Albert Einstein said : “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”
What I learned in school is that I’m unintelligent and it’s something I try to forget everyday.
While I’m so grateful for the education I received, I hated school.
I felt like an outsider everyday.
I was going through the motions of putting on my uniform, getting on the school bus and chatting with my friends but I remember that feeling of dread.
How badly had I done on my tests, was my assignment good enough, would I be called upon by the teacher to solve a math problem I most certainly wouldn’t be able to?
School is for children who excel academically but if you’re like me and struggled with math and science, school can be a brutal place. With my struggles went my self esteem.
I was good at art, sport and music, things that didn’t count for much back then. It has taken many years to get over feeling like a stupid 13 year old and sometimes even today, I catch myself feeling that way.
I often question my purpose on this planet? How can I make an impact?
I just may have found it through the work we do at Project Rangeet.
I see the world in pictures, colours, designs. How many other children out there are like me, how can I make them feel like they matter enough and belong in a classroom, how can I make them feel like their intelligence is just as beautiful as their classmates who excel at math? And finally how do I enable teachers to rediscover the reason they became teachers in the first place: to know that one child breathed easier or felt like they belong because of them.