Welcome to the Pravah-smile (Students Mobilisation Initiative for Learning through Exposure), an organisation which has reached out to over 30,000 students already in the Capital’s upmarket schools and colleges, helping them cope with life’s rigours. The prime mover behind this unique project is 34-year-old Ashraf Patel. Aided initially by a seven-member think-tank from the development and corporate arena, Patel has created a multifaceted curriculum that initiates urban Indian youth to practical decision-making within a complex context of social problems.
She and her team of dedicated workers, drawn from such diverse fields as theatre and social psychology, today work in about 25 schools and 30 colleges of Delhi with about 5,000 youth registering for their various programmes every year. Several schools including Shriram School, Sanskriti, Ramjas Public School and St Mary’s have made her vision a part of the compulsory curriculum.