Youth Take Time to Teach Poor Children Before College

Participants under go creative writing skill training at YWCA Kolkata, 14 February 2012

KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) – This is unthinkable for Indian students! Parents may faint at the mere thought. Take an year off after high school, before joining college, to see life outside class rooms and may be help the lesser privileged students in remote and backward area. That is exactly what 25 young people (19 girls and 6 boys) from five countries are doing this year in North Bengal.

Just out of high school and before entering college, these students from U.K., U.S.A., Australia, Canada and New Zealand will pan out in groups of two to remote areas of Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts in the Himalayan foothills.

The young people, who arrived in Kolkata on Saturday (11 Feb), are volunteers as part of a program run by Lattitude Global Volunteering, an international youth development charity.

They would also visit six Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the area and teach monks English. Prior to embarking on this mission, the volunteer ambassadors had special training in their home countries.

Besides, “teaching children English language and coaching them in general studies, these young people belonging to The Lattitude Gap Programme of International Volunteers will teach dance, music or sport to the people of the places they will work for five months,” says Lattitude Global Volunteering’s country head Mr Manoj Mathew coordinating their orientation programme in Kolkata.

Explaining the gap experience, Mr Mathew adds, “ Parents abroad are taking this as a mind-opener. Unlike students here in India who spend their holiday between school-end and beginning of college holidaying and having fun, these youngsters have taken a good cause and broken stereotypes.”

The group is staying at the Young Women’s Christian Association hostel on Middleton Row for a few day’s of inculturation and orientation.



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4 responses to “Youth Take Time to Teach Poor Children Before College

  1. Youth Take Time to Teach Poor Chidren Before College

  2. Indeed, the move by these young kids to reach out younger kids of our country is laudable. Their formation is so life-formative and humanely caring, that they spend their time of leisure in being use to someone. Indeed intelligent choice. Indeed life has to be used for good not wasted away in fruitless mirth alone. Kudos to these the foreign students. The Indianess in me salutes you all.

  3. Dr Roy Chowdhury

    The gap year mind-opener programme for pre-college students is highly laudable. I wish our students who spent some 14 years in the same school to pass out after plus two exams take a break before they go to college. It will definitely help our pre-college students to open their minds toward the reality of fellow beings in under privileged sections of the society.

  4. Madhumita LAhiri

    Hi my name id Madhumita LAhiri. I stay at kolkata (india). I work asa consultant in life technologies.. I am highly impressed by the activity and I want to impart education to poor children .If you have any bracnch in south kolkata please let me know

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