Vijayeta’s Venture - My Education, My Voice
Vijayeta is from Patna, Bihar, currently pursuing her Masters in Social Entrepreneurship in Mumbai. Her experiences during school and undergraduate years has disillusioned her about the system of education in India. What baffled her was the fact that children have no say in their own education! She envisioned a portal or a platform where children would be able to send their doubts, queries, suggestions and opinions across; a space that would use this information to work on the educational system for the students’ benefit. So began My Education, My Voice where Vijayeta and her team go out to schools and ask students about their opinions and suggestions on the education system. They have already visited three schools in Chembur, Mumbai where a total of 1100 students participated. Vijayeta and her team encouraged the students to write post cards to the authorities. My Education, My Voice is going to send these postcards to the Human Resources Development Ministry, the National Council of Education Research and Training, the Maharashtra State Education Minister, the Prime Minister as well as the President of India. Taking a step forward Vijayeta has set up a site (http://www.myeducationmyvoice.co.nr/), where students can post their suggestions and comments. Using all the information they have collected the team will develop newsletters also to be sent to the authorities. Vijayeta says the purpose of this initiative is “to empower students in the whole process by providing them the forum through which they can channelize their ideas”. Now students have the opportunity to be proactive and play a part in the future of the Indian educational system.
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