The first week of our new HCS initiative is over and we are very satisfied with the way things have shaped up so far. There are a few logistical and agenda issues but they should be sorted out by next week.
As I mentioned in the last post, I made it a point to go to the classes on all weekdays to take up regular Xth class English syllabus and to get them started up with the subject. I could not exactly keep up that word as I missed two days but I nevertheless completed the first lesson “The King & the Tamarind Drum” and some grammar in 3 days. It was one hell of an experience as this was the first time I was taking a full fledged class and had to be prepared with notes and stuff.
The weekend thing is also coming along great as we could get around 7-8 volunteers to come on Saturday and Sunday to take spoken English classes. We have started upon with the role plays and the science projects should begin soon.
I have some pictures up here of the actual classrooms and the kids. Please bear with the quality of the snaps as there are only shot with a 1.3 mega pixel mobile camera. The real- time faces of the kids convey a lot more than you can see here.
A particular kid in my class is always gloomy and never does her work. She is sad because she left her job in a factory that earned her Rs.1500. Now, the lack of that money means her family consisting of a single mom and 3 kid siblings have that much less to eat. She looked into my eyes and told me this and all I could do was turn my head away. She is awesome when you speak to her about her views on politics and how these so called rehabilitation agencies treat her, but when it comes to English, she’s just not interested.
There are quite a few tales there that are full of misery and pain, but what keeps these kids going is the that they have realized that the world out there is a much darker place and very soon they have to go back in there and fight it out. For them this is but a pit stop before they get back in.
Week 2 starting tomorrow and I have a poem and a lesson to complete… Go Schumi!!!