Okanpur-based Nitin Kumar’s childhood remembers watching his mom, who labored as a home assist in varied households, toil arduous to place collectively meals for her household. She earned a measly Rs 25 a day, and the varsity charges for her kids value Rs 300 a month. “My father by no means had a gentle job, and my mother and father’ earnings had been inadequate to feed our household of six and bear the expense of our training,” Nitin says.
The 28-year-old tells The Higher India, “Fairly often, my siblings and I might eat the stale, leftover meals given to my mom by the households the place she labored. In the meantime, she’d combine sugar with water to fill her personal abdomen.”
“Whilst I managed to attend faculty, we didn’t come up with the money for for notebooks, pencils, pens, uniforms, and different bills corresponding to class tasks or contributions for college occasions. My classmates attended non-public tuitions, however I needed to depend on myself for research,” he says.
Regardless, Nitin discovered his approach and pursued a level in regulation, which he’s set to finish this yr. However to make sure that younger college students like him don’t wrestle the way in which he did, he teaches 200 college students from nursery to Class 12, giving them classes of their respective topics, in addition to others like Sanskrit, French, and music.
‘Ghat waala faculty’
Nitin says that dwelling by such robust instances helped him realise that teachers might enhance his monetary circumstances and way of life.
“My elder brother stop learning in Class 8 and took a job to financially assist the household. In the meantime, after finishing Class 10 in 2007, I began providing free tuition to kids within the slums. In these areas, mother and father are sometimes not educated themselves, and youngsters fail to know the significance of training at a younger age. Furthermore, there is no such thing as a individual to information them, in contrast to within the case of scholars from privileged backgrounds,” he says.
He provides that educated and dealing mother and father have a very good understanding of how vital it’s to make children examine. “They use their data to information their kids, recognise their abilities, and channel efforts in a approach that helps fulfil their baby’s profession ambitions. However such initiatives hardly ever occur with slum children,” he says.
So Nitin began providing free training by placing just one situation for his college students. Everybody learning with him needed to promise that they might educate youthful kids without cost.
The variety of college students elevated as he reached Class 12, and he needed to begin in search of a much bigger house. By 2009, he began conducting night teaching for youngsters at Kamleshwar Ghat alongside the Ganga River. These children principally belonged to authorities colleges and led the identical life as him.
In 2015, he named it ‘ghaat wala faculty’, which implies a faculty on the banks. “Kids from weaker sections of societies, like these from slum areas, or these whose mother and father had been ragpickers, discovered this association handy. They had been extra snug learning in an open house than at somebody’s home” he notes.
The night exercise caught the eye of different college students in addition to locals and devotees within the space who, out of curiosity, approached Nitin. Some then turned a part of his endeavour.
Harsh Shukla is one such individual. “One night in 2018, I used to be passing by the ghats after visiting a temple within the neighborhood once I noticed kids learning on the river banks. I inquired in regards to the matters that they had been studying and in regards to the distinctive initiative. I used to be impressed by what Nitin was doing, so I made a decision to volunteer to show as effectively,” he says.
Harsh, a graduate in science, says he himself had struggled to hunt profession steerage from specialists throughout his tutorial years. So he determined to assist college students with revisions and discover profession choices. “I do it as a service and never for monetary or social media recognition,” he provides.
Over the previous seven years, Nitin and his group of volunteers have been educating 200 college students and have even paid their faculty charges. A few of these college students at the moment are finishing Class 12 and making ready for greater research.
Manasi Nisar is one such scholar of Class 12, who has been learning with Nitin since she was in Class 8. “I belong to Dibnipurwa, a village throughout the river. I visited the financial institution with a buddy of mine and once I noticed Nitin and his college students, I requested him if I might additionally attend. I inquired in regards to the charges and he instructed me the courses had been free,” she says.
She says attending courses day-after-day for an hour or two helped her in English, Hindi and Arithmetic. “I by no means appreciated learning arithmetic, however Nitin helped me develop an curiosity within the topic. I additionally took primary classes in Sanskrit and French,” she says.
Manasi provides that she and 4 others are the one ladies from their village who’ve made it past Class 8. “Our village doesn’t have the next secondary faculty, and fogeys don’t encourage ladies to review in establishments situated far-off. However Nitin satisfied the mother and father and paid our charges, permitting us to additional pursue research,” she says, including that she goals to turn out to be an Air Pressure pilot at some point.
Anita, additionally certainly one of Nitin’s college students, says her marks have improved since she began taking classes at his faculty. “He teaches us the best way to try exams, how questions must be answered, and the best way to plan our research effectively,” she provides.
For a lifetime of self-respect and dignity
Whereas Nitin is witnessing the outcomes of his efforts through the years, his wrestle for funds has not ended. “In 2018, I established Ek Nayee Rahh Basis to hunt donations for financial assist. However it’s primarily the non-public people within the neighborhood who assist us fund the research of those kids,” he says.
He provides that the COVID-19 lockdown solely made issues worse. “Earlier, the open faculty gave us visibility, and passers-by usually helped us with cash or stationery objects. However after COVID-19, our courses have now moved to a small room close by, away from the sight of these strolling by,” he says.
He says that Nandini Upadhyay, affiliate professor and his mentor at Dayanand Legislation Faculty, has been serving to by paying the room hire and electrical energy payments. “She additionally teaches as time permits,” he provides.
Nitin says he has tried to discover a job, however the hunt has been unsuccessful thus far. “I want cash to fund these kids’s training, or generally take them for dance or sports activities competitions. At instances, I do have cash to fill gasoline within the bike to drop them for a dance competitors,” he notes.
Nevertheless, for now, his greatest fear is to fund Manasi’s training, in addition to that of the opposite 4 ladies who will quickly end their Class 8 exams. “I would like them to hunt admission on the college or a authorities faculty. Even when one scholar finds a very good job, it will likely be a hit and encourage many others from the village,” he says.
Citing an instance, he says, “It’s like Geeta Phogat, the wrestler. After she turned a global wrestling champion, many ladies had been impressed and took up the game. Equally, getting good jobs will encourage different ladies to pursue greater research in her village.”
Sharing one more reason for the women to succeed, Nitin provides, “The residents within the village usually ask, ‘Why are the women learning? Will they turn out to be district collectors or get jobs? What is going to they obtain in life by learning?’ However they fail to know that solely training will help them obtain these positions. It’s a lengthy means of placing years of research to realize such outcomes, and the residents have to understand the identical.”
Nitin says, “Training can be about self-respect and dwelling a lifetime of dignity within the society. Regardless of hurdles, I’ll proceed the work of training these kids till they turn out to be examples for a lot of.”
To assist Nitin in his trigger, you possibly can ship him cash by way of Google Pay at 6389007700
OR, switch funds to the next particulars:
Financial institution Title – SBI P.P.N MARKET 96/12 PARADE KANPUR NAGAR
A/C Title – EK NAYEE RAAH FOUNDATION
A/C NO. – 39083989906
Edited by Divya Sethu