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    Posted June 14, 2014 by
    New Delhi, India
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    School of Inspiration


    In December of 2013, my cousin and I visited a local government school on the outskirts of New Delhi to document a group of young children preparing for an upcoming talent show.This school was one of the government run schools in the district sponsored by “Teach For India”, a nationwide initiative to educate the masses of young children in need of an education.The volunteers, most of whom were teachers, selflessly dedicated much of their spare time to teach the young students lessons in various fields such as Language, Math, Arts, Music and Sports.


    Upon entering one of the classrooms, I found myself in the midst of joyous laughter and smiling faces of excited children. The walls played host to many artistic inventions of the children such as paintings and handicrafts, which could be subject to endless admiration.The students of the class in which I stood were rehearsing a song to be performed at the talent show.The teacher stood at the head of the class, equipped with a guitar, instructing to students their respective singing roles.As soon as the teacher began to strum the guitar, the room came to life with a mellifluous harmony emitting from the groups of children singing their parts. The song was simple, yet scintillating when sung so passionately by the young faces in the classroom. It was truly remarkable to see the young children singing with such freedom, completely unfazed by their unprivileged backgrounds, leaving me nothing short of inspired.


    After a few rehearsals, the children made their way to the playground, where they spent the remainder of the afternoon playing on the swings and having a good time with their friends.I utilised this respite to interview a few of the volunteers about their experiences, and to learn a little more about the initiative.They recounted to me their fulfilling experiences as volunteers of the initiative and the heart warming satisfaction they derived from bringing a smile on a young child’s face. Before leaving, I gathered all the children and volunteers of the initiative for a photograph, eliciting responses of euphoria from the young children. After ten minutes of smiling faces and saying “cheese”, I left the school with a camera full of memories and an enriching experience I will never forget!


    *Be sure to watch the video of the young children performing their song in the media section of the report.

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