A coaching teacher, popularly known as 'SPS Sir' has taken a great initiative to support students who lost their parents to Covid-19 and whose family members lost employment Covid-19 pandemic. 36 years old Shashi Prakash Singh hails from Ballia, Uttar Pradesh. Born in a middle-class family, Singh always desired to be a leader and a supporter to his family.
He completed his early education from a government school and completed his engineering studies from Roorkee. Like everyone, Shashi also had an ordinary dream of fulfilling his family's desire which can only be possible with the strength of education.
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However, after the second wave, when the entire country was going through a miserable situation, Prakash was disturbed by the thought of children losing their parents to Covid. Singh said, “If for some reason, the education of a child stops, then it will not only affect that family, but a whole generation and the whole country will go behind.”
Shashi decided to come forward and help these children by teaching them free of cost. Singh resides in Kota, Rajasthan and has been teaching for 14 years now in various coaching institutes like Aakash, Allen, Pathfinder Academy and many more.
“I was inspired by the students’ gesture. My elder brother and mother were tested Covid positive in April. I was completely helpless since I was not able to find a ventilator for my mother in Lucknow hospital. It was then, I started posting requests on Twitter. Three students from medical college discovered a ventilator bed in Noida hospital and we were able to save my mother,” he recalled.
He also added, “The strongest pillar for middle/lower class families is education. Education is the only thing that can secure their future and provide more security to their entire family. Considering the people affected by the Covid pandemic, financial instability can strongly hinder the children's education which can put many families’ futures in sheer darkness.”
Prakash has invested all his savings to help the needy children and till now, has helped around 400 such students without any external help. He wished to continue helping such children and strongly believes that money should never be a limiting factor in anyone’s success and bright future.