When I was a 10th-grade kid, I would start every weekend waking up to the sun beating through my window at an angle that would say its 11 am. I would eventually manage to get myself out of bed and drag my lazy body to brush my teeth with eyes still half shut.
As I make my way to the TV room to catch up on all the shows I’ve missed during the weekday, I can hear my father shout from his room “Saurav go read the newspaper”. I reluctantly dally across towards the newspaper that is sitting on the coffee table. I soon realise that only my legs seem to be moving while the rest of me still yearns for my TV shows.
I quickly crumple up the newspaper to make it seem like I have voraciously read each headline and scrutinised every article there is. In truth, all I do is skip over to the sports section to read the big words and admire the pictures. The importance of staying current with the news did not seem to matter to me or even worse, it was something I could not comprehend.
Fast forward a few years to the period right after my 12th-grade exams. This was when I decided to enrich my portfolio and do an internship. So, I headed out for my interview in the most formal clothes I could find and a copy of all the notes I had made in class. After a long wait, I was finally directed to the Interview room. I sat at the interview room rather confident and eyes still half shut. Enter Mr Murthy, my interviewer, “What do you think of Sachin Bansal’s deal with Walmart?” My half-shut eyes were now wide open!
“Who is this Sachin he’s talking about.” “Is he pronouncing Tendulkar wrong.” I thought to myself as I rummaged my notes for this new Sachin.
All I could think about on the way home was my dad’s voice in the background shouting “Saurav go read the newspaper.”
In QShala current affairs is not just a part of the quizzes, but finds its way into our classes, conversations, WhatsApp groups, and even our meetings. We believe children need to cultivate the habit of reading a newspaper from a very young age. Through our sessions, we look to make children more aware of their surroundings and provide them with a sense of belonging with their environment. All the noise around them is put through a funnel and crisp, interesting and relatable content is delivered to the kids. We thus provide a way for our students to connect with what’s happening all around them. In short, we look to keep our students “woke”.
So, what are current affairs and why is it a requirement in this bustling era. Current is simply all things trending around you and affairs refers to the news, events, and issues. In the tongue of a millennial, current affairs are all things ‘happening’ that directly or indirectly affect you.
The way we highlight the news or headline also influences how interested a student is of current affairs. We try to deliver a piece of news by attaching something that would grab the child’s attention. We try to educate our kids by tapping into their interests and fascination. At the base of every question, we ask there’s a sense of curiosity we look to tap.