12 Sep Happiest Teachers’ Day ever!
As part of Kanini, we teach 40 children from Classes 6-11 computers in two batches at NEST, Thirumulaivoyal centre.
The children we handle are from the Tamil medium schools, and English spellings and technical words should be pronounced, spelt and written on the board to make it easier for them to understand and grasp. The children like it when we teach them using the board, as they get to learn some English too.
We had one black board, which recently ran out its usable life. In the meantime we had to resort to writing on walls and doors. While we had just planned to buy a white board with markers, a small surprise came our way!
On 5th September, Teachers’ Day, as we walked in with sweets in hand, a sea of balloons descended upon our heads and sparkles flew in the air. The children had a gift for us – a blackboard!! Left dumbstruck, it indeed was overwhelming! Sangeetha (one of the children at the centre) told us “Anna, Akka ellam board illama door la ezuthi kashta pataratha pathoam, athanala daan ungaluku surprise-a irukatumnu nangalae vanginoam” (translated, ‘seeing Akka, Anna struggle without a board, and writing on the doors we decided to surprise you all with a blackboard’). The children had pooled in their pocket money to buy this special gift for us. Its need was not only felt by us but, by them too, and this has made us realise our responsibility in shaping these young minds. We distributed sweets, conducted a skit, sang, played, and of course thanked them from the bottom of our heart!
“In teaching you cannot see the fruit of a day’s work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for many days, or many years, but it does bear fruits for sure”.
–Rajan.S , Kanini @ TMV Centre.