Dear readers, 


For all those who are new here, Skill in Village is an after school program for students enrolled in vernacular medium government schools. The programme focuses on grades 5th-8th (upper primary and secondary) to equip the rural students with English communication and Life Skills. The mission of the program is to enable students of rural communities to become innovative changemakers and leaders by equipping them with 21st-century skills, hence enabling them to solve their local challenges and become global leaders.

"Teaching is the greatest act of optimism."
                                                                        - Colleen Wilcox  

A Miracle in the Classroom

Nagaraja. H . Hubballi is a student who joined SiV classes with little to no reading or writing skills even in his mother tongue, because of his learning disability followed by a lack of interest in learning. Especially in rural areas, awareness about learning disabilities among children is little to absent. This forces such students to drop out of school, and even the parents have a disinterest in addressing the issue, labelling the child to be simply incompetent. But, some are fortunate to find teachers who do everything possible to reignite the spark of learning in the children. 

Shailaja is one such teacher who happens to teach Nagaraj. She shares, “Initially, he was not able to read or recognise letters. But after a few months in the classroom, he started recognising letters from his name. 

He started framing small sentences like “My name is—”  and “I like bananas.”. He even picked an interest in learning rhymes and loves enacting them in front of the classroom. 

“When I go to morning class, he is the first student to be there every day, and his wish is the first of all the good morning wishes!” shares Shailaja. 

Nagaraja's story is one of courage and resilience in the face of adversity. Thanks to the dedication and support of his teacher, Shailaja, he has made huge progress. Now, he attends SiV classes every day and loves learning new things. His story is a reminder of the power of change and the importance of supporting our students through their journey.
Azul Terronez is the author of the best-selling book "The Art of Apprenticeship" Azul has coached teachers and schools leaders around the world in Spain, Chile, Canada, India, United States and China. He currently serves as a teacher coach at Shanghai American School. In this video, he explores the question, "What makes a good teacher great?''.

We believe in sharing ideas and opinions for collective learning. We would love to hear from you about what is working best in your school, education program, or team. If you have any stories of inspiration, transformation and ideas that matter, write to us at
Get your article published in the Grassroot Gazette!!

Forward to a friend! Forward to a friend!
Copyright © |2020| Deshpande Foundation, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Deshpande Foundation,
Skill Development Center,
Airport Road, Hubballi-580 030

Don't to receive these emails?

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Deshpande Foundation · Deshpande Skilling · Airport Road · Hubli, Karnataka 580030 · India

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp