Chairperson , Headway Intel Club
Neetu Sarawgi, a first generation entrepreneur and a freelance interior decorator. I consider myself a social evangelist – making an impact on every person whom I come across. I am a certified IELTS/SAT trainer.
All of us often fondly recall our childhood days when we would listen to stories from our grandparents…. and the moral values we learnt from these stories which have helped to build our character.
Today most children grow up in unit families away from grandparents, who play an important part in a child’s upbringing. The parents are extremely busy with their jobs and the children too do not have much time after their schools, tuitions, sports and other activities. And even if there is some spare time, it is spent on our modern day smart gadgets. Though technology and different social media platforms have connected people all across but there is isolation within the families, where all are in their own world not knowing what the immediate member is going through. Sharing and caring is diminishing. The result is that children are facing stress and anxiety. And many of the present generation kids hardly read books.
I desired to bring about a change, to involve children in story-telling, book reading and creative writing. Headway _D Intel Club, is the manifestation of an endeavor to bring back the culture of books and creativity into the lives of our children. At a time when their worlds are being invaded by gadgets, stunting their creative consciousness, we believe, it is best that we make a move towards a positive change rather than simply watching and complaining. While on one hand we have designed exciting reading sessions to help them discover the joy of reading books, on the other, we make them aware of the essentials of good communication and creative writing through our effective writing and communication session. The aim is to give wings to their fantasy and its expression. An effort is also made to help them become more aware of interesting facts, general knowledge besides the happenings all around by designing exciting quiz programs. And prepared various modules to develop skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing However, I also realised that having reading classes would defeat the purpose, as children would think of this as another tuition class and may lose interest. The idea therefore evolved to form a club where children would be involved in reading in a fun filled environment involving games and practical sessions. Moreover stress is given to hone the skills of communication via theatres and role-play.The response to regular weekend sessions from children and parents has been highly encouraging, and even educators and academicians have shown a very keen interest in being involved in the club’s activities. Several school tie-ups have only encouraged to keep giving platforms to children, youth and women by organising periodic educational events and workshops. I have a strong belief in my vision and hope to make a contribution to society in my own little way. Let your children be a part of this revolutionary exercise….together we CAN and we WILL move towards a new horizon, laying the foundation of a society driven by the power of knowledge and strength of personality.