" Prajakta celebrated her birthday on the 24th of October. As this fell on a school holiday, she distributed toffees to the members of Child Parliament group of her village. On the day of her birthday, her father purchased another she goat and Prajakta named her “Fulli”.
In November, “ Children’s Day” was celebrated in her school. Prajakta and other members of the Child Parliament organised a rally in their village. They also prepared and stuck posters, in the prominent places of her village, on Child Rights, Child Education, and Equality of boys and girls.
In December NISD organised training for the members of Child Parliament groups. Group members discussed the problems of children in their village and made presentations. Prajakta took the lead, and presented problems of their village very well.
Prajakta Participated in the Educational Tour, organised by NISD, at Khodad, where one of the biggest telescopes is placed. Here children learn about what a radio telescope is, how it is prepared, it's functions and usefulness etc. Four children, along with Prajakta participated in this Educational Tour.
In January 2012 a 'Training on Joyful Education' was organised at Pokhari village, by NISD. Prajakta too participated in this training and learnt various action songs, 'advance use of different numbers', and preparation of educational material from locally available waste material. Experienced trainers teaching in a simple and joyful way meant the children enjoyed the training program very much.
In February a Cultural Program was organised in Prajakta's school, and she took part in a group song.
On 19th February Pulse Polio drive was organised in Saikhindi village. Prajakta and her child parliament group members visited 110 families and encouraged parents to take their children under 5 to polio vaccinations.
Recently election of Child Parliament took place. By noticing good work done by Prajakta, other members elected her as Chief Minister once again. The remaining body is new. Prajakta is busy training the new ministry about the values and functioning of their groups, and how they can take part in different programs."
NISD organised a Child Fair at village Pokhari. There were various programmes – cultural, play, competitions etc. Rani participated by performing a dance to a Marathi song. The local people really appreciated her dance and Rani got a cash prize for her performance.
Children’s Day was celebrated in Rani’s school. Rani and her team took an active part in the program. They organised a rally in their village and did a poster exhibition, on children’s issues.
In December a training for Child Parliament members was organised by NISD in Sangamner. Rani presented the various problems of children in her village and also expressed some of difficulties that she experiences while working in Child Parliament.
In January, Rani also took part in a project organised by the government’s Integrated Child Development Project, which aims to reduce malnutrition among adolescent girls. Her mother took part in the training too and began to understand how good nutrition can counter this problem.
Rani also took part in the Joyful Education program, organised by NISD, at village Pokhari. She learnt different action songs, plays, cross words and preparation of educational material from locally available waste material. She prepared a nice butterfly and the Guest lecturer appreciated her efforts.
Rani attended all the meetings of her Child Parliament. She gave information to other members about the programs and knowledge organised by NISD at Sangamner, information to members about their educational tour, organised Children’s Day, care of the mobile library books that are torn, etc .
Aniket Datta Kangune, Std. 6th.
Address: At. Saikhindi, Tal. Sangamner, Dist. Ahmednagar.
Aniket appeared for his preliminary school examination and the got results in December, 2011 and got first class in it. During Diwali holiday he spend his maximum time in reading and playing with his friends. A newspaper is coming in his village and he was reading the same with great care and enthusiasm. General knowledge, cross-words and reading local news was his interest.
Aniket attened Child Parliament Training, that was arranged by NISD at Sangamner. He put forth many points in the training. He also took active part in selecting, guiding and organising new body of their Child Parliament .
In January 2012, an Education Tour of Child Parliament members organised to Khodad where they saw one of the biggest telescope in the world placed there by GMRT. He wrote a note on that and gave information to the members who not able to attend the tour. While coming back from Khodad they also visited old caves and Ganpati tempal at Lenyadri.
Aniket ‘s family shifted to the new rented house, in the same village, as the house owner wanted to live in that house. Aniket helped his parents in shifting work. This new house is also in the same area.
Aniket has two she goats- Chandani and Ekadashi. Chandani gave birth to one she goat on the day of Kojagiri Pournima. As it was an important festival and day Aniket kept name of the new one as “Koja”.
Harshida's Story - aged 7
Harshada’s parents, both mother and father, are working as wage labours and whole day they are away from home. Harshada’s old grand mother is the only person at home to look after three small kids which was beyond her capacity. Their financial condition is very poor and the parents somehow manage the house expenses.
Harshada was very shy girl and was having inferiority complex. That was the reason she was not able to mix with other children. However three year back she joined in the pre-school centre, started by NISD, and there were number of changes took place in her overall personality. She started taking interest in her studies, different plays, songs etc. As her interest increased she was coming regularly in the pre-school. Her hand writing is very beautiful. She also took part in number of competitions and gain confidence.
Last June she was enrolled in the formal school in the first standard. When meet her class teacher, he told she is very clever and active girl. Her hand writing is beautiful. She sings songs, good in play, won in school competition, she is good in studies, and she never bunks her class. She is best student of our class and school. Not only that but she gives speeches very well. Comparative to other students she is very good at reading, writing, story telling, singling etc.
Harshada’s younger brother and sister also attend the pre-school regularly. Thanks to you for supporting NISD to run pre-school activities and for shaping future of displaced tribal children like Harshada.
Child’s Name: Sandeep Dnyandev Kere
Education: 10th standard
Age : 18 years
Situation before joining the course
Sandeep was residing in Nilwande village which is far from town. His financial condition was very poor. His father is a mason and mother does labour work, but their income is mostly dependent on the availability of work on that particular day. His elder brother studied till 11th standard and now he is also doing farm work. Sandeep has studied till 10th standard, but he failed in one subject. After that he did not go to school for the past two years and was instead helping parents with farming.
Sandeep heard about NISD through the project social workers. He decided to join the Electrical Repair & Maintenance of Household Appliances course. He attended the course regularly. He completed the course successfully. He has now started his own self-employment business. He recently got a contract to work in one of the houses in the village. Not only has this turned his life around and given him faith and confidence in himself, but he is able to also provide much-needed financial support to his family.
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