Around the World in 40 Minutes

Clapping, singing and dancib5ng and then suddenly pin drop silence! This is how the library period starts in Govt. Jr. College, Hoodi. The library in-charge, Mr. Madhaygowda, uses this age old technique of Nali – Kali which literally means Play and Learn. He shares that this technique increases the concentration and easily captures the attention of all the students. With a capacity of 50 students, the library is well lit, ventilated and filled with beautiful quotes and pictures of Jnanpeeth Award winning authors from Karnataka and inspirational leaders and scientists from around the world.

Apart from 3665 books from varied fields including syllabus subjects, stories, autobiographies, encyclopedias, dictionaries, general knowledge and reference books the library also has a special place and stand for the newspapers of English and Kannada language which gives the students a daily dose of the latest updates from around the world. This new library is in stark contrast to the previous library room which was congested, dimly lit, noisy and was divided into craft and library room.

b6Sharing her passion for Science, Fiza, a Class 10 student, shares how the library introduced her to the ‘proof’ of everything. In a short period of only a month, she has already read various books about famous scientists like Albert Einstein and Graham Bell and concepts of Science. Enchanted to know the little secrets behind the working of everything in our day to day lives, Fiza wants to become a Scientist and contribute significantly to the rich heritage of India in the field of Science like she has contributed in the beautification of her library.

When asked about the best thing about her library, she proudly demonstrates the e-cataloging system in a laptop which helps in keeping a track of books after they have been issued and also gives all the details about the book like its title, author’s name, publisher and edition. In her leisure time, she loves coming to the library to quench her thirst for knowledge, she even comes here during her recess time.

Mr. Kantaraju, who is also one of the library in-charge, took help from one of his friends working in another organization to develop a child friendly software in excel for cataloging and issuing of books. Discussing further on the benefits of library he shared that the process has helped them connect with new donors and social workers in the area. Also the projector in the library has helped in teaching difficult topics to the children in a more interactive and effective way. The library also has a collection of e-books of different subjects.

b7Ms. Sarojamma, the Head Mistress of the library also proactively worked to outsource Rs. 2.7 lakhs from the community, companies and social leaders to give her students the best of everything in their library. She actively involved all the teachers and the students during the whole process which instilled a sense of ownership among them and also helped them learn new techniques and process.

As a future plan, she wants to ensure optimum utilization of all the resources present in the library, especially the projector by introducing new innovative methods of teaching through audio visuals and presentations for all the three languages being taught in the school, that is, Kannada, English and Hindi.

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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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