All it takes is the right teacher to transform a school. The Akshaya Patra Foundation provides food for education to over 1.3 million children in government schools across India. This acts as an incentive to bring children to school, but it is some special teachers like G Ranganath, Head Master of the Government High School at Policy Colony, who make all the difference to the student’s lives. Every Saturday Ranganath plays ‘I am Kalam’ an inspirational Bollywood film on the importance of education, in his school.
Ranganath is one of those revolutionary teachers that every child should know once in his life. Believing that teaching methods should change with time, he understands that students respond better to an audio-visual means of imparting information. The students throng to the school on Saturdays to watch this movie, because according to Ranganath, the audio-visual medium makes learning more enjoyable.
Before Ranganath joined the school with his revolutionary thinking, the highest SSLC scores was 73 per cent. In 2012-13, the highest SSLC score was 96 per cent. Through Ranganath’s nurturing and different teaching methods, his students have begun to thrive. Incidentally, the student who received the highest marks has also written a book in Kannada which has been published. Such is the potential of children; they just need the right mentor to develop it.
Ranganath also knows how important the right ambience is for children. He has planted and nurtured over 10 trees on the campus himself, and grown the library to an impressive 10,000 books ranging across languages, topics, academics and general knowledge.
Ranganath also believes in the work The Akshaya Patra Foundation is doing. Through their vision that no child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger, Akshaya Patra ensures that children are being brought to school to receive an education; something that Ranganath feels is making big difference to the society.