Explaining scientific theories is a child’s play. This has been proved by a city-based school student who made many lessons easier for thousands of poor children in Ladakh.
Udai Singh, 16, trekked for three days to hold a science workshop at a middle school in Fotoksar village, situated at 14,000 feet from sea level and 120 kms from Leh.
According to Udai, a student of Class 11 at The Shri Ram School, Moulsari, he was inspired by a former teacher of his school.
“When I demonstrated them some experiments like how a balloon is expanded on being filled with hot air, they were very excited. Children there are hungry to learn but the lack of facilities hampers their aspirations,” said Udai. He accompanied his father on an adventure-cum-education tour ‘Easy Science Experiments’ organised in June this year by 17000 ft Foundation, an NGO set up by Udai’s former teacher Sujata Sahu.
“The expedition was part of our pilot project to make science easier for the children in around 900 students in the region,” said Sahu, adding that the module developed by Udai would be implemented in other schools as well. Sahu, an IT professional-turned-teacher, quit her job to rope in corporate professionals, adventure tourists and trekkers to help the poor school children in Ladakh.
Udai’s classmate and Sahu’s son Nikhil conceptualised the whole idea and was involved in mapping nearly 863 government schools in the region. “It’s encouraging to see school children coming forward to make things better,” said Sahu whose NGO is trying to set up libraries in 100 government schools in the region.