Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, we shifted to online teaching since the month of April this year. These online classes have their own style and uniqueness and we thank all our Manzil teachers to make these classes fun, loving and interesting. Similarly, the contribution of all students is something worth sharing with you all.
Some students were profoundly impacted by Manzil in the sense that they too were motivated to serve their community.
|Written by Tanvi, 8, Eng Mini|
Chander Prakash, 21, who joined Manzil about 2 years ago as a student, tells about his journey with Jagrik class specifically which he joined in the month of May 2020. He says, “I was curious as I wanted to learn how to become a responsible citizen. I love working for people, so I started my own organization (Education for Local Eyes) to help children and young adults in my community to make their future bright and provide them resources to achieve what they wanted to become.” Adding further he says, “This class not only helps us learn about responsibilities of a responsible/aware citizen, but also teaches us how to raise our voices against things that need to be changed in our community and system.”
|Suraj, Music Teacher|
Another music student, Surjeet Jainwal, 22, writes about how happy he is to be learning music for the last 10 years with the help of the music teachers here at Manzil who he refers to as Preeti di, Anjali di, Suraj bhaiya. He has been deeply impacted by their overflowing knowledge about music and the calm environment at Manzil which helps him learn everything easily.
Manav Kumar, 9, a student of Smart Mini, with a very basic level of English, says “I am very happy to be a part of English class through which I have been able to understand and learn the language. Aman bhaiya, our teacher teaches everyone through games and group activities. I have taken a lot of tuition elsewhere, but could never get the attention, love and care which Manzil has offered me.”
Hemlata, 40, a pre-primary teacher of Manzil Kotla school who is learning English currently shares, “I also wanted to learn how to speak English but due to lack of time, my desire could not be fulfilled, but in these last 6 months I utilized my time to learn English while staying at home. Tulsi ma'am, our English teacher, is very soft spoken and she began by teaching me the basics of English language and now I am not only confident to write in English but my English grammar has also improved which had not happened in all these years. The credit for this goes to Tulsi ma'am for teaching me so well.”
|Eng. Practice Class|
She credits her teachers, Akansha and Tulsi for bringing the change in her. They put in all the efforts that they can to make their students understand their concepts. She further adds “I get to learn and improve through these classes everyday. All the tasks that the teachers give us, motivate us to speak confidently in the class without any hesitation.”
Apart from regular classes, Manzil is also a place where one can showcase their inner abilities and talents. Such was the case for Pushpa Gupta who while learning Kathak was so motivated by her teacher, that she herself started teaching Kathak at Manzil. She says her journey began when Gulati Aunty Ji encouraged her to learn Kathak at Manzil. Her guru, Deepti Di, also gave the students an opportunity to attend Birju Maharaj’s workshop and learn from him. She shares “Newcomers come and learn from me and to further improve their skills they go to Deepti Di”. She is glad to be Deepti Di’s student. She thanks Manzil and it’s teachers for teaching her how to manage things, how to work in groups and how to dance beautifully.
|Grown at home by a student|
Indeed education and learning are lifelong processes that keep taking place as people continue to grow and to change. Here at Manzil, the family of students and the teachers help make this journey easier for the students and help them realise their potential and talent through hard work, love, encouragement and talented teachers.