09 Oct Bhumi spreads its wings to Bengaluru
An idle mind is a devil’s workshop, but not that of a Bhumian!!! 🙂 After getting addicted to the weekend classes in Chennai and being overdosed by the children’s enthusiasm and energy, it becomes hard for anyone to stay away. When a few of us had to move to Bengaluru, we could not do anything for a long time.
So that’s when we decided to explore the option of starting our classes in Bengaluru. After a few discussions with some social workers we zeroed in on a small community of Tamil speaking families in Dr. Ambedkar Nagar slum to start Kanini classes there. The community has grown from huts to concrete houses through the help of World Vision over the last 13 years. A few Church-run schools cater to the schooling of the children and this has equipped them with fairly good English knowledge.
We decided to launch Kanini in Bengaluru for 25 children at Dr.Ambedkar Nagar. Then, we sought to gather our most valued asset – Volunteers. By word of mouth we gathered six enthusiastic people for a miniature orientation at Lal bagh. All six agreed to take up teaching right away, and we were just a week away from the real action.
Before we started classes, it was essential to understand the level of computer knowledge of the children. A typical assessment may scare the kids and give them wrong ideas about our classes. So, our icebreaker was planned out as an assessment and fun activity. Ore kallula rendu maanga 🙂
While we had planned for only 25 kids, we were joined by another 60 from the area; their warmth and energy amazed us in a crammed 10×10 hall. We split them into 2 batches and started with jig-saw puzzles from charts with computer parts and accessories. Once the teams solved the puzzle, they were asked to share whatever they knew about each picture.
To lighten up the session further we played pin the tail, words can’t describe how crazy the room became 🙂 Following this we had an English test through scrabble; the groups came up with 69 words from 16 alphabets in about 10 minutes.
These kids are undoubtedly smart, bright and eager to learn. The new volunteers enjoyed their first interaction with the children and are eager to start teaching. Soon the kids who learn from us will be able to teach their siblings and neighbours. And maybe they will take care of the classes themselves and we may simply have to guide them through. Ah! A Bhumian never stops dreaming 🙂