A Soft Skills Training Programme for the Underprivileged
The process of acquisition of knowledge, learning skills, creating habit and self-development are just the few words that can give brief of the huge umbrella that education covers under it. Education is treated as the first priority of every government, as it provides the base to the society, region and at the end, to the nation.
‘Parimal Pathshala’ is an NGO that has been started by a group of housewives living in the nearby societies. It’s an initiative to provide educational support to the underprivileged children.
SymSeva – The ISR Club of SCMS NOIDA started working with Parimal Pathshala in last week of January 2020 for the Soft Skill Training. The student trainers went there on weekdays and contributed by teaching those children.
The initial sessions were dedicated for ice breaking and interaction with children to know about what they expect from us, how they wanted us to teach them and where they all individually stand intellectually.
Our main aim was to develop soft skills of the children so that they can be ready for the challenges as well as for the opportunities that await them. It was an initiative for their overall personality development and understanding.
NEED FOR THE INITIATIVE
Children were always coming in Parimal Pathshala, but there was no planned structure being followed earlier.
OUTCOMES OF THE PROJECT
Soft Skills that we have covered till now are:
We’ve asked teachers for the feedback and this was their response: “They have become the energy of the class. Children are happy. I wish them to continue” – Mrs. Rupam Singh.
So far, it’s been one and a half month and all the children have their favourites among us. They are now connected to us and share their academic problems as well as other areas where they want to develop themselves.
One of the Children, Sahil, says that he wants to study because he wants to become an engineer. Also, they are so happy with our presence that they await our next arrival.
Development of these children gives us enormous joy no matter if the development comes within academic criteria or in their personality in the form of soft skills and to continue with this feeling of joy, we will be adding more inputs from our side.
Some of the additions that we have thought to apply in the future are:
LEARNING OUTCOMES – By Student Trainers
This project was very helpful in getting insights of our own selves. We could all know our capabilities in management and communication and build new skills. We grew a lot in the process by teaching these students. We were awestruck when we got an opportunity to delve deep into their lives and could only thank god for blessing us with such beautiful opportunities to test our abilities with. We could improve our skills for planning, communication, management. Also, a lot of patience is required in the process so, dealing with it was also a challenge and we could test our own boundaries. In the process of teaching them, we got to know about a lot of things as we were questioned at each and every sentence that made us think deeply into the topic.
Also, we were able to draw some meaningful insights of the world around us. We were exposed to a society that we otherwise would not have taken into account of exploring. It not only helped us academically but also personally. As every experience shapes us into what we actually are, this experience had a great role to play in the process.