Story of the Founder of Dejawoo School of Innovation
An idea seeds hope in you, hope to change the quality of circumstances around you, either for yourself or for the world. Meet this engineer, Garima Vishal from Manipal Institute of Technology, and an MBA graduate from IIM Lucknow. She founded Dejawoo School of Innovation in 2014 to educate underprivileged children with an offbeat education system.
Our country has a population of more than one billion people, and only one-third of them can read. Rapidly growing population, shortage of books, teachers and basic facilities and insufficient funds for education are some challenges faced by children.
But, there are many people who have taken up the cause of education without worrying about pursuing an affluent career.
One such person is Garima Vishal. Garima hails from the town of Selra in Bihar. “My father has always encouraged my siblings and me to pursue higher education, as he understood the importance that education plays in today’s society. I was the first female graduate from my town, which has given my parents and me the inspiration and the moral obligation to take up educating children in the long run.”
“My father has always encouraged my siblings and me to pursue higher education, as he understood the importance that education plays in today’s society. I was the first female graduate from my town, which has given my parents and me the inspiration and the moral obligation to take up educating children in the long run.”
While she was working for Infosys in Bihar, she met a few children from her nneighborhood who never went to school. It saddened her to know that these kids were not able to attend school due to language barriers. So she started teaching them basic mathematics, English and Hindi every morning and evening before the office. When she had to leave, she realised that the children’s education would be affected again, so she enrolled them in private schools with nominal fees.
Later she moved to Muzaffarpur, Bihar and decided to set up a school there. There was no dearth of schools there, but they did not focus on overall development of the children. That’s when the idea of Deja Woo School of Innovation was born.
The name is a combination of Déjà vu+woo. Déjà vu means a feeling of having experienced the present situation and woo
means happy feeling! Talking about the school,
Garima says, “The goal of this school is not only imparting education but also developing personalities and culture of innovation and freedom of thought. The school has impacted lives of many people. I have implemented many innovative techniques to each pillar. I have a team of doctors and engineers who help me in achieving the goals of the school.”
Garima believes that the three pillars of the education system are teachers, students, and parents. And this system comprises equal attention to all three pillars for the overall development of children.
The school employs highly educated females who are not working after marriage. These teachers are trained for about one to two hours every day after class, in addition to hiring professional teachers.
Garima says, this is an effort to utilise the unused potential of the society for the benefit of both the individual and the society.
VamaIndia salutes Garima Vishal for her initiative and wishes her luck in future endeavours.