From Program Coordinator Desk
The quarter October to December 2013 was a period of festivals. We sincerely thanks the employees of various corporates in NCR who participated in “The Joy of Giving “ Event and helped fulfil wishes of the children supported by us.
The Setu Diwali Mela involved volunteers from different Corporate like CSC, DELL, Birla Soft, HCL and Metlife and was a major hit and so were the Fundraising Diwali Stalls across NCR. Teachers and students participated with full enthusiasm and volunteers also enjoyed to the fullest. The quarter culminated with Setu Children participating in the Christmas Carnival which at Mayoor school Noida as special Invitees.
As Setu moves ahead, I would like to thank all our Volunteers for their involvement and knowledge sharing.
Events At SETU
Among the various events held at SETU the following knowledge sessions were appreciated by all:
SETU with other Schools
- Various workshops on Road safety, environment and meditation were organised for our students at SETU.
- Workshop was also organised for teachers on Innovative Educational Training Methods at schools on 19th November 2013.
- Mayoor students participated in painting competition organised by SETU on 25th October 2013 to support it in raising funds ie. Rs. 50 each for the SETU students. Another grand event organised was the Christmas Carnival on 22nd December 2013.
- SETU students participated in Friendly Cricket Match with Millennium School on 15th October 2013.
- The students of Nursery, KG, and class 1st visited Mayoor School on the occasion of BAL Mela on 13th October 2013.
- Our Students also participated in debate and painting competition organised by Chetna Lioness Club at Sardar Patel School Noida.
- Sardar Patel School also organised an awareness program on road safety.
- SETU students also participated in Rangoli making, Mehandi and Poem Recitation competition at SOF school.
Corporate at SETU
On the occasion of Diwali – “The festival of Lights”
- The SETU Diwali Mela was grand event and volunteers from Birla Soft, CSC, Met Life, HCL and DELL organised Diwali Mela on 26th October 2013.
- John Keel of DELL invited SETU students for Diwali celebration on 30th October 2013.
- On the occasion of Children’s Day volunteers from Birla Soft participated and appreciated the cultural program. Rations and Blankets were distributed to students and the outstanding students of 2012-2013 were rewarded.
Skill based Programs:
While Students continued their skill programs certification was completed for 50 students under the ISDS Project. Admissions at the second Centre under the ISDS program were launched at Berhampur during the quarter.
The students at SETU thank their donors for supporting them in education The girls believe that the tuition centres run by SETU are giving a sigh of relief in studies to the underprivileged girls who don’t have sufficient resources to get quality education.
Setu News Magazine - September 2013
Editorial : The Setu Academy at Village Nithari Noida was gifted a Science Lab by Secure Givings which was formally inaugurated on 16th August 2013 by Garima and Mahima Mam from Concern India Foundation. The Centre has now been equipped with A physics, Chemistry and Biology lab with all world class facilities. The lab shall enableour students across all our facilities in Noida including our Tuition Centre students to ensure practical learning and enhancement of knowledge thru experiential and activity based learning.
It give me great pleasure in dedicating this facility to the students of Setu.
Jyotsna Srivastava , Program Coordinator
1. Knowledge sharing and Activities by Volunteers
School Volunteering : Mayoor School continued its Inter School Interaction with Setu and a large no of students visited Setu and shared their knowledge with the students of Setu. The focus during these activities was on Maths. On 10th July 2013 from Mayoor School class 5th students along with their Maths teacher came to share their learning with our students. They participated in activity on triangles and shapes. Students worked in groups and enjoyed in working together. The activity on 24th July 2013 was conducted by students of class 7th from Mayoor School.According to their teacher session was very entertaining and Setu students are very intelligent and they want to learn more and more. The Class VIII students along with Maths teacher visited on 30th August 2013.
An English Activity was held on 14th August 2013 by students of class 5th who along with their English teacher conducted group events. Our students enjoyed a lot and at the same time they learnt and finally students of class
Current session onwards Cambridge School Noida changed its model of volunteering. They had supported threebeneficiaries of Setu from sewing center by providing them sewing machines. The aim is to impact their lives by supporting them in increasing their livelihood. They handed these machines on a valedictory function of their school.
Our Students were invited by Millennium school to attend Spic Macay. They had organised classical music program.It was for the first time our students went to attend live concert. They enjoyed a lot and said it was an experience which they will remember through out their lives.
Sri Ram Millennium School invited us on their open house to put up a stall for fund raising. We went withmaterials prepared by our students. It was liked by the parents and they came forward to support our mission.
Volunteers from Cummins : On 13th September volunteers from Cummins came through i volunteers to our centre to give information on save energy, recycle of waste materials and disposal of garbage. These types of workshops reinforce students to think about their environment.
Volunteers from LFT (Leaders for Tomorrow) which comprises of College students have tied up with Setu to conduct sessions on Hygenie and Moral Values. The students have decided to spend 8 week-end with our students at Setu starting September 2013 on a regular basis on Saturdays to educate our students on moral values. They devote around one hour with them.
2. Activities at Setu
Workshop for Sewing Center This time we had organised a workshop for sewing center. Both the batches were combined and a person from out side came to teach a new garment and gave some simple tips on designs.
Convocation at IT: During convocation selected movies were shown which were made by students during thesummer camp. Students were also given title of “best Tally Student” and “Best Basic IT Student”. Rest of the students were given certificates on completing the course successfully.
Blood Donation camps : Blood donation camps were organised on 11th July at three different locations of Dell. Noida and Gurgaon were organised with Noida Rotary blood bank and at Mohali, it was organised with local Rotaryblood bank. In total 480 units were collected. Thanks to Dell employees. Another camp was organised at NIIT Gurgaon on 17th July 2013. In the month of September two BDC were organised at RMSI and Logix and 56 units were collected.
Health Camps : On 2nd July Eye camp was organised at Salarpur for 60 students with the help of Focal point. Some of our students were identified with weak eye sight and were suggested for specs. Dell volunteers supported the event with the support of I Care hospital they had organised an Eye check up camp on 9th September atNithari Premises.
Activities with Lioness club : This year Lioness club is supporting Setu time to time. On 15th August they sponsored the refreshment for the students. They have also organised Taekwondo training for our 10 girls at Noida club, Sector 26, Noida. We formed a mother’s group who took responsibility to take all 10 girls to sector 26 on rotation. This training is for two months and twice a week.
On 14th September Hindi day of the club had organised a lecture on importance of Hindi for senior classes at Nithari.
Workshops on Environment and Road Safety by Setu Students: Setu students along with teachers visited a private school and an NGO School to spread awareness on environment and road safety. Through skit, songs and posters they communicated the message on protection of environment and measures to ensure Road Safety.. They were appreciated by students and teachers of both school.
3. Students Corner
Meet Ankit Kumar, 18 years, lives with her parents in Nithari. His father works in Export Company and mother is a house wife. His father is not able to support his higher studies so he decided to work and save for his education. He wants to do hotel management course but because of financial constraints he couldn’t fulfil his dreams.
Few days back he came to know about Job placement through SETU. He got selected for Barista coffee shop. Hewent through five days of training and got placed in sector 18. Now he is very satisfied with his job as he is earning 6900/- per month. He says now I want to continue with this job as this will help him in achieving what I want to do inmy life.
Honey was in class 3rd when she joined Setu. She is daughter of Ajay Sharma and Aarti Sharma. Ajay Sharma, a tailor by profession, earns Rs 7000 per month to take care of his family of 6. She has two younger sisters and one younger brother. Her mother is a housewife.
She loves to paint and watch television and she aspires of becoming a teacher. She says, “From this school I have gained a lot as I get chance to learn through different activities like theatre, workshops, interacting with students of other schools, etc gives us confidence as well as enhances our knowledge.
PVR- Soft Launch of cine arts movie on steer to safety, film made by students last year was held on 9th July 2013. The program started with theatre on road safety, song by students and students shared their experiences. Trophies was given to all schools that were part of movie making last year and the film made by Setu was also awarded.
Tiny tots of Setu - My Village School held their own activities - Coffee day and Raince Dance. The Young buds showed high level of participation and enjoyed both the events especially the rain dance. This was adifferent experience for them.
Independence Day celebration: Independence Day celebration started with hostingof the national flag by the Chairperson Setu along with tiny tots of Setu. This was followed by National anthem and cultural program performed by students all the Setu centres including the tuition centre at Harola and Salarpur. The program was a hit with compilation of patriotic songs, dances and speech by students. They recollected the memories of freedomfighter reminding us all of the sacrifice made by them. Refreshment for students were organised by Chetna club ladies.
Independence Day celebration at Dell : On 13th August 2013, Setu students along with three teachers visited Dell for celebrating Independence Day with their employees. They conducted quiz competition and collage making activity for the students. The students participated with a lot of energy and vigor in both the activities and expressed their talent during the show.
Students of Class V along with two teachers attend an English theatre workshop on 31st August class at Cambridge School Noida. This was First time experience of such a show for some of the students.
Rail museum Educational Trip: Students from Nithari and Salarpur had a picnic cum educational trip to the rail museum as educational trip. They really enjoyed the trip. For Setu School Salarpur students it was the first outing and all children enjoyed a lot.
Rakhi Celebration: Rakhi was celebrated with full enthusiasm at the center. In primary section they made Rakhi and in the senior section they had extempore. The competition was for both the sections.
The most awaited day by students as well as by teachers, Teachers Day was celebrated ON 5th September 2013 with full enthusiasm. Senior students enacted the role of their teachers and they had organised a small function for all the staff which was very well planned and organised.
4. Staff corner
Dimple Vohra, In charge of My Village School, joined Setu on 18th February 2009, as junior facilitator at Salarpur center. She worked there for a year and got transferred at Nithari center, in primary wing. In the academic year 2013-14 she has been promoted and teaches social studies to the senior students.
She stays in sector 37 with her family of five members. She is a single parent and manages her family and Setujob very well. She says, she leads a balanced and dignified life with support of Setu. According to her it’s like a family where we share our personal problems and gets support for that.
After joining Setu her confidence level has improved. Earlier she was very introvert and use to hesitate in interacting with strangers but now she has got so much of exposure with outside world (due to volunteering with different schools and corporate) that now she feels she can handle any situation.
Hemlata Shaw, is in charge of Harola Tuition center. She joined Setu in 2008 as junior facilitator and worked till 2011. After that she is continuing with tuition center. She stays in Sector 5 Noidawith her family. She is blessed with a son and daughter. She left teaching because her children are too young and she couldn’t balance between the two. She is teaching 15 girls at her place who are enrolled at our tuition center.
She encourages her students by giving them extra information on GK and involving them in different activities. On Saturdays she plans picnics at the nearby park or antakshari, dance etc. to keep them motivated. Her students are very close to her they share their problems with her.
Hemlata says she is able to do all this in her tuition center as she has learnt at Setu School while teaching. She further says, I want to give these girls more and more as their parents can’t spend time with them. At last she says, Setu is close to my heart so I’ll like to teach more and more girls in my tuition center.
Teachers Skill Improvement Programs
Two teachers from Setu attended the workshop on Life skills for adolescents which was organised by UNICEF on 27th July and 28th July 2013 at HCL, Noida. Mr. Jay Pal from Chennai conducted the workshop. The main objective of the workshop was to identify the issues of adolescence and to understand their needs. Developmental changesduring this phase were discussed through different activities. For practical session the participants were taken to one school where they conducted the activity which was taught to them. According to teachers it was very informative.
Workshop for teachers on “Lesson Planning” on 20th July 2013 was organised by iVolunteer in Delhi. Two teachers participated in that workshop. They were given some simple tips for making their class more interactive.
On 6th July 2013 English training was conducted by Ms Renu from Pratham organisation. All our staff attended the workshop.
Staff training on 17th August 2013 on leadership qualities and situation handling was organised. It was attended by all Setu staff. Movie “Chak De India” was used as medium to understand how to deal with typical leadership and team building situations.
Workshop on Power point presentation : On 21st September a workshop was conducted by our IT Incharge for School teachers. All the staff attended the workshop and learnt how to make a presentation.
5. Invite for Setu Diwali Mela
All of us at Setu Invite you to the Setu Diwali Mela on 26/10/2013. The Setu Diwali is conceptualised as a learning event for our children and is arranged by the children and who are supported by their teachers. Please join us from 10.00 am to 4 .oopm at the Setu School Nithari Sector 31 Noida.
Support SETU to inspire, motivate, share, educate, skill, enrich, elevate & develop
WISHING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A VERY HAPPY DIWALI
Students and Staff of Setu
Setu News Letter June 2013
A new initiative has been taken by Setu in this quarter the Integrated Skills Development Program in association with Modelama at our at Salarpur centre It is a skilling programme for youth who can get employment after completing a one month training and Certification on High-end Industrial Machines. The project started on 27th May 2013 and we have since completed two batches involving 52 students, the batches run for four hours a day.
Environmental Activities: The Environment Club at Setu organised the earth week to mark the occasion of Earth day on 22nd April 2013. Five competitions were organised among the children who participated in:
Students have shown tremendous response and made unusual working models like “Open solar cooker” and “electrolysis of water”. For the green initiative students had planted seasonal saplings. The winner in each categories were awarded with green slashes and a bamboo saplings.
The environment club was also involved on the “No Tobacco Day” awareness drive, they created anti-tobacco posters and a special assembly was held to create awareness of the bad effect of consuming tobacco.
On 6th of June, International Environment Day the students at Setu celebrated and created awareness of protection of their environment thru activities at the school. A bulletin board was created and explained to all student present on the occasion, apart from this the Gardening team also ensured that the green cover at the schools was maintained.
Salad Day : On 7th May 2013 Setu children celebrated Salad day. The objective of this activity was to teach students the importance of vegetables and to inculcate habit of having it in their meals. Children brought vegetables from home and with the help of teachers they prepared the salad and enjoyed in group.
Health Check-up Camp: On 14th May 2013 General health check up camp was organised with the help of HCL team and Fortis Hospital, Noida. Students of all classes were examined and some of them were advised general medicines. Medicines were also provided by them.
Founder’s day : On 9th April Setu celebrated its 6th founder’s day function at IMA Auditorium, Sector 31, Noida. Ms. Madhok, Principal, Mayoor School and Ms. Vimlesh Sharma, Nithari Pradhan were the guest of honour. Teachers and students from Global International School and Mayoor School also attended the function. Program started by lightening of the lamp by the guest of honours. Students performed different cultural events and the parent cheered and applauded the performances. The excitement of the parents to see their children performing on stage did not go un-noticed. This was the first time when the students of Setu performed on the Founders. Not only students butteachers and staff were equally participated in it with full enthusiasm.
Awards were presented to outstanding students during the last year and Best student of the year was given to Ishrat amongst the girls and Akash amongst the boys. Neha student from J J Colony tuition centre was acknowledged on passing class X Board Examination.
HCL T Spring Fest: HCL T organized a cultural program for NGOs on 20th April 2013. Our school also participated in the event and presented four different cultural program before the audience. Students participated with fullenthusiasm and their performance was lauded by the audience present. The occasion was great learning opportunity for our children and they were presented gifts and certificates for their performance.
Students of Setu also participated in the “I CAN” a function organised by Vidya and Child. A short movie on child labour and animation films photography ‘kabad se jugad” were part of the fest. Our students interacted with other children, it was a great learning opportunity for our children and they also participated in events and won prizes, apart from enjoying the show.
IT Convocation and Certification: On 27th April 2013, students at the IT centre were awarded certificates on the completion of the first batch of Tally as well as the Basic IT Course. It was a day to remember because we hadsuccessfully completed our first batch of Tally.
Two months later on 27th June 2013, The students of IT who completed the short course in Movie maker and Office Publisher as part of a summer camp In June were awarded certificates. The student enjoyed this course which was held in three weekend of June 2013.
Kudos to the IT team lead by Geetanjali – GREAT JOB DONE.
Student Volunteering: On 3rd May 2013, students of Class 8 Mayoor School Noida students visited our School and performed a joint activity on physics and biology. The theme was "Reflection of light". Experiments were conducted using prism, concave, convex mirror & lenses. The Newton’s disc was also used to display rainbow colours and dispersion of light with that disc. The biology exercise was on the human eye and this was shared thru well labelled diagram in chart. They also discussed about the compost pit along with micro-organism and their merits & demerits. A quiz was organised among students, in which our students gave good response.
Setu students performed remarkable and were appreciated with good remarks to them. They also enjoyed a lot with our students.
As part of their association with Setu during the academic year 2013 -2014, On 17th May 2013 Students of Sri RamMillennium School Noida participated in a volunteering activity with our school. They taught Madhubani art painting to our students. Their class VIII students along with art teacher conducted the activity and we happy with the talents displayed of our students.
Volunteers at Setu: Students from VIT Vellore participated in a month long volunteering program as part of their summer training at SETU. They conducted field visits, Held camps for the promotion of IT and other vocation courses, attended Blood donation camp, arranged and dispatched clothes for Rehabilitation of people who were affected by the Uttarakhand Calamity. They also helped in office administration as well. They did a wonderful job with full dedication and enthusiasm and were also e very open for feed back. At the end of the month they were given volunteering certificates.
Some other students from different schools of Noida like Sun Rise, APJ and Vishwa Bharti participated alsoparticipated in a summer camp. They helped in creating of artefacts for fund raising.
THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT
Summer Camp at SETU : The annual Setu summer Camp was held from 10th May 2013 to 29th May 2013 , This year, While one set of students were taught to create best out of waste, glass painting, flower making, embroidery, another one participated in learning to dance. A set of students were trained on how to create Madhubani painting by an expert. Students made few paintings. Apart from this the students also created artefacts which shall be sold for fund raising during the year. On the last day the students put up an exhibition of the items created at the summer camp.
Teachers Skill Updation
Students Corner Rani was 12 years old in Class 7th in Government School when she joined Setu tuition center. Her Father Dinesh Ravi Das is driver and mother Ms. Sunita Devi is house wife. She has one sister and two brothers, one is in class 8thand other is in class 4th of Government School. She helps her mother in household work. She likes to study but when asked what her aim she said not yet decided. Her Favourite food is Dal – Chawal. She prefers to be at home when others are playing. Rani is very calm and quiet child. In the academic year 2013-14 Rani is in class 8th. She is a mediocre student. This year she has attended general health check up camp, Dental camp and eye camp. Her reports were fine in all the checkups.
When she joined Setu Rinki was 12 years old studies in class 5th in a government school. Her mother works in acompany. She has one elder brother and younger sister who is studying in class III. Her mother Urmila Devi is the only earning member in the family. She does all household work and she enjoys cooking. She hardly gets time to watch TV. She likes to play with her peer group. She sings well and said she wants to be a Doctor. In the year 2013 she has been promoted to class 7th. She has shown improvement in English reading and writing. Apart from studies she takes interest in stitching. She takes interest in all the activities conducted at the centre. She says she has benefited from Setu tuition center.
Shalini was in class IV when she joined SETU. Her father Ram Nath is a raj mistri and mother is a cook. She hasone elder sister and one elder brother studying in other schools. She likes studying, playing and at times she helps her mother in kitchen work. She does cleaning at home on daily basis. Along with studies she is good at drawing and other activities. She won 1st prize in quiz competition conducted by Dell. In the academic year 2012-13 she scored 92% and stood 1st in her class. According to her class teacher she is obedient and an excellent girl. She participated in all the competitions and won prizes in many of them. Her family says Setu has given a new hope to ourdaughter.
Meet our Facilitators
Pooja, young and most energetic teacher of class 1st is resident of Nithari. She stays with her family. She joined Setu in March 2012. Since then she is working with complete dedication and sincerity. According to her studentsgrasping power is very high, they are eager to learn new things and gets excited while participating activities. She further says that introduction of different clubs during assembly is very innovative idea. Clubs like Moral education, Science, Hindi, English, and Environment etc gives more information about the subject.
Pooja says she has learnt new things from children like making paper bags, flower making etc. Her confidencelevel has improved at Setu. As this is her first job so she also learnt how to be a part of group not only that there is a change in her nature also like, she is more polite than before and her tone has gone down. Training conducted at Setu has improved her professionally. She liked training on English communication, Education relation to nature, and many more that has impacted her lot.
Distribution of class according to theme at Setu School attracts her the most. Each class is given a theme and teachers and students are expected to decorate the class accordingly for the whole year. She wants to be associated with Setu for long time.
Ragini, our Senior Hindi teacher is associated with Setu since last five years. She stays in Sector 82 with herfamily. Her husband is a businessman and they are blessed with two daughters.She has a passion for teachingstudents of Setu School travels more than 10 kms one way to spend time with the children. She says, Setu is taking care of these children so well and no other organisation can do. Over the years there has been improvement in the children they come neat and clean and most of them can now understand English and many of them can speak also. Their lifestyle has been changed after joining Setu.
Her own confidence level has improved. Now she feels confident in taking all primary subjects along with art and craft, Music etc. She takes care of cultural programs. She is discipline in-charge of whole School.
According to her “Setu is her second home”.
9th April 2013
SETU shall concluded its 6th year of operations today 31st March 2013, during the last one year thanks to thesupport from all of you and the trust you had in us we have successfully been able to facilitate the following:
We started three new projects:
- 68 young Challenged (Disabled) Women were provided resources and training in trades with a readymarket and some buy back facility that promises financial returns at our Project in Pondicherry.
- 50 Young HIV Positive Women were provided entrepreneurial skills at a Industrial Hand Gloves MakingTraining and Production Unit and rehabilitated at our project in Trichy.
- Regular free medical camps once in a month (4th Sunday) catering to about 2000 patients in a day in a semi-rural/rural population to Raising Awareness and providing screening for Cervical cancer around Bangalore.
As far as the existing projects are concerned:
- SETU School at Village Nithari Noida completed its fifth year of operation. One hundred and sixty nine (169) children out of which Ninety (90) are girls are being provided education. This included 38 new children admitted this year- academic session 2013-2014. The school has since been upgraded to class 9 from the session 2013-2014. The focus was on the holistic development of the child.
- SETU as part of its mission to promote education among children, especially the Girl child has granted scholarship to forty five (45) Girl children studying in Noida under the SETU Girl Child Scholarship Scheme 2007 onwards. SETU shall sponsor the complete education of these children which includes school fees, books and note books, uniform and coaching class fees.
- The session 2012-2013 also concluded with thirty (30) children going thru formal education in classes 1st and 2nd at the SSJK Salarpur which was upgraded from a transit facility in 2010-2011 to a formal school as a spoke to SSJK Nithari. This facility has also been upgraded now and shall cater to 60 students from the session 2013-2014.
- A new feature at the School was the Introduction of Smart Class Curriculum.
- SETU under the Health project has made an effort to create awareness towards Aids and Cancer whichcovered almost 25000 employees across 16 companies across NCR in the last 5 years. Apart from this 15 Blood Donation Camps were also organised during the year yielding around 1500 units of blood.
- Setu IT learning Centre at Nithari launched Feb 2012 provided professional education to 138 youth who have undergone/undergoing Basic IT Skills Program accredited by NIIT Foundation and the Tally Programs.
- As part of the Women Empowerment Program, a Mahila Prashikshan Kendra opened at Nithari in March 2012, provided Skills in Fashion Design to 124 women.
- Volunteering was at an all time high at 109 days in the year involving over 2200 Volunteers from various organisations, schools and colleges who participated in various events across the year.
During this period, the students impacted where 649 Comprising of 471 girls and women and 178 boys, involving over 63408 learning hours. This also covered 50 women with special needs and 191 out of schoolbeneficiaries.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our associates and the employees of SETU since without their contribution all this would not have been possible.
Mentor and Chief Trustee
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Volunteering at Setu: Since we have facilities in NCR India, you can get involved and volunteer to:
1. Deliver Guest Lectures for Basic IT Students.
2. Teach English Communication to all Classes
3. Take remedial classes for slow learners.
4. Help students with Sports Activities and Indoor games
6. Help to prepare children for Function (Dance/Music/ Skits) - Children's day / Independence day/Republic day/ School Annual day/ Inter school competition.
7. Help at Setu Health Projects - Blood Donation / Cancer Awareness Camps/ Aids Awareness Camps/ Health / Dental / Eye Check up and Immunisation Camps
8. Volunteer and facilitate children visits to Nature parks/Historical places/ Museums etc. and to accompany and ferry students to Cultural/interschool shows and competition
10. Volunteer to deliver Adult Literacy Program
11. Help Paint and decorate the school
12. Help in Fund raising and Fund raising events.
13. Help Organise Utility Items like Genset, UPS, LCD ,Projector, Benches , Musical Instruments etc and Stationery items, Books, Uniform as the requirement of school ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Setu Marches Winter Edition Volume 8 Dec. 2013
From the Editorial Desk:
It gives me immense pleasure to present to you the Winter Edition of Setu Marches. This news letter has evolved over the period of time and gives an insight to what we do at Setu. We have tried are best to capture the events and bring to you an update on what transpired doing the last few months.
Dear reader I want to share that we at Setu ensure our students get safe and secure environment for their growth. We provide fearless atmosphere where they feel comfortable to share their concerns with their teachers or even with the head of the school. Teachers also act as counselors for them and guide them about their safety issues which are very important to teach them after seeing the present scenario of our society.
Do give feedback and suggestions for improvement. Happy Reading
Volunteering at Setu: Mayoor School On 21st Nov 2012 July 2012 students of Class VI Mayoor School along with their English Teacher from visited Setu Shiksha Jyoti Kendra, Nithari and conducted an English activity. The teacher had covered grammar through different activities. Students from both the schools interacted and helped each other in the exercise and enjoyed a lot.
Mayoor School Noida invited our students for the adventure camp on 5th and 6th December 2012. Students from junior classes participated in the event. This was first of a kind for the students of Setu.
On 12th Dec 2012 Class VIII students of Mayoor School along with their Maths Teacher interacted with our VIII class students.
Cambridge School, Noida : Visit to Old age Home: Our students along with Cambridge students visited an Old age Home in Mayur Vihar. They entertained the inmates of the old home. Senior citizens also shared their experiences with them and narrated moral based stories.
Events at Setu
Salaam Namaste Quiz: On 15th Dec 2012 Setu students had participated at Salaam Namaste quiz competition. One of our student won IIIrd prize and one student got a consolation prize in Painting event. Setu was given a shield for participation.
Children’s Day Celebration: On 17th Nov 2012 children’s day was celebrated at Nithari campus. Students from Salarpur and Tuition center were also a part of the program. Function started with children’s performances and followed by award ceremony. Three students were awarded the Master Atul excellence award for overall outstanding performance for the year 2011-2012.
Diwali Mela: On 3rd November 2012 Diwali Mela was organized for our students. Volunteers from different corporate also helped in making the event successful. There were many stalls for food, games and Diwali related materials. People from Nithari and students from different schools also came and enjoy the Mela. The objective behind it was to give our students an experience of organizing as well as participating in a Mela. This experience gave them a chance to learn social behavior, discipline at the same time how to be a good host.
Workshop on Environment: On 7th Dec 2012 Staff of I- volunteers organized a workshop on environment. Through different activities they create awareness among students on environment and responsibilities as an individual towards protection of the environment. A skit was conducted to explain the whole concept and involved the students. The overall session was very interesting and enjoyable.
Workshop for girls: On 10th December 2012 Lioness club organized a small workshop for adolescent girls. They showed them how to make hygienic and economic home made pads. They also taught how to make a new lipstick out of used ones and how to make envelopes for gifting purpose.
Launch of Road Safety Campaign and Film making workshop by PVR On 20th September 2012 students of Setu along with their teachers visited PVR for the launch of a Road Safety campaign, Our school was among the privileged few who had the opportunity to attend an orientation session conducted by Cine Art on the issue of Road Safety, the first ever initiative to sensitize children on the subject.
The function was graced by Honorable CM, Govt. of NCT of Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dikshit and noted social activist & renowned classical dancer, Mallika Sarabhai.
PVR Nest works on various issues concerning the environment and children and engages with young adolescents across India by training them on visual and performing arts and turns them into creative ambassadors YOUNG LEADERS of tomorrow who believe in Being the Students of Setu attended this workshop during December from 17th to 21st and made a documentary film on Road Safety.
Christmas Celebration: On 22nd Dec 2012 teachers celebrated Christmas at both the centers. One teacher played the role of Santa and distributed Goodies to all the students. Teachers had also decorated their school with the help of the students.
Blood Donation Camps: Setu as part of its Health Initiatives organised blood donation camps in collaboration with Rotary Blood Bank Noida. During the Quarter October to December 2012 we organised 5 camp in different corporate like DELL, MetLife and NIIT. The employees had shown great enthusiasm during the camp leading to donation of 558 units of blood.
Health Camp: A General Health camp was organised on 26th November 2012 by PHD Chambers in collaboration with DS group for Nithari center. Doctor also provided medicines to the children and their parents.
Go Green Project Environment team of our school is working hard on its project. Lots of initiatives have been taken by them to share the knowledge with other similar schools. On 17th December 2012 the team conducted a workshop for other NGOs on Environment. Nearby drains are also cleaned twice a week on a regular basis. It’s a small initiative to motivate the villagers to keep their lane clean.
Corporate Volunteering Visits: During the Quarter October to December 2012, a large no of Corporate Volunteers disseminated their valuable knowledge to and spent a lot of time in Activities with the children and students at Setu. Volunteering Activities during the Quarter October to December 2012 included:
Blood Donation Camps at 5 organizations
Paper bag making activity at two corporate
Foot ball and Cricket match with a corporate
Setu Diwali Mela in which employees from five corporates participated
Diwali fundraising stalls at 41 places
Apart from the above employees of various corporates participated in the Christmas events, Children’s day functions and the birthday celebration events at Setu.
Corporate Support: We are grateful to Mentor for their support in arranging stationary items for our students and RMSI for arranging sports items like foot ball and carom board etc. Support was also provided for the Birthday Celebrations. Employees of DS Group took over the role of Santa for the Setu children and gifted them with stationery items, books, bags and toys for our students thereby fulfilling their wish. Employees from Hilton Hotels distributed Cakes and Muffins to the children of Setu at Salarpur.
Winter Initiative : Courtesy the support of Mentor, RMSI and Make my Trip employees we were able to get a SMILE on the faces of many Juggi dwellers. Clothes were distributed to the needy in nearby slum area and to some of our students who are from needy families.
Meet Santosh Mahi In charge Junior wing Setu Shiksha Jyoti Kendra Nithari: Mahi joined Setu as nursery teacher in 2011. She stays with her husband who works in a private company and is blessed with a son. A very responsible and sincere teacher, she also looks after the administrative issues. She says she has learned a lot after joining Setu. She follows the teaching practices what she has learned at teachers training. According to her at Setu every body gets opportunities for skill up gradation which is very different from other NGOs. She also believes that volunteers play a vital role in the learning process of these children. Volunteers share their ideas which help them in learning better. At Setu she gets support from management and feels like part of a family. She sees her future at Setu.
Meet Reena Chauhan - Facilitator at Salarpur center is really hard working and dedicated teacher. She stays in a joint family in Noida. Her Husband works in a private company in Dehradun and she has a 3 year old daughter. Her family is very supportive and wants her to be at Setu as they feel the atmosphere is very safe and comfortable and she also gets chance to improve her skills. She teaches with full enthusiasm and takes extra efforts for their learning’s. She lays emphasis on Activity based exercises for better learning. She says she has learned a lot about activity based teachings through various teachers trainings organised by Setu. She is very satisfied being at Setu.
Setu Students Speak
Aakash is 12 years old in class Vth. His father Nipin is a plumber and mother Suman is a maid. He has a younger sister studying in class IV in another school. He belongs to Bengal. He is a bright student of our school and wants to be a singer cum actor but at the same time he wants to fulfill his father’s dream of becoming an architect. In school he likes to participate in all the activities. He says we have lots of workshops for students through which he learns a lot. He named lot of workshops like, consumer rights, road safety, environment etc. He says all these type of activities in the school makes my school very special.
Mithlesh Sharma is 16 years old in class VIII. He is in Setu from the day school has started. His father Mr. Umesh Sharma is carpenter, and mother Indu Devi sharma is a house wife. He has an elder brother and two elder sisters. His aim is to be an artist but his father wants him to take up the same profession i.e. carpentry. He says he has learned a lot at Setu. His feels that his English communication has improved because of studying at Setu. He likes cricket and plays whenever he gets time as his father tries to keep him engaged with carpentry after school. He is also a member of environment committee and for that he comes daily in the evening to take care of plants. He is enjoying his learning at Setu.
MOHINI daughter of Prabhu Dayal and Prabha joined Setu tuition center at the age of 12 years in class Vth. At present she is in class IX. Their combined family income is Rs. 4000 pm. She stays in JJ Colony, Near Mandir Sector – 16 Noida. She loves to read, dance and sing. Her ambition in life is to become a Doctor. She is an intelligent girl and comes regularly in tuition classes. She is in Rajkiye Madhyamic Kanya Vidhyalaya, No. 3 Sarojini Nagar. She has shown improvement in all the subjects. She takes interest in GK and other creative things. Other than her studies she has learnt “Kroshiya work”, foot mat, Rakhi, decorative pieces, Diya decoration, candle making and wall hangings at tuition center.
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