New Delhi, October 2014:
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." –
These words by Nelson Mandela truly describe the spirit of Apeejayites when they volunteered to make optimum use of their education to teach the support staff in the school. A joint initiative by the British Council and Times Group, the school chapter of the programme required student volunteers to take regular English classes within their school for the support staff. From workshops to the teacher training course, feedback sessions to microteaching, invigilation to support, the initiative had every ingredient of a successful endeavour. The school took up the responsibility of making the slogan ‘Each One Teach One’ ring true in October 2013.
The five student volunteers from classes X and XI were first trained suitably to understand the art of effectively teaching the adult learners. They participated in a six-day workshop at Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar. These workshops trained the student volunteers to face every possible scenario in the class room and made them understand the psychology and limitations of our learners through demo lessons, microteaching, feedback sessions, interactive talks and useful games. Equipped with sufficient training and a zeal for contributing to the community through education, the after-school classes in Apeejay School, Pitampura began in mid-November and the response was astonishing. Security guards, gardeners, lab assistants and other members of the support staff participated in the programme with overwhelming enthusiasm and a keen interest to master the language.
For a period of 1.5 months, the learners were regularly tutored and subjected to rigorous training after school hours from 2pm- 3.15pm. The end results were really surprising and encouraging. Many of the learners responded with praise and gratitude for the administration’s efforts and said that these classes have helped them in their work, social life and at home with their own school-going children.