Merlia Shaukath

31 – Chennai, India

What Are You Most Passionate About?

1. My work 2. Bollywood music 3.Biryani (In that order)

Who Is Your Hero? Why?

I don’t want to name names, but a child, a student of mine who comes to school everyday defying all odds is my hero.

What Is Your Favorite Sound?

My dog greeting me at the door.

What Project Would A Laptop Help You With?

I am a part of TAP, a classroom enrichment program that focuses on teacher development and student learning outcomes by providing comprehensive teaching-learning tool kits to every teacher and student and by supporting the teacher to implement it through continuous, hands-on support in the form of weekly/monthly visits by a program collaborator. The goals of this program are complex and numerous, but to simplify its goals are to address the language and pedagogy skill deficit in teachers and the ever widening grade level learning gap in students.

How would a laptop help you?

At Madhi, we create a lot of resources like charts and videos aligned to the state syllabus using software such as Photoshop, Corel Draw etc., and are in need of a laptop that will support such software. We also track a lot of data, especially, student learning data and a laptop would be greatly helpful in managing and reporting such critical data.

What do you love about this project?

The fact that it combines technology and the human element in the most meaningful way possible.

What Languages do you speak?

Hindi, Tamil and English.

Given a choice, would you prefer a Mac or PC?