DeepamFellow is an award conceptualised to honour the people who have made a significant contribution to furthering the cause of education for less-privileged children at Deepam. This award will be given to 3 people every year.
Deepam aims to honour 2 types of people through this award
People involved in direct teaching & mentorship : Teachers are the people who have an immense opportunity to change the future of the world - by positively influencing the people who will inhabit the world in the future. The best among them will be honoured through the DeepamFellow award
People involved in design & implementation of programs enabling teaching : By designing / implementing a program that enables teachers / children to meet their education goals, people who design / implementation work in tandem with teachers to make an impact on the children. The best among these people will be honoured through the DeepamFellow award
2009 Deepam Fellow
Deepam is a young organisation and hence, it is important that we have some good leaders amongst us. The 2009 Deepam Fellows have shown a good example of Leadership last year. All 3 of them are passionate about 'Deepam Idea' . We are honoured to have the 3 people amongst us
Good Leader - Has set up teams wherever she spent her time - UK Centre and Now at VRS Centre
Set up new centre starting process along with Basu
New ideas on evaluating deepam's impact - baselined the current batch at VRS ( 1st time at Deepam )
Keeps the volunteers motivated - She herself is high on enthusiasm and always wears a happy smile on her face. No wonder people love to be around with her :)
Sometimes, we've seen her teach at 2 centres - VRS Centre in the morning and UK centre in the evening :)
Connects with the students very well
Always looks for ways to improve the class and make it more interesting - A typical conversation would start with how the current methods can be changed to make class better. She usually has some suggestions to make / ask . And importantly, in a few weeks, she takes the idea to completion / execution. It is an awesome feeling to see something executed!
Deepam Class at pudiyador has been consistent, in a large way, thanks to Anupama and her team.
With her around, one can be assured that Children are in good mentorship - she takes that extra bit of care to ensure students and volunteers enjoy what they do. It sure reflects in the class at Pudiyador :)
When the centre ( KC Centre ) he was teaching was demolished, he worked hard / smart to find a new centre in the locality. When the centre authorities didn't give Deepam permission to use the centre, he spent his time to build a relationship with the local centre authorities - He was given a duplicate key in a month :)
His students call up every saturday to check with him if there is a deepam class. On every festival day, they call up to wish him - what more a teacher can ask for ?
He made himself available to support anyone in Deepam in any possible way - From installing Computers in Pudiyador / VRS , to creating videos on Deepam, to keeping the buzz alive on Facebook and many more.
He brought a ton of energy / passion to Deepam - Most visible during the Deepam childrens day, when he went to all deepam centres, dressed up as a tiger and helped with the tee shirt painting event !
All KC volunteers would agree - he has a way with the students :)