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This week our first students are arriving for the board exams; We are glad that we have helped these children somewhat. The journey has become more exciting than it used to be for me,” he said Arif Pashaa life skills coach who has helped hundreds of students get through their education during the pandemic Bengaluru.

Pahsas is indeed a moving story.

Of a BPO staff becoming a volunteer teacher at a state school and becoming a life skills coach, Pasha (38) has come a long way.

Pasha has helped over 40,000 students across Bengaluru and other cities by guiding them through goal setting sessions to pursue studies and careers.



Coming from a humble background, Pasha was forced to abandon his commercial bachelor’s degree and go to university BPO Job in the mid-2000s as it paid well at the time.

While working in the corporate environment of BPO, Pasha armed himself with some soft skills – goal setting, time management and working towards the achievement of set goals.

One afternoon, after work, he went back to his paying guest accommodation nearby Koramangala, Pasha passed a state school. He met with the principal and asked if he could work as a volunteer teacher at the school. The Headmaster readily agreed. So Pasha embarked on something he was passionate about.

He quit his BPO job and began teaching full-time at the state school, where he was later recognized as an “outstanding teacher.” The students achieved good results in the exams and the school was pleased with Pasha’s efforts.

Students crowded our center; We had more than 150 students enrolled in the coaching

–Arif Pasha, Life Skills Coach

Pasha realized that he could do more than just teach. He took a crash course in speaking, body language and storytelling and began working as a full-time life skills coach. In 2019 he founded his own company – Live Your Dreams. By then he had helped nearly 40,000 students across the country; He was often called upon to engage in engaging sessions to teach qualities of goal setting and how to achieve them in the short and long term.

At this point, in March 2020, Covid-19 struck. “The pandemic has just changed lives,” Pascha said.

During the lockdown, Pasha and his colleagues volunteered with a foundation that distributed masks and raised awareness of appropriate Covid behavior. In the same year he was also part of a project in the Subhashnagar slums, electronics cityengaged in covid aid.

“I had to take care of about 15 volunteers surveying an area, noting the population, age, number of comorbid patients, number of elderly, children, women, etc.,” he said.

After successfully completing this project, Pasha and his team began analyzing the quality of education provided in schools in and around Koramangala. He learned how schools were dealing with online education and whether students were able to learn at all.

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Pasha and his team found that the online educational model in many schools was not doing justice to student learning; In addition, teachers were unable to provide online education to students. Students from economically weaker classes did not have smartphones and had problems with the internet connection. The education system as a whole had suffered a major blow that had become ineffective.

Pasha and his team visited private schools in and around Koramangala and found that many students had not paid their fees and quite a number of them had chosen to study in government schools.

“However, they did not receive transfer certificates (TCs) from their schools because they had outstanding fees to pay; They were stuck and couldn’t even attend government schools. There were about 150 students from Standard VI to X that were added to our roster for whom we have started raising funds through a trust to help pay their fees and provide them with scholarships,” Pasha told the Bangalore Mirror.

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Pasha and his team not only paid the fees, but also came up with the idea of ​​opening a learning center – free of charge for these children.

“Students crowded into our center and in no time; We had more than 150 students enrolled in the coaching,” he said.

During the coaching, Pasha and his team found that a Standard X student’s level of understanding of concepts and fundamentals was equivalent to that of a Grade VII student.

“That was the negative impact that Covid had on education,” Pasha told BM, adding that students retained only 40% of what they were taught before the pandemic and even through online education.

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