Pappu will only pass if he goes to school


I loved school. Once I actually pulled the exact opposite of what’s known broadly today as a ‘’sicky’’ and pretended to my parents that I was well enough to attend. My infected insides attempted to reach out in every way possible to expose the lie, mostly through snot and sneezes. I sincerely doubt the reasoning behind the betrayal was an early, deep-set appreciation for the grounding framework that education would provide me in years to come; I expect I just had an undeveloped 90s version of TFOMO (the fear of missing out). It was ‘’Victorian day’’.

But of course, this younger and (only slightly more) self righteous version of me had a point. Education was a vitally important contributor towards the development of the well rounded, volatile person I am today. Not just for providing me with the obligatory academic knowledge I needed, but for a whole understanding of the world and people I would never have been exposed to otherwise.

Despite this, many people still question the validity and effectiveness in education. In some parts of the world, education is believed to be too too expensive for the rewards you will ultimately benefit. In developing nations such as India, many children miss out on elementary education altogether due to their socio-economic backgrounds. Initiatives have now been set up across the country, such as Street to school in Kolkata, which provides funding that goes towards helping slum children have access the vital elementary education.

This is not the only reason children do not attend school. A poverty stricken family would rather trade their child’s education in favour of work to help earn a family income. Often, children are abandoned and not provided with the practical means to attend school. This could be travel, stationary or uniform. In colder regions, organisations such as Aasra Trust provide winter uniforms to help prevent children wanting to drop out of school.

Some who have been born in extenuating circumstances, such as children of women who have brothel-based mothers, need extensive development support in order for them to grow physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally before they can even consider formal schooling. The charity Apne Aap Women’s Collective provides day and night care for 2.5 years to 5 year olds for children such as this.

Disability is also a huge factor in this. Children born with mental or physical impairments face huge marginalisation in school and are 70% more vulnerable. Charities such as Samadhan focuses on differently abled children , for those with cerebral palsy, autism or mental difficulties. This enables them to access education which previously wasn’t possible.

Of course, there are also organisations such as SETU, which supports all aspects of the education process, providing complete education for 294 children including all basic means such as text books, note books and stationery, uniform and mid-day meals.

I’ve written quick list here on why education is so fundamental in developing a child. Knowledge

  1. Morality
  2. Social skills
  3. Creative thinking
  4. Diversity of thinking
  5. Confidence
  6. Independence
  7. Learn new cultures and languages
  8. Healthier lifestyle – promotes healthy eating and sports
  9. Economic growth of the nation
  10. Setting yourself up for the future


Children are going to school but are not Learning. This was the bitter truth that vChalk wanted to change. Since its inception in March 2015, vChalk has already won 3 awards for its contribution in the field of education, and this is just a glimpse of the many others to come!

The idea is simple; vChalk wants to help children who are usually the first ones in their family to have access to an English school.


Humble Beginnings:

For their pilot project they tested a group of 345 local kids and when they responded well, they tested another 1061 kids, only to observe that their ways of training were showing positive results.

They have successfully made use of an innovation based on an MIT proven approach, which not only improves learning outcomes but is also very cost effective. This approach is called “teaching at the right level” and is at the core of vChalk classes.

In the early stages of research, vChalk found that there was no dearth of schools. However there was a problem right at the heart of the education system. Co-founder Daniela F.Gheorge said, “It made me angry to know that 4 out 10 children in India struggle with the most basic concepts of English and math, despite having received an elementary schooling of 4-5 years.”

Problem solving the vChalk way!

In order to tackle this particular problem they came up with a unique solution. They started identifying people from the community who could engage as “off-school Teachers”(for example: a trained local housewife) who could tutor the kids after school. vChalk trains and mentor them. On the other hand in-school teachers support them and improve their English speaking skills. There is a liberal use of technology in all their educational activities. Technology made it easier to make the vChalk classes more interesting, interactive and also tracking the growth of these kids. The growth is recorded and reported to the parents of the kids.

What makes vChalk different?

The notable feature of this project is that, vChalk aims at building an entire community through this initiative. In time, this project will create a network of well trained community teachers and bright and educated children.

Why you should help?

2000 children benefited from this program this academic year, and vChalk aims at supporting an incredible 1 million children in affordable schools in the near future. This fundraiser helps vChalk get one step closer to their ultimate goal. Moreover, Team vChalk also promises a few exciting rewards for the donors!

For a contribution of Rs.500 you receive a personalized Thank-you note from team vChalk.

For a contribution of Rs.3000 or more you receive a beautiful postcard with pictures of the children benefiting from the project.

For a contribution of Rs.10000 or more you receive an 8GB pen-drive with pictures and videos taken on-site of the children in vChalk classes, a thank-you note and a photo post-card.

Show your generosity to this cause, and help vChalk reach out to 1 million children!