“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
I have always been a believer of education being a key to success. However, not everyone is fortunate enough to have access to it. Similar was the case for the people in my village – Pamohi, located at outskirts of Guwahati, Assam.
Thirteen years ago, I started with teaching four children in my cowshed. With neither adequate resources nor appropriate infrastructure or any formal training, it was like being on a war without any weapons or fellow army men.
All I had was a driving vision – a vision to see change. I wanted the children from my village pursue higher education, enter premier engineering and medical colleges in Guwahati and contribute to the development of our village.
My early thoughts and feelings now juxtapose with the quality crisis in education that we face today. I can now tell that I anticipated a tide and got a boat ready for it. I started Parijat Academy – not just a school, but an experience. It is for children of my village. We provide free education and the school runs on donations. Volunteers from different parts of world come here to teach students.
Over the years, my perspective of education has changed. Generally, aspects other than career and livelihood are often missed out in schools. Thus, in Parijat Academy, we focus on overall development. I got recognised for my efforts by CNN IBN Real Heroes Award, 2011 in the category of education & children and was felicitated by Mr. Mukesh Ambani.
Today, as I look back as the Founder and Principal of Parijat Academy, I smile and cherish the journey which brought me here. The dream was mine, I started alone. However, numerous people and organisations supported it to bring it into reality. I am thankful to all of them. We have reached 500 plus students!!
I took this small step to build a better society for future. I am here to achieve 100% literacy in my village.
Don’t be afraid. Dream it. Do it!
— As told by Uttam Teron, Change Maker.
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