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Be a Teacher on Saturdays: Fuel the Next Generation


Rather than just wasting your Saturdays on movie, sleep and television, you can now visit a government school and teach the children. Shalege Banni Shanivaara allows you to contribute for the future generation.

Suresh Ramakrishna is not just another techie who wastes his Saturdays. He has been visiting a government school near Chintamani to enhance the general knowledge of children. Not only does he imparts GK lessons to the children near his wife's native village but also motivates them to do better.

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Shalege Banni Shanivaara is a new initiative which promotes educated people to visit schools on Saturday.  Suresh Ramakrishna is one among the few to sign the project. More than 80 persons joined the project after one month of launch. They can teach science, math, English, social science or give career guidance to the students on Saturdays.

"When software engineers, doctors, teachers and bureaucrats visit the schools they studied in, or even other institutions, students are in spired to do better.", said S Jayakumar, director, department of state educational research and training (DSERT) explaining about the objective.

Many registered to the project with the hope of contributing something back to the school that made them who they are today.

"I will teach them social science," said Huchap pa Mallappa Kumbar, who is awaiting Bachelor of Education (B Ed) results.

"I want children to understand that science and math aren't everything," he said. Kumbar will teach at Model Primary School in Kamatagi, Hungund. "I want to tell the kids that it was because of my teachers here that I was inspired to take up the profession," he added.

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Ranjith Kumar who works for an IT firm believes that children in private school do not lack mentors but that’s not the case with government school children.  By reaching out to students near his house in Handenhalli, Sarjapur, he can help them achieve better.

"We don't want monetary help from anybody visiting the school. We only want them to understand the problems government schools are grappling with," Jayakumar said.

Less than 100 persons registered for the cause. The director is disappointed with that, "We hadn't set a target. But we were hoping that a lot more people would join us. We are writing to ITBT companies and engineering colleges, especially in cities like Bengaluru, to inform them of the initiative," he said.

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