Shiksha means Education and Sopan means steps or stairs. Education is the step that leads a person ahead for the social upliftment. This was the thought behind starting this organization by four students of IIT Kanpur in 2001. People who join this course have high aspirations and strive hard to achieve their goals to establish themselves in life. But these students thought in a different way and wanted to take care of the underprivileged children of the society and make it a part of their dream. As a part of achieving their goal first they wanted to educate those children who belonged to the servant quarters of the campus. That’s how Shiksha Sopan came into existence. Understanding their noble thought other students, faculty members and the other employees of IIT Kanpur had joined hands with them. Later local young enthusiastic youth also joined this mission.
It’s now a registered nongovernmental organization which imparts meaningful education to the under developed sections of the society which are in and around of IIT Kanpur, making the students self confident, dependent and socially conscious beings. Shiksha Sopan focuses on three objective i.e., Shiksha, Sanskar and Swavlamban.
Shiksha means education. It is responsible for making socially sensitive and responsible citizens. Shiksh Sopan imparts education to students through innovative pedagogic methods. Audio and visual aids, demonstrations, activities, educational tours, lab activities and games form a part of this system.
Inculcation of right attitudes and values, character building, respect for humanity and mother land are being given lot of importance and kept in mind while educating the students.
Shiksha Sopan also gives equal importance to vocational education. This helps the students to acquire expertise in activities like tailoring, carpentry and handicrafts. Once the students finish the basic education they will be able to earn their livelihood on their own. This also reduces the unemployment problem drastically.
At present Shiksha Sopan runs a few centers like Sopan Vidyalaya, Evening Learning Centers at Ratanpur and Barasirohi and a Science Laboratory.
Sopan Vidyalaya is a primary school where classes are run till 6th grade at Barasirohi. The parents of these children have an illiterate background and most of them are labourers. They can’t afford to pay the school fee. In such a situation, Sopan Vidyalaya is taking care of their education. The school also provides nutritious food to children. The teachers also take care of children and coach them even after the school hours.
At evening centers, children assemble for two hours. These classes are conducted by Shiksha Sopan volunteers, mostly IIT Kanpur students. This is a...