Giving Back: Discovering fulfillment in Service

As someone who is passionate about education, I always try to find ways to contribute towards bettering the lives of those who lack access to quality education. Recently, I had the opportunity to be a part in a conducting a teaching session of Maths for children who were from slums, orphans or who had to leave their education. The feeling of satisfaction and happiness that I experienced afterward was indescribable.

The session was organized by iVolunteer with Safe Society, which is a non-profit organization that works for -providing education to underprivileged children, women’s trafficking, women empowerment and for child rights. Due to the ongoing pandemic, they had to shift their operations online, and I volunteered to conduct a session on basic math for children aged from 3 years to 14 years. I was excited and nervous at the same time as I had never taught online before and was not sure how it would turn out.

The day of the session arrived, and as I logged in, I saw the eager faces of the children staring back at me through my computer screen. I started with some basic concepts and soon realized that the children were quick to grasp new ideas. I tried to make the session interactive and engaging by using examples that they could relate to and asking them questions to check their understanding. I remember the names of some students-Rehan, Rahil, Palak, Gunja, Ridhita, and Vinay, as they were participating very actively.

As the session progressed, I saw the children’s confidence grow, and their eagerness to learn was infectious. It was heartening to see them participate enthusiastically and ask questions whenever they had doubts. We covered various topics like addition, subtraction, and multiplication, and by the end of the session, I could see that they had a better understanding of these concepts.

After the session ended, I sat back and reflected on the experience. The feeling of satisfaction and happiness that I felt was overwhelming. It was humbling to think that a small online teaching session could make a difference in these children’s lives. Education is a powerful tool, and every child deserves access to it.

Teaching these children, made me realize that one does not need to do something significant to make an impact. Sometimes, small acts of kindness can go a long way. It was an enriching experience, and I am grateful for getting this opportunity to contribute towards the betterment of society in my small way.

Akash Dwivedi

Student, NIT Calicut

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