Ashraya

"Ashraya" meaning 'shelter', was founded and registered in 1982 and has since then brought hope and love into the lives of many children and adults. Ashraya is committed to alleviate the sufferings of women and children in distress through our various programs.
Oct 1, 2014

Season of Celebrations at my School - Marilinga, Student of 10th Grade

I and Friends performing Kamsale on the Annual Day
I and Friends performing Kamsale on the Annual Day

Dear Friends and Supporters of Ashraya,

Warm Greetings!!

We are most appreciative of your interest to help us and be involved with our work. I Marilinga student of 10th grade would like to share with you what is happening in Neelbagh School because it has been a very exciting 2-3 months!

The School solemnly celebrated its 19th annual day on 1st September 2014. It was a grand celebration which saw the little stars of our school twinkle on the ground. Shri M.V.Rajeev Gowda, Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha, was the chief guest and was accompanied by Board members, staff, parents, friends and well-wishers. Over 500 people were present on this occasion.

Shri M.V.Rajeev Gowda lighted the games torch and sports events commenced. We all Students and Teachers actively participated and the winners in various competitions received prizes from the guests.

Exhibition: we students also showcased the School’s accomplishment in various other departments.

Computer Lab: This project is designed to help students like me to fully understand the topic we have decided to explore, then prepare a Power Point presentation and orally present the same to the visitors on the Annual Day.

Science: Science plays a great role in all-round development of society. The science exhibition is the best effort for boosting knowledge of science among us. Various models were displayed by us that included water conservation,solar energy, water filtration, Kitchen chemistry - Determining Iodide Content of Salt; environment conservation and new technique of agriculture among others were the main attraction of the science exhibition. 

Carpentry, Pottery and Tailoring: Our School inspires lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all. Regular classes and workshops in woodworking, sewing and arts, painting, drawing and pottery are conducted. Products made by us were displayed.

My classmates and me helped in organizing the exhibition.

After a delicious lunch with parents and friends, the afternoon session commenced with the lighting of the lamp by the chief guest and the other dignitaries.

Mr. Manjunath Reddy the Head Master presented the annual report showcasing the prominent events, scholastic and co- scholastic activities of the school during the academic year 2013-14.

Shri. Rajeev Gowda was amazed at the performance of the School and its facilities. He addressed the gathering and motivated the parents to support their children’s education. In his address, he shared from life of Sir M. Visvesvaraya and C.N.R. Rao who have been honored by Bharat Ratna from the Government of India. He helped the students to identify that these famous personalities were localities and they had been enrolled into kannada medium schools and both ensured to pursue their higher education. He stressed upon the fact that their parents were supportive and encouraged them to learn. He motivated especially our class mates to continue our higher studies and achieve great things for the country and give back to the School which provided many opportunities.

Students for academic excellence were awarded prizes and were followed by the cultural programs.

The most riveting performance which drew an unceasing applause was the “Kamsale” a folk art presented by me and my friends. Patriotism towards our country dramatized by the junior students, highlighted the loyalty and martyrdom of our armed forces and moved our hearts. Students from other classed also danced to bollywood and sandalwood songs.

The evening ended with the National Anthem and a vote of thanks proposed by Mr. Srinivas Reddy, Asst. Head Master.

GE Science Fair:

Yet again, my School has bagged an award in the Prabodhana, the flagship annual event organized by GE Volunteers with the aim of instilling a love for science in children like us.

GE Volunteers of the Bangalore Chapter organized - the 14th annual science fair at the John F. Welch Technology Centre on 13th September 2014.

The fair saw around 350 students from 12 government and 6 NGO-funded schools who displayed their working models on the theme “Explaining basic science principal using working models”. These models made by the students demonstrated basic Science and Mathematics principles in an innovative way, and helped the children understand concepts and apply them in real life.

Concepts such as pin-hole camera, conservation of momentum, persistence of vision were some of the ideas that the students worked on. The second place was bagged by my School for the project on "Wave Theory". The 9th grade students fared very well.

Ref: http://www.samachar.com/Students-awarded-at-GE-Volunteers-science-fair-ojnsMhhgafh.html

 

Workshops and Enhanced learning opportunities provided by the School:

  1. Dance and Theatre workshop

From 26th to 28th of August Mr. Anand and his team conducted a Dance and theatre workshop for 6th to 10th grade students. They taught various folk arts like:

Dollu Kunitha is a group dance named after the dollu used in its performance. The dancers wear a drum and play different rhythms while dancing. Slow and fast rhythms alternate, and the group weaves a varied pattern.

kamsale nritya is also a group dance and is named after the kamsale, which is played and as a prop by the dancers. The kamsale is a cymbal in one hand and a bronze disc in the other, producing a rhythmic clang. I and my friends enjoyed dancing and our group was selected to perform on the Annual day. I felt like it was quite an achievement.

 

Kolata is also a group dance form named after the prop used by the dancers -the sticks. Usually involves both boys and girls dancing together.

It was a source of fun and entertainment for all the children.

2.Teachers Training: Reported by – Mr. Manjunath Reddy, Head Master.

The Teachers Training was organized by Poornaprajna Institute of Faculty Improvement on 6th September 2014. The workshop Modules were Applying theory of multiple intelligences to teaching,   learning and Disciplining with dignity.

The morning session by Mrs. Avanthi, helping the teachers identifying the eight intelligence through an interactive way with ample examples was much appreciated by teachers. Even though it was a brief session on M.I. it gave teachers a good introduction to the subject – Applying theory of multiple intelligences to teaching and learning.

The afternoon session dealing with the topic ‘Disciplining with Dignity’ was conducted by Mr.Sridhar was very informative. In a very gentle way he described that every teacher faces problems with disciplining students and suggested practical solutions to deal with such situations in a very dignified way both for the teachers and the child. The detailed discussion on the reasons for destructive behavior in children and how to classify it as Minor, Moderate and Extensive was very useful for teachers.

The teachers thoroughly enjoyed the sessions.

If you are Interested in volunteering at our project - Ashraya Neelbagh School, please send us your consent and Bio-data via email to ashchildedu@gmail.com . The School is generally closed for summer break during mid April to mid May and for Dasara it is closed in the first week of October.

To learn more about us please visit: www.ashraya.net and https://www.facebook.com/Ashchildedu?ref=hl

Thanks again for your continued support that keeps us moving forward.

GE Science Fair - 2014
GE Science Fair - 2014
Teachers Training Workshop
Teachers Training Workshop
Oct 1, 2014

Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul

Ms.Nandini interacting with the teachers
Ms.Nandini interacting with the teachers

Dear Friends and Supporters of Ashraya,

Warm Greetings!!

We are most appreciative of your interest to help us and be involved with our work. I would like to share with you what is happening in our community and site crèches in Bangalore.

Social Worker and the Doctor have been regularly visiting the crèches during these months. Most of the children in our crèches have been found to have good health. Thanks to the regular PTM’s and awareness meetings conducted by teachers.

On 6th September a Teachers Training Workshop was organized for all the crèche teachers and assistant teachers. Ms. Nandini Prakash, a Pre-Primary co-ordinator from Indian Institute of Montessori Studies, Bangalore was the resource person. She has years of experience dealing with younger children. She could easily identify herself with teachers and their day to day problems dealing with marginalized young children. She effectively discussed the roots of these problems and alternative solutions that have worked with many teachers. The teachers were very happy and grateful for organizing a workshop that actually helped them better themselves. She emphasized on the needs of the children and explained to the teachers how they can play an important role in fulfilling the children’s needs.

Soon after the discussion session, she taught them simple craft work that can be done in the crèche using the available materials. She encouraged the teachers to teach art and craft to the children as Arts and crafts can help children to develop socially and emotionally, too. She states that, when they are encouraged to give form to their ideas, they learn the value of self-expression. In discovering their ability to create, they become conscious of their imagination and their freedom to make choices.

As a means to explore shapes and textures, quantities, sizes, and proportions, art can also aid children’s intellectual development. It helps them to grasp the concepts they will need in learning to read, write, add, and subtract; it stimulates inquisitiveness, critical thinking, and a healthy self-confidence. Physically, it develops fine motor control and hand-eye coordination. In short, art is a window to new horizons in every sphere of life.

Small children need and love daily chances to experiment and explore, to “mess around” at their own unhurried pace. Let them crumple and tear magazines or newspapers, cut and paste scraps, shape play dough or clay. Let them scribble to their heart’s content: it is as natural and necessary a step toward drawing and writing as crawling is to walking. Don’t feel you have to be an artist yourself, and don’t try to “teach” children art. Help them to discover it for themselves.

After the lunch all the teachers thanked Ms. Nandini for taking the workshop and assured her of implementing the ideas given by her at their crèches and improving their teaching methods.

Ms. Nitya Reddy, Board Member of Ashraya had prepared study materials for all the crèches. She also demonstrated to teachers has to their use and also how to make the classes interesting and fun for the children.

Overall the Teacher Training Workshop went off very well. It was an interactive and interesting session. This workshop provoked the teachers to think about what exactly they need to help the children become self reliant and confident.

If you are Interested in volunteering at our project - Ashraya community and site crèches , please send us your consent and Bio-data via email to ashchildedu@gmail.com . To learn more about us please visit: www.ashraya.net and https://www.facebook.com/Ashchildedu?ref=hl

Thanks again for your continued support that keeps us moving forward.

Teachers preparing their own teaching aids
Teachers preparing their own teaching aids
Jul 3, 2014

Quarterly Update - April to June 2014

Ashraya Neelbagh School - Class room
Ashraya Neelbagh School - Class room

Dear Friends and Supporters of Ashraya,

This quarter has been a time to celebrate, it gives me immense pleasure to share that, Ashraya Neelbagh School, a Kannada medium rural school secured 100% results consecutively for the 6th time and this year with 100% first class, out of 280 schools in Kolar District.

While all 26 students, who appeared for the examination, were successful and secured first class marks, 8 students – Bhargavi. G, Bhavya, Bheemananda, Eshamma, Mallikarjuna Reddy, Manjula, Sundar and Venkatesh have bagged Distinction- out of the 26 students 17 have secured marks in the 80’s, 5 secured in the 70’s and 4 secured in the 60’s.

Most of our students are first generation learners who belong to the most vulnerable groups – migrant construction workers, domestic helpers, daily wagers, single parent, auto drivers, poor farmers and belonging to marginalized communities.

As a result of the excellent results majority of the students from Neelbagh have won various scholarships from the State Government, Individuals, NGO’s and other institutions, to pursue their college studies. All 26 students’ i.e 11 girls and 15 boys are continuing their higher education.

The school hostel reopened for old boarders on 11th May 2014 and the School reopened after the summer break on 12th May 2014.

On June 4th, the new admissions list was finalized - thirty four young ones were admitted to the LKG and 2 new students for senior classes. The school did not discriminate on the basis of caste, religion or ethnic group.

Currently, with the new admissions, the School has 376 students (183 Girls and 193 Boys) from below poverty line families as against 174 (74 Girls and 100 Boys) students in 2003, showing a 147% increase in the number of girl children, over the past few years. Neelbagh school is reaching out to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of achieving universal primary education and promote gender equality. There are 100 students in Hostel (50 girls and 50 boys).

During LKG admissions, as always, priority was given to children from below poverty line families and the School continues to give impetus to ‘girl child’ education in the rural area. Improved access to education for girl children from most vulnerable groups ensures that children are not exposed to trafficking, sexual abuse or forced into early marriage or child labor.

On June 21st a Drawing competition was organized for all 376 students and on June 23rd cultural programs were performed by 10th grade students, during the morning assembly. The drama ‘Health is Wealth’, folk songs, group dance and Kolata were appreciated by one and all.

This academic year the State Govt has revised the syllabus for Class 10 Secondary School Leaving Certification (SSLC) students; textbooks have been revised based on the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) syllabus. This change has created ripples in the student and teacher communities. We at Neelbagh are focusing more on training the teachers especially for Maths, Science and English. Curiosity, a Bangalore based organization working with the aim of promoting creativity in science amongst children, will train Maths and Science Teachers. This training will be instrumental in guiding teachers –instructing and appraising the teachers on how to teach in a more comprehensive and efficient manner.

Communities continue to connect with the program both through outreach activities and through the school management.

On behalf of the entire staff and Board Members of Ashraya I thank you for your support. Your support and positive comments are the fuel that keeps us moving forward to make Ashraya Neelbagh School a sustainable Project.

 

Thanks and Regards,

 

Evalin Christabel

Project Head – Ashraya Neelbagh School

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