A native of Sitamarhi, Lokesh completed his BA in 1986, and moved to Keonta village in Samastipur to pursue a B.Ed degree in 1988. “My father was a teacher and later became the headmaster of Bal Sainik Vidyalay, the primary school that he started in 1983. He always believed that teaching was a noble profession and helped serve the country by creating an educated younger generation,” he says. Soon after graduation, Lokesh began teaching children at his father’s institute. Aware of better education practices, he decided to assess the status of schools in his village. In 1990, he set out to survey his village, with a list of 22 points that would determine the quality of education in schools.
On any given day, 61-year-old Lokesh Sharan carries a box of chalks, a duster, and pens in his bag, so he won’t miss out on any opportunity to teach children, no matter where he goes. For years, the Samastipur, Bihar resident taught hundreds of school children at the institute started by his father. But in 2013, the school shut down.
Lokesh took to teaching kids on the porch of his house — for Rs 1. Going beyond his professional obligation to create a capable young generation, he helps underprivileged children excel in academics. Soon after graduation, Lokesh began teaching children at his father’s institute. Aware of better education practices, he decided to assess the status of schools in his village. In 1990, he set out to survey his village, with a list of 22 points that would determine the quality of education in schools. Lokesh says that charging a minimal sum of Rs 1 establishes accountability among the teacher and parents. “Parents can ask why their child is not doing well as they are paying for it. They will feel responsible for their child and take follow-ups on the progress. Meanwhile, some parents cannot afford monthly transport and school fees for their children. It serves as an alternate platform for them,” he says.
Lokesh teaches students wherever he travels, whether to Balrampur, Kawardha, or any other area where his son is posted. “I make sure that when I visit Awanish, I make rounds of all the schools and teach children for at least a week. Impressed by the teaching methods, once the divisional officer in Balrampur demanded I train 86 teachers with skills that would help them adopt innovative and interesting techniques.
Besides school students, Lokesh has been guiding civil services aspirants. “Since Awanish cleared UPSC in 2009, many students have approached me on understanding the aspects of written examination and interview for the civil services.