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From Broken Blackboards to a Bright Future
Nov 5, 2016

Laxmi is a third-year engineering student. Engage her in a conversation and this shy girl transforms into an extremely confident person. She says her favourite subject is VLSI Design, and on further probing explains, "It's just like playing a game."

One thing that sets successful people apart, whether Elon Musk, or Steve Jobs, is their passion for what they do. Laxmi exudes that level of passion and looks all set for a successful future. She comes from a humble background; her school fee was a luxury her parents had to work hard to afford. Always a bright student, she scored 95% in her 10th grade exams, but the possibility for higher education seemed bleak until her headmaster introduced the family to Vidya Poshak. Vidya Poshak attempts to encourage meritorious yet economically challenged students to continue their education and realize their career dreams, by providing financial assistance. Students receive continued year-on-year support for the duration of the undergraduate degree subject to satisfactory academic performance. Support one student for one semester.

Along with financial aid, students with a background like Laxmi's, need significant support in communication enhancement and confidence. A key intervention provided by Vidya Poshak to the students is hosting a 9-day camp to bridge this gap. Batches of 60 students are selected to attend the camps which focus on developing better communication skills and working in groups

Most public schools in rural India offer a passive methodology of formal education where discourse is not encouraged. There are few, if any, opportunities for presentations or group discussions to help students look at different perspectives. Science classes, for the most part, focus on memorizing formulae instead of discovering and understanding concepts through experimentation or hands-on learning. English classes lay emphasis on grammar rules but language immersion is seldom practiced. As a result, students finish school without the necessary skills for critical thinking, analysis or communication, to succeed in the real world. When these students enter colleges and interact with students from diverse backgrounds, they experience this shortcoming and sometimes lose confidence.

The support of an organization such as Vidya Poshak can change the outcome of learning for a student like Laxmi, and you can make that happen. Let's nurture talent by donating Rs2500.

HelpYourNGO believes that educated children will help move their communities out of poverty! Click here to read more.

Help Your NGO is a Mumbai based organization that's striving to make the world of NGOs and charity giving more effective and transparent. HelpYourNGO.com is the only place you can see what NGOs spend on their beneficiaries.

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