‘While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about’— Angela Schwindt.
Vinay Nishad, of Class 4, is a living example of the quote above. Coming from a very humble background from the slums of Wardhaman Nagar in Nagpur, he studies in our Reach & Teach center. He’s not only innocent and curious but also optimistic and essentially happy. His teachers call him a “star” of their Centre. With a slightly deformed nose and difficulty in speaking fluently, Vinay requires patience and serenity from his teachers but is indeed blessed with teachers who are very obliging and listen to the little star kid very patiently. This isn’t his specialty that makes him a star. His sheer confidence, determination, and of course the million-dollar smile set him apart and win him the title of a star.
Vinay gets angry when his homework is not checked first; he’s even upbeat about his homework! Once, on Teacher’s Day, Vinay was the first and only kid who made and gave a handmade greeting card to his teacher(s) gleefully. This gesture of his reflects the child’s bursting innocence and how our own gestures should be like his, wholesome, and pure. His teachers adore him and appreciate readiness to complete any task and the absolute involvement with anything he does. He is always willing to participate in a plethora of activities, be it cooking, games, drawing, or dancing.
Each child is special, so is Vinay. There is something extraordinary about him that brings out his natural radiance ahead effortlessly, and everyone’s left beguiled by the kid. There is a lot more to talk about Vinay, but if you really want to know him and experience the same aliveness he possesses, then he’s a legitimate example of: “Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.”
Written by – Megha Choudhary (Intern, UPAY)