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.
May 17, 2012

Neelbagh School project update- Jan, Feb, Mar

General progress -

About 11 day scholars were brought to the hostel in January so that they could focus more on their studies to prepare for their preperatory exams that were coming up in the end of January and final exams in April. Monthly tests were also held to gear them up for the finals.The tests were held frequently to evaluate their academic progress and help them in weak subjects.

January 21st -Cultural programs were held with dance, drama and music performed by Grade 7.

January 26th, being Republic day, the grand Flag hoisting ceremony was followed by a colourful cultural programme performed by the children.

Cultural and sports competitions - The monthly sports competition was held on 17th February. The boys participated in the kabadi competition and the girls in throwball. There was also a folk songs competition in which Junior and Senior school students participated very enthusiastically.

The School won the second best Eco School award in the district of Kolar, where 160 schools had applied for the award.

Workshops-

A. Science workshop - On February 20th, a Science workshop was organized for the children. Dr.Shonali Chinnaiah and Mrs. Sukanya Sinha from Curiosity, conducted the workshop and demonstrated many fun experiments, which the children thoroughly enjoyed. The workshop brought a practical approach to the subject and helped them understand the science theories better.

 The children were very enthusiastic and participated very actively in doing the experiments.

 B. Career guidance workshop – A career guidance workshop was organized on February 19th 2012 and March 12th 2012 for the benefit of the 10th grade students.  Mrs. Mamata Mutt, a Professional corporate trainer and career counselor conducted the workshop. It was organized in small batches so that she could give them individual attention. The workshop was split into two sessions. In the first, Mrs. Mutt took them through all the different options, courses- diploma, degree courses, and corresponding career choices based on their areas of interest.

The second session was conducted about a week later, giving the children enough time to reflect on the discussions that were held in the last session. The children came up with their thoughts, doubts and raised questions which were addressed by her.  

The Valedictory function for the 10th standard students (22 children) was held on March 16th. Many of them volunteered to speak and they expressed their gratitude to Ashraya-Neelbagh School, which gave them ‘the opportunity’ to access good quality education.

 The 10th class students and their parents were counseled, independently, by Ashraya members and Neelbagh staff, regarding the importance of pursuing higher education. The objective of the session was to find out their fields of interest, educate them about different career options and its requirements, based on their individual capacities and potential. The bright and committed students who could not afford to pursue education were informed that Ashraya would find a way to help them.

 

 


May 4, 2012

Update on the creches

The creches are running very efficiently and our creche teachers counsel the parents and the family and motivate them to encourage their children to pursue education. The outcome is most fulfilling as 100% of our kids, when they reach the age of four, are put into formal schooling by the parents and family. This is an important indicator of the quality of work done by our creche teachers and the impact of the Creches project on the weaker section of the society. 50% of our children have got into Government English medium schools, which is remarkable!!

We organized a Teachers' training workshop at our premises in Indiranagar, for our Creche teachers. It was conducted by Ms.Nandini Prakash, Secretary of the Indian Institute of Montessori Studies, who has many years of experience in teaching Montessori style and working with children

The objective of the workshop was to:

1.To improve their teaching methodologies and skills

2. To help better understand children and their needs

3. To help manage issues relating to childrens' behavioural problems

It was a whole day's workshop and our teachers enjoyed the workshop and thought it was a very good experience as it gave them a platform to voice their thoughts and discuss various issues relating to the field of teaching.Overall, it was a wonderful learning experience for all of them.

Banaswadi creche- The compound wall at the creche deserved a transformation as it was looking too bare and simple for a fun-place where kids were having a great time. So we decided to get a professional to make a colourful and bright Warli painting, an exotic form of Indian Art, on the wall. Warli folk paintings are the painting of Maharashtra and Warli is the name of the largest tribe found in the northern outskirts of Mumbai, in Western india. We also had an increase in the number of admissions once the painting on the wall was made. Also the parents and the families are so proud to have their children going to the most attractive and hygienic creche in the area.

We have been having committed volunteers working with us in all our creches and they have been of immense support to the programme.

Feb 15, 2012

Project report

On the academic front, the senior (10th grade) children have been busy preparing for the preparatory exams in January and special classes are being conducted after regular school hours to help students with difficult subjects. Teachers spend time after school hours to help slow learners. Day scholars of 10th Grade join the boarding in school in order to attend special classes. Children are seen studying very hard for the upcoming final exams in January and March.

The kids had a great time at the Cultural and Sports event that was held in the month of December. It included competitions in various sports such as baseball, cricket, etc. and cultural programmes such as dance, singing, yoga and drama. Children participated actively in various activities and the event helped to bring out their hidden talents.

The New Year's eve was celebrated with great pomp and show. The evening had special cultural programmes such as singing, dance and drama by our talented children.They enjoyed themselves and welcomed the New Year with great enthusiasm.

The School had some very special visitors recently, Shekar, an old student of Neelbagh, who is now, working in Hungary and doing very well in his career and Kate Horsburgh, granddaughter of David Horsburgh, the founder of Neelbagh School.

Shekhar's words of appreciation in our Visitors Book - ' An oasis of trees and beautiful architecture, friendly and welcoming teachers, which transpires through the kids here. I like the cleanliness!! Otherwise a very successful place that causes nostalgia to ex-students like me. Great work!!'

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