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Nanganallur resident teaches underprivileged children in her spare time

With an objective to inculcate reading habit in underprivileged children, Jamuna Rani Gopi, a resident of Nanganallur, conducts spoken English and storytelling sessions in government schools in her neighbourhood.

It is three years since she started out as a volunteer teacher.

Now, she handles classes for class VIII students at Thanthi Periyar Government Higher Secondary School in Puzhuthivakkam. Earlier, she worked with class VI students of Jaigopal Garodia Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Nanganallur.

“Imparting language skills is the best help you can give for children, hailing from underprivileged backgrounds. It is language which helps in comprehension. So, a child with good English skills may not have much difficulty in understanding science, mathematics, geography and history and civics. And language skills can be acquired only though reading. This, I do by conducting storytelling sessions. The books I choose deal with concepts like environment conservation, hygiene and sanitation, road safety and public etiquette. All these are taught through stories. Stories which focus on moral values are also narrated. Although government schools have libraries with a good collection of books, children do not make use of the facility,” says Jamuna.

She also teaches them how to speak in English.

“I give them simple day-to-day situations. Also, I teach them about the roles and functions of a bank. For the past few years, government credits the scholarship amount in bank accounts of the students. So I teach them the conversations related to banking,” says Jamuna.

Jamuna Rani is an old student of Jaigopal Garodia school. She served as the president of parents teachers association of the school.

Those interested, can donate English books suitable for children. She can be reached at 99405 64304.

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