During and post 1st and 2nd wave of COVID, many children from high schools have lost their parents and the sole earner of their family. This has affected their education and now they are not in a situation to pay even their education fees. They couldn’t pursue their career because of their financial condition resulting in drop out from schools and engaging in daily wages.
Path Pradarshak Foundation has started providing free online classes to students from rural regions and the ones residing in far-flung areas who are struggling due to poverty and loss of financial support but have the urge to learn.
To ensure that the students do not suffer amid the raging pandemic, the foundation approached five military schools in India, and free online education is provided to the students of all the schools. “There are a lot of students who lost their parents to COVID, and our foundation has decided to provide free online videos and lectures to them. It is difficult to compensate for their loss. I know this since I lost my mother two years ago. Nevertheless, we want students to continue with their education and get the best jobs too,” Sumit, an ex-scientist, co-founder of Path Pradarshak. He continued, “The Super 30 students tend to prepare in 8 months and these kids were able to crack IIT within the same period. The kids sleep on the benches, and they are hungry for knowledge. That motivated us to teach even better and that’s when our journey started.”
“There are students of ours who were involved in working at a very young age. These students who were victims of child labour were our prime target. Students at puncture shops and students who clean restaurants and other places were asked whether they would want to be taught and continue their education. We wanted all these students to crack competitive exams and end up in top positions of reputed institutions,” added Sumit.
In cities and towns, it is easier to join famous coaching centres because most of the students come from well-off families. In rural areas, the parents of such students are usually involved in daily-wage activities. Very often, if a person comes from a rural area at an urban institute, there are a lot of people who judge these kids which makes them lose a battle they never wanted to be a part of. Hence, it becomes important on the part of the teachers not to lose hope so that the students do not lose their zeal to learn.
About Path Pradarshak Foundation:
Path Pradarshak was founded two years ago by four friends who were working with the Super 30—programme to educate 30 meritorious underprivileged students. The founders include Sumit Sharma, an ex-scientist, Dr Avinash Dwivedi, who has done his PhD from IIT Mumbai, Robin Mandal, who has done his B Tech from IIT Mumbai, and Saurabh Santosh, who has done his B Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Jodhpur
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