English is no longer regarded as a foreign language, rather it has become a universal language and has become very important to sustain life in today’s world because of it’s communicating power. Still, there are some children who are not familiar with this language because of certain limitations and thus are in need of resources and people who can help them in learning this magical language.
This gap has been identified by Sunshine Society, an NGO which is helping these children from the economically weaker section of the society , in learning English to provide them with equal opportunity as with the children in the society and also help them in settling in mainstream education easily.
Since last 3 years , Sunshine has been organising these English workshops during summer vacations to help these children master a new language which will help them in their future. These workshops take place under the guidance of Mrs. Ritika and Ms. Tanya. Many young volunteers like Utkarsh, Aashita and Ishita from Mahagun Maple, Prateek from Shubhkamna Apartments and Sarahna Prasad from Alok Vihar 1 have joined hands this year with Sunshine society.
The English classes take place in the community centre of Alok Vihar 1. Various topics of English grammar and writing are being focused upon like framing sentences, one word substitution and new words, which are taught to increase the vocabulary of the children so that they can use these words easily in their daily life. Currently more than 50 children from nearby villages of Barola and Hoshiarpur are benefitting from these classes. When I spoke to Mrs. Ritika who by profession is a teacher and a member of Sunshine Society, she said “The response I have been getting from the children is overwhelming. They have a strong and genuine desire to learn and are very curious. If the classes start at 10’ o clock , you can find some of them sitting here from 9:30. This shows their desire to learn. There has been a tremendous improvement in most of the children and they are finally learning to work hard on this language.” Ms. Tanya, who has been taking the classes for 3 years now, also feels that the children have improved. She says, “Education never fades. These classes have led to the betterment of so many children. They deserve getting educated, confident of themselves and living a dignified life.”
The children attending the workshops are happy that Sunshine Society is organising this workshop every year. Aanchal, a class 12th student attending these classes says, “I want to become an IAS officer. These classes are helping me in realizing my dream and work upon it. I feel that the classes are great, and the teachers are very patient and cooperate with us. I learn English here and at home I help my brother in learning it too. I have developed confidence and hopefully will be able to improve my parent’s conditions, so that they will not have to work so hard in future.”
The excitement, curiousness and the determination to learn is something which one can feel and see when we enter the workshop. I feel humbled and overwhelmed at what Sunshine society is doing for the betterment of these children and would urge everyone to come forward, join hands and do their bit to make this process of learning successful !!