On April 2, the South-Asian cultural organization at North Carolina State University, Ektaa partnered with America’s Bollywood Dance Network to host Raleigh’s first ever Bollywood Fusion Dance Competition, Oak City Revolution.
More than 600 people gathered at the newly renovated Stewart Theater located in the Talley Student Center on the NC States campus to cheer on eight elite teams representing the nation’s best collegiate Bollywood Fusion dance teams as they battled for top honors.
On the morning of Saturday, March 26, more than 70 kids gathered at the Country Inn and Suites (generously provided by Dr. Sharad Vohra) in Morrisville, North Carolina for the second annual Pratham Raleigh Math Competition.
Students ranging in age from 10 to 13 answered questions designed by the event’s creator and organizer, Cary 11th-grader Sachin Raghavendra, along with a group of fellow teen volunteers; an award ceremony followed.
For ten years, Pratham’s Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) has informed communities and leaders that India’s elementary education is in dire straits. Only half of children in Grade 5 can read at the second-grade level or solve a simple two-digit subtraction problem. That’s about 100 million Indian children who are expected to move forward in life without having grasped the fundamentals.
More than 150 members of the Raleigh-RTP community turned out on August 22, 2015 for the Pratham 5K Run/Walk. The event was organized by teens from the Pratham Raleigh community.
On this sunny summer day, participants young and old tackled the forested trails of Lake Crabtree County Park, raising $5,750 to support Pratham. Afterwards, runners and walkers enjoyed a delicious homemade breakfast courtesy of local amateur chef Bala Soslai.
In 2014, Sachin Raghavendran, a freshman at Raleigh’s William G. Enloe High School, traveled to India and visited the Akshara Foundation where he met children who struggled with poverty and literacy. His tour of a government middle school made Sachin realize how much he takes education for granted here in the US.
“All that we take for granted is a blessing in the eyes of India’s poor children,” said Sachin. “Anything we can do to bring happiness is vital to their success.”
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