Describing the greatness of a teacher in one's life is like trying to peel off a strawberry, it's something no one needs to do. Every person in the society has his/her role in executing as a doctor heals, an engineer designs, a chef cooks and a banker holds money, just like that teaching is the quality of a teacher.
But it's not always a school or college teacher from whom we learn. We learn every single day, from every single person we meet. I believe it's proper to say that every person around us is a teacher to us.
So on this Teacher's Day, I have brought you some ordinary personalities from the Indian society who are not a teacher by profession but are still giving life lessons to many out there.
You won't believe what this man does. Kamlesh is from a remote village in Rajkot district. He travels 20kms to Jasdan for a cyber cafe to keep working on his initiative. After getting inspired from Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC), this man, 35, has converted the whole Class 1st to Class 10th's syllabus into a quiz format. This was his initiative to help students enjoy their studies.
Kamlesh Zapadia along with his friends created www.edusafar.com on which the entire syllabus in the form of the quiz is uploaded.
"Playing a quiz online is always fun. If the same can be done with the syllabus, children will learn faster and enjoy it too. Moreover, the entire syllabus in quiz format can be downloaded free of cost from our website. Most schools have computers now, and they can utilise it to the maximum," Zapadia said Times Of India.
Kamlesh Patel from Gujarat isn't just a casual dancer. He has proven the world that nothing is significant and influential than a person's will power. You will be shocked to know that Kamlesh Patel was once paralysed in both legs. But he overcame all the obstacles and in 2009 was among the best dancers of a reality dance show. It was his will power that brought to the world his amazing dance art called as 'Dance on Hands'.
Sneha Kamath, 42, holds a driving school 'SheCanDrive' where she has trained over 600 women. In the nation where people believe women are not meant for driving, she is helping women become self-reliant. She says that she doesn't teach men because there are many other driving schools for them. She believes in teaching women who face a lot of bias. "I left my job to teach driving, and it has been a wonderful experience. So many women approach me to learn driving; we can break all these stereotypes when more women step into these so-called 'masculine' roles," she says.
Faith Gonsalves along with her twin Patience came up with the idea of Music Masti, a Delhi-based music initiative to take education to another level. Their music education programme is for children from marginalised groups. In 2008, Faith and Patience with 5 people organised a workshop with musicians for the kids who belong to lower income bracket.
Every year the organisation with 20-25 full and part time workers teach about 200-300 students from low-income families.
The kids make their own songs and programs.
Faith, executive director, Integrated Development Education Association (IDEA) and founder of Music Basti, says, "It's a positive innovation in the field of education. Music as a mode of teaching makes perfect sense. Music is a fun and energetic way to retain education."
An Indian mathematician and a columnist for various national and international mathematical journals and magazines, Anand Kumar is best famous for his Super 30 programme, which he started in Patna, Bihar in 2002. He teaches economically backward students for IIT-JEE, the entrance examination for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). By 2017, 396 out of the 450 of his students made it to IITs. He has also been covered by Discovery Channel. He has also spoken at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University.
Ritu Biyani is an example of how no matter whatever the condition you're going through, there is always a better path and that is looking at the bright side. Ritu has gone through many side effects of her breast cancer treatment like hair loss. But only a few people know that another side effect of her cancer was the motivation and strength she got into herself. She has trekked to the Siachen glacier and entered one of the toughest motor rallies in the world.
This 56-year-old has always been surprising people. She has also built up her foundation, Highways Infinite. She also holds a Limca Book of Records for being India's first woman to do a solo drive to the four tips of India.
This isn't it. She has conducted 600+ workshops for support groups, doctors, hospitals and clubs across 25 states, touching the lives of more than 1.5 lakh people.
Mahima Mehta, an entrepreneur from Delhi along with her business partner Vijendra Shekhawat founded Haathi Chaap in 2003. It is a brand of paper manufactured in Rajasthan out of elephant's dung. It's a known fact that paper is made from trees, but these people have come up with an entirely different idea. Various other products made using elephant dung include bags, frames, notebooks, stationery and cards. This initiative is something we have never thought of.
Girish Badragond believes in the famous proverb 'Necessity is the mother of inventions'. Since his childhood, he had interest in making electronics and electrical gadgets. Currently, he builds farm-related machinery like Bore Well Scanners (for studying underground water), Advanced Mode Micro Irrigation System (irrigation controller operated the pump from remote places without physically being there), Bird Repeller and Urban Terrace Gardening. He concludes that getting your work done never depends on the resources but on the passion, you hold about your dreams.
Sandeep Viswanath, 29 was earlier into a well paying IT job, but he soon opted for going into photography with the tribal children. He has worked on various issues like child labour, landless labourers, subaltern labour in Bollywood, water management in cities and Mumbai mill era. He has also designed a pin hole camera which can be made by anyone who cannot afford the expensive ones.
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