of the children of XLRI staff members and their relatives. The motto of XLRI led to this idea, “For the Greater Good”.  A group of students proposed to give back to the people, who help to run XLRI seamlessly, through the means of this venture.

Pragyaan helps to address the gap that exists in the level of students’ understanding and the existing education levels in schools. The youth of the country ought to be given a fair fighting chance of generating opportunities for themselves in the future, regardless of whatever their present circumstances be. Pragyaan is a small step starting in this direction. We take up different subjects according to the class a student belongs to. Due to this, the content is uniquely designed, considering their unique requirements in the different subjects. It is intended to have two major benefits in the lives of the students – giving them a helping hand in their education and developing their overall personality. Doing well in academics adds to one’s self confidence in dealing with what life throws at one, not to mention opening up numerous future doors because of a sound foundation.

When we began, we were walking a thin line of hope of how much we could accomplish. Convincing parents that we are a sustainable venture, who won’t disappear in the near future, was the first major challenge. Getting the young kids, belonging to widely varying age groups from 5 years old to students in their late teens, to act in a disciplined manner and ensure that the time spent with us adds value to them was another. Dropout of students didn’t do anything to help the scenario. These problems were further complicated by the fact that only time can reassure one that we will deliver on our promises. We are happy to say that we did.

We have conducted regular classes since Pragyaan’s inception in mid-September. Regardless of our schedules, we ensured that we didn’t miss any of the weekly sessions. With time, this stability ensured that the same faces showed up, with their friends following behind. A young girl of 8 who just listened to what we taught on her first day without saying anything, demanded that we take a test in her last session! Students as old as 13-14 who had trouble reading English words are now starting to do so, figuring out the meanings as they read along. Despite starting with a registration of over 40, we started with a crowd of changing faces of about 5 kids, which has now stabilized to around a constant 25, sometimes even crossing 30. Sights like this build up parents’ and their children’s beliefs about our sustainability and capability to aid them.

Along with education, we have tried to spread awareness amongst the students about elements of cultural importance by organising a small celebration on Children’s Day and Christmas Eve. Children’s Day gave the young kids an opportunity to forget the worries of the world momentarily and engage in some games that also involve dancing and singing. On Christmas Eve, we spread the Christmas cheer and spirit by narrating some stories about Christmas. We witnessed some astounding pictures of Superman and dinosaurs drawn by the young children.

Pragyaan has seen some progress from the day it came to life. One thing is certain, however, the night is long, the road might not easy but we are not tired, and can promise that we will keep delivering them as we have had to date.

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