Inspired by her father, Beena Rao is one such person who is changing the lives of thousands of slum children around her with her simple initiative..
A lecturer at NIT Surat, she introduced Prayas, a free coaching institute for slum children, with the help of her husband in 2006. Initially having started with teaching 2-3 children herself, she now has a team of 34 volunteers who teach around 1,200 students at eight different coaching centers across Surat, Gujarat. She noticed that in spite of the introduction of RTEs and other educational schemes, the dropout rate in schools remained high..With the help of various volunteers, Prayas conducts coaching for the students of classes 3rd to 8th at various locations for free, along with moral, art and craft activities. She pays Rs. 1,000 – 1,500 to the volunteers out of her own pocket or some donations that Prayas receives. She also has a registered NGO, Sadamani Charitable Trust, through which any random person can contribute to her cause.Around 5,000 students have benefited from this so far.
Watch her share her experiences at TEDxNirmaUniversity on “How I changed Slum Children’s Abusive slang to Scientific Jargon”.