Mewat Children’s Tryst with Technology at Shri Sambhawana – Technology Mega Festival

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An exposure visit to the annual event of Shri Sambhawana – Technology Mega Festival, at the Shri Ram S15326389_1293558557331647_8469968909913503270_nchools (TSRS), Aravali, in the month of December, by our 60 children from Mewat Rural Education Programme (MREP) schools, opened new doors into the exciting and wondrous world of Science for them. Accompanying the students were Science teachers, champion trainers and Gurugram DIET faculty members from our Science promotion pro gramme of Techniques of Teaching Science (TTS). The participating children belonged to the middle schools of Kherla, Salamba, Kawarsika and Rojka Meo who were interested in Science and had performed well in the subject.

The day was full of learning and enjoyment for the children as well as the teachers. During their tryst with technology the children got a chance to have a glimpse into the world of augmented reality and virtual reality and its relevance in the 21st century. Over 15 stalls with more than 50 projects related to Science were on display. There our team studied and gained information of various working and 3D models of STEM, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and robotics which were prepared by the students of TSRS. The models covered various topics of STEM and Science like catapult, scuba diver, water and air cannon, secret message, chemical clock, colored shadow, telescope and kaleidoscope, kinetic and potential ener15327367_1293558630664973_6507674963198353657_ngy, water pumping system, air purifying device, growing plants without soil, wind power, making devices through chemical products, DNA isolation, app ideation and much more. While ensuring a balance between fitness and enjoyment in life, the children also shook some leg on the beats of Zumba and even tried their hands at the gaming zone.

There was also an exhibition on CERN experiments and how they study the building blocks of matter. But the highlight of the day was a stimulating live interview with Dr. Archana Sharma who motivated the students to follow their passion and pursue a career in Sciences. Apart from this, the children also got a chance to take a virtual live tour of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment at CERN, an European Organization for Nuclear Research.

Overall, the visit was an enriching one which helped enga15327235_1293558973998272_800506358542950836_nge the young minds of the students and boost their morale to replicate the same at their schools. The team of TSRS ensured that our children and teachers got full exposure of all the stalls and they specifically ensured full understanding of our children about all the models that were presented and cleared their doubts about its concepts and application. One of our teacher shared, “The event was an excellent combination of technology, education and enjoyment. There were interesting and thought provoking exhibits by students along with amazing Robotics projects. For me it was a good learning experience and was really feeling lucky to be a part of such a grand event.”

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Mustafa-the boy on a mission.

The school starts at 9:30 am but Mustafa leaves home at 7. So what does he do in that time period?
Travels? No, he lives nearby.
He plays? No.
He spends time with friends? No.
Mustafa is on a daily mission during this time, where he makes sure that he takes along maximum students to school. As there is irregularity and attendance issues, he visits homes that even fall out of his way to school.
The 13-year old boy even talks to parents about sending their wards to school regularly. Mustafa who is in 7th Std. even asks his seniors who don’t come to school, but they fend him off.
Why does he do it? ” Because exams are coming and if they don’t come they’ll fail’.
Why are you so bothered? “Because i don’t want any one to work in stone quarries”. Most villagers either work in fields or in stone quarries in Mewat to earn a living.
After some more digging in, he told how his father worked in a stone quarry and would sustain serious injuries frequently while working in it. He works no more and stays at home.
A crusader, a torch bearer – Mustafa is an example for all of us. Such souls will definitely show the path to their community and will also go on to grace the world with their light.

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The Combat to Comeback

 

14- year old Subeena was an ordinary girl studying at Govt Middle School, Kherla when her parents decided to pull her out of school as now she was a grown up and it was normal for a girl of this age to drop-out and adorn home and indulge in household chores rigorously. She was in Class 7 then and the year was 2014.
Her school going friends told her about the activities in school, prizes won in different competitions, visits to Gurgaon and the happenings around campus which now she could only imagine. While her attempts at getting back to school proved futile, her desire to get back to school grew even stronger. After a year long struggle which consisted of persuading parents and breaking social norms, she is back to school and it was October’15.
The moment her parents obliged, she couldn’t wait and stitched her uniform within two hours and was back to the place which had been in her visions and dreams-School. “Subeena has caught up with the lost time and has come back strongly. She’s doing well in her studies and is unbeatable at co-curricular activities. She’s also the monitor of her class” Savita Ratta, Principal boasted of one of her students.
Salute to the girl extraordinaire, kudos to her grit and determination to continue studies. Subeena you’re an inspiration to million such girls who are pulled out of schools. You’ve shown them the way

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“STRIVING FOR QUALITY EDUCATION” WORKSHOPS CONDUCTED ACROSS MEWAT GOVT. SCHOOLS

School Level Workshops on STRIVING for QUALITY education were held at Kanwarsika BA Pur amidst HM’s, teachers, parents, key figures of the village and the members of the SMC (School Management Committee). The workshop started with addressing the stakeholders present in the workshop about the current challenges and issues that are curtailing the quality of education in the school. From students’ attendance to teacher’s performance, from disposal of unused furniture to potable drinking water, all possible issues that are impediment to quality education were brought to light and were discussed upon. The resolution bearing those issues came out as a collective effort of the stakeholders.

In BA Pur, teachers and parents of the students had a few issues among them which was amicably settled when both the parties agreed on emphasizing on certain points which will complement both the parents and the teachers. In the presence of Sarpanch, SMC members and teachers, Infrastructural matters were also dealt to make the campus cleaner, spacious and to make optimum utilization of the building which should ultimately contribute to the imparting of quality education to students. Attendance and dropout rates of the students were critically reviewed and steps to keep it under check were discussed with the teachers, parents and the others present.  Till date the workshop has taken place in Kanwarsika, BA Pur including Sonkh, Rehna, Salaheri and Kherla, but the buck doesn’t stops here and will cover most of Govt. Schools in Mewat.

The workshop brought all the collaborators together and they discussed key points that are obstruction to quality education.  The confluence of all the stakeholders led to an understanding among the community that not one but all will have to strive for quality Education and contribute towards the bright future of the students.

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Swachh Vidyalaya Program Orientation across Mewat Govt. Schools

Orientation sessions for Swachh Vidyalay Program were conducted at Govt. Schools across Mewat Govt. Schools. The HM, teachers and students were familiarized with the objectives of the Swachh Vidyalay Program and were told about the 5 points comprising it. The points are: School Campus Cleanliness, Attendance and Regularity, Health and Hygiene, Discipline and Utilization of Resources.

For the student, of the student and by the student is the mainstay of this Program. The students were encouraged to take initiative in the Swachh Vidyalay cause and they readily agreed. A Head girl, a head boy and 3 students for each point have taken on the responsibility to adhere to the points and also to ensure that it is mutual among the fellow students. The nominated students will be guided, monitored and will report to a lead teacher who will support them with inputs whenever needed.  The Orientation /Bal Sabha was possible only due to the HMs who were co- operative and arranged to conduct Bal Sabha along with the teachers who despite of classes managed to contribute and took part in the orientation.

The program is an initiative of the SRF Foundation and the orientation was headed by Rakesh A. along with Pragati Goel and Shakeb Alam from the Foundation and was supported by Nisha Juneja, Kamleshwar Mishra, Amir Khan and Shakeel Ahmed from the Field Team. The Program aims at instilling leadership qualities in the students and also to develop an instinct to take initiative for different causes. Along with this, the Program aims to inculcate different habits that need to be practiced out by the students which will make sure that they attend school regularly in their school uniforms. In a way the Program addresses major issues which will holistically impact not only the environment of the campus but also boost the capability and spirit of the students.

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Miss India Aditi- An inspiration

What happens when a role model who is an inspiration to the youngsters and somewhere you aspire to be like him or her comes in front of you in flesh and blood? You are awestruck and amazed by the person present. That’s what happened to the students of SP Nangli when on Tuesday i.e. October 20th Miss India 2015 Aditi Arya paid them a visit as part of Support My School Campaign (SMS), an initiative by Coca Cola and NDTV in collaboration with SRF Foundation that provides infrastructural support in schools. The beauty queen not only charmed the students with her poise but also inspired the students specially the girls for achieving whatever they want. For most of the time spent in the school she talked and motivated students of Shahpur Nangli and urged them to dream and strive to achieve it.
Before that she received a warm welcome by the students who took her around their school with hand in hand. They took her to the Library, Classrooms, Playground, Science Lab, New toilets and through the corridors. She even gave a try at badminton with other girls and yes, she was good at it. She also met girls who went on to excel at State level Handball Championship and was introduced to Wasima who is the Brand Ambassador of our Swachh Vidyalay Program and also a product of UDAAN. At the Principal’s Office she was briefed about the village demographics, the students, achievements of school and was introduced to the key persons involved in the SMS Program by SRF Foundation’s Mr Rakesh.
While talking to girls she shared an anecdote: “When my Mom asked me to wake up and study, I felt like not waking up and felt lazy, at that time it felt terrible to get up and study. But now, when I look back, I think that I did the right thing when I curbed my feelings, got up and studied. I have been crowned Miss India and going for Miss World, it’s all because I got up and did what was at that time difficult for me.”

Apart from that, students talked about what they aspire to become and she motivated and made them believe that they can be what they want to be. It took the efforts of Coca Cola, NDTV AND SRF Foundation to make the visit possible for Ms. Aditi who not only inspired the young and the energetic lot but was instrumental in motivating them. While bidding farewell she was moved by the gesture of the students who presented her with Good- bye cards and requested her to come again.

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SRF Foundation in NEWs

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