Long, long ago, as a child when I bought myself my first bicycle with the scholarship that I earned for myself, my joy knew no bounds. A few years late I got myself my first scooty, then my scooter and then a joint possession of a house that was truly my own. Each time I jumped in jubilation and during my days in the hostel, it meant ‘a treat’ for friends.
As I grew older and moved into Education, I matured and evolved over a short span – small things made me smile but joy that I brought to my children in school was even more delightful. I did things because I loved it and because I believed that it impacted lives. And I enjoy every moment of my life with the school ecosystem particularly the kids. Every time we reached a milestone, I asked myself – What next? And a dozen proposals lay before me to work on.
It gave me the thrill of doing something creative and made me explore my own potential.
On the 15th of September, I dreamt of a new school and on the 5th of Oct, I couldn’t believe that we were indeed doing the Bhoomi – Pujan for the new school in Pardi, Valsad. Thanks to a visionary Management, we rolled on to get Dr. Vijaypat Singhnia School started on the 9th of June, just as we had planned. The air around the new school was charged – joy was infectious, the contentment was visible, laughter was echoing, excitement was contagious and belongingness and fulfilment was to be seen and experienced to believe that it was “bliss “. For me, it was truly a blissful experience. Seeing and experiencing the birth of this new – born is an emotion every leader will cherish all through his/ her life. When I first gave the concept design for the school to the architect, he liked the idea. It again came from my strong belief that each one is unique, a child in particular has a unique intellect, an innocence, a child – like appearance, with curiosity in their eyes and joy on their lips .
Every child has a DNA expressing that individuality. So, the school is shaped similarly on that concept. Spread over several acres of land, it truly seems like a resort. The river on one side, the huge banyan trees, the mountains on the other side makes it very picturesque. To help kids develop aesthetics and appreciation, all classrooms open to outdoor space, lawns and greenery. I am sure that everyone in the school will enjoy being able to “stand and stare” and feel the bliss of being in the lap of Nature.
Training teachers, working on financials, ensuring things were in place, meeting and beating deadlines were a part of my daily calendar but I enjoyed it and the final outcome was unbelievably awesome. I feel like the young mother who is holding her infant in her arms, joy in her heart, twinkle in her eyes and pride in her gait.
I look at 3 of our schools – in Thane, Chindwara and now in Pardi and our 2 outreach programs - the Rehabilitation Centre for Adivasi Women and the Centre for Street boys training the underprivileged for vocational training and tell myself – I am so privileged to be in the field of Education – where there are no boundaries or horizons. For me and for many others in this field, it’s just as big as your dream.