They said it’s impossible to rise up from the dusk. People criticize one who does different, one who has the enormous courage to change the surrounding environment for positive result. So am I trying to make an effort of changing the lives of those innocent children, who have never tried to see dreams of making their life excellent.
I usually had dreams of working in rural areas full of natural beauties. I often feel like astral travel whenever I do meditation. It always tries to visualize me of serving the ones who are in need. Luckily, my profession, my deed and my vision had set a path towards my destination. I got the opportunity to join Teach For Nepal, one of the leading movement to end education inequality throughout the country, to serve the children in Shree Ganesh Secondary School-2, Dukuchhap VDC, Lalitpur District. My job wasn’t there to teach English only but to learn from them and support each other. As I first entered inside the classroom, I was totally shocked by seeing their academic performance. They don’t even trust their instincts. None of them could hardly speak English nor could write a single well-structured sentence. It was like a nightmare as I had never seen children in such a tragic condition in their academics. From that day onwards I made an obligation to myself that no matter whatever it takes I will definitely make the children to believe and trust them own and see a better dream in their life. Their condition wasn’t destined by faith nor confined by their birth. But it’s the educational system that is making their life worse.
I have to start from the very beginning. I didn’t panic nor was restless. I started to put on my steps forward full of patience. At first they were not ready to speak a single word in English. Many of them thought it’s impossible to speak and write fluent English in any form. They were scared of the subject matter; they thought it to be a nightmare. But on continuous motivation and push-ups, they started to write some few creations in English. I applied different techniques (classroom culture, role plays, drama (link available) birthday chart, smiley and grumpy record, sharing of wishes & many more) to make the children familiar with the English as a secondary language not a subject itself. I wasn’t sure about the result but kept on pushing students to climb on to the success. As the time moves on the first terminal examination had begun. The result wasn’t satisfying. Though it’s totally unfair to judge the children’s intelligence on seeing their academic result but I took it as an indicator to track them. We all discussed collaboratively about the feebleness that we are facing and tried to regain the track towards the victory. The result for the second terminal examination was quite upgraded in comparison to previous. In this way I am learning from them and recovering as Rozer Fritz’s- Bounce Back and Win.
Children have developed the habit of expressing their feelings through journals & poems. They were being given different project works, tasks and assignments. Later I introduced them a new form of writing “My Lucid Dream”, in which they have to scribble down every incident that they were able to recall from their dreams. By this they have increased their memory retention, concentration, self-reliance and developed their writing habit as well. I have my lucid dream that one day all my students will not only secure good results in their academics but will definitely lead the nation through different genre of living. For this I have to do more in order to sharpen the rough edges. This isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning of the journey of My Lucid Dream.