Love, Education and Aspiration to change Destinies
"Education is not the piling on of learning, information, data, facts, skills, or abilities - that's training or instruction - but is rather making visible what is hidden as a seed"
Education is every child’s right. The UN and the Indian government agree. In fact, basic education is the right of every Indian child. On paper, at least!But what if you are elder sister to three other siblings and your mom and dad ask you to cook and care for them while they go off to dig roads or build skyscrapers brick by brick. What if you are barely in your teens but are already on a payroll bringing in the money to help a sick parent? That’s when education takes a backseat! Unfortunately, this is a recurring story in India and while it is not possible to change this overnight, we believe we can make a change, little by little. LEAD is a group of young people united by a desire to educate and thereby, change destinies. Love, Education and Aspiration to change Destinies — that is what LEAD stands for. LEAD is also an attempt to create leaders, individuals who step up and take the responsibility to initiate change, although they haven’t been asked to do so.We endeavor to make education accessible to the children of migrant and non-migrant laborers and slum dwellers in Airoli (a suburb of Navi Mumbai), in the state of Maharashtra in India. We help with admissions, provide extra curricular help through daily sessions aimed at making learning fun and visit the families of our children to ensure that their education receives adequate family support.
"It is absolutely necessary for the mental health & development of the children that they should not have mere schools for their lessons but a whole world whose guiding spirit is personal love."