Rahul’s Unlimited Potential



Underprivileged – meaning lacking opportunities or advantages enjoyed by other members of one’s community. We always use this word but have we really given thought to what it really means?… What it really feels to be ‘underprivileged’?

What ‘privileged’ people take for granted or treat as basic needs or feel are deserved due to their ‘status’ is a luxury for others… Good education and fluent English speaking skills come naturally for some and for others it is a farfetched dream, which puts them at a disadvantage.

ETASHA plays a major role here by providing English speaking, behavioural and basic computer skills to young people belonging to the underprivileged segment so  that they are equipped with the basic necessities required in today’s employment market.

Take Rahul Yadav… he is currently doing the MUPSE course ETASHA’s Madanpur Khader centre. MUPSE meaning Microsoft Unlimited Potential with Spoken English, and the program is ideal for young people who have yet to complete schooling and who want to develop basic skills in using computers and speaking English which would give them the required leverage to enter the job market.

Rahul, a sweet boy… full of confidence with surprisingly clarity of thought…..and a lovely smile! He is 16 years old and has just completed 10th grade. Which he passed with 80%  marks. His dream in life is to be a Mechanical Engineer.

His father is a ‘Colourman’ in a printing press. Like all boys of his age he likes comics, playing tennis, watching cartoons and wrestling matches on TV and has dreams in his eyes.

MUPSE in Action

Though he started learning English = from class 6th he was aware that he was not very strong peaking the language. He was not very confident and used to hesitate a lot while speaking. He was afraid to talk in English in front of others and used to feel bad. Similarly, though he liked working on computers but felt that his concepts were not clear and due to lack of proper practice did not like attending computer classes.

Then one day he had gone to meet his friend Ashutosh… and came to know about ETASHA. Ashutosh was doing the MUPSE course and told Rahul how it had helped him a lot. This prompted Rahul to go to go to the Madanpur Khadar centre where he came to know more about the course and its benefits; he was so impressed by it that he got himself registered there and then.

Fortunately his parents supported him when he told them about the course. They understood that Rahul needed to improve his language and computer skills as this would help him a lot in future to get any respectable job. They themselves would not have been able to help him on this front with their limited means.

Rahul has been learning for sometime now. “I am having a wonderful time,”… he said with a twinkle in the eye.  He likes going to the centre everyday  and in fact looks forward to it. He feels today that his basic concepts regarding English language and computers are clear, he now knows where to place articles or when to use which tense and feels more at ease working on computers.

The best thing he likes about the centre is its wonderful environment…peaceful and relaxed. He says teachers here are very helpful and patient. They spend time and energy to explain the concepts and clear any doubts. Rahul says he is not afraid to approach the teachers here (as he was in school) if he needs any clarification as the teachers are very frank and friendly. There is ease of interaction with the teachers conducive to a solid learning environment. He feels that the teaching methodology is very interesting. The stress here is given on spoken English, everybody is constantly encouraged to speak in English and ample practice of working on computers is provided.

Rahul feels that his decision to join ETASHA has been a very good one as today he has overcome his hesitation of speaking in public, he feels more confident now that his basics of the language are clear. His conceptual knowledge and basic level of computer competency, particularly in Microsoft applications has improved a lot and because of this he now loves working on computers.

Rahul is happy today that he has acquired these necessary skills on the verge of completing his school education which would help him to face the outside world with confidence and help him to realize his dreams.  ETASHA has given him a full life and employability skills he can use.

Ritu Choudhary

4 thoughts on “Rahul’s Unlimited Potential”

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