Computer Masti - Annual Teacher Training, Mumbai, May 2014
The Annual Computer Masti Teacher’s Training was held from May 19 – 22, 2014 at IIT Mumbai. The training was conducted with the objective of equipping the Computer Masti teachers with the skills necessary to deliver the content in their full spirit to the students. The training was based on the well-known model of teacher training – the TPACK model (Technological, Pedagogical and Content Knowledge). There were special sessions undertaken by experts and partners in the education field. The speaker list included Prof. Sridhar Iyer (Author – Computer Masti, Co-frounder InOpen, Professor - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay), Mr. Rupesh Shah (CEO and Co-founder, InOpen), Ms. Sucheta Phadke (E-learning content developer and teacher training expert). Our teachers who attended the training were Pinki Sharma and Niraj Kumar Shrivastava.
Photography Workshop by Jesal Bhuta, May 2014
From 27-31 May, 2014 Jesal Bhuta, a professional photographer who owns Mumbai based clickmenow, conducted a series of photography lessons for our students right from grade I to XII. The topics covered were - Basics of photography, its brief history, working of the camera – its basic functions, types of photography, composition & creative visualization, tips and tricks, camera handling, Photo critiques after shooting, brief on photography as a profession, self expression through photography.
A mini project was presented at the end by senior students of classes VIII-XII. Many students were able to use the theoretical lessons and their photographs had nice stories to tell.
New Appointments: Principal and Deputy C.P.O, May 2014
Mr. R. U. Khan from Ujjain who has over 29 years of experience being an educator joins us as the school’s Principal. He holds triple Masters in Political Science, Philosophy, and Sociology & Bachelors Degree in Science and Mathematics. He has a very strong understanding of CBSE policies and procedures. Mr. Baidurya Sen from Kolkata who has just graduated from the Teach For India Fellowship(2012-14) has joined us as Deputy C.P.O. He has a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering.
Birla Family supports SSK, May 2014
On 17th May, 2014 Kumar Mangalam and Neerja Birla celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary by organizing a philanthropic event inviting twenty impactful organizations from all over India. Shoshit Samadhan Kendra was privileged to be a part of this highly memorable occasion. We extend our congratulations to the Birla Family and hope to get their support in the times to come as well.
41 Boys visit Delhi for 4 days, May 2014
The Young India Fellows organized an exceedingly educational trip for 41 students of SSK. The trip, which had a budget of over Rs 2 lakhs was entirely crowd funded and was very well organized by the fellows. The students visited several places of interest and had heritage walks inside Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Lodhi Gardens, India Gate and went to different institutions of higher learning like National School of Drama, National Institute of Fashion Technology and IIT Delhi. They also had a variety of workshops by their mentors, a session on Ultimate Frisbee by Stray Dogs, Delhi Frisbee Team and a Kathputli show by artists from the Kathputli colony, New Delhi. The trip was a great exposure for the students and has deeply motivated them to bring the best out of them. We are really grateful to the YIF fellows Ashiwn R, Ashwin M and Smrity R for conducting this.
Special Talk-Show on SSK kids aired on DD News
During their Delhi Trip, SSK kids had a chance to visit the studio of Doordarshan and as a part of which a special half an hour talk-show was shot on them named GenNext. The show was aired on 3st May at 1:30 pm and the responses of SSK boys were widely appreciated.
SSK Boys win Art Competition, May 2014
The Buddha Mission of India organized an art competition on 14th May, 2014 on the eve of Buddha Poornima in which 30 students from SSK had participated. All the top five positions were bagged by the SSK boys in the event in which more than 200 children had participate from different schools in Patna.
Workshop by ‘The Looking Glass’, Mumbai, April 2014
From 25 – 28 April, the Founders of The Looking Glass, Anuraag Dhoundeyal and Priyanka Patel conducted a series of workshops for students as well as teachers. The Looking Glass is an initiative towards integrating Arts and Education at the most natural, organic and humane level. They use Music, Dance, Theatre and Visual Arts, to create an ambience that perpetuates the natural development of an individual. There team was here to basically assess the setting up of a dedicated Performing Arts Studio in the school effectively run by TLG.
SSK Boys meet Sachin Tendulkar, April 2014
Two little champs of SSK, Ram Murari (III) and Mithilesh (VIII) met with the Little Master on 10th April, 2014. They had to go through a rigorous selection process to be able to finally win a trip to Mumbai and have lunch with Sachin. The kids bowled him over with their questions and he mesmerized everyone present there with his answers. Other present at the event were Anjali Tendulkar, Annabel Mehta (CEO of Apnalaya, Board Member of GiveIndia) and Amit and Archana Chandra. The entire SSK family had sent loads of presents and good wishes to the legendary cricketer and also extended the invitation to visit SSK.
SSK featured in BBC Hindi,March 2014
On 28 March, 2014 our X and XII std students were featured in a special Hindi edition of BBC where they talk about their dreams and aspirations. The link for the same is:
Mission Society: A Community Development Programme initiated by SSK students, Match 2014
In March 2014, the IX graders came up with an idea of initiating change in their communities by creating awareness about education, sanitation, social evils and much more in their respective villages. In seven days, they covered seven villages, and conveyed their message through street plays. The entire project was self organised and executed by the students themselves. This was a small but very important step in creating long lasting change in the community initiated by these change agents in our students.
3D Paper Modelling Workshop
On 28th February 2014, a creative 3D paper modelling workshop was conducted by Mr. Sanjay Singh, an extremely talented product designer from Patna. Students learnt how to transform a two dimensional piece of paper into a three dimensional object and learnt more about symmetry and how shapes fit together. The workshop had enormous learning benefits for the children and focused on the intricacies of 3D sketches and the importance of 'perspective' in art.
Dinner Date with Sachin Tendulkar
In February 2014, a quiz – ‘Bowl to Meet Sachin’ was conducted by Young India Fellows for the students of SSK. 170 students participated in the initial rounds of written tests that included a series of objective questions and essay-writing. The students who performed well were selected for the final audio visual Quiz round. On 18th February 2014, seven teams, two students each, went through three rigorous rounds of quizzing. Ram Murari (Class III) & Mithilesh (Class VIII) won the quiz and now will be going to Mumbai to have a dinner with the cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar.
In February, Young India Fellows started a Mentorship Programme for the students of VIII, IX, X and XII. It is a unique program in which different people from various walks of life are assigned as mentors to each student based on his aspirations and interests. The objective is to mentor these kids in a positive way which could make a profound difference in their lives. The mentors actively share their knowledge and experiences over a telephonic conversation once a week. The children share their thoughts, career related dilemmas, successes, failures with their mentors who guide them in all areas of their lives.
Outstanding Performance at BIT Reva, January 2014
Reva, the annual cultural-sports-art festival, organised by the students of NSS, BIT Patna aims to provide a platform for the children of marginalized section of society. Students of SSK participated in various cultural and sports events in senior and junior category and bagged more than half the prizes in dramatics, essay writing, three legged race, 100 m race, sack race, drawing etc. The students bagged all the top three positions in Essay writing and Drawing.
Visit to Mumbai, January 2014
In January 2014, a group of six students went to a 4-day Mumbai trip sponsored by Mr. Amit Chandra, MD, Bain Capital, Private Equity. The five top-most academically proficient kids of Class IV, V and VI went through a quiz round. The top two performers from each class were selected. The students went by air and stayed at the YMCA youth hostel. During their visit, the students went to many places of tourist-interest and were thrilled to see a beach for the first time in their lives. On the last day, they visited Kidzania, an edutainment centre for children, and had fun while having real life experiences through role-play. They also had a nice interactive session with the EdelGive Team.
New Year Celebrations, January 2014
The Cultural Ministry of the school's parliament organised a Talent Show on the eve of 31st December. The audience loved to watch the zealous dancing and singing performances. The students welcomed 2014 with a ten minute guided meditation and shared their resolutions for the year.
Mr. Nene’s Visit, December 2013
On December 26th, Mr. Nene, the Director (Marketing) of IOCL had visited SSK to announce IOCL’s commitment to support in building a world class auditorium with state of the art facilities at SSK’s new campus as part their CSR initiative. The students also presented a short cultural programme to honour his presence.
Merry X-Mas, December 2013
On 24th December, SSK students celebrated Christmas with fun and frolic. The secret Santas gave out open messages to their Santees. They expressed their love and also reminded them not to make mistakes which they had made. This fostered a nice environment in the school and also encouraged students to take care and love one another while being their colleagues’ santas.
CBSE Affiliation Granted, December 2013
A big milestone has been achieved for SSK in December 2013 with the CBSE affiliation being granted to the school. The affiliation number allotted to the school (school number 50442) is 330515. We are grateful to the CBSE team and hope to achieve many more heights.
Rotary South Asia Literacy Summit, December 2013
Mr, Jyotinivas Kumar Sinha, founder Shoshit Samdhan Kendra, was honoured for his valuable contribution in the field of education and literacy as a Literacy Hero in the Rotary South Asia Literacy Summit, 14-15 December 2013, New Delhi.
On 16 November 2013, nine students of Class II and III from SSK had participated in an Inter-School Painting Competition, Splash 2013 organised by the AXIS Bank. The competition was held under the themes: ‘Go Green’ and ‘Save Earth’. The SSK Boys bagged the First & Second Position in this event and made their school proud.
Weekend Excursion Programme, November 2013
In November 2013, SSK started a Weekend Excursion Programme for the students under which students are taken to places of educational, historical and cultural importance every weekend. Over the last four months, students have visited places like Science Centre, Botanical garden, Patna Sahib Gurudwara, Patna Museum and many more.
In response to the application to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) requesting for the affiliation of the school, a two member team of inspectors visited Shoshit Samadhan Kendra on September 15, 2013. The team appeared to be very impressed with the standard of education imparted at the school and the facilities available. Mr. Joseph Emanueel, the team leader, expressed the view that the project taken-up by Shoshit Seva Sangh to impart quality education to the children of the musahar community was a noble effort and a unique project. It is expected that SSK, the fully free English medium residential school for the musahar children should get CBSE affiliation in the current academic year ending March 2014.
b) The half-yearly semester exam was held in the month of September 2013. The subjects in which the students appeared were Maths, Science, Social Studies / Environmental Science, Hindi & English. The class average in all the classes from UKG to class XII was more than 65%.
c) Students of the school participated in on-the-spot painting competition organized by the European Union. More than 4000 children participated from all over India. 10 children of the school figured in the role of honour of 100 children for excellence in painting. They were awarded certificates at a functions presided over by the Ambassador of the European Union in India, His Excellency Dr. Joao Carvinho”.
The faculty and staff at Shoshit Samadhan Kendra, the school run Shoshit Seva Sangh has been augmented. Simranpreet Singh Oberoi, a qualified engineer from MIT, Pune, who was working in the corporate sector has joined as Chief Project Officer. He was a fellow of the Young India Fellowship programme and has a passion for working for the underprivileged children. Similarly, Mr. Dilkash Wakeel, a post-graduate from the famous Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, who was working in a multinational bank joined as the Project Leader. Both of them live in the school premises and have really added quality to the faculty and the management staff at the school. A highly qualified teacher in English who has done Masters in the subject and has a B.Ed. degree as well as extensive experience of teaching in English medium schools has joined the faculty. The student teacher ratio at SSK is 1:22. There are 320 children in the school.
ii) The Foundation Day of SSK was observed on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Mr. Yashwant Sinha, former Union Finance & Foreign Minister of India, was the Chief Guest and Mr. Janak Pandey, Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Bihar, was the Guest of Honour. The students put-up a cultural performance which included a one act play from Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’. The function was well attended and the audience included over 200 parents / guardians of the students. It was well covered in the Press. Some photographs of the function are attached.
iii) The construction of the school building is progressing satisfactorily. So far Rs. 5 crores have been spent on the construction work. The total cost of the project is Rs. 12 crores. It will be a double-storied building with a foundation for four floors. When completed the building will accommodate 500 school children in residence. The elevation of the building is attached.
The final examination at Shoshit Samadhan Kendra, a fully free English medium residential school run by Shoshit Seva Sangh was held from 17th to 25th March, 2013. The question paper set were based on the norms laid down by the CBSE. The overall performance of the children could be considered as very good. The school closed for annual vacation for 10 days on the completion of the annual examinations on March 26th. On their return from vacation the children of middle and senior school were asked to write their experiences. After reading over a hundred such reports, I would like to make the following important observations –
(a) The level of education and the manner in which the students carried themselves in the village aroused curiosity and interest in them among the villagers particularly the musahar community. Within the community, notwithstanding their young age, they were treated with some respect and consideration. The intervention by the students with regard to undesirable social activities and practices made an impact. That many of these children could read and write English attracted a great deal of interest in them not only in the community but also among the villagers.
(b) Many of the students reported that they raised the issue of making illicit liquor and alcoholism prevalent in the community. In some cases their insistence with their parents to shun this bad habit was successful.
(c) Almost all the students of the school including those in the primary school helped their siblings and in some cases children of the community in their studies. Many of them talked about the importance of going to school. They really and effectively spread the message that education is vital for the future of the musahar community. Many students were invited by teachers of government village schools to take classes in the school. The village school teachers appreciated the knowledge of the student.
(d) Many children talked about the illegality of child marriage and why marrying off under age children particularly girls was bad for their health as well as their future.
Overall it can be said that the children of our school have already started making a healthy impact in the musahar community. Of course, there is a long way to go before this becomes very visible and brings about real as well as sustainable change.
(ii) All the children of the school were happy to go home on vacation. All of them in their statement said that they went out of the way to show respect and consideration for their parents as well as elders. In their own small way they tried to be a role model for the children of the community. Many of them took the children of the community to the nearest cyber café and showed the children the website of Shoshit Seva Sangh and photographs of their school and their activities in the school.
(iii) The construction of the school building is progressing satisfactorily. The total estimated cost for the G+1 building with a foundation for G+3 will be approximately Rs. 12 crores. The challenge is to raise the funds to complete the construction of the residential school building.
(iv) 43 selected children joined the pre-school class in April 2013 at the commencement of the academic year 2013-14. All these children are from remote villages of different districts of Bihar, most of them being the backward districts of the state. The idea is to spread the message of education and create catalyst of change in as wide a area as possible. With the new admissions the total number of students in the school for the academic year 2013-14 is 320.
(v) HSBC has been giving annual grants to Shoshit Seva Sangh since 2007-08. The CEO of HSBC India, Mr. Stuart Milnes, who was on a day’s visit to Patna on May 09, 2013, found time to come to the school. He saw the facilities and met the students. A cultural programme was presented which included the performance of Shakespeare’s play Julius caesar by the students. Some photographs of his visit are attached.
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