It has always been the question of - Am I doing enough? Last 600 days, has been of immense journey - a journey which has made me travel across at least 10 new states of the country , interacting with few education secretaries, state project directors (SPDs) , agencies like UNICEF, USAID, SCERT's , a number of education consultants , Hundreds of teachers (I being lucky to train them, DIETS, BRC's and of course thousands of young kids through them, many of them being first generation learners.
Two most vivid images of this journey spaced apart with a period of 5-6 months which I would like to share are one that of a young teacher in a remote rural block of a district in Chattisgarh state , ensuring that her kids do not go from school without learning one new thing each day. Second one is that of a committed I.A.S officer , pushing heavy loads of file and finding an year old proposal to get a near dead project re-find life and make it up and working , so that the hundreds of children living in remotest of districts in Hindi Heartland get benefit of an innovative padagogy!
These two and many such little experiences, have made me realise that, I NOW understand the problems better and perhaps I have a more clear image on WHAT solutions might be!
I have a feeling that Individual centers of excellence or isolated efforts like the ones I am doing now, might not exactly be the solution.
1. We need thousands of committed individuals like that rural young lady teacher - if we were to near our goal of 'eliminating educational inequity'.
2. We need to invest another hundreds of 'decision makers ' who understand the challenges and the need of pushing newer ideas better.
I feel I need to do More ..