A tweet for help was sent out on 17 Jan 2021 by Teach For India fellow Shreyasi Rao. The tweet was regarding a school having financial troubles since last year. As it is evident that the education field is not doing too great since the pandemic struck, some schools, that are working for the betterment of the children from lower-income groups, are doing even worse. Elite English High School, Neelasandra, had a similar situation with children from economically weaker sections of society.
Rao shared the post with crowdfunding links and an overwhelming message. The tweets went viral around January 19, 2021, and the academics achieved their goal of gathering Rs 6.5 lakh. The tweet read, “ My colleagues and I are trying to raise funds to cover about six months’ worth of pay for teachers and running costs to keep education free for all students. Amounts as little as Rs 100 could go a long way.”
The school was suffering economical issues since the mid of 2020 because many parents could not pay the fees anymore due to job losses. Even with no pay for teachers from June 2020, the imparting of education did not stop. “We worked beyond school timings whenever these kids had access to smartphones,” Shreyasi mentioned. The dedication and plight of these teachers did not go unnoticed by the people on social media. The fundraising was a success according to the principal, Sakline Abbas. “We never faced difficulties before the pandemic. Through the Milaap Fundraising platform, I am glad that we have support to sustain ourselves till June,” Abbas mentioned.
Cheers to the power of social media and our community.