We are delighted to share a blog written by, Kanakamedala Mahathi a student at DRS International School who is part of a team delivering a Global Goals project for the 2019-20 Global Goals Competition.
Their project is among over 957 social action projects currently running as part of the GSL movement and we are excited to be supporting them to design and lead positive social change in their community.
My team started an initiative called GRACE through which we hope to improve the status of women in the society by being the wind beneath their wings.
We frequently visit an orphanage for girls in Hyderabad, India, where we tutor them for their subjects and take extracurricular classes such as: music, classical and Western dance since 5 months.
At the end of project we will be evaluating their academic progress by the improvement they will show in their report grades Their extracurricular activities we will evaluated by a talent show; where we will likely observe the increase in their skills and self confidence . We also encourage experts to volunteer and conduct frequent workshops in GRACE which would provide room for better learning. We will get valuable feedback from kids on our teaching style which can help us to improve. We had collaboration with BALVIKAS, a local organization that focuses on child development.
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We have developed many skills such as becoming more patient and sensitive towards others opinions. We think about each step that we take in our daily lives. We are concerned about the impact of our action on society. This has boosted our confidence day by day. We have realized improve in our communication skills and saw how small initiatives can make a world of difference.
In most parts of India, women are considered inferior to men. We think getting this inferiority complex out of their system can boost the girl child’s confidence. The biggest challenge for us is to make them feel free and independent. Through various interactions and workshops GRACE gives them a personalized counseling, special time and help in in academic excellence. Through the co- curricular activities and talent night we will try our best to reinstall confidence in them and see that they don’t feel excluded.
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We are 16-17 years old and I think GSL is a great learning experience that can give exposure for our self development. At this age if we plan to contribute at least a little to the women empowerment the world can be different, because every woman is a potential mother and no mother wants her child harmed. That the world needs more such young minds to volunteer.
The 2019-20 GSL Global Goals Competition is now open and runs until June 2020. If you belong to one of the 700+ teams of students currently delivering a social action project as part of the competition we would love to hear from you and feature your blog and project photos on our website to inspire others.