ECHO 2017: Empowering The Underprivileged

With the aim of bridging the educational disparity between public and private sector schools in India, ‘ECHO 2017’ – the students’ movement, in its third year now, will be held from 4th – 7th April, 2017, at the Indian School of Management and Entrepreneurship (ISME) with the finale on Saturday, April 8th, at the KC College Auditorium from 4pm to 6pm. ECHO is an initiative of Rotary District 3141 & Rotaract District 3141, Created by the Rotary Club of Bombay and the Rotaract Club of HR College. Parsi Times is proud to support and promote ECHO as its media-partner.

In a few days, 270 municipal school students and 120 private college students, across the city of Mumbai, will come together for the most transformative experience of their lives…  where our municipal schools leave off, ECHO 2017 picks up. The lack of extracurricular activities such as elocution, debate and sports leaves our municipal school students lacking in holistic education. This is where ECHO steps in – planting seeds of creative thinking and holistic personality development through its numerous activities including ‘Barter Puzzle’, ‘The Blindfolded Team’, ‘Caterpillar’ and others to bring into the mix different levels of lateral thinking development, team work and leadership development.

ECHO 2017 comprises esteemed speakers explaining various concepts to the children including the college registration process, health and hygiene, technology today, gender sensitisation and the popular ‘Financial Literacy’ session where college students teach ECHO 2017 participants banking transactions. ECHO has been successful in empowering more and more students to not just enrol in college, but also attain their college degrees.  By changing one life at a time, ECHO aims to create and revolutionize a monumental and sustainable change in India.

Echoes From The Past: This is what some of the beneficiaries of ECHO have to say:

“Participating in ECHO was a very new experience for me. I was excited and also overwhelmed to see everything new happening with me. I used a mic for the first time in my life at Echo! Because of Echo, I am now confident” – Tannu Singh, ECHO Runner Up

“ECHO was a great opportunity for me. It was life-changing – it boosted my self-confidence. I imbibed etiquette, built leadership qualities and learnt to think analytically. Thanks to Echo, I can assertively speak in front of many people.” – Satyam Kesarwani, Mr. ECHO 2015

Hitesh Bapna, ECHO 2017, Senior Changemaker says, “Being an ECHO organiser gives me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the lesser privileged children. I’m proud to be part of this movement and will continue being a Changemaker.”

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