“Summer school was full of many wonderful experiences. From day 1 I developed an attachment towards all my kids. Some were more responsive than the other. There was one child whose name was Shreyas, he would always want to be close to me. From holding my hand while walking up and down the stairs , too the time when we all would be sitting in a circle during story time, he would force himself in between other kids to be sitting next to me. The affection he showed me really touched me. Another experience I had which was definitely one of my first was when a girl names Sakshi came too late to class. I stopped her outside and questioned her reasons for being late and she froze and started crying. This was the first time I made one of my students cry and I felt horrible. I gave her a tight hug and let her go inside. In spite of this during my class she was one of the students who participated the most when usually she sat in the corner quietly.”
Tanvi Jindal is from Mumbai. An economics Graduate from New York University she was working with the JSW Foundation and is now a Teach For India Fellow.