“I have educated more than 1L students in and around Chennai. My passion for investing time for the future of students started when I was 18.
During my school days, years back in 2007, I started taking tuitions for school children. My mother used to help many people around and encourage me to help anybody who comes for help.
Sometimes, I didn’t afford to help with food or things, so then, I decided to educate children since I believe that children are our future beliefs.
I placed myself in care for the same reasons that most children are taken into care: abuse or neglect. I found out it was a human connection that was most needed for many young kids. They wanted someone to help them by reminding them how to live life to the fullest.
But I was, meanwhile, pondering on whom to provide education to. I went to bus stops nearby and asked the government children out there what they wanted to become after years.
I was amazed by the responses I got. The students told me that they wanted to become doctors, lawyers, government officials, and so on.
I was then wondering how to help them achieve their dream.
That is when I founded School4Change in 2008 and now there’re branches around Chennai that are taken care of by many of the good souls around me.
Now, I have been exposing children to many lanes of positivity of life for more than 10 years.
By initiating School4Change, I began bringing up a schedule for each day such as Thirukkural Day, Motivation Day, etc.
This had highly benefited the students in understanding life and increased their productivity on learning, moral values and on experiencing things.
School4Change, which is also called, The Night School, is a tuition centre wherein students come in the evening times and stay at the centre for a couple of hours. I entertain and engage students with life skills, value-based morals, and sharing real-life stories.
I not only provide life skill knowledge to the students but also give their parents the experience of understanding how to handle their kids lovingly.
What I try to do is support their decision-making – and, sometimes, challenge it. I will always do this in a positive way and it’s not a criticism; it just gives them an alternative view to consider and allows them to learn.
Social work is challenging, incredibly engaging and I feel different every day. Though I have received many awards, I consider the biggest award as when one of my students come as a trainer to our institution itself.
I would love to spread the learnings around the country and extend this special education system globally.”
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