Author: Charlene Judith Pereira, Bhumi Fellow

Synopsis

Visions are dreams with purpose and an element of certainty. The visions of the teachers made me hopeful.  

“I want my students to be kind,”  the 3rd-grade teacher expressed, “They should be able to climb one step higher than me.”

Visions are real. Visions are dreams, broken down into action steps. 

Often, we lack a vision for the things we do. Visions for ourselves. 

I recently shared a space with the teachers at Sarada Vidyalaya. The teachers talked about their visions for their classrooms, their students, and their school. These visions blew my mind and changed the way I saw the people whose minds held them. 

The visions had so much clarity, precision, and detail. 

The teachers know the children, their families, and their communities too.  They know each child. Some of them taught the parents of the children they currently teach. The teachers shared that watching children grow into responsible adults gave them immense joy. 

“I want my students to be kind,” the 3rd-grade teacher expressed, “They should be able to climb one step higher than me.” 

“My children should be able to learn from others and be humble. The children should speak good words and be punctual ”, said another teacher.

One of the teachers spoke about guiding the students through their parents. Making sure parents are part of the process. She also talked about finding the root of the problem with every child. 

“My students should leave the school as honest human beings. With good communication skills and English speaking abilities. Morals irukanum, morals than romba mukkiyam”, the HM said.

*(The children should have morals, morals are the most important) 

The teachers also spoke about how they want to teach their students as much as they can. Many of them mentioned that they always want what is best for them. 

After hearing all these responses, I posed another question. How do you see it all happening, considering the extraordinary circumstances? The distance makes it ten times more challenging. What were their next steps towards achieving these visions?

To this, they responded with unforeseen optimism. 

“Giving children a lot of practice. They need to do things, again and again, to remember,” one teacher said. 

“I think accompanying each lesson with a moral will help”, said another teacher.

‘Mudinja alavuku solli kudukanum pa ’, another teacher said, ‘Nambalala enna mudiyumo nama seiyanum’.

*(We must teach the children as much as we can. We must do everything we can)

The teachers told me that they have begun having conversations with their students. The well-being of the child is at the heart of these conversations. They said that they intend to continue this. 

Inclusion and participation were also discussed.

Through the course of the discussion, I saw the teachers show so much passion and involvement. Their students mean so much to them. My favorite quote from the shared space goes like this: 

‘Ennoda pasanga number one ah vanthidanum pa’

*(My children/students should be number 1.)

The teacher told the group that she meant they must do their best, not just academically. They should excel in everything they do. 

The visions of the teachers made me hopeful. They are bringing about change, even if it’s minuscule. Through every phone call, every conversation, and every student. 

For children coming from underprivileged backgrounds, education is the only way to secure their futures. It helps them identify their voice and create the future of their dreams. If you’re passionate about driving change through education, register here: https://fellowship.bhumi.ngo/

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