We recently had an interview with Alpha Malts, one of the supporting corporate of the event. The company has contributed tremendously for the betterment of the event. Here is what the company has to say:
WHAT MADE YOU THINK THAT YOU SHOULD SUPPORT AIRTEL RUN FOR EDUCATION?
In Africa, there is a concept ‘Ubuntu’ meaning ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. Education is one contributing factor which can help in strengthening communities and nation building. Giving back to the society should be a way of life. So when I came to know about the noble initiative undertaken by Round Table, I thought participating in this event will be an enriching experience and such voluntary activity would offer a sense of fulfillment rarely found elsewhere.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE EDUCATION LEVEL IN INDIA?
Education being the most fundamental need of any developing country, should be the foremost priority for India. Though the introduction of technology and International schools have an effect on the present educational system but still there are fundamental problems too. The present education system promotes rat – race. Students focus on textbooks and grasp them without any hands-on-experience. Hence they lack analytical skills and competitive edge. The ideal student-teacher ratio is very less. There is a great increase in the number of low quality institutions. Low pay grades of teachers, reason makes most of the students move away from education related job.
HOW DO YOU THINK THIS MARATHON CAN MAKE PEOPLE MORE CONSCIOUS ABOUT EDUCATING THE UNDERPRIVILEGED?
Education for the underprivileged is perceived as a high-priced luxury. A disproportionate number of total out-of-school children in India are girls. This marathon is a platform which will be able to create mass awareness for this genuine social concern. It is high time that we consider education as a critical area of investment. I firmly believe that one good Samaritan is always there somewhere in each soul. Hopefully this marathon will help us find the Samaritan within us and we become more conscious and responsible to our underprivileged counterparts.
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GO FOR THIS MARATHON?
Generally, we the human species are always on the run. Either we are running on time or running out of time. Either way personal motive is involved. But running for a cause is something which will boost self-esteem and all human beings want to achieve that. So to motivate people I would tell them that nothing can be more de-stressing than to help selflessly. I would encourage them to bring family and friends so one gets the dual benefits of me-time and we-time. Or else I would simply tell people not to miss this opportunity to relive those blissful childhood days when running was only play. On a lighter note, running marathons is now trending all across the globe. Unlike many other trends we tend to follow this has a health aspect and guess what, its for a good cause too.
We would like to thank Alpha Malts Pvt Limited for their effort and support. The event would not have been the same without them!