Giving back to her community – Volunteer Teacher
In the year 2008, Chailu Kanwar enrolled into Satya Bharti School, Devrajgarh, Rajasthan, in class II. Her father Jalam Singh is a driver and her mother Chandra Kanwar is a homemaker. She lives in the village with her parents and four siblings.
Chailu travelled a long distance to reach her school every day, but never gave up on education. Despite the fact that it wasn’t a common scenario for girls to pursue an education in her community, she didn’t let anything stop her from chasing her dream. A keen Kho-kho enthusiast, Chailu bagged several district-level awards.
She is now a volunteer teacher in the same school, with an aspiration to educate more and more girls from the community. Her dream is to become a teacher.
Back to School – Volunteer Teacher
An alumni of the Satya Bharti School, Belwa Ranaji, Rajasthan, Ravina lived with her parents and her five siblings. Ravina was always a self-motivated, punctual and proactive girl.
With a keen interest in art, she participated in many co-scholastic activities including singing, dancing, drawing, essay writing, debates, sports, etc., and had also bagged the ‘Rang-Tarang’ winner title.
Ravina always believed that her parents Mohan Ram (Farmer) and Kaku Devi (homemaker) are her real heroes. Currently, she is pursuing B.A. B.Ed. from Govindam College, Sikar, Rajasthan.
Ravina embraces the values, experiences and beauty of different cultures. She has come back to her school as a volunteer teacher to be able to teach the children about art and culture. She aspires to join the banking services.
A tale of friendship
True friendship is reflected when someone becomes the strong line of defense behind the other person so that when one falls, the other one is there to become their support. Sunil Kumar and Arshad Khan set the perfect example for an everlasting bond between two friends.
Sunil was the head boy of the Satya Bharti Adarsh Sr. Sec. School, Jhaneri, Punjab. He resided in the Sanghreri village. Arshad’s family lived in the Raisingh Wala Village. Both the boys did everything together and loved each other’s company. While Sunil was growing in his final years in the school, Arshad was facing some issues which were drifting him away from his studies. Sunil always remained focused on any issue that might impact the school; even a drop of water being wasted bothered him.
When Sunil and Arshad were in class XII, Sunil visited the Principal Neeru Ma’am and shared his concerns about Arshad’s distractions and falling grades. He promised the Principal ma’am to make his best effort to ensure that Arshad scored well in his class XII board exams. The Principal looked into the matter and arranged for teachers to regard Arshad with special attention. The teachers motivated Arshad to study harder, gave him extra classes and provided him special assistance for any doubts that he may have.
Two months later, while Sunil scored 83% marks in his class XII board exams, Arshad surpassed everyone’s expectations scoring 71% marks. They have set a perfect example for how strong bonds and somebody’s belief can make even the most difficult goals achievable!
Through Hardships to the Stars
Amandeep Kaur, now an alumna of Satya Bharti Adarsh Sr. Sec. School, Fattubhilla, Punjab, has set the perfect example for the saying – Through hardships to the stars!
Amandeep’s father is a farmer and her mother, a home maker. The family has seen many financial challenges. After Amandeep’s father started facing health issues, she started working harder than ever. Despite having to juggle between her studies, supporting her mother in daily household chores and taking care of her father, she never gave up on her education. She started giving tuition classes to children from the neighborhood to contribute to her family’s financial sources. Amandeep delivered a splendid result in her Class XII CBSE Board Examinations with 94.2% marks in Commerce stream.
Amandeep didn’t let anything discourage her and stop her from achieving her aspirations; instead, she made her challenges the fuel to her inspiration to work even harder. She is an inspiration for many of her peers.
Head Teacher, Satya Bharti School, Mohanpur (Haryana)
“Initially, we had challenges. Many parents, who are daily wagers, did not own a smartphone. In some cases, there is only one phone for the entire family’s use. Parents and children did not know how to download videos and apps. Some parents left the class-wise WhatsApp group immediately after we added them.
We started doing separate counselling sessions with parents. We explained every point on how the new teaching-learning process would be, and how much important their role is in ensuring that children continue to learn. We assisted them on how to download apps and videos.
It took us some time. But we could do it. Today, my students call me or message me immediately if I delay in giving my response to their homework – even by two minutes. Parents have developed a habit of sharing pics of their child’s homework over the WhatsApp groups regularly.
In this process, all of us – teachers, students, and parents – have learned so much. That’s one of the best things.”
Whoever saves one life, saves the world!
In a recent incident, a student of Satya Bharti School, Cheemna in Punjab lost her uncle in an accident due to fog, and absence of lights in the village road.
To ensure that no one else suffers, she decided to bring together a group of students and find a solution to this challenge that has put people’s lives at risk.
The students pasted ‘reflectors’ on roadside poles and trees. They fixed broken poles; and on turns, blind spots and crossings with higher traffic, the students installed convex mirrors to reduce the possibilities of accidents.
The students collaborated with local welfare and youth club members, who provided the resources to procure the reflectors. The students and teachers regularly check the functioning of the reflectors and repair those which are damaged.
Teacher, Satya Bharti School, Haryana
The teachers involved with Bharti Foundation always thrive to learn something new so that they can give the best to the children studying in our schools.
“All of my students belong to rural underprivileged families. On an everyday basis, I am recording audio messages and videos explaining lessons from their books. Not a single one wants to give up on learning! How can we?”
Aiming for the stars
Surinder Kaur from the Satya Bharti Adarsh Senior Secondary School, Jhaneri, Punjab, scored 93.4% marks in her class XII CBSE board exams.
Her father is the sole bread earner of the family and has always encouraged her four daughters to study hard and realise their dreams in their lives. Surinder wants to grow up to become an IAS Officer and make her father proud. She says, “I want to become an example for the world that girls are not a burden but a matter of great pride!”
Alumnus, now serving the Indian Army!
Akashdeep Singh (alumnus, Satya Bharti School, Khiduwali, Amritsar, Punjab) had always aspired to join the Army. His father Heera Singh is a daily wage earner and his mother Kulwinder Kaur is the house maker. The family, despite have just enough means to make ends meet, always encouraged Akashdeep to keep faith in his dreams. He, too, left no stone unturned to make his aspiration his reality. Today, because of his dedication, his family’s love and support and his teachers’ believe in him, he has been selected in The Corps of Engineers of the Indian Army. He is currently undergoing training in Bombay Engineer Group and Centre Kirkee, Pune, Maharashtra.
Alumnus, now serving with the Indian Army (Sikh Regiment)
Gurpreet Singh, an alumnus of the Satya Bharti School, Bath, Amritsar, Punjab, was born to Heera Singh (construction worker) and Dawinder Kaur (home maker). Born and brought up in Amritsar, he was enrolled in the Satya Elementary School, Bath, by his father in the year 2008.
As a student, Gurpreet had always been focused and dedicated. Not only did he perform well in academics but also explore his talents in different fields of co-curricular activities. A cluster-level Kho-Kho and 200 m. race winner, he always had an inclination towards sports. He also won cluster-level drawing competition. Since childhood, Gurpreet had dreamt of joining the Indian Army to serve his country, and pursued it passionately.
In January, 2020, Gurpreet got the letter of his dreams – he qualified to serve the Indian Army (Sikh Regiment). Currently*, he is undergoing training in Uttar Pradesh.
*As in July, 2020
Taapasya’s Father and her Hero
“My wife died while giving birth to our daughter. We were in a government hospital, and despite the doctor’s efforts, we lost her. Her last words to our daughter were, ‘Forgive me; I am leaving you alone…’ I cried endlessly holding her. I promised her that I will give all the happiness in this world to our daughter, including her share of love. I never kept her away from my eyesight even for a moment. As I saw her growing up, I too started to grow as a responsible man. I cannot tell you how blessed I feel when I see her smile. Feeding her, bathing her, making her walk, and making her utter ‘Papa’ gave me the most everlasting happiness. She has grown up and now she has started going to school. I am an illiterate person, but I can tell you that education changes lives. My daughter is my hero, and she says – I am hers.”
Satya Bharti School, Haryana, alumni (Now in the Indian Army)
Amit was enrolled in the Satya Bharti School, Surakhpur, Haryana in 2009 by his father. Initially a slow learner, Amit gradually started to explore his talents with support from his teachers. He performed well, not only in academics, but also in sports and co-curricular activities.
Now an alumni of Satya Bharti School, Amit performed excellently in his qualifying exams for the Indian Army and has been selected. He is currently undergoing training in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.
Patrons like Amit can never be thanked enough for their service to our nation!
International-level and National-level Winner in Sports
Proud to share with you that our alumni student – Vipin Kumar has been selected in the Indian Army. Vipin took admission in Class 3 in 2009 at Satya Bharti School Mohanpur (Haryana). He was in class 5th, when his father – the only bread earner of the family, died prematurely. Vipin’s mother struggled for the survival of the family since then. Once a shy kid, Vipin grew up to be confident and strong. The school’s head teacher Ms. Hemlata helped him explore his talents in sports as well as academics. Today, Vipin is a gold medalist in National and International-level 100M Race and a Gold medalist in National Level Kabaddi (2018). He says Ms. Hemlata continues to be his mentor and source of inspiration.
“The teachers welcomed me with open arms and a big heart.”
Aarushi, a student of class V, Satya Bharti School Jyouna, Farrukhabad, belongs to the marginalized community where the awareness regarding the importance of education is really low and the enrollment of girls in schools is, therefore, on the lower side as well.
Seven year old Aarushi comes from an underprivileged family living in Naglafarm, Jyona block, Nawabganj district, Farrukhabad, a remote village in Uttar Pradesh. Her father works as a laborer and is the sole bread earner for a family of nine. He was unable to enroll his seven children to school since it was difficult for him to afford quality education for all of them. The Satya Bharti School teachers met him and urged him to enroll his children in the School. He was ecstatic to be able to provide education to his children.
Soon enough, Arushi and her elder sister Muskaan joined the school. They started focusing on their education as well as co-scholastic activities. Both of them bagged the first prize in the cluster-level competitions – Rang-Tarang. With great pride, Aarushi shares, “The Satya Bharti School teachers welcomed me with open arms and a big heart.”
A caring environment at home and the consistent support in school proved to be a boon for young Aarushi. She is always the first to answer her teacher’s questions in the class. She finishes her work and loves to draw. Aarushi is regarded as a role model by the girls in her village. She works hard towards her dream of becoming a great artist and drawing teacher someday.
With a focus on the education of the girl child, every activity at the Satya Bharti Schools is organized keeping in mind the needs and safety of the students. The teachers are also well-equipped to support the co-scholastic needs of every child studying with the School.
Alumna, Satya Bharti School, Rewari, Haryana
“My parents have struggled a lot and still do to feed our six-member family. But they never let anything stop me from getting an education. For me, they are angels. I have cherished a dream since from my childhood – that I will give a comfortable happy life to my parents after completing my education!”
Satya Bharti School, Jodhpur
I keep telling my daughter: “Do the best you can in school and don’t worry so much about what your marks are. Believe in yourself. I believe in you, and so does everybody else. You’re going to be great at whatever you choose to do. Don’t be afraid to work hard. I know sometimes it is difficult, but if you can work at it without giving up, you’ll find it easier. I promise, I will never give up on you. You are my teacher and I am yours…” My child Omu was four years old when my husband died.
I will always remember those painful years – the screams of my little child, and the silence that followed. She stopped talking to anyone, even to me. It was a difficult phase. I started working on daily wages for our survival. It is still not an easy life. She goes to school now. She has started talking to people, even making and playing with friends and performing at school events. I pray to God every day that she never loses her smile again.
Alumna, Satya Bharti Adarsh Sr. Sec. School, Sangrur, Punjab
“Whatever I am today, I owe it to my school and to my teachers. Like me, hundreds of boys and girls who starved for knowledge, travelled a long distance to reach school every day. Some even travelled for 12 kms (one side) on a bicycle. Many of our parents haven’t stepped in a school. Education is therefore sacred for us, and our teachers have always been there- not to just give us knowledge of books, but beyond – from moral support to building our confidence, instilling values and more. “
“When I scored 90% in class 12, it brought a lot of pride to my parents and teachers. I feel every child in my village deserves a chance to grow up, be able to read and write, and become doctors, engineers and teachers. Every evening, after my college, I teach students who are first in their families to be getting an education. I just want to give these children all the knowledge that I have by teaching them the way I was taught by my hard-working teachers.”
Teacher, Satya Bharti School, Rewari, Haryana.
“It takes time and genuine efforts to get children listening to a teacher. Many of these students, who are aged between 5-8 years, are first in their families to be stepping in a school. Their parents work hard to keep their stomachs fed. Education was the last thing on their mind. So I’m starting with the basics- the very basics. We all have now become friends. And I don’t want to make any mistakes in my attempts in providing the right knowledge to them. “
“I am coming up with my own methods every day. Some days I’m a clown for them, some days I’m as old as they are, and some days, I become strict. My classroom is a ‘make-your-own-mistakes’ zone. But we have all promised one thing to each other- we shall all pass in our own journeys!”
Satya Bharti School, Tamil Nadu
Life has always been difficult for Ashok Kumar, a specially abled father, who dreams big for his two little children – Kanishka and Gokul. Selling soaps and soap powder is the family’s only source of income. Both Ashok and his wife hop from one house to another selling them. As Ashok is unable to walk, his wife rides the motorbike for him, while he sits at the back holding the products.
Like their hard-working and committed parents, Kanishka and Gokul are dedicated, punctual and active since the time they got enrolled in Satya Bharti School in Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu. Sports have been their favorite; and they are well known for their extraordinary chess skills. So far, young Gokul has participated in 16 District level Chess competitions and has been listed in Top 10 in all of them. Gokul aspires to play chess and win Gold for the country one day. We wish them and the family a lot of success and happiness!
Satya Bharti Adarsh Sr. Sec. School in Sangrur, Punjab.
“When my brother died, everything changed. He was younger than me and very dear to me. My parents hoped that my brother could get us all out of poverty one day; believed that he will grow up, earn a dignified livelihood and support the family. His death brought an unfillable emptiness and a terrible silence to our home. My father is a security guard and my mother works as a domestic help. I have grown up seeing them struggle every moment of their lives, for me and my brother. “
“I wanted to bring back the lost optimism and cheerfulness in my family. My achievements in school and in studies have brought new hopes and dreams to my parents. Today, I am my parent’s support – just the way they are to me. I want to study, make them always proud, and give them the happiness they deserve.”
Govt. school in Sircilla, Telangana
“Whenever we feel dejected or lose strength, we look at our daughter. She not only gives us hope but also ignites a passion to create a better tomorrow for all of us. I couldn’t study beyond class 8, but I know that education can change lives. Going to school has been the true beginning of her life, and a new start for us too. As her father, I feel even more responsible to nurture and provide good education to our only child.”
Satya Bharti Adarsh Sr. Sec. School, Jhaneri, Punjab
Kuldeep’s parents couldn’t get him treated for almost a month when he got his leg severely injured, owing to extreme poverty. After a month when he was taken to a hospital, doctors recommended him to get his leg amputated. Kuldeep denied, and started to look for alternative ways to recover from it.His unwavering determination and grit helped him heal faster. A few years later, Kuldeep lost his father due to drug addiction. His mother, who was suffering from respiratory problems, also left the world soon after.
Kuldeep, with his two little siblings, shifted his village and started to live with his grandmother. Kuldeep not only fought with his physical enfeeblement but also dealt with this huge loss and strove to make his way through 10th Board Exams with 70% marks. His mother’s last words, “never do drugs” and “you matter” continues to reverberate in his mind.
Govt. school student in Sircilla, Telangana
School Life’, when I think about it, a big smile crosses my face instantly. Here, there is nothing that stops us from dreaming big things. Our characters are getting built here, and we are actually discovering ourselves. To test our skills we have exams which are so much fun (at least to me). The excitement or at times anxiety to get the results – all feels worthwhile. The greatest happiness for me lies in being praised by my teacher. And it is also important to learn from our mistakes because what we learn now determines how we act in the years ahead.
Friends, picnics, games, club activities, and so much learning – I believe, what makes school life important is also what makes it the best.
State-Level Kho Kho champions!
Students of Class V in Satya Bharti School Bohlian (Amritsar), Navpreet and Rajia are State-Level Kho Kho champions! Growing up, Navpreet wants to become a Judge and Rajia – a teacher!
“I want to help my parents.”
“With his meager daily wages, my father struggles a lot to feed our family of six members. To support him, my mother started working as a maid in our neighborhood. Being the eldest sibling, I have taken the responsibility of all the household chores, including cooking and serving my younger siblings – before going to school. Sometimes, I get late for school. ”
“ But I do not want to give up on education, ever. I am always inspired by the way my parents have struggled through hardships. I want to complete my education soon and get a job, so that I can help my parents more than I am currently able to.”
“I feel confident and capable.”
My school encourages me to do better. I have always wanted to study, so that I can become an entrepreneur one day.
I have grown up seeing and feeling the hardships my family endured in raising me and my siblings. My parents thought of dropping me out from school when I was in class 4, as they were no longer able to afford my education. It was then, the Satya Bharti Adarsh Sr. Sec. School opened in our village (Sherpur Kalan, Ludhiana). My father enrolled me into this school, and my journey of education began, once again.I have realized my true potential with this school – I feel confident and capable.
The proudest moment of my life was when we were told to share the stories of ‘Our Inspiration’ with the class. One of my classmates said – “I want to become like Muskaan.”
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