A few years ago, Mohammed Naushad, who was working with an NGO in Madanpur Khadar, met ETASHA’s Community Mobilisers as they went about convincing youth of the value of Vocational Training. His interest was quickly aroused, and soon after, he began working with ETASHA. For the last two and a half years, he has been performing various roles within the NGO, but for the most part, his work involves technology and computers.While primarily working as a facilitator taking Computer sessions, Naushad is also responsible for ensuring that all computers are in working order. Currently he is also part of a team creating lesson plans and content development for a new program due to be launched soon..
Naushad’s affinity for computers has manifested itself in many ways that help the organization. For example, whenever technical help is needed at the centres or in the office, he is usually able to find a solution to the problem. “My favourite part is designing the content. It’s not too difficult, and it’s fun to do.” Like all the other ETASHA faculty, Naushad loves what he does, and this makes his work seem unlike work. Not only does he enjoy computers, but Naushad also enjoys sharing his knowledge and making his passion contagious by teaching ETASHA trainees. “The easiest part of my job comes when I’m actually facilitating. It feels natural for me,” he explained.
Despite all of the positives, Naushad concedes to the challenges that still remain. “The hardest part of the job is going through the communities that we help and seeing some of the conditions that people have to endure. As hard as it is, it reminds me why I’m doing what I do.” Even for the trainees themselves, obstacles exist that preclude them from harnessing their full potential. “The good thing is that all the kids are very willing to learn. But the problem is that most of them don’t have the opportunity to continue their learning when they’re not in ETASHA. For example, we might teach an important computer lesson one day, but since a lot of them don’t have computers at home, they can’t practice unless they’re at a centre.” Undoubtedly, this lack of technology really hinders these disadvantaged youth. That is why Naushad (and his fellow facilitators) work to impart as much practical knowledge as possible into their trainees. Still, though, Naushad asserts that virtually every single trainee that walks through the doors of an ETASHA centre is undeniably an improved student three months later. And the job isn’t without gratification for facilitators, either.
He told me, “As a facilitator, nothing is better than teaching a class and having one of your students come up to you and thank you for the knowledge and help you have given them.” For the last few weeks, I have observed Naushad in various roles, whether it be working diligently in the office, or at the centres in Tigri and Madanpur Khadar. He is truly an asset to the organization, and someone who makes his job seem less like an occupation, and more like a hobby. Stay tuned to hear more about the people that make ETASHA such a special organization!