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Submitted by aditi on 24 August, 2016 - 15:34
The journey for Basketball court started when a parent bought one stand for us as a surprise gift, One of the child, 10yrs old announced in planning ‘I am working on installing basketball stand’. When he announced neither he nor we knew where we were heading for.
He started with reading stand manual, opening all the parts and sitting with it for a long. Not knowing where to start. This itself was beginning of the journey. In-between he would leave then come back again, question for his own pace, offered help as and when required, pushed to go beyond his own capabilities as and when required.
He took 5 months to install this stand, it is a long long period to just install a stand. If we could have called a technician or any adult would have done, this was not more than few hours or few days work.
But this child who is just 10yrs old, it was a complete learning journey which was not possible without him experiencing on his own. During this journey he had his own share of help from others, getting stuck and not knowing how to proceed, collect all the necessary tools to install a stand which was much heavier than his own weight and taller than his own height. During this whole journey he also equipped himself with other skills like how to write a proposal for space allotment of the basketball court, how to invite community to participate in ground cleaning, how to solve any problem and so on.
Now he wants to make Kabbadi court :).
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