Being the youngest in the family – I am 15 years old – gives me a lot of freedom while at the same time gives me no voice. Being the youngest boy always means following the older brother. It took me a while to realize that I have my own life and that I have to set my own rules – yet, I am still struggling with it.
Besides skateboarding, learning is my passion. I've understood that learning is key to my future life. Therefore I decided to embrace the given opportunities and make the best out of it. I overcame my fear of oublic speaking, I can travel alone all over India and I improved my ENglish to a level that I comfirtably communicate with the outside world. I've made up my mind that it is ME who decides about my future.
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I am still waiting for Barti's feedback:-)
Anil and I keep on building a working friendship that gives rise to lifelong learning. We first met in Delhi at the Prakrit school and gave a group of educators from USA a school tour and explanation about how skateboarding has been a tool for social change in his village and a personal motivation for his learning quest. After meeting Anil in person we were able to connect online for English conversations about day to day living and the realization of his personal goals. We next met in Mumbai where Anil participated in a social innovative conference/workshop. He showed a strong determination to understand new ideas and environments.
Rachael Hammerlein, one of Anil's mentors
Ullrich Otto, one of Anil's strongest supporters
In 2015 I visited Janwaar just as the first skatepark was being completed. I worked with the children and young people, giving them basic English speaking tools, which they were not learning at the village school. When I returned to the UK, I continued to work remotely with Arun giving him 1-2-1 English lessons. In May 2020, I started to work with Arun's younger brother Anil. Anil has an aptitude for learning, and an eagerness to do so. With encouragement from all his teachers, he is developing knowledge and understanding of the world around him, and the wider world beyond India. Anil's natural curiosity, and potential for hard work, will open doors for him and help him to be successful in whichever career path he decides on.
Nicola Claire, Anil's English teacher
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