“Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all.”
Even if we interest the students, the real deal lies in convincing the parents to send their children for such a mode of learning. As such we acted on the need to conduct an orientation session for the parents of the learners as well as the parents of school volunteers who will be teaching those learners. The benefits of being the either was explained. The learners who would be willing could improve their academics substantially as better individual attention would be paid to them. In addition to that, communication is often found to be easier with the people of the same age group as compared to someone older. As for the student volunteers, they would gain teaching experience and inculcate leadership abilities in themselves. On an informal level, it would also promote camaraderie. Then came the part where we needed to articulate these ideas in front of the parents. The parents and teachers meeting was scheduled from 8 to 10. In accordance with it, we had planned two presentations- one extending from 9 to 9:30 and another from 10 to 10:30. Since the parents were not ready to wait till the assigned time, we had to give presentations turn by turn to different sets of people. As such, Divanshu had to give around 12 to 14 presentations, which he did earnestly. There was a question-answer session to clear any doubt or reservation, which was handled pretty well. We then collected the parents’ feedback on our pioneer effort which were recorded and analyzed. Well all’s well that ends well!