In 2002, Chennai-native Sriram V Ayer was comfortably working for a company agency that paid him nicely. However in a span of some months, every little thing modified. He witnessed the aftermath of Gujarat riots, particularly the devastating affect it had on the youngsters.
Throughout the identical interval, he got here throughout a boy named Vinod, who was promoting agarbattis to make a dwelling. Ayer knew that like Vinod, tons of of different kids had been pressured to assist their households and couldn’t, because of this, pursue their schooling.
In 2003, after resigning his job, Sriram put collectively a basis referred to as NalandaWay to coach and empower kids from low-income backgrounds, in addition to those that have lived via the trauma of kid labour, catastrophe, violence, HIV, trafficking, and extra.
NalandaWay is completely different in a number of methods. Different than simply offering schooling, the organisation works with kids to “obtain via arts” (ATA) and make studying enjoyable.
“Once I requested a bunch of youngsters why they had been disinterested at school and courses, the solutions I bought had been all normal — tired of the way in which issues had been being taught, academics being impolite, normal lack of any incentive to check and do nicely,” he says. Sriram took notes from them and constructed the organisation.
Youngsters listed here are taught theatre, dance, music, images, inventive writing, storytelling, and movie based mostly on their pursuits. Until date, the muse has labored with over 10 million college students throughout Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Bihar, and Jammu & Kashmir.
Watch how Ayer is reworking hundreds of thousands of lives the ‘Nalanda Approach’:
Edited by Divya Sethu