FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK August 2022
“I know you won't believe me, but the highest form of Human Excellence is to question oneself and others.”
Literacy and education have an extremely close association but they are not at all synonymous. Literacy is both a formal and an informal education to empower a person with knowledge. We would like to envision our society to be hundred per cent literate because literacy can hold a light to the future of humankind. However, there is a paradox that exists within how we perceive someone who is educated and one who is not literate. An illiterate person may also be extremely helpful to the society, he/she may have acquired knowledge from his/her day-to-day experience of life. Whereas a person, literate and highly-qualified, can turn out to be quite disruptive for society because of his/her vices or any corrupt activities.
This is not the only difference, the light of literacy, does not end with learning the written word, if properly guided, it can be used to bring people out from superstitions and age-old stigmas. Socrates, the great Greek philosopher had not written a single book on his thoughts, yet he is considered to be one of the greatest of philosophers of the world. His inherent belief was that to get actual knowledge, one had to challenge his/her own thoughts again and again, till they reach the truth.
Plato, another great philosopher, his closest disciple acted as a medium of communication and wrote and explained Socrates’s thoughts in the “Discourses" with Socrates. Socrates was a great teacher, but he was also a student of life, because he questioned everything, and taught others to do the same. The model of teaching we inherited from this philosopher, was that people must understand why they are communicating with each other and what the purpose of such communication is. As a teacher myself, I’ve personally benefitted from this approach, the more honest and purposeful teaching will be, the better and more genuine the learning would be.
Through our work at GBS, we act has vehicles so that more and more children and adults will be given the gift of education and learning the true meaning of life. Our beneficiaries teach/aid the weaker sections of society, including children and adults alike with various disabilities and special needs.
We have successfully completed our commitments of the month of July towards our beneficiaries. The requirements of Welfare Society of Blind were Carpet and Sataronji . They are elated with our support. The requirements of All Bengal Women’s Union, were Groceries and 25 gamchhas .Their requirements also have been adequately fulfilled.
The most important of this month's event was a sumptuous lunch organised for Anandan, Hazra Road Centre. It was arranged by Shinjini and Sohini , daughters of our dear Saswati and Shibabrata in remembrance of their Mother. It was such a precious tribute, that children felt extremely touched and fondly remembered their favourite music teacher. Our beloved, Saswati used to volunteer for this organisation would teach the students music. We are so proud of Shinjini and Sihahini, for their noble and thoughtful gesture.
I am overwhelmed to express my deep gratitude towards the donors without whose support our goal towards giving back to society would have been impossible. I earnestly wish, that our dream for imparting education, and not just literacy, to all sections of society, is fulfilled, with joy, cheer and honest and genuine communication.
PICS OF THE MONTH
These are some of the creative children from ABWU Creche in July