The First Annual Hyderabad Benefit Dinner: “Quality Education”, was held on August 1st 2015, Hyderabad, India.
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” - Benjamin Franklin
Since this year also coincided with silver jubilee of ILP, the first dinner event at Hyderabad celebrated ILP’s exemplary track record of partnering successfully with local, state governments and communities across India for the past 25 years. The event offered delegates the chance to interact with key stalwarts from the industry led by Mammohan Jain. Guests actively participated in the deliberations on issues related to the current scenario on education.
In his opening remarks to the gathering, Sridhar Parimi, a highly passionate ILP volunteer set the context for the evening by analyzing the national importance education. This was followed by Sridhar’s electric speech, and later Chahat Rana entertained the audience with a scintillating Kuchipudi performance depicting the legendary story of Ramayana Shabdam. Chahat is one of the young, enthusiastic volunteers who leads’ ILP Hyderabad’s “Theory of Change” initiative.
This fantastic performance was followed by the budding children of Madhapur Govt. School enthralling the audience. Spiced with a fusion of indo-western flavor, the children hummed and danced to the melodious and feet-tapping Jai Ho song. These children are a tiny reflection of the effort by ILP volunteers to propel Madhapur Govt. School from a mere 250 children strength to 1165 today. The ‘Jai Ho’ performance reflected both the school and the children’s enthusiasm an call for inspiration to all of us volunteers to push the boundaries further.
Manmohan Jain, the chairperson of ILP India in his inspirational speech, welcomed all the patrons to the first annual benefit dinner remarked that 2015-16 marked the “beginning of a new era for propelling quality education in India”. Manmohan, a guest faculty at Centre for Social Initiative and Management encourages social entrepreneurship and also mentors many in their early entrepreneurial ventures.
The keynote was delivered by Venkataraman Subramaniyan. Known among his peers and friends as Subbu, he leads a global engineering team at CA Technologies. He shared his experiences in the social context, spotlighting on how we are (and should do more) making an impact that matters. Addressing the large gathering he said that:"Always manage to give back to the society in a meaningful manner”. Recently, Subbu has been responsible for supporting the Keshavnagar Government School through ILP and was also instrumental in mobilizing employees to volunteer for whitewashing the compound wall, conducting a medical camp and tree plantation in and around the school campus.
Further to Subbhu’s exciting keynote was a spirited panel discussion among representatives from the Government, Corporate and Social sector. Rangarajan, ILP’s head of India Operations moderated excellently, drawing incisive inputs from panelists. The panel discussed the vital role parent’s play as their children’s first teachers and how parents’ level of education impacted the success of their children’s education. Hence getting parents on board on the quality of education is the missing link in the functional literacy objective, the panel concluded.
Before enjoying the delectable dinner, patrons were encouraged to participate in the pledge drive, which was anchored by Subhash, an active ILP volunteer. The guests, enthused by the drive came out spontaneously and encouraged ILP to continue on its mission to achieve 100% functional literacy in India.
The evening came to a finale with Shravan, Projects Coordinator of ILP Hyderabad, giving the vote of thanks.