Friday, June 19, 2020

Vicki (Ex- Yale Intern) shares about her experience with i-Saksham!

Since the founding of i-Saksham, we have hosted interns, volunteers, researchers etc. both nationally and internationally. It includes interns and guests from Yale, Teach for India, Christ University, America India Foundation etc. Where witnessing the education of children in interior pockets of India adds knowledge to them; the experience also becomes one of its kind for them after being exposed to the rural realities and interactions. Here is a testimonial from one such intern, Vicki who joined us from Yale School of Management in the year 2017

"I was immensely touched by the work that i-Saksham does, and it is directly linked to my fascination with whether curiosity is born from knowledge, the opposite, or a bit of both.  i-Saksham renders this conundrum irrelevant, in that it teaches young adults to introduce grade 1 to 5 children to Hindi, English & math, which unleashes the potential of both these phenomena.  

As a younger sister of a brother 2 years my senior, I convinced my dad to teach me to read and write while preparing him for primary school. I have been a compulsive reader since, and cannot imagine a world without the written word. This (up to now) taken for the granted privilege, augments my absolute awe at the compassionate, sophisticated and intentional manner in which i-Saksham address the education crisis beyond measure.  Especially as they target households where experience like mine is simply not an option.  

The stellar team of i-Saksham founders can do anything that they want on the planet, and they choose to focus their energies on the resource-stricken Bihar.  Individually and collectively, together with their tightly knit, innovative, and industrious team, they inspire awe and gratitude and they compel me to do my part in our unequal world."

-Vicki van der Westhuizen
Ex-Yale Intern

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