Traversing the Road not Taken
HYDERABAD: The secret behind any successful mission is the dedication and implementation of its seed of thought. With this in mind, a city-based social enterprise Kaarmic Education Services conducted the state’s first and largest parent counselling session through a literacy workshop. The event was held in association with Telangana State Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutes Society (TSSWREIS) to assist parents in acquiring skills to support effective implementation of their child’s individualised education.
Over 100 trainers conducted workshops in 10 different districts of Telangana in a single day, reaching out to 60,000 parents.
The Kaarmic Education Service is the brainchild of five enterprising youngsters Adithya Sanjay, Anishay Raj, Karthik Dantu, Prashanth Ramagiri and Sweekrity Goyal who decided to leave their corporate jobs towards pursuing a dream of empowering tomorrow’s talent to build a more employable India.
“The team just had one week to prepare and execute this project. Although we had planned for 20,000 parents, the expected number went beyond that and went up till 60,000 parents! Financial awareness, planned careers and the availability of government schemes were the key aspects of the workshop”, said Adithya Sanjay, CFO, Kaarmic.
The three hour comprehensive training and awareness workshop covered a wide range of topics which included prioritising education, social awareness, higher education and career awareness, financial literacy, parent-job role, role of TSSWREIS and other government schemes.
“The workshop content, collateral, and delivery were the key contributors to the project’s success. We had more than 70 per cent parents on board, wating to develop their child’s educational experience and who were determined to educate their children further. Owing to the parents’ low economic levels, this intervention was aimed at increasing parents’ involvement in their child’s education, decreasing drop outs after schooling, and building a more educated India. All this was done by our small team, which is a motivating factor for our large impact projects ahead,” said Prashanth Ramagiri, COO, Kaarmic.
And it was not only parents who benefited from the workshop, but also the volunteers. “The impact was not just on 60,000 parents but also on the 100 volunteers who, for the first time, experienced the positive realities of the government’s education sector. This workshop gave the corporate volunteers (trainers) a platform to give back to the society and through this, we now have 100 plus corporates who are ready to support us build an educated, empowered and employed India,” said Sweekrity Goyal, product development and operations head.
With a minimal budget of `1600 per school, Kaarmic Education Services has been successful in implementing the workshop with valuable feedback from both the parents and the government.
“We understood that at the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success in these low income communities, is the active and positive involvement of parents. It is also important to accept that in many parts of our country, it is not always the student’s ambition alone which is sufficient.
We need more parents who can dream, aspire and support their child’s ambitions. Information is power, and the information that we shared with the parents if utilised, can take their families out of their dire state with the help of their children”, added Anishay Raj, CEO, Kaarmic.