Neha comes from a large family set up, where she lives with her parents and three siblings. The family of six is entirely dependent on her father’s meagre income which he earns by working as an assistant at a mobile shop. Neha studies at J Block Government school in Sangam Vihar, Delhi which is supported by our corporate partner Royal Bank of Scotland through our workplace giving programme Give As You Earn. Though economically disadvantaged, Neha is a studious and bright student who scored 82% in her last examination. She always tries to understand and grasp complex concepts first followed by its practical application. She has been a regular in terms of attendance but dreaded attending Mathematics classes and looked for ways to escape from studying the subject. Owing to her fear of the subject, her total score was getting affected.
Her phobia of Mathematics was peaking every day when she got to know about Shikshaantra, a programme run by CAF India supported NGO Khushii. The project aims to simplify the concepts and principles of Mathematics and English to enable disadvantaged students to perform better. The programme offered Neha with every opportunity to enhance her personality and academic performance. While talking about Shikshaantra, she said, “Earlier, I was an introvert who abstained from interacting with peers but now I am a confident person who can handle any situation.”
She credits innovative and interesting methods of teaching and workshops conducted under the programme behind her good performance in Mathematics and English. Worksheets provided to her helped her understand concepts of algebra and geometry. She concludes by saying that now her interest in the subject has developed and she feels confident of studying it on her own. Incorporation of digital means into regular learning has helped her tremendously in delivering good academic performance. She is grateful to the teachers of Shikshaantra for providing her with the opportunity to overcome her fear of the subject.