Youths from villages are learning useful skills such as computers and communicating in English, thanks to generous residents of the Millennium City who have committed a few hours of their busy week to teach them.
Many youths from the economically weaker section of society have also found jobs. Dinesh Kumar, 19, a salesperson at Tata Chroma in Palam Vihar, learned a lot from the volunteers and he still seeks help whenever required.
“I didn't know how to appear for an interview, but now I am confident to compete with well-educated people,” said Kumar.
Some of the volunteers are corporate employees while some are homemakers. Vandana Baliga, 46, a resident of Sector 46, teaches English to a group of 11 children in Jharsa village. An NGO also runs a small informal school at the village where teenagers are trained for jobs.
“Earlier, I was apprehensive about the response I would get from the children. Then I saw them reciprocating, which was quite exhilarating. You feel satisfied when you help them learn new skills,” she said.
Alka Goel, 42, a senior manager working with an electronics firm, used to take out time till recently to teach the underprivileged during weekends.
“I mentor employees in the company where I work, and in the same way I shared my knowledge with the village children and tell them about the power of being positive,” said Goel.
NIIT Foundation is one of the organistions that runs a school and draws volunteers from all walks of life. “We have people from the hospitality sector and even the military. Some students also help us,” said Rinky Sharma.