Mar 6, 2015

A Silent Revolution - Helping The Helpless

The new admissions at Shoshit Samadhan Kendra joined the school in November/December 2014. These are boys in the age-group of 7-8 and have joined in the pre-school class. They are drawn from musahar families living well below the poverty line from the remote and backward villages of Bihar. For these children it is a transition from hopelessness to hope. The process of settling down in the new school building which has a floor area of over 54220 sqft. is just about complete. The facilities in the school building are comparable to the better schools of India. Some photographs of the new school building are placed below. There are now 330 students in the school.

 

Three students who were picked-up for quality education as part of the private initiative of the Founder-Chairman way back in 2006 graduated from the school in 2014 and are now doing university courses in leading institutions. Two of them are in St. Xavier’s College, Patna, and the third one is in the prestigious Central University of Bihar. Their performance has been very satisfactory and after passing-out in the next two years they shall be qualified and equipped to get high end jobs both in government and in the private sectors. This shall be a land mark achievement and hopefully the beginning of many such achievements.

 

The annual examinations at the school was held in the 1st week of March, 2015 and all the students have now gone home on vacation. The students are expected to be messengers of social reforms in their community, the most deprived, exploited and unfortunate community in India. While at home they take classes of the children of their community and also educate even the elders on matter of child marriage, alcoholism, need for observing social and personal hygiene etc. Feedback from the students indicates that the elder children belonging to the senior classes of the school are heard with respect within the community. Such is the power of quality education. 

Dec 11, 2014

A Silent Revolution - Helping The Helpless

New SSK school building
New SSK school building

Shoshit Samadhan Kendra the fully free English medium residential school shifted to its own building from the hired premises on November 12, 2014. The double storied school building with a compound of 2.16 acres will have a capacity to accommodate about 600 children in residence has a total floor area of 54220 sqft. Almost 80% of the building has been completed. The classrooms are spacious, there is a big courtyard in the middle of the school building and the pride of place ofcourse are the dining hall and auditorium, each having a capacity to accommodate almost 1000 persons. The front elevation is simple but impressive.  

The school celebrated Children’s Day on November 14 at which Hon’ble Shri L.K. Advani, Member of Parliament, former Dy. Prime Minister of India, was the Chief Guest.  The function held at the new auditorium of the building was attended by Special Invitees and over 500 parents and guardians of the children. The students put-up an extremely impressive cultural performance. 

The Chief Guest went round the building and saw the painting and science exhibition put-up by the students. Speaking on the occasion Shri Advani said that India needed many more institutions like SSK and many more people like J.K. Sinha. He was truly moved by the performance of the students. Shri J.K. Sinha, Founder-Chairman, Shoshit Seva Sangh and Lt. Gen. S.K. Sinha (Retd.), former Governor Assam and Jammu & Kashmir and Patron-In Chief of SSS, also spoke on the occasion. 

Audience at the auditorium
Audience at the auditorium
Cultural performance by the students of SSK
Cultural performance by the students of SSK
VVIPs
VVIPs
The function was widely covered in the print-media
The function was widely covered in the print-media
A round of the new school building
A round of the new school building
Sep 23, 2014

A Silent Revolution - Helping The Helpless

CBSE Sahodaya Spell Bee Contest & Visit to Tarumit
CBSE Sahodaya Spell Bee Contest & Visit to Tarumit
  • Dexterity 17under 17, Patna, August 2014

Dexterity 17under17 is a unique talent identification, recognition, and support program designed by Dexterity Global in Boston and implemented by Team Dexterity in India. 17 students from SSK competed with students from around 20 schools of Patna. Eventually Rahul, X standard, made it to the finals held at IGSC Planetarium, Patna on 24th August.  He won the runners-up prize in the area of academic excellence.

 

  • Visit to Tarumitra, August 2014

On 16 August, 2014 senior students of SSK, accompanied by the faculty members, visited Tarumitra (Friends of Trees), a prominent bio-reserve with over 400 species of rare and vanishing trees. This bio-reserve not only imparted environmental education to the students but also exemplified eco-friendly ways of life demonstrated with adequate and sustainable examples in the areas of architecture, conservation of water through recycling, waste disposal, harnessing of solar energy and in living close proximity to nature.

 

  • CBSE Sahodaya Spell Bee Contest, August 2014

Our students Chandan and Anoj of Class VII bagged the consolation prize in CBSE Sahodaya Spell Bee Contest organised at International School, CBSE Wing, Patna. 

 

  • Hygiene Day, August 2014

On 23rd August, Mrs. Pinki Sharma, a faculty member, organised a 'Hygiene Week' for class I where they learnt about the need for hygienic practices and the different ways one can keep himself clean. The class made posters on cleanliness and put up action songs about cleanliness.

 

  • Art Workshop, June 2014

In June 2014, Blaise Joseph, a young artist visited SSK. Blaise facilitates Community based-Art Programs and works with grassroot organizations, with the rural/tribal communities, government schools, educational institutions/centers, homes/orphanages, research based funding organisations as artist-consultant. Blasie conducted art workshops with kids which included a lot of art-based learning activities. 

 

  • DexSchool at St. Xavier’s College, Patna, June 2014

From 11 – 15 June, 2014, four of our students, Shan (XI), Rahul (X), Sameer (X) and Sikandar (IX) attended the DexSchool at St. Xavier’s College, Patna. Some of the most acclaimed innovators and change-makers mentor young, passionate, and driven high school and college students every year in a week long school setting at DexSchool, through knowledge classes, case studies, stories from their own lives, movements, and companies. These extraordinary young people are then given a support system to carry their ideas and enterprises forward and connected to every bit of relevant information and opportunities for the next one year.

 

  • Volunteers: Anahita Prasad and Apoorva Singhal

Apoorva Singhal from Young India Fellowship visited SSK in the month of June and gave recommendations for landscaping and incorporating BALA (Building as Learning Aid) in our new school premises.

Anahita Prasad, a XII std student from Sri Ram School, New Delhi volunteered at SSK in the month of August. She conducted many educational and edifying activities for the kids especially an MUN session in which the students were asked to talk about Illicit Organ Trade. 

 

  • New Appointments: Vice Principal & Resident Fellow, June, 2014

Ms. Ritika Lal, a Teach for India fellow, joined SSK as Vice Principal. Ritika holds a Master’s degree in English Literature and has a diverse experience in teaching. Before joining SSK, she has taught in the junior section in reputed private schools in Kolkata (Ashok Hall Girls’ School and Mahadevi Birla High School) and as a Teach for India fellow in an MCD School, Jahangirpuri.

Ms. Vaishali Janarthanan joined SSK as Resident Fellow. Vaishali pursued Bachelor of Arts (Economics-Sociology) from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. She was also one of the exchange students under the Students Exchange Program conducted by Faculty of Economic Sciences and Business studies, St. Xavier’s in collaboration with Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, Madrid.

 

  • Dinner with Sachin Tendulkar: Youtube Video

Please follow the link below to watch the video of our students, Ram Murari (III) and Mithilesh (VIII), when they met Sachin in April 2014.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ5GWg3YOPw&feature=youtu.be

 

  • SSK shifts to new campus in October’14

Our new campus is shaping up nicely and we are expected to shift in the last week of October 2014. The total cost of the building is more than 12 crores and will be able to accommodate around 500 students by 2015. 45 more children from far and wide districts like West Champaran and Kishanganj will be joining us in the first week of November. All the students are looking forward to exciting times ahead.

Dexterity 17under 17, Patna
Dexterity 17under 17, Patna
Hygiene Day, August 2014
Hygiene Day, August 2014
SSK new school building under construction
SSK new school building under construction
 
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