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Joy of GivingI have often written about the need to skill up our youth. The educational system in India has no middle class. There are a handful of institutions that are terrific. These are the ones which compete with the very best across the world. And then there are the rest where the students get by with rote learning.

It is not surprising that the majority of the students are not employable. This is especially ironical because children are put into these “coaching classes” when they are ten years old. The parents believe that the coaching classes will ensure that their child gets admission to one of the elite institutions. Coaching classes get the student immune to performance-anxiety. But they also instil a deep rooted belief that all learning comes from rote learning and doing well in exams. It kills curiosity and love for learning. It is the anti-thesis of the “growth mindset”.

The result is that most of them develop no love for the subject. They hate the very subjects that they are proficient in. Any employer will tell you about the falling rates of “employability”. Employability comes from being able to do value creating work, getting paid for it and learning at the same time, enhancing the ability to get work in the future. That takes the remit far beyond rote learning.

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That is just what MEDHA an NGO in Lucknow is doing. They want to bridge the employability gap, especially for disadvantaged college-going girls. Only a small portion of our youth are employable.  These statistics are heartbreaking – can we do something about it? 

I have never met the team at Medha but I would like to support their work. You can donate any amount from Rs200/- or more. You do not have to be a millionaire before you donate for a cause you care about. That is what I liked about the philosophy of SmallChange the NGO that I am partnering with. You can contribute to Medha’s kitty by clicking here:

CLICK THIS: https://www.smallchange.ngo/fundraiser/teens-learn-life-skills/

If you donate Rs1000/- or more, please send me a mail at abhijitbhaduri@live.com & I will send you a signed copy of a sketchnote I made on Gratitude. I am no artist, but it is just my way of saying thank you for helping us build a better India. 

Do share this post with your friends.  If you can influence your organization to donate a part of their CSR funds to Medha, that would be great. 

Thank you. Hope you will really enjoy the Joy of Giving.

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