In 2002, Chennai-native Sriram V Ayer was comfortably working for a company agency that paid him nicely. However in a span of some months, every part modified. He witnessed the aftermath of Gujarat riots, particularly the devastating affect it had on the kids.
Throughout the identical interval, he got here throughout a boy named Vinod, who was promoting agarbattis to make a residing. Ayer knew that like Vinod, a whole lot of different youngsters have been pressured to assist their households and couldn’t, consequently, pursue their training.
In 2003, after resigning his job, Sriram put collectively a basis known as NalandaWay to coach and empower youngsters from low-income backgrounds, in addition to those that have lived by the trauma of kid labour, catastrophe, violence, HIV, trafficking, and extra.
NalandaWay is totally different in a number of methods. Different than simply offering training, the organisation works with youngsters to “obtain by arts” (ATA) and make studying enjoyable.
“After I requested a bunch of kids why they have been disinterested at school and lessons, the solutions I received have been all commonplace — uninterested in the way in which issues have been being taught, lecturers being impolite, normal lack of any incentive to review and do nicely,” he says. Sriram took notes from them and constructed the organisation.
Youngsters listed here are taught theatre, dance, music, pictures, inventive writing, storytelling, and movie based mostly on their pursuits. Until date, the muse has labored with over 10 million college students throughout Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Bihar, and Jammu & Kashmir.
Watch how Ayer is reworking hundreds of thousands of lives the ‘Nalanda Means’:
Edited by Divya Sethu