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Kumar's goal is sharing education

Posted: June 16, 2013 - 12:03am
Augusta Christian Head of Schools Dr. David Piccalo (from left), Rajesh Kumar and Dr. John Bartlett are in one of the computer labs at Augusta Christian, where Kumar volunteers as a tutor. Kumar is getting advice from Piccolo and Bartlett concerning a school he wants to build for poor children in his homeland of India.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Augusta Christian Head of Schools Dr. David Piccalo (from left), Rajesh Kumar and Dr. John Bartlett are in one of the computer labs at Augusta Christian, where Kumar volunteers as a tutor. Kumar is getting advice from Piccolo and Bartlett concerning a school he wants to build for poor children in his homeland of India.

As a child growing up in rural India, Rajesh Kumar saw firsthand the limited opportunities available in his poverty-stricken environment.

He wanted more for his life, and he knew that education was the key, but access to education was not readily available to the caste to which his family of farmers belonged.

Kumar was given the opportunity to attend school and says it was a great blessing.

“I was allowed to sit on the back benches of classes,” Kumar said. “I walked 2 kilometers just to get to a light so that I could study at the end of the day.

“In India, people sacrifice everything to get an education.”

In 2001, Kumar came to the United States and today works as an engineer.

“I would be a different person without education,” he said.

Kumar wants children in his homeland to have the same opportunity.

“I want to see the cycle of poverty broken, and education is the way,” he said.

Two years ago, Kumar began working on a plan to build a school, Takshila Institute, just outside India’s capital, New Delhi. “It will offer world-class education to impoverished children,” he said.

The school will provide education from primary grades through secondary and also will include a vocational training center.

A nonprofit organization, Takshila Education Trust, oversees the school’s finances. The organization secured an area to construct the school when people of Village Abidpura donated 10 acres of land.

While Kumar continues to gather resources and to establish the school’s infrastructure, he is also aware of the different needs students have here.

Kumar and a team of 35 teachers have formed a collaboration to offer homework assistance and tutoring in science and math to high school students in Columbia, Richmond and Aiken County schools.

Just as Kumar seeks to help students here and in India, he has found a knowledgeable support base to help him with his goal of starting a school.

“We are available to assist him in the planning and development phase,” said David Piccolo, headmaster of Augusta Christian Schools.

Piccolo has experience establishing schools in Florida prior to coming to Augusta Christian.

Teachers who are interested in volunteering for the tutoring program may contact Rajesh Kumar at rsangwan34@gmail.com.

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evanirwin

Congratulations, hopefully,

Congratulations, hopefully, they now can work on how eduction be more accessible in the region. I wish they can develop educational resources like elearning.. they can use the idea being offered at http://www.debbieirwin.com/voiceover/industry/audio/, for better audio quality streams.

benjohnson

That’s really great! Kumar is

That’s really great! Kumar is going to achieve a wonderful goal. Sharing education is an amazing concept. I appreciate him for initiating such an awesome concept. Thank you very much. Keep sharing such posts! excel not responding

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Lamya Dalton

India is one of the fastest

India is one of the fastest growing economies, thanks largely to the fact that many people have realized education is key to a better future. Rajesh Kumar's example is one of the finest you can find, reminding of the underdog story from Slumdog Millionaire. It's fascinating how while in some parts of the world school children worry about grades and Network+ practice test, in others, same age pupils have to take into account the unspeakable poverty they've been born into, and the fact that education is their best chance of making a better future for themselves and their families.

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