We are delighted to share a blog written by student Maitreyi from M.Ct.M Chidambaram Chettyar 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.
We had a great time and really enjoyed the whole experience and we are still continuing to help these children.
The goal we have chosen is quality education. We have Identified that many children are living in poverty can not get proper education, which makes them less likely to go to college, and get a good job. These are three main ways that these children do not get education equal to ours is:
- Their parents aren’t well educated, therefore they can not ask questions or doubts.
- They go to government schools, where the student to teacher ratio is very high, making it hard for the teachers to spend time with each student.
- The teachers do not teach them to apply the skills that they have learnt in the textbook into real life.
We partnered with a non- government organization called Chudar, which helps children get extra help with the subjects in centers in Chennai. The skills we have developed are communication, teamwork, and we have learned to be encouraging to the children at Chudar.
It showed us how lucky we are, and we realized we take so many things for granted. We have visited Chudar four times so far, and taught them Math and English. We started forming small groups to do hard problems. We also held a quiz at the end of our last session with a prize in the end.
The Next Chapter
We do recommend other people to get involved in similar projects like this because it not only helps the skill development of the people you are helping, but it also helps in your skill development, too. For example, when we first went to the center, It was hard for us to communicate with them because most of us weren’t fluent in the local language, Tamil, and the children there didn’t speak much English, so gradually, our Tamil skills improved, and their English skills also improved.
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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.