This 12-year-old is educating and empowering hundreds of slum kids in and around Lucknow
At an age when most of the children are busy playing and studying, 12-year-old Anand Krishna Mishra is busy teaching underprivileged kids. This extra-ordinary kid is educating and empowering hundreds of slum kids in and around Lucknow.
It all begun when he encountered with a boy of his same age, who refused to take money and instead of that asked books for his education. That incident changed Anand’s life forever and ever since then he has been teaching children from slums and over 125 villages around the city through his ‘Bal Choupals’.
Anand, who is popularly known as ‘Chota Masterji’ takes out an hour from his daily schedule to teach these underprivileged children. Anand studies in City Montessori School in Lucknow. He started Bal Choupals in 2012 and has been sharing whatever he learns at school. Anand’s parents Anoop and Rina Mishra are both employed in the UP police and they are very supportive to the mission that Anand has taken up.
I try to teach my friends in a friendly manner. Sharing interesting stories and organizing games for them are some of the ways to make learning fun. I try to make sure that they don’t get bored. Some of these kids don’t like the way they are taught in school just because it is boring. This is also the reason some, even after being enrolled, don’t go to school regularly, said Anand Krishna Mishra.
Every session at the Bal Choupal begin with singing ‘Hum Honge Kaamyaab’ (We shall overcome) and ends with singing the National Anthem, because Anand believes that this helps his friends become aware of their social and national responsibilities and they grow up to become responsible citizens of our country.