National Committee: Pioneers for Change
This blog post was contributed by our National Committee Members Pooja, Prathamesh and Jyoti
14 young talented passionate minds believe they are leaders of today. Armed with projects driven to bring about change in their respective communities, they persistently strive for a better tomorrow. Imbibing the principles of KER- they create safe spaces for discovering voice and expression, collaborate with educators as equal partners and initiate transformation for a reimagined education. They strongly believe in core values like compassion, curiosity, communication and critical thinking. Together, they form the National Committee!
Our committee members Pooja, Jyoti and Prathamesh, who were a part of the group in the last academic year, were asked about their journey so far: an experience they hold close to their hearts. Pooja’s school project seeks to reimagine education through devised learning and development programmes aimed at making the curriculum more child-friendly and customised. Prathamesh and Jyoti create a safe space by using various mediums of art (including painting, performing arts) for students to express and in turn discover themselves. All these initiatives aim to empower their respective communities by providing easier and accessible education and also improvise themselves.
Being National Committee members, they see the world differently now.“It was a whirlwind of great feelings!” is what Pooja said while Jyoti and Prathamesh described their experiences as magical and life-changing. The exposure got them to push, the interactions strengthened their bonds and the responsibility of being a committee member nourished the leaders inside them. Working independently on impactful development projects has provided them tremendous satisfaction and meaning. This opportunity of working closely with the KER staff gave them a taste of what it is to be in charge and helped them discover their potential to the fullest.
A common challenge they faced was balancing their academics and fulfilling their duties as Committee members. Over time, they were able to do the balancing act successfully. They initially felt that re-imagining the education system is a massive exercise, which changed positively after intensive training and exposure. “KER is a platform that not just works at bringing about a revolution, but also celebrates the diversity of each student”
At the KER retreat, the students got a chance to interact with like-minded people and partner organizations. This was when they could express ourselves and left more confident, motivated and as better communicators. Introspection and mentoring sessions helped reflect on their individual progress and that got them clarity about making the impact more sustainable.
They are now fully poised to take their respective projects forward! By initiating projects that are challenging and ambitious, they hope to transform the way the leaders and education are perceived.
All children can re-imagine education if they believe in it is what drives these young minds. They believe in the magic of change and what it brings with it. “Make mistakes, face challenges, be curious, make adjustments, but still stay persistent- it’s a long and exhausting road. When you see your idea finally being implemented, you won’t regret it” is something our students live by.