A small step for the big change




Meghnagar block of Jhabua district is an industrial area and most of the youth seek employment in local industries. Like other young men in his early 20s, Dinesh Ganawa also works in the industry as a part-time employee, and the remaining time he devotes to agriculture and studies, he is currently pursuing M.A from a private college. During the field visit, Santosh from Samavesh came across Dinesh and over the time they built rapport for candid sharing, It didn’t take much time to figure out Dinesh strong intent for learning and teaching activities, but so far, he was devoid of any such platform. The current pandemic scenario has resulted in the closure of schools for the past nine months and it presented him with the opportunity to engage in teaching and learning with students. During close interaction with Samavesh team, he also shared his world view on social service, especially related to the recent migrant crisis due to nation-wide lockdown and active role played by voluntary organisations. His initiatives range from organizing youth to help people of their village in the smooth functioning of Panchayat, school and health centres. On the education front, Dinesh has a strong conviction that it is the only medium which can help them come out of generational poverty.
Seeing the interest of Dinesh, Hikwanu Aganu was started in Bedawa falia of Meghnagar by Samavesh team with the help of teacher Mr Gulab Singh Nayak. In the early days of Hikwanu Anganu, He used to sit in the centre with a pen and notebook. Seeing Dinesh doing this, his friends used to laugh and taunt him for doing unpaid work and suggested him to charge some amount or look for other remunerative jobs. However, he says that a number of those who encourage and appreciate him for the work he is doing is greater than those who demotivate, their appreciation works as fuel for him. He has mobilized 10 to 12 youths, which in turn has regularized the process of teaching-learning at the centre. By now the number of children at the centre has increased to 15 from 4 students on the first day, the parents in the neighbourhood were happy with the work of Dinesh. Adding to his efforts, Samavesh started organizing various child-centred activities with students in the courtyard and interaction with their parents on the significance of education and the ways to minimize learning loss, It further motivated Dinesh to continue with the good work he is doing. Samavesh Team visits the centre at regular interval and helps in mobilizing resource by supplying library books, Chakmak books, the cards and strips related to Maths and Hindi for easy grasping of concepts. This story is of a youth who desires to see his fellow-villagers and coming generation out of clutches of poverty and for the realization of this dream he has taken a small but significant step to empower the community through education.