‘Hat tip to children for their enthusiasm’

  • An HT Initiative, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jun 02, 2016 16:23 IST
29 year old Project Manager, Besto Pahwa was on the lookout for the right opportunity to do something for children in need of education and his search ended when he learnt of HT Paathshala. (Special Arrangement)

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HT Paathshala’s network with NGOs like Shine Foundation has brought together volunteers and children in need of education.

Besto Pahwa

“I always thought I should use my knowledge and experience to help others but needed an organized structure. HT Paathshala proved to be just what I was looking for.

The initial phase was quite challenging because I had to lay the foundation for these children, which involved teaching fundamentals to a slightly older age group. For many reasons, they had missed receiving the right learning at the right time. I’ve had the experience of teaching disabled people and blind children but here I had to teach young girls the basics of education and lifestyle. I began with teaching them general knowledge, basic current affairs and English and we then worked together to improve spellings, pronunciation and writing speed.

We really got lucky when there was a working computer and I took a few sessions of MS Word for the children. The children enjoyed these classes and expressed a lot of eagerness. Fun activities were also part of the overall teaching program to keep the children engaged. The kids deserve a hat tip for their enthusiasm and that is what helped me teach them despite the fact that they came from very different backgrounds and had different levels of education.

I’d also like to thank HT Paathshala for bringing together volunteers and these children through their association with Shine Foundation.”

About HT Paathshala

Hindustan Times Paathshala is a CSR initiative to support the education of underprivileged children. Over 70,353 lives have been impacted under various projects of Paathshala since its launch in April, 2012. The volunteer program was initiated on 7 Dec 2015 with our partner NGOs to make volunteering accessible to those interested in devoting time for children in need. Be it a donation or a purposeful hour spent with underprivileged children, small actions make a big difference.

If you’re a volunteer, come forth and share your story. We’d love to know your experience. Whether you teach academics, sports, art or music, your story can inspire others to join this movement and bring about change.

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