Learning has never been so wonderful


By Mrs Tinku R Gupta

Learning had never been so wonderful until I started tutoring students at Pax Populi Academy.

For years, my domain of interest has been Afghanistan. It has been amazing to meet eager youngsters who are keen to develop themselves not for their individual gain but for giving back to the society, which has been ravaged through decades.

My students, Jamal and Manizha, have taught me lessons of patriotism in their own ways. These warm friendly and extremely energetic young people looked beyond a tutor to a human being who would understand their woes. They had so much to say, so much to learn and were extremely eager to pass on their acquired knowledge to their younger generation.

Beyond the regular session we kept interacting through social media, sharing jokes, discussing politics, feminism, goals, success, achievements, sadness, sickness, misery, family, culture and many, many more things. There was no end to the topics.  The more frequent the interactions, the closer we became. And a time came when we were part of one big family – a family desperate to establish PEACE.

I remember Manizha sending me a message about one of her students who had been suffering from blood cancer for quite sometime now. She had felt helpless at not being able to help the poor student. Tears rolled down my cheeks when I read her message. I thought here was a kind softhearted noble soul who was just SO human and helpless. She had shared her feelings with me because perhaps she felt comfortable communicating with me, or perhaps she was hopeful — but to me it seemed as if we were communicating as sisters. Boundaries didn’t matter and cultures faded as we were united in grief. Feelings were mutual. I had reached out to Manizha’s student with my limited resources checking with doctors and raising funds for the patient’s treatment.

Jamal had also touched my heart similarly when he had told me about his dream of being a highly educated person who wanted to study abroad but planned to return to Afghanistan to teach the generation younger to him and build a new Afghanistan.

My experiences at the Academy taught me one thing – PEACE can not established unless we reach out on a personal level.  Its not about being a passionate teacher or a stereotype tutor. What really works is putting oneself in other’s shoes.

Our Academy is built on these lines and our success lies in not only living up to its motto word for word in preaching peace but practicing it at every step.

THANKS PAX POPULI TEAM for making me a better human being. Without the tireless and dedicated teamwork of our Academy, I would never have realized that LEARNING HAD NEVER BEEN SO WONDERFUL!

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My  experience with  Pax Populi


By Manizha Yaqubi

The experience that I had during my course with my tutor from India, Tinku ji, was one of the best experiences of my life.

First, I never felt like I didn’t know her. Even during my first meeting with Tinku ji, it felt like I might have known her before. She is such a kind lady!

In the introductory session, we experienced problems with the audio. We could only see each other, but we exchanged messages and got to know a lot about each other through the session.

The second thing I learned was patience. We had a great team dynamic, understood each other and our problems, and managed to keep the work going forward even when one of us couldn’t make it. I learned all my lessons better because of our interactions. This was also my first online course and it encouraged me to sign up for other online courses.

These are things related only to her teaching. Besides this, she is, as a person, a great lady with a kind heart, and is always ready to help with anything. She is not only a teacher, but also a great friend.  Each time we messaged each other or when Tinku ji wrote to me about something, I always learned something new.  People can teach directly, but only a real teacher can make us learn through everything!

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