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RAJNI DATTA EDUCATIONAL TRUST
Rajni Datta Educational Trust
Building the Future
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”
– John Dewey
3 Million Children living on streets
What happens when a country of the size of India has over 3 million children living on the streets? Or has over 150 million children working as bonded laborers? Or one out of every six girl child does not live to see her 15th birthday? What happens when despite having a national policy for compulsory primary education, only 50% of children have access to education?
The statement "Children are the future of the nation" stops making sense, then! In fact, it sounds like an ominous prophecy. For how can we explain that even after 60 years of independence, half of India's children are illiterate? Despite identifying primary education as a key thrust area and possessing one of the largest networks of schools in the world?
(1961 - 2014)
Born on 15th july,1961 to Devdutt Mehta and Malti Mehta, Rajni Datta was blessed with profound empathy, unwavering commitment and unshakable faith at a very young age. She excelled in the academics although she had to encounter so many struggles. She always believed that education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. With the full support of her in laws she selflessly served a successful term in a very prestigious institute : Fr. Agnel School, New Delhi where she started implementing this belief "Teach to Make a Difference". How, where and to whom you make a difference is up to you…...
It is not an exaggeration to say that a great teacher can change a student’s life and she was committed to her students’ well-being both inside and outside the classroom. By forging strong relationships, she was able to affect virtually every aspect of their students’ lives, teaching them the important life lessons that will help them succeed beyond term papers and standardized tests. She believed in Heart of teaching more than Art of teaching by being kind and disciplined at the same time as she used to say “kindness makes the world go around” by being compassionate which is the utmost feeling of understanding, and showing others you are concerned about them , empathetic, positive and inspiring Everyone who looked at her wanted to be a better teacher, a better student, even better, and above all a better person. She had a unique personality which uncovered hidden treasures, possibilities and magic right before everyone’s eyes. To the world she might just be a teacher but to her students she always will a role model.