Christian Long

Kiran Bir Sethi: Teaches Kids to Take Charge

In TED Talks on April 11, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Reflection by HALEY M.

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Kiran Bir Sethi:  Teaches Kids to Take Charge

I found this video very interesting with this organization that has been created by saying, “I can”.

The I can saying is meant for kids to be able to do things on their own and be able to do anything they want to see happen in the community. Also, it gives children an opportunity to gain self-confidence and motivates them to be their own person. It is amazing how much dedication started in the Riverside School in India. Also, it is amazing how many children were affected by this program and how it changed lives. Not only did this help the children with confidence it showed it also influenced them in their school work and were doing a lot better.

It was cool to see how the young boy was wanted to teach his parents to read. He mentioned that his parents were illiterate and he wanted to teach them. This program has children looking for change, whether it be cleaning up the community or helping out their elders, the kids were in control of it.

Kiran Bir Sethi kept using the word contagious, which I felt was the perfect word. I completely understand what she was saying. In this world it is so easy for a negative attitude or a negative situation to rub off on others and make it easy for others to become negative, but on the other hand it is just as simple for the negative attitude to be a positive attitude. The program that is taking place in Inia is definately a positive attitude and will hopefully spread all over the world in schools and communties to give the children the chance to be a part of the wonderful experience to say, “I can”.


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