Rahul Rahangdale, Nagpur, Maharashtra
52 PARINDEY FELLOWSHIP
Rahul likes to call himself a seeker - a seeker of varied learning and life experiences. He was born in a small village of Seoni district, Madhya Pradesh. After schooling, he volunteered in different spaces like Agrini, Shikshalaya, Gyan Mela, Uddan, Shiksha Satyagraha, Value Creation, and many more. He also participated in Jagriti Yatra and facilitator workshop named Training of Trainers at Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development.
His passion for education and exposure developed from then. Later, he joined a teaching fellowship program called Learning Companions in Nagpur which made him realise what is quality education, what are effective pedagogical practices, how exposure actually makes children better learners and the challenges in learning mechanisms.
Growing up in a rural background made him realize the lack of awareness and opportunities that the youth belonging to these communities face. This makes it difficult for them to survive in the fast-paced modern world. The issues here range from language, learning, skillsets, and many more of which he has been a victim himself. This stark realization made him commit himself to work with the problem areas. He believes it is necessary for the younger generation to be aware of the ‘self’ and the ‘world’ around them to bring out a positive change in society.
As part of the 52 Parindey Fellowship, he is exploring alternative approaches to enrich youth with the knowledge and experiences necessary for transformation. His long-term vision is to create learning spaces for youth who wish to seek, learn and explore their own selves and the world around them to make conscious choices about career, life, and society.