How could you control the excitement of exuberant children who just got the news that WWE superstar was going to visit their school? we found out the hard way. Even in the slums of Mumbai where EduKick is currently running in schools the participants already knew about him and were ecstatic to have an opportunity to meet him so much so that we had to bring in all the help to contain the excitement.
On his part John Layfield or JBL as he was popularly known as wooed his audience with his openness and humility, he was amazed and intrigued spoke to each and every child he met,
Soon the news spread around and residents from the nearby slums also started pouring in, everyone was thrilled to meet their WWE star. He visited the classrooms and appreciated the diversity and potential that India holds, he exclaimed,”while Americans are so lazy to learn one language,children here knows four, wow truly wow”, he even played math games with the kids. He appreciated the concept of impact through games or more specifically football, Jbl in his life career along with wrestling and commentary, is fond of social service and exploring diversities as is evident from his work “pro-rugby” which is similar to slum-soccers work.
While discussing the efficiency of quality education with the teachers and coaches he stated that following the common norms and not accepting change will lead everyone to complacency, he further added change is inevitable and so we should embrace It.
Changing the ways of education system so as to make them more skilled and proactive is what he believes in.
He quoted,” we invented aeroplanes,smartphones and way of living, but why are we stuck to the same old methodology of teaching of 1850’s ?,don’t we need any improvisation ?”, but India is too diverse and the upgrade in education system will take decades from the government side, instead he urged the institution like Slumsoccer to take an initiative in making a dent, which it has been doing very seriously.
Slumsoccer has always been promoting overall development whether it’s through football or creating awareness about issues. The big upside of this visit was not just for the participants but also for the teachers and coaches who felt appreciated by this welcome guest.