To help and educate under-privileged children as well as spread love and happiness to make them responsible citizens, Jan Jagriti was set up by retired special correspondent of The Tribune D N Chaturvedi and his wife, Meera Chaturvedi, who retired as vice principal, Kendriya Vidyalaya in 2003.
After their death two years back, the legacy is now being carried forward by their daughter, Nutan. An educationist with over two-and-a-half decades’ experience, Nutan now ensures the dream of her parents is fulfilled at all cost. Inspired by them, she started the Noida branch in March 2015 and since then there has been no looking back.
Nutan shares Jan Jagriti began with three children at Faridabad and now has around 75 kids with a Noida branch. “The classes are held on the terrace of my Noida house and in a park in Faridabad. We have four teachers and a number of volunteers who use audio-visual aids to educate students apart from conventional teaching methods,” she says.
But this is not all. “AIESEC has been sending foreign students from Germany, Cairo, Brazil, China and Vietnam to spread their culture and traditions to our children. In spite of language barrier, the students bonded well with them,” Nutan tells us.
She adds free education is imparted in the evenings for school children. Children who do not go to school due to some reason are first taught the 3Rs and then admitted to various government schools.
“We provide basic computer education and karate training for self-defence by recognised institute, Kaikan Karate Do Federation of India. We believe in the concept of ‘unity in diversity’ and festivals like Diwali, Dussehra, Eid and Christmas are celebrated with equal zeal and enthusiasm. Since we believe in imparting education to all, there are no of criteria of selecting children,” shares Nutan.
Jan Jagriti is a “school after school”. Classes are held from Monday to Friday, 1600 to 1830 hours to help children with their homework, project work and subject studies. Computer classes are held every Saturday for two hours while karate training is given thrice a week. Dance and art classes are organized time to time by volunteers. Financial aid arrives from friends and relatives.
“We are sponsoring five girls and eight boys of classes 10 to college with their full school and college fee,” puts in Nutan.