By Shreevardhan Sinha - Chair of the Board of Trustees
(tamaso ma jyotirgamaya) is an ancient Indian mantra found in the Upanishads, and is most often translated as “from darkness lead me to light”. On 2 May 2021 the Shoshit Seva Sangh family was however plunged into darkness with the untimely passing of our beloved Founder. A father figure to hundreds of children from the disregarded musahar community, he was also an inspiration to countless more. His loss has left a gaping void that will be difficult to fill.
But while we grieve for what happened and ache for what never will, we must be thankful to the Almighty for granting him a life well lived. A third generation police officer, he rose to the highest echelons of India’s national security establishment and was decorated for his service. He subsequently founded SSS upon retiring as Special Secretary to the Government of India and, in 2019, was awarded the Padma Shri by the President of India for his pioneering social work. Along the way he touched innumerable lives, put a smile on untold faces, and earned a legion of admirers.
Even as we mourn his passing, we cannot lose sight of the fact that the best way to honour his memory is to not just preserve but rather grow his legacy and ensure that we continue to work tirelessly with the same passion towards fulfilling his vision of using education as a tool to create catalysts of change within the musahar community. All of us at Shoshit Seva Sangh remain firmly committed to the “Silent Revolution” that he espoused with such fervour and, with his blessings and your continued support as well as encouragement, we strongly believe that Team SSS is well placed indeed to take forward his dream in a manner that would make him proud.
Our campus has remained shut since April 2021 on account of the prevailing situation and government regulations, with all of the children having returned home to their respective villages. As you know, there has been a paradigm shift in the education space, and most schools operating in urban centres have moved to an online learning model. The challenge for us, however, is the obvious lack of access to digital equipment for our students in their homes. In an effort to bridge the digital divide, as well as stem learning losses, we have since the beginning of June organised data plans for smartphones that can be accessed by all our students studying in classes VIII to XII. Our teachers have been conducting virtual classes online, which the students attend using smartphones that belong to their respective households or to a neighbour. Ideally we would have liked to provide each child with a tablet but, given the logistical difficulties of delivering tablets to far-flung villages across every district in Bihar, we had to improvise and use whatever resources were available.
Mar 25, 2021
A Silent Revolution - Helping the helpless
By JK Sinha - Founder-Chairman
Flag hoisting was followed by speeches and songs by students. Inter-house competitions for various games were also done such as chess, carom, cricket and badminton to mark the celebration. The whole program was witnessed by our Chairman and Director.
Teachers of school prepared students for speeches and managed the smooth flow of all the sports. All the SOPs were followed. Students were kept in quarantine till the time their testing was done and they were tested negative for COVID-19.
World water day and Bihar Day was observed on 22nd March 2021 in the whole school and the students from UKG-2 celebrated it with great zeal as the teachers made students speak about these days, students also made some drawings for the same.
Random observations of all the teachers are done on monthly basis to maintain the quality teaching and learning environment in the school, this will definitely help them in their professional growth.
Nov 25, 2020
A Silent Revolution - Helping the helpless
By J.K. Sinha - Founder-Chairman
Under orders of the government the schools have remained closed due to the Covid Pandemic and it is hoped that schools would be permitted by the government to reopen in December, 2020. Shoshit Seva Sangh has utilized the enforced holiday to upgrade the teaching facilities at its school, Shoshit Samadhan Kendra, the fully free English medium residential school for the poorest of the poor. Smart class facility which includes computer, projectors, speakers and a screen have been installed in all the classrooms of SSK. Though the school is closed for the students, the teachers, are going to the school on all working days. They have been tasked to prepared audio-visual presentation. The Principal of the school who has considerable experience in running smart classes is guiding the teachers to prepare the audio-visual presentations for each chapter of the textbooks that they shall teach in the classrooms.
The enforced holiday has also provided an opportunity to upgrade the administrative facilities at the school. Considerable efforts have been made to improve the conditions of the compound and the sport fields. The school should have an attractive garden in the coming winter i.e. December, 2020 – March, 2021.