We sat with the 5 representatives of Swabhimaan NGO (2 were interns who grew up in Ludhiana, but were studying Engineering at a school in Mumbai) and learned the history of the education problem in India, in addition to the many challenges they face as an NGO and as an education provider today. We are very excited to have the opportunity to have the two interns, Vishwas and Sameer, work with us on achieving the objectives for Swabhimaan as they have a lot of insight into this city, state and country as well as teaching in one of the Swabhimaan schools for the last week.
We have decided that tomorrow we will go visit one of the schools with Kumar to see first hand all of the things we heard about today. On Wednesday morning Kazu, Eduardo and I will meet as a team at the hotel to outline our specific objectives and milestones for the next 4 weeks and hopefully have Vishwas (Sanskrit word meaning Trust) and Sameer (meaning Wind) join us in the afternoon to put the final touches on the SOW and have a proposal with clear objectives and milestones for Swabhimaan to sign off on. Later in the week we may join the Bharti team and visit one of Bhartis schools to see the different approaches and models they have vs. Swabhimaan.
The great advantage we have with this group is that 3 of the 4 teams have similar objectives or programs and we can potentially team our groups together for even greater success.
We then went to an amazing dinner at The Yellow Chile as a whole team including Mamtha, our IBM CSR Leader for India. Jaspreet, Shruti and Mamtha have been such amazing hosts!!