When Anjali was interviewed as a potential Aripana Education Fellow, what struck us was not just her commendable performance in the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) in which she excelled with very little guidance and on the basis of largely self driven efforts, but also her intuitive understanding of what good education means and the roles libraries play in holistic education. Now that is rare for someone so young, especially when they have been part of conventional schooling and observed only conventional libraries.
It was remarkable, the way Anjali imagined libraries – accessible books that are not under lock & key, warm and colorful spaces where children feel welcome and confident to explore and most importantly, libraries as spaces meant for much more than reading books. We were left with no doubt that Anjali will be an asset not only for the Aripana Library Program, but also for the organization.
Born in Samastipur, Anjali has grown up in Darbhanga, making her well familiar with the pulse of this city and its youth. This, along with her outgoing, expressive and assertive nature has ensured her significant contribution in the successful execution of several events and programs at Aripana.
Topmost in her wish list, is the desire to do something meaningful while remaining open mind and experimental – an attitude that pushed her to respond to the Foundation’s call for the Fellowship in 2021. We asked Anjali about what motivated her to apply for this Fellowship and how her experience as an Aripana Education Fellow has been.
“I am someone who enjoys making plans, but I have to act upon my ideas at the same time. I cannot keep planning or thinking about potential decision(s) and my sense of satisfaction comes from taking the plunge and acting upon my ideas. I did not, at first, look at the Fellowship as something that will help me in the future or in my higher studies or in the career of my choice, although I know it will if I do it well. When I read about the Fellowship, I was sure I will get to learn a lot from this experience in the present, in the here and now and that is what attracted me to it. I believe no learning goes to waste and now that I am part of the Fellowship, I can say it is an immensely helpful experience, and learning of a lifetime.
Aripana Education Fellowship has a place for youth of all academic streams, be it science, humanities or those enrolled in technical courses. I am a student of Science, interested in Law, and I find that I fit into the organization quite well. When I first met with Aripana’s Program Officer for an open house session around the Fellowship I got to know how I will be engaging with children of under resourced government schools and other stakeholders of the education system. Education is a fundamental right and it is important for us all to recognize it as that and work towards its fulfillment. I eventually do want to do something in Law but even as I work to provide children access to quality education, I know I am helping fulfill one of their basic rights. At Aripana, I would also like to engage with the youth about fundamental rights and responsibilities.
As part of Aripana Education Fellowship I have been part of
- Helpful trainings that have improved my knowledge of library and library education, environment education etc.
- Leading initiatives where I was responsible for the smooth running of online Social Studies classes for std. 7th and 8th students of government schools of Laheria Sarai, Darbhanga, during the lockdown caused by the Covid pandemic. It involved coordinating with the social studies teacher, creating presentations, curating relevant audio-video materials, contacting students and their guardians encouraging them to attend classes etc.
- Teaching, managing a learning center, collaborating with stakeholders, being part of school life in government schools.
This precious opportunity allows me to pursue my other academic goals, in fact, it helps me achieve my other goals by giving me practical knowledge and exposure with which I understand the world better.
If you are 20 years and above, this is the time to join a Fellowship like this. It is a chance to do something for society and ultimately towards making a better society. One gets a lot of textbook knowledge while studying but this experience teaches us to be responsible and skilled professionals with well rounded information about the world.
I am proud to be part of Aripana Foundation, its flexible and humane environment, where everyone gets the space to talk, table their views and take up tasks in which they find meaning.”
Anjali is currently playing a key role in managing Aripana Foundation’s Learning Center & Library along with the environment education program.
Thank you Anjali for being a part of the Foundation and helping it work towards its goals.
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25 thoughts on “Meet our Fellow, Anjali.”
That was really amazing i personally recommend all the youth to came across and join the foundation because i personally know about this that how they work how the guide the youth was literally amazing and the fellows are too good in their work special miss anjali and her dedication towards the aripana foundation is really appreciateble
Very well done . keep going all the best
Good work Anjali. Keep on going and keep on doing the better work.
You are brilliant, able and ambitious. You shall always walk the glory road. I bless you with all that you need to earn many more achievements and Well done. Know without a doubt that you were made for great things.
Well done ANJALI
You can do absolutely anything you set your mind to. I am not going to proud of you because I know you’re going to do much better things in times to come. It is just a starting.
Well done di ????
Pursuing your passions makes you more interesting, and interesting people are enchanting.”
GOOD JOB ANJALI..
AND DOING MORE BETTER
After reading this I would also like to join the fellowship. Good going ANJALI and great work team Aripana.
This anjali girl seems smart , ambitious
Your efforts are really praisable??
Well done Di?
A work like this needs to be given a big round of applause. So here it is ??. I wish you all the best for your future endeavour. Keep doing great things and keep making all of proud to be associated with you.
Magnificent piece of writing by an enthusiastic Aripana Fellow. Truly Aripana foundation is doing some amazing work to bring transformation at the grassroot level. Being her mentor, I observed that Anjali is enjoying her journey of self change to system change and is improving her leadership skills by practising it with educational functionaries on a day to day basis. All the best for your future journey with Aripana and keep writing these great piece of work in the forthcoming times.
So pleased to see you accomplishing great things.
ANJALI – you are rocking dear.
And ” Aripana Foundation ” ~ great work ?
Really she suffers hard .
And inspiration for all
Well deserved ANJALI
You are rocking ANJALI. Feeling very proudful after reading your blog.
That was really amazing ?
Good job ?
Keep it up ?☺️
This is awesome, you’re awesome, way to go. Nice to see you here my favorite .
Great work?. Keep on going and keep on doing the great work. I bless? you with all dream come in your life ?
I’ve got a feeling this is only the beginning of even more great things to come for you ANJALI.
But “ARIPANA ” I just read your all posts, you guys are really hard working and rocking.
Words can’t express how proud I am. You have the creativity and determination to do whatever you can dream. I hope you feel proud today and confident in your ability to rise to your next step. As your teacher I am very happy for you .
Good going Anjali. So very proud of you our topper. Tell me one thing “what you can’t do”.
?. All rounder ho maan na parega.
Well done keep going on… God bless U
Good going …..
The step you have taken is commendable.
Well done di ???
I hope you keep going like this