Every low income community in India has it’s set of potential high-achievers. They represent the best hopes of their communities. If their talents are nurtured well, they can not only contribute to the upliftment of the society as a direct result of their achievements, but can also have a huge aspirational impact on the entire community that they originate from. We don’t have to look far to find high achievers who have hailed from low income communities. For example, Dr. Abdul Kalam who hailed from a very low income family was able to work hard and leverage opportunities that came his way to not just have a positive impact on the community he hailed from, but to the country as a whole.
While India’s systemic focus in education is slowly changing to improvement of the quality of teaching and learning in the classrooms, there is still a very long way to go. Meanwhile, most of the potential high achievers in low income communities fall through the cracks during their formative years. Even if they make it to undergraduate courses, the colleges that they attend have fewer resources and hence fewer opportunities to learn and grow and do well in life. Where quality of education is concerned, the current institutional structures in India still tend to favour only individuals from well-to-do communities.
With one estimate putting the number of people living below the poverty line in India at 3,000 lakhs, one can only imagine the kind of potential high achievers going waste, that exist in our country. There is a large onus on us as a nation to ensure that the under-utilised potential across the country gets tapped.
We at Tejasvita believe that while large scale improvements in the education system are important, it is also the loss of high achievers in low income communities which will have its greatest negative impact on the economy and the society. We believe that as a society, we lose these high achievers because there is gradual atrophy of their potential during their formative years. Hence, as an organisation we have set out to identify potential high achievers at a young age in underserved communities and work with them during their formative years to nurture their development.
Our underlying basic presumptions are as follows:
- Mental stimulation before 6 years of age is key to maximum development of language and cognition later on in life. But children in low income communities in India receive very minimal stimulating exposure before 6 years of age.
- Subsequent development between 6 – 13 years for these children is impaired due to the absence of an ability to spot and encourage implicit potential in the child.
- Even those whose potential has been spotted may regress or not achieve their potential in their later development years due to the absence of peer level environment and a focused and organised training related to their explicit skills and talents.
Since 2012, Tejasvita has been involved in developing a working model to address the first presumption listed above.
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