CG Growing Service Leaders (CG GSL) - in partnership with Anuvuti (July, 2011)
The CG CSR vision in Education was never confined to the promotion of academic learning but more importantly to make academic learning a platform to generate service leaders for the community. And here is where a timely and vital partnership was forged with Anuvuti, a business company facilitating focused service learning in many of the elite schools in the capital city.
CG was eager to make service learning available in the local government schools for students from financially limited backgrounds and Anuvutiagreed to come in as facilitator.
The project target was to make service learning available for 200 students chosen from some 10 community schools across the valley of Kathmandu.
The 10 month program offered classroom learning and implementation of community service projects to help apply classroom learning in solving real-world problems and actively contribute to community welfare.
Goals achieved by CG GSL Project:
In the early months, student participants engaged in workshops to enhance decision making, communication, critical thinking, and self-analysis skills. The final part of the program taught students to understand the community they live in, the meaning of being a part of the community and the accompanying roles and responsibilities. After further training in life and leadership skills, the students identified specific social problems within their respective communities and designed various intervention projects and that’s how budding service leaders got active!
A year of CG-GSL transformed 200 students from being passive observers to becoming active leaders. The initiative empowered these young ones to believe that as young as they are, they do not have to wait for problems to be solved. Instead, they can play an active role now as they are not leaders of tomorrow. They have a role now!
Arjun Lama, Student, Saraswati Higher Secondary School,TechoLalitpur, after making a speech in to an audience of 200 people about his achievements in the GSL program.: “My self-confidence got a boost and I have become more aware about my goals and I now spend more time studying.”
IzuRegmi, Student, Jyotidaya Co-operative School, Chapagaun, Lalitpur: “When discussing problems in the community we had a laundry list of things. But when we looked at it, we realized that lack of education was at the root of all problems. Earlier, I used to think it was for adults to address all social problems, but now I have now realized that we too have a responsibility, and if we choose so, we can also make a difference.”
Krishna Kumar KC, Teacher, Saraswati Higher Secondary School, TechoLalipur: “I have noticed that students are taking initiatives and are participating in the classroom discussions and often lead school activities.”