I taught at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Vidyalaya for a year without salary

Veena Donwalkar Veena Donwalkar

It was my passion for teaching that kept me going. I lost my father. My brother dropped out of college to support the family. I realized how important education is when I saw him work. I studied. B.Ed., M.Ed. Masters in English Literature and History, Computer Management, Law. And then I wanted to teach. I was offered high paying teaching jobs at various schools. But I chose to teach at the Chatrapati Shivaji Vidyalaya. I personally attended weak students and helped the financially unstable. I started raising funds for the school from NGOs and training other teachers. I gave extra classes to teach conversational English and propagated sex education. The rate of students passing their classes went from 32% to 93% and due to this, the school became aided by the government. In 2002, when I started teaching here, the school had 17 students total. And today, I am the principal of 953 students. All because of one belief – education is a right, not a privilege!