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.
Jan 9, 2015

Happy New Year from Neelbagh School

GE Inter NGO / Schools Sports Meet
GE Inter NGO / Schools Sports Meet

Dear Friends and Supporters of Ashraya,

Happy New Year 2015 and we want to thank all the donors for their continuing support.

We are most appreciative of your interest to help us and be involved with our work. 

I, Bhuvaneshwari student of 10th grade would like to share with you what is happening in my School -Neelbagh because it has been a very exciting quarter.

To start, we had long Dasara holidays and for people wondering what dasara is all about it is the Hindu god Rama's victory over the demon king Ravana and the triumph of good over evil.  The School reopened on the 13th of October 2014.

Academic: This academic year the State Government has revised the syllabus for grade 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 community’s. My School has a track record of achieving Consecutively for the last 6 years, 100% results in the SSLC examination and for the last 2 years 100% first class.  This  has  become  an  iconic  school  in  the  sector  of  rural  education.  We  are  considered  to  be  one  of  the  best  Kannada  medium  schools  in  the  State  this  year.

To ensure that my batch also carries forward the legacy, teachers and my batch mates are working hard.on 30thSeptember, The Head-Master, Senior Teachers, Parents and the students of class had a meeting to discuss each student’s strength and weakness subject wise. The Parents were sensitized on the significance of Public Board Exams and were encouraged to motivate and support our education. The parents were requested not to employ children in field to augment the family income rather allow us to dedicate our time to studies.  This interactive session motivated both the teachers and us to great extent. Special classes for 10th grade started from 27th October. We have both early morning and evening – after school sessions.  A unique timetable has been prepared to ensure all subjects are covered. Day scholar (Boys -7 and Girls - 5) students will move into School Hostel by 5th Jan 2015, so that they can concentrate and take advantage of remedial / special classes.

Events:

1. Rajyotsava: Statehood day was celebrated on 1st of November. Kannada Rajyotsava was celebrated with great vigor and grandeur at our school. The program started with our State Anthem “Jaya Bharata Jananiya Tanujate” and it was followed by auspicious ‘lighting of lamp’ by the Head-master.The program continued with our Headmaster addressing the gathering in Kannada and enlightened everyone gathered with the importance of Kannada Rajyotsava. The Senior students (8th to 10th grade) researched and threw light on the Kannadigas who are honored with the prestigious Jnanapeeta Award. The fact that Kannada is the only Language to have won 8 Jnanapeetha Awards and it is the highest number won by an Indian language made the moment very proud.

The students of Grade VI & VII took the audience on a fascinating journey through the state of Karnataka by enacting some of its great and prominent personalities: Kitturu Rani Channamma, Akka Mahadevi, Kanaka Dasaru, Basavanna, Sangolli Rayanna.

Over all, the whole program was an educational journey and gave us the participating students an opportunity to showcase the antiquity of Kannada Culture, values and rich heritage of our state Karnataka.

2. Children’s Day: A day marking childhood, Children’s Day was celebrated on 14th November 2014. Our Teachers planned and put up a splendid cultural program that included – songs, dance and skit. We thoroughly enjoyed watching them act like children. It was fun.

3. Eye Camp: GE Company in association with Shankar Eye Hospital conducted a “Free Eye Screening Camp” on 3rd of December for all of us. All 376 students were individually examined by a group of Doctors.  They also distributed free spectacles for needy students, which I’m sure will definitely impact their academic performance. It was a great sight to see Humanity in action without boundaries and selflessness.

4. Make a Wish: On 6th of December, 50 junior hostel students and 5 teachers participated in “Make a Wish children’s festival organized by a group of expats and NRI’s at Bangalore. They all received gifts exactly what they wished for, when their little wishes came true, it was an unbelievable experience to most of them. I also heard that the food was good and for most of them it was a memorable event.

 

5. GE Sports Championship award: On 13th of December the Inter schools Sports meet was organized by GE at their campus in Bangalore. The performance of our School students was remarkable. They bagged the 1st place in more than 17 events and also won the Overall Team GE Championship Award – 2014. 25 students and 2 teachers participated in this event.

6. AWIM Regional Olympiad: On 21st of December my School secured First Runner –Up position in The Car jet Competition in AWIM Regional Olympiad 2014 held at Mathagondapalli Model School, Hosur organized by SAEINDIA Bangalore Section. The 5th and 6th grade students participated along with our Science teacher.   

Exhibition of School handicrafts

 

 As part of developing entrepreneurial skills, all students enrolled in our School are also introduced to different forms of vocational skills like tailoring, embroidery, pottery, carpentry and making of paper mache products. This has a dual effect; we become more confident and our parents in turn become more supportive as they notice skills in us. Not just that my School also believes that to develop thinking skills early is essential to our academic success and lifelong ability to solve problems. To ensure we learn and cultivate marketing skills,  charity exhibitions are organized annually.

 

This year, it was organized at Ms. Jyothi Subaroa’s residence on 17th and 18th of October 2014 and at Mr. Anil Chinniah and Mrs. Shonali Chinniah’s residence on 21st of December 2014. Products made by us were displayed and a team of senior students helped in organizing the exhibition. We get to interact with many people interested in rural education and provide us a platform to talk about our School. This initiative also helps us (students) to be able to analyze information, make decisions, come up with creative ideas and solve problems - in essence, to think rationally and logically.

My School is unique and provides opportunities and facilities that no other school in my village provides. These opportunities are provided for a holistic learning and all round development of each and every student. We are at par with any city student.

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 2015.

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.

Report translated by: Mrs. Evalin Christabel / Project Head – Ashraya Neelbagh School

GE AWIM Regional Olympiad
GE AWIM Regional Olympiad
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

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