Teaching – A Social Responsibility
Written By: Mitali Mukhopadhyay|
July 3, 2015|
God gave me nothing I wanted, He gave me everything I needed.
Truly inspirational lines! ‘Needs’ are our basic requirements for survival like food, clothing and shelter and being a teacher by profession, I may take the liberty to include education in the list. These needs are the basics that shape our lives. These are essential components of survival. Sadly, a significant section of our society is deplorably devoid of all basic necessities of sustenance!
The unfortunate children of our country struggle to earn their basic right of education. We, the privileged ones, can be instrumental in bringing the difference and sparkle in their lives. We have to reach out to these children who are in dire need of real guidance and care.
Most of these children have been abandoned by the system and, in some cases, even disowned by their families, making us, the teachers, responsible in leading them through the dark tunnel of illiteracy to the eternal sunshine of knowledge.
This is no child’s play or easy charge. No less than a missionary zeal is required to face the challenge. With a fiery spirit and determination, we can make a difference and move forward. These children too need to acquire the knowledge and life experience, we teachers, have to offer them. In the end, it will change all of our lives!
As educators do we simply offer them a chance because life is hard for the underprivileged? The answer is no. Instead, we should motivate these children to recognise an opportunity and seize it with full confidence and by enhancing their expectations. Teaching life skills is as essential as imparting knowledge and letting them believe that they have the freedom to make a choice and must dare to dream.
If we want to see the children, irrespective of their social standing, to be literate and aware of their basic rights and grow up as educated citizens of India, we must come forward to teach them. It is our social responsibility to share our wealth of knowledge with the less privileged sections of society. Every individual’s contribution can bring about a significant positive change in the current state of illiteracy in our country. If each and every one of us from the teaching community comes forward devotedly to work for this social cause, we can easily reach our aim of freeing the nation from the shackles of illiteracy.
What will be gain by being a part of this social responsibility?
- An exciting, never-to-be-forgotten adventurous journey.
- The enormous satisfaction of helping disadvantaged children and knowing that we made a difference to them.
- The ability to set challenges for ourselves and the contentment of achieving them.
- New skills, more confidence, creativity and a greater understanding of different sections of the society.
- Invaluable personal and professional development.
- We also gain self confidence to push ourselves to our own limit to make children smile.
- To see our vision of a literate, educated and skilled generation of the ‘Have Nots’ come alive within our lifetime.
- An entry in our resume that will put us head and shoulders above most others in the job market.
- And the best of all- An unforgettable experience!
- Not to forget that we have a hand in shaping a better generation of young Indians.
I would just like to say that much like all other children around the world, these children too have their own dreams. They do not deserve to be put on hold only because reality intruded far too early in their lives.
When I asked God for peace
He showed me how to help others
This indeed will be the most peaceful journey for all of us!!
And the march has begun!!
Ms Mitali Mukhopadhyay, Teacher at the Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, Kolkata has M.Sc. degrees in Ecology and Environment and B.Ed.
She has been working at the Lakshmipat Singhania Academy for the last nine years. She entered the institute as a fresher and hence, she believes, that it has had a major role to play in grooming her as a teacher.
She teaches Mathematics and E.V.S to the students of the primary section. She is also the coordinator of the pre- primary department of the school.
Being associated with children has always been her passion and she says that she is glad that she is in a profession which helps her shape the lives of the little ones and help them grow to become responsible human beings.