Discovering what Life Has in store for Meee!!

I have traveled extensively across the length and breadth of India during my growing years, but there is so much more of my country that I want to explore. And in this journey of  exploration, I am thankful to AIF’s Clinton fellowship which is offering me a chance to travel and explore different regions of my country once again.

My association with Broadleaf Health and Education Alliance, which is working primarily for school children, will be a great opportunity for me to interact and learn from diverse set of stakeholders and expertise working for developmental changes. It’ll definitely be an enriching learning experience and an opportunity to hone my professional skills and objectives with the right blend of support and guidance from team members.

After having the experience of working in the rattling world of rat race in media during my late teen years, this fellowship is my first job, my first chance and an opportunity for me to evolve and mature as a development professional in the field of rural development. Professionally and personally these 10 months will certainly enrich my vision and perspectives towards the ground realities under government schools in rural areas, also developing my skills and qualities to deliver them more proficiently.

It will be a splendid opportunity to live and work in one of the most beautiful hill stations of India, Darjeeling. I believe these 10 months have lots in store for me, the most exciting and learning experience with lots of adventure and challenges ahead. So, I am all geared up to give my best and enjoy this part of my journey. I also want to welcome all my co-fellows to India (have a safe flight!) and wish them lots of luck in their endeavours.

I would like to close with one of my favourite quotes by M.K. Gandhi- “ The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Through her work, Arunima has discovered the stark reality of the state of education system in government schools in rural areas. Her field work, survey, research and study about the education system has made her more inclined and motivated to work towards this cause.

Previously, Arunima designed and drafted a 'Training of Trainers' (ToT) Manual for a rural School Management Committee, in which she compiled different learning materials for the role of community and trainer's in ensuring access to quality education. Her future plans are to study further and research on the primary education system in India, so that she can contribute to provide a platform for those millions of children who are not going to school. Her interest is towards creativity, designing activities, reading, research and documentation.

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