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Three Coimbatore youths on a education revolution mission

Reanld A Frank

Coimbatore: An interview made a big change in the lives of three mechanical engineers Krishna Kumar, Hari Prasad and Raj Kumar when a colleague of theirs who had scored 8.5 CGPA failed to crack the placement interview conducted in their college. They then decided to do something that would contribute to the betterment of society.

Thus was born an academy, Hustler’s Hub, an educational and cultural centre in the city at Sai Baba Colony on July 10, 2017 where it was decided to replace books with practical teaching methods.

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Hari Prasad, who takes care of the marketing section, told The Covai Post: “We teach students of private schools for a nominal fee of Rs 500 per month and for government school children it is free. Our aim is to give children basic knowledge in sessions covered by practical examples instead of the usual bookish teaching method. Teachers here are college students with their own style of teaching.”

The style followed is Montessori which means each child has a separate teacher giving them individual attention because the founders believe one staff teaching 40 students is futile. Counseling is also given to parents to make them understand how to teach children.

The academy also received support from Coimbatore Corporation Commissioner Vijay Karthikeyan. So far, 30 children and 30 students have been successfully taught at Hustler’s Hub where classes are conducted round the year from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

The whole aim is to create a revolution in education where even a 30-40 per cent change will be a huge boost for the academy. Modern day schools give no importance to knowledge and simply focus only on using concepts which help in achieving nothing, says Hari. “Even if our teachers lack communication we don’t mind because it is knowledge only that matters.”

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