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Nov 20, 2018

Balsena Elections, Camps and Balmelas

Karthik' speech after getting elected as President
Karthik' speech after getting elected as President

                On August 19th, 2018 we had our Balsena Election day to elect the new President and Vice President. It was a two day event in which the first day was focused on building the leadership qualities of children. Through Drama children exhibited their understanding on 6 different systems of government like Indirect and Direct Democracy, Monarchy, Dictatorship, Communism and Socicracy. The next day was focussed on election process where the 12 candidates who nominated for the positions gave election pitch for 5 minutes each. This is followed by children among the audience posing different questions to the candidates. The last step of the election process is the voting mechanism where children gave points to the 12 candidates based on their profile. Vadher Karthik has been elected as President and Baraiya Kajal and Vegad Hardik have been elected as Vice President. We had a participation of 50 boys and 45 girls during the election day who represent different committees in their respective area and school points.

               August month also had number of Balmela under the theme of "Fun with Science". Children made small toys to understand the concept of sound, Animal and Science toys were made with paper, and paper craft was done to the understang the idea of "Motion picture". Children have shown great enthusiasm while making the toys and shared their learnings at the end of the Balmela. We have done 4 Balmelas with a participation of 191 boys and 153 girls in the month of August.   

               With the new Council members coming on board,  we had residential camps for Active and Council members on the themes of "Roles and Responsibilities" and "Leadership" in the month of September. One of the activity during the outdoor camp was making things for personal use using paper. Children came out with lot of creative ideas to make useful products. Things like sweater for winter season, hats, watches etc..were made out of paper. We could see lot of collaboration among children while working and a subtle message of reusing discarded paper was built in the process. 

               October month had lot of Balmelas under the themes of "Geography" and "Environment". One of the activity during the Balmela was Gujarat jodo (Joining Gujarat) which is map activity where children first need to place different regions of Gujarat in correct place in the map, identify different districts of Gujarat, and finally colour them. This activity enhances mapping skills and teaching methodology includes cutting, pasting and coloring which makes the activity very interesting to children.  

Kids displaying their "Paper fan" models
Kids displaying their "Paper fan" models
Children working together during the outdoor camp
Children working together during the outdoor camp
Oct 2, 2018

New Beginnings, Balmelas and Election day

Learning about child rights during Balmela
Learning about child rights during Balmela

June, 2018 is the beginning of the academic year. We saw bundle of joy and enthusiasm among children as we started different activities in their respective areas. Through our regular Balsena activities, we reached about 745 children by the end of 30th June, 2018. Special programme like "Anti child labour day" on 12th June, was conducted to create an awareness among masses about the critical issue of "child labour". 124 Balsena children and many more children from outside joined the campaign. 

By the month of July, we expanded to 8 more area points to conduct our activities. This makes the total 20 area points for Balsena activities. Apart from the regular area activities, 3 Balmelas were conducted on the theme of "Child rights". We had a participation of 145 boys and 127 girls in the Balmelas. Through different activities children got aware of the 4 basic rights of right to protection, right to survival, right to development, and right to participate.

On August 19th, 2018 we had our Balsena Election day to elect the new President and Vice President. It was a two day event in which the first day was focused on building the leadership qualities of children. Through Drama children exhibited their understanding on 6 different systems of government like Democracy, Direct Democracy, Monarchy, Dictatorship, Communism and Ideal system of Equal groups. The next day was focussed on election process where the 12 candidates who nominated for the positions gave election pitch for 5 minutes each. This is followed by children among the audience posing different questions to the candidates. The last step of the election process is the voting mechanism where children gave points to the 12 candidates based on their profile. Vadher Karthik has been elected as President and Baraiya Kajal and Vegad Hardik have been elected as Vice President. We had a participation of 50 boys and 45 girls during the election day who represent different committees in their respective area and school points. 

August month also had number of Balmelas under the theme of "Fun with Science". Children made small toys to understand the concept of sound, Animal and Science toys with paper, and paper craft to understand the idea of "Motion picture". Children have shown great enthusiasm while making the toys and shared their learnings at the end of the Balmela. We have done 4 Balmelas with a participation of 191 boys and153 girls in the month of August. 

Children's drama to explain systems of government
Children's drama to explain systems of government
President Karthik speech after getting elected
President Karthik speech after getting elected
Facilitator demo on how to make science toy
Facilitator demo on how to make science toy
Aug 27, 2018

Meetings, New Beginnings and Preparations

Presentations during Trustees meeting
Presentations during Trustees meeting

Wenlido is a self-defence training which is designed to improve the physical, mental and emotional capabilities of girl child happened in the month of May. 10 trainings happened during this period for three different age groups of Balsena and Tarunsena girls ranging from 7 to 11 years, 12 to 15 years and 16 to 19 years. We had a participation of 214 girls in these trainings.

On 26th May, 2018 we had our Annual Trustee meeting. After the introduction of Shaishav team and Trustees,  Balsena coordinator presented the annual reporting for the academic year 2017-18 and also presented the Annual plan for the academic year 2018-19. Towards the end of the presentations, trustees gave suggestions on how to make the presentations more effectively, strategies to evaluate maximum impact, and left us with few questions around our annual planning. 

June, 2018 is the beginning of the academic year. We saw bundle of joy and enthusiasm among children as we started different activities in their respective areas. Through our regular Balsena activities, we reached about 745 children by the end of 30th June, 2018. Special programme like "Anti child labour day" on 12th June, was conducted to create an awareness among masses about the critical issue of "child labour". 124 Balsena children and many more children from outside joined the campaign. 

In the month of July, 2018 apart from the regular point activities, we did Kishor and Kishori mandal activities at each area points. These activities are focused on Adolescent children to make them aware of the Physical, Mental and Emotional changes within them and also to increase their capacity in each of these fronts. The intial activities were "Parichay Sangeet" and "Suraksha Kavach" in which children will introduce themselves by sharing their names and qualities followed by each child sharing positive quality of one another. 280 boys and 209 girls participated in these activities. 

 Upcoming Events

August 19th, 2018 is planned for "Balsena Election Day" where new President and Vice president will be elected among children. Since July, preparation for this has been started by the election of President, Vice president, and 4 committee leaders in each area point. Among them, 12 candidates have nominated for the President and Vice president position. All children and staff of Shaishav are looking forward to make "Balsena Election Day" a grand success. 

Children learning about child rights
Children learning about child rights
 
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