Memories always have ability to transform us to another world – Whenever I visit my native place, I meet some one who helps me to relive my happy childhood days..
Recently I met Saraswathi, my childhood friend and play mate, after around twenty years.. She came along with her cute little daughter Asha.. Saraswathi is daughter of Kala aunty, who worked in our house for many years and I loved her a lot..
We started talking and I was sad when I learnt that Kala aunty had died before 3 years due to some health problems..
We spoke about our childhood days and those memories made us very happy…We belonged to same age group – She studied in tamil medium school in our village and I studied in matriculation school in near by city…During weekends, she will always be at our home and we played a lot..
Saraswathi told that after marriage, she shifted to another small village and her husband had a little shop there..Her daughter is studying third standard in nearby school..Saraswathi was worried that her village doesn’t have any good english medium schools and she told me that asha’s access to english is very much limited..She further added that She is also not fluent with the language and couldn’t teach her daughter..
She felt bad that she didn’t complete her undergraduation earlier due to her lack of knowledge in english..As she studied in tamil medium, She was very much afraid and couldn’t cope up with the change of language to english in college..After 2 semesters, she failed in many subjects and she stopped going to College due to further fear for failure and she doesn’t want her mother’s hard-earned money to get wasted..
She told me that she is afraid her daughter Asha would also face the same problem in future..She had asked her husband to shift to nearby town so that Asha could study in a good school..But he had denied saying that he would not shift from their village..She added that Asha is very good in her studies and she is afraid that her future may get spoiled due to lack of knowledge in english..I understood her fear and her determination as a mother to do something to make her daughter well-educated and self-sufficient despite of all problems she faced..
I told her about “Pathsala Funwala” , an initiative by “Nihar Naturals Shanti Amla”, a leading hair oil in the country…I explained her that this brand endeavors to make education accessible, anywhere anytime..I added that Pathsala Funwala will be helpful to children like Asha, who wants to, but doesn’t have access to learn English..
Saraswathi was surprised when I said about the brand’s corporate social responsiblity and she asked me to explain more regarding Pathsala Funwala initative and how it would help children like Asha to learn english..
I replied her that ” It is an innovative mobile phone-based learning system that helps children learn spoken English in an engaging and fun-filled manner anytime anywhere free of cost”
It is very simple – Children like Asha have to give just a missed call to the toll-free number 8055667788 ..She will receive a call back and learning session then starts. There are two characters – Abbu and Dabbu – who learn the use of English words in a jovial fun-filled conversation from Shanthi didi...The words are taught in a very simple manner using music, jingles and short stories, making learning interesting and enjoyable”
I guided Asha in using this service by Nihar Naturals Shanti Amla and she felt it was very easy to learn english:
- Asha gave missed call to toll-free number 8055667788..
- Immediately she received call from another number and learning session started..
- Shanti didi taught english to Abbu and Dabbu – Asha loved both Abbu and dabbu characters and liked simple manner in which the language was taught..
- Asha learned how to greet one another while meeting like Hai and what to say in english while leaving like Bye..
- Further now she knows how to reply if anyone asks her name...
- She also knows that she has to press 1 to repeat any session again and she has to press 2 for going to next session..
- She told that she would go through all modules as it would be very helpful to her..
Overall Asha was happy and enjoyed learning english in a simple way..I could see that her mother Saraswathi was also very happy and she added that she would recommend this to other children who don’t have access to english, but want to learn the same..
I am sure that this initiative will be helpful to many children to learn english easily!!!
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