Sep 26, 2016

Sabuj Sangha's Upper Primary School students go digital

Students are attending computer class
Students are attending computer class

Sabuj Sangha has been working on Education and Protection for quite some time now and therefore ensuring the retention of students in school and reduced the drop outs at a significant level. But now the Organisation is looking much beyond to bring into the flavour of digital era to the rural areas by introducing computer education in the School. Therefore, ‘Access to Knowledge’ is being introduced in the Upper Primary School (KSSN) of Sabuj Sangha.

Learning has got three aspects and they are the learning of the principal, teachers and finally the learning of the students. The principal and the teachers are incessantly involved in the computer education and percolated their thoughts towards digitisation to the students from class III to class VIII. The principal is leading the entire process and continuously motivating teachers to use computers as the part of teaching methods.

The teachers are gradually unfastening their outlook towards inviting computer education and look at it as one of the most significant subject in the regular curriculum. They are constantly motivating students so that they could get used to the computers as they are with their daily diet.

The interactive sessions are taking place regularly and students are taking immense interest in it. It is a new challenge being posed deliberately by the Organisation to the students and teachers in the rural segment so that they could utilise the advantages of technologies like the urban schools are presently doing. Nowhere should they develop any kind of complexities regarding their adverse situations of not getting proper access to the technology as the urban children do.

Access to computer is actually signifies access to knowledge here and that’s the core purpose of the Project. The students are eventually learning to transform information into knowledge with the guidance of the teachers and that’s the core aim of the Project.  It is expected and ensured that gradually the computer knowledge will inculcate confidence, increase communication skills, imbibe leadership skills and quite obviously the computer literacy will build up technical skills too among the rural children.

In addition to the learning mentioned in the earlier report the students learnt about the system software, application software and utility software and their classifications. Also the students got brief idea about Microsoft Windows and different parts of computer and different icons like ‘Computer,’ ‘Network,’ ‘Recycle Bin, ‘ ‘Internet Explorer,’ ‘My Documents,’ etc and how to open those icons. Also, students got to learn about the usage of minimize, maximize, close and restore buttons. They were also introduced to ‘Title- Bar,’ ‘Control Box,’ ‘Menu Bar,’ Status Bar,’ ‘Tool Bar’ and ‘scroll Bar’, ‘Paintbrush’ and different parts of computer namely ‘UPS’,’CPU’,  ‘Mouse’, ‘Keyboard’, ‘RAM,’ ‘ROM’ etc in details. They learnt to create folders and sub – folders and naming and renaming them; the difference between files and folders etc. Except from all technical knowledge of theory and practical, they students have been taught about the use of computer in daily life.

Towards the end of the session, the teacher holds a practical examination to evaluate the pupils’ knowledge on computer. The teacher is satisfied with their performance. He also takes a remedial class for the children with some problems.   

The playing of some visual multimedia CDs based on various educational content are also going on to continuously nurture the skills of critical and analytical thinking among the students and such audio – visual representations actually helped them to get more and more attached to education and learning.

The computer education is playing a vital role in increasing the quality of education I the rural areas and in this context Sabuj Sangha is playing the role of a catalyst to attract students to come to attend school regularly and retaining them as well. The application of audio – visual is drawing children to school since they are finding easier to remember things now and their analytical power is increasing gradually as they watch things and explain on their own. They have started thinking more now and teachers are facilitating the entire process. The teachers and students are dedicated to the optimum use of available technology in the School.

Idea of technology is a critical part of modernity which has been deeply tied to India’s discourse of development. Today, the rural parts of India are having great expectations from technology to reduce poverty and open urban opportunities, including from those who has never used a computer before. Computers are playing a much larger role than just as a delivery mechanism for digital educational material since they represented an inspirational artifact to children and parents alike.

Digital education in classroom
Digital education in classroom
Sep 6, 2016

Sabuj Sangha encourages treatment leading by specialised doctors

Sumana - believed in Sabuj Sangha's healthcare
Sumana - believed in Sabuj Sangha's healthcare

Sumana is a 14 years old girl lives in Joykrishnapur village under Nandakumarpur GP in South 24 Parganas district in West Bengal. She belongs to a BPL family with family members consisting of 5 people. Her father works as a domestic worker and mother as a housewife.

Sumana became ill few days back. She used to feel feverish and could not eat anything. As a consequence, she became irregular in her school and therefore, studies were affected quite a bit. She was being treated by quacks and never visited doctor and therefore the problem persists.

Under these circumstances, Sabuj Sangha intervened and the health workers of Sabuj Sangha interacted with the family members of Sumana to get an idea about the problem. They had a prolonged discussion with the parents of Sumana and advised them to take Sumana to a qualified and specialised doctor. The health workers also suggested that she should be brought to the outreach camp of Joykrishnapur where the treatment could be done in a nominal cost and some free medicines also available. After that she was brought into the camp for three times consecutively. Presently, she is doing fine. According to the family, it has been a great learning for them as they have realised that they have wasted quite an amount of money to quacks instead of visiting qualified doctor.  

Aug 24, 2016

Sabuj Sangha health workers intervening successfully in community health, South 24 Parganas, India

Minati - believed in Sabuj Sangha's health care
Minati - believed in Sabuj Sangha's health care

Minati is a lady of 47 years from Joykrishnapur village under Nandakumarpur GP, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India. She is staying with her son as her husband died few years back. Her son does not have a permanent job and works as a migrant worker. Minati works as a domestic worker.

It was observed earlier that after the death of her husband, she neglected her general health due to poverty and therefore regular health checkups have been ignored for quite some time. Such ignorance has lead to severe illness and pressure was found to be quite low.

One of the health workers of Sabuj Sangha have identified the problem of Minati and insisted her to visit doctor in the outreach camp of Sabuj Sangha that takes place at Joykrishnapur village, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India. With regular and repeated interactions, the health worker has convinced Minati to visit doctor. These interactions have highlighted on the issue regarding low cost treatment and distribution of free medicines in the outreach camp along with the importance of regular health checkups. The health worker suggested Minati to stay in free mind as healthy mind is the core of healthy body.  

Initially, Minati was not really responsive to the health workers intervention but gradually her mind set has changed and now she requests the health worker to visit her at frequent intervals.  

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