Enabling thought process through 'Question Corner'
By Venkat Ramakrishnan - Project Leader
Happy New Year!
Enabling the thought process is an important part of education. Children, who look around the world with curious eyes come across so many questions that are unanswered to them which leads them to wonder, and making them seek out for answers.
Especially, students at the schools indulge in incessant questioning of many things that they don't know, thanks to the subjects and topics that they learn in the schools, in addition to what they experience in and out of the school.
An environment that encourages questioning and helps students find answers is very important for the learning process. Teachers, mentors and guides help answer students' questions. Libraries serve as the store of knowledge for students to pick books in which they need something to learn about. It's also important for students to know that questioning is not wrong, and they are welcome to ask and seek anything that they want to know.
Towards this, the Dharmapuri Isha Vidhya school came up with 'Question Corner', which is a chart activity for students to write their questions! The 'Question Corner' idea was given by the central academic team of Isha Vidhya, and implemented for the 7th and 8th grade last year. It has been implemented now for the 6th and 9th grade now.
Around 200 questions have been written by the students so far! The answers to the questions are usually discussed during the morning assembly.
You might be interested in taking a look at some of the questions, which we are providing below:
** Which came first, egg or chicken? ** The hair is not growing in the palm, why? ** When we exposed in sunlight, our skin turns blackish, Why? ** We have two ears and eyes, but why don’t we two nose or mouth? ** Why are trees cylindrical in shape? ** Why is the moon white in colour?
Interesting, isn't? When was the last time when you ever wondered about something and let your thoughts flow? It's not just the children but we adults also should practice this activity! What do you say?
A very warm greetings from Isha Vidhya, your project, which is continuously striving to educate the underprivileged rural children of India.
We would first of all like to thank from the bottom of our hearts all our donors who have donated as well as volunteered for Isha Vidhya in the past year through Globalgiving.
We are happy to let you know that with all your support, from January 1st, 2017 through December 27th, 2017, Isha Vidhya has raised around $70,000 (INR 45,50,000) towards schools infrastructure and government schools teachers salary and academic learning aids, and around $3270 (INR 2,12,550) for Life Skills education at the Coimbatore district government schools.
Some of these funds (January 1st, 2017 through March 31st, 2017) have already been deployed for infrastructure requirements (as detailed in the project reports filed earlier). We have also used some of the Life Skills funds in December 2017, and look forward to utilize the raised funds fully in the first four months of 2018. We will continue to file utilization reports for all the expenditures fulfilled, through project reports at Globalgiving.
We would like to express our special gratitude for our recurring donors for their unwavering support. Isha Vidhya’s number of recurring donors has increased to 33 this year. We have been able to raise $10,349 between January 1st, 2017 and December 27th, 2017 through the recurring donations. We encourage more of you to become recurring monthly donors for Isha Vidhya, as we are looking for expanding infrastructure as well as additional teachers’ salary expenses in 2018. Those of you that are already doing recurring donations, please continue to do so. Thank you!
We would like to give you a quick update on the Life Skills program fundraising for Coimbatore area Government schools. This fundraising effort will expire on December 31st, 2017, and there’s still $727 (INR 47,255) to be raised. We request you to donate as much as you can to get this project full funded through Globalgiving. To donate, please visit:
2017 has been one of the best years for Isha Vidhya fundraising at Globalgiving, and we expect 2018 to be even better. We request your continued engagement, donations, volunteering and co-operation to enable us to raise as much as funds as possible for Isha Vidhya through Globalgiving, so that we can educate the deserving, underprivileged rural children of India together towards their glorious future and to make them well-educated global citizens of tomorrow!
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Once again we thank you for all you did for Isha Vidhya!
Last week for sponsoring a child's education with match!
By Venkat Ramakrishnan - Project Leader
Donate and Sponsor a child's education at Isha Vidhya!
The holiday seasons are in full swing with many thoughtful individuals donating to the causes that are close to their heart!
We know that you are looking for sponsoring a child's education at Isha Vidhya, and this is the last week to do it with a Globalgiving match!
Till Dec. 31st, Globalgiving will be matching 100% your first donation in the series of recurring donations.
All you need to do is simply visit the following link and start a recurring donation with $40, $60 or $80 option, which you will continue further for additional 5 months, 3 months and 2 months respectively (the cost of a sponsorship is $240).
We encourage you to start recurring donations that will help a rural child continue their education at an Isha Vidhya school. We will provide the report on how the child that you sponsored is doing as and when possible!
We look forward for your thoughtful donation!
Skit Competition at the Erode School:
The Erode Isha Vidhya school recently conducted a very colorful skit competition that created awareness about cleanliness and honesty!
Students from 6th to 8th grades formed 17 teams that participated in the competition. The students managed the entire production starting from the concept, the skit-writing, direction and the presentation! Their teachers guided them as and when the students asked for suggestions or if they had questions.
The students showed great enthusiasm in handling everything by themselves. We observed that the students from the lower grades were also inspired by the effort, and were eagerly asking when they will get a chance to perform!
We are attaching fabulous pictures of the event for your viewing.