Jul 7, 2020

BSPES - Through the COVID-19 times

Distributing Grocery Bags
Distributing Grocery Bags

In our last report (March 2020) we had informed you that we have accumulated the necessary funds for the kitchen project and will now move the new funds over to the education of the girl students. We would like to express our gratitude and thank all of our donors for their generosity and in making this happen for us. Without your support we wouldn't have been able to accomplish this.

 

Since March 2020, COVID-19 has hit the whole world in a bad way, and along with everyone else we are also trying to help our community in the best possible way. Schools were closed down and India went into a complete lockdown mode as per the Prime Minister’s orders. 

As the country has come out of lockdown (and to an extent even before that) our school and our volunteers have been working hard to help the student’s families as well as the surrounding villager’s families in these times of need. 

 

Distribution of grocery bags : 

Our student families were faced with no jobs, and hence no incomes at all. The BSPES team and its supporters came together and have helped the families in need by distributing around 1000 bags of groceries. The bags include 10 kilos of wheat flour, rice, sugar, lentils, salt, and spices. These are the basic necessities for the daily wage workers who have lost their jobs and may not have any way to receive the supplies/support from the government programs.

An additional 50 bags of groceries were also distributed with the help of the Ludhiana Round Table.

 

Sewing and distributing Face Masks : 

The BSPES team have also undertaken the task of stitching face masks at the school itself. They have made masks for the students and the elderly, and are planning to distribute them at a cost of Rs.7 per mask. This inturn generates income for 2-3 people (mothers of the students) who work in the sewing center of BSPES. 

Here is the breakdown of the cost of making a mask - 

Cost of cloth/mask - Rs. 3.33 (Green Cloth per meter - Rs. 50 and no. of masks/meter is 15)

Elastic, Thread and Other Things/mask - Rs. 1.67

Stitching Cost/mask - Rs. 1.5

Maintenance - Rs. 0.50

Total cost/mask - Rs. 7

 

We are making 3000 face masks to distribute in the community to students and their families, and people in essential services such as police, cleaning, and the health related sectors. As the demand grows we will increase the number of masks made.

 

We have also started making Khadi face masks (a suggestion posed by our volunteers) to support our local weaver community, in addition to the cotton facemasks. The Chairman of Nagar Palika Jattari has supported this initiative and it was covered by local newspapers. Not only are we providing masks at a very affordable price, we are also employing the mothers of our students to do this. 

 

On a different note :

 One of our students who was pursuing the yoga course at Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (http://vyasa.org) Bangalore Campus, is now pursuing her Masters in Yoga Science. She got the opportunity to perform recently in Bangalore. Photos are included below. It is great to see how committed students can follow their dreams, even if they come from marginal backgrounds. 

Below are some of the photos that show the work done by BSPES and its volunteers. Once again we would like to extend our gratefulness to all of our donors. We know there are lots of options and we are truly indebted to you all for your generous donations. These donations allow us to continue to help our community and make great things happen.  








Newspaper article regarding grocery distribution
Newspaper article regarding grocery distribution
Students with their grocery bags
Students with their grocery bags
Villagers with their groceries
Villagers with their groceries
Sewing Center
Sewing Center
Masks for Police and healthcare workers
Masks for Police and healthcare workers
Student performing yoga
Student performing yoga
At the yoga performance
At the yoga performance
Mothers of students with their groceries
Mothers of students with their groceries
Mar 10, 2020

Fund a Kitchen - December through February 2020

Annual Exams - Primary class
Annual Exams - Primary class

With this report, I would like to share that we have managed to accumulate the necessary funds that were needed to build a new kitchen. This is thanks to all our donors, through GlobalGiving and elsewhere, The work was already underway and now we hope we are able to see it completed as soon as possible. We have collected $20,000 towards this project, and we are indebted to all of you for your generosity. We will be deactivating this project but will be honored if you continue your support for our school. We will put up our next project shortly wherein you can help the school by supporting part or all of a student’s annual expenses. 

BSPES School Report - Dec through February 

  • The average attendance of students in Dec - 83.17%
  • The average attendance of students in January -  58%
  • The average attendance of students in February -  57%
  • The lack of attendance in these 2 months was due to several weather-related unplanned holidays.

 

Beyond BSPES - Success Stories

  • • 2 of our students who have graduated from BSPES and are at Nettur Technical Training Foundation Bangalore have taken their intermediate examination and are well underway into their first semester. They are both doing well.
  • A great example of Giving Back - 3 of our alumni students who have all completed higher studies and are now employed, have all donated Rs5000 each for a student who is enrolled in a course at APOLLO. The student's father recently passed away and he was the sole bread earner of the family. 
  • This is in conjunction with our vision and mission of creating a generation that is empathetic towards their society and ready to help their sisters in need through different means. 
  • Another alumni of BSP, won the first runner-up prize in Chess (girls) at S.V. College Aligarh .
  • Another graduate from BSPES, now completing her Masters of Science in Yoga, has always demonstrated the philosophy of BSPES by her achievements. She is a unique example of a focussed and dedicated student.
  • One of our primary teachers at BSPES was also a student at BSPES. Having completed her Masters in English from IGNOU she has been teaching in our primary section since 2016. Interested in a career in education she applied for the PGDLT program (Post Graduation Diploma in Learning and Teaching) at the I AM A TEACHER organization (www.iamteacher.org). She has received a scholarship that will cover 90% of the Rs 3.5lakhs tuition fee. Our BSPES family heartily congratulates her and wishes her good luck in her future endeavors. 

 

           

Primary Section

 

  • Students celebrated Christmas Day 
  • TOS - (The Other Side) Intercultural Theatre is a US-based organization whose mission is to create a cross-cultural exchange of dramatic storytelling amongst girls, supporting their common experience, inspiring leadership, and developing community. This was implemented at BSP by Executive Director, Melanie Closs. Teachers were trained and a drama class was facilitated. The application SLACK has also been initiated so that the girls can not only communicate directly with their sisters in New York but can also learn a growing tech platform in the global corporate sector. By sharing their stories using drama and technology, the girls grow their empathy, confidence, and communication skills.
  • Annual examinations were conducted for upto 7th grade 



Junior/Senior Section

 

  • Drawing classes for all of 9th-grade were held. 
  • Pre Board exams were conducted for 10th and 12th grades. After each exam, the answers are solved by the teachers and posted for students to check their answers against it.
  • The UP Board requires a practical examination to be held for games and PE. This was accomplished for grades 8th, 9th, and 11th as per their guidelines. 
  • 12th grade prepared for their HomeScience practical exams. They painted table-cloths. They attended the HomeScience board exam practical at Rashtriya Girls Inter College Khair, Aligarh. Among 10 other schools, our students performed the best. 
  • 11th graders conducted their HomeScience practical in the school itself. 
  • In spite of weather-related disturbances in the month of December, we continued with our Economics class for grades 11th and 12th, as well as other audio/video classes for 12th grade to clear doubts. 







Health, Hygiene and Social Sector

 

  • Health Camp - The health camp was organized by Netram Eye Foundation with the support of NBCFDC. 280 students had problems with their eyes and teeth. They were then thoroughly checked by the team of doctors. 
  • India’s Republic Day was celebrated on January 26th at the school with great enthusiasm. 
  • A diagnostic test - Meri Pasand Mera Bhavishya (MCMF) - was conducted by the IIT Madras team. Along with the students the principal and 4 more teachers also took the test. Ther students’ strengths and weaknesses were discussed very elaborately by Mr. Sudhir from IIT Madras as per career options selected by students in the test. 



                               

 

               






           

                






Certificate of Excellence for Avnu
Certificate of Excellence for Avnu
Christmas Celebration
Christmas Celebration
Drama/Theater Class
Drama/Theater Class
Health Camp
Health Camp
HomeScience - Table Cloths
HomeScience - Table Cloths
HomeScience Practical exam
HomeScience Practical exam
Kalpana - teaching her primary class
Kalpana - teaching her primary class
MCMF Diagnostic Test
MCMF Diagnostic Test
Republic Day Celebrations
Republic Day Celebrations
Senior Class Activity
Senior Class Activity
PE Exam
PE Exam
Dec 9, 2019

Fund a Kitchen - September through November 2019

Video Lesson in Progress
Video Lesson in Progress

Once again a HUGE thank you to all of you for supporting our cause. Over the last 3 months, we have received $365.24 towards our Fund a Kitchen project. We are definitely heading in the right direction. 

 

BSP Education Society Academic Report 

The average attendance of students was 81.5%. 

 

Success Stories 

  • Having graduated from high school, one of our students, Sandhya, has completed her 15-month training at HCL Technologies. She is now a software engineer and a full-time employee at HCL Technologies. 
  • Another student, Bhavna, participated in a seminar held at Bansthali University in Rajasthan. Being an orphan she has gone through lots of struggles and hardships in her life so far, but we see her developing her own personality and becoming a confident young woman. 

 

Health, Hygiene, and Social Sector 

  1. Dr. Taneja conducted health exams and blood tests for 40 students in September and another 25 students in October.
  2. On September 5th our 7th-grade students performed the role of teachers in celebration of Teacher’s Day. They took classes, managed and administered the whole primary section. Students believe that their values, knowledge, and confidence to survive in society are given to them by the teachers, and hence they showed their pride and respect for their teachers.  
  3. We celebrated Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd October with the NBCFDC Team. Mr. Narayna, Managing Director of NBCFDC, and his wife were the chief guests. 
  4. We organized an awareness rally on Gandhi Jayanti and Dr. Taneja distributed 100 blankets to the mothers of our students. 
  5. Our sewing center sewed 36 uniforms for another school
  6. We conducted a village door to door meeting, where our school team visited the students in their homes. It was a surprise visit for the students on a Sunday to observe them with their parents in their homes and to see values taught at school in action. 
  7. Diya Foundation provided school bags for our students. Approximately 70 students benefited. These are specially designed bags that have a slate with a stand, which makes it comfortable to place on the floor as a table. 




Academics 

  1. Village Exhibition - Our 6th and 7th-grade students constructed and displayed models of their dream villages. Facilities like hospitals, electricity, schools, proper roads, etc were all part of them. 
  2. The primary wing teachers underwent training to improve their quarterly planning, their advance learning objectives, as well as their planned activities. 
  3. 97% of our students prepared and appeared for their midterm exams in 2019
  4. Diwali was celebrated by all the teachers and students in the school. The students performed the Laxmi puja. 
  5. A salad competition and poster competition were conducted to bring forth the student’s creativity.
  6. Upon completion of the syllabus, a unique approach was introduced in preparation for the BOARD exams. The teacher writes 5-6 questions to be attempted within 45-60 minutes. Then the teacher gives the answers and the students grade themselves according to their understanding. Finally, the teacher corrects them again. This practice will continue leading to final exams. 
  7. We started a mathematics base-line assessment through activities in all of our primary classes. Our main focus is to see if students are able to relate what they are studying in math in school to their real life. 
  8. Audio/Video classes have been proving to be a great success for students in imparting self- learning. Now, students have become capable of handling laptops and projectors with audio/video material in their pen-drives. Edu-Tech is used for promoting self-study, self-learning, and also thinking skills. Expert teachers from India and abroad are made available for the students through this. The introduction of lectures mixed in English and Hindi has also been helping improve students’ comfort level with the English language. Physics classes for 11th and 12th are being done completely with Edu-Tech [Audio/Video classes] without a dedicated teacher.
  9. The new Physics lab is ready for experiments. 12th-grade students performed an experiment on Optics when the NBCFDC officials visited. NBCFDC has funded the equipment in the lab. There is also a 42” smart TV in the lab for audio/video classes. 

 

School Visit

Last month I had the pleasure of visiting the school. The welcome and warmth I received from the teachers, administration staff, and the students will stay with me forever. After a lovely breakfast, similar to what they feed the primary girls, they had arranged for 2 students from the senior wing to show me around. And then it was taken over by 2 students from the primary wing who showed me the rest of the school. There was a lot of pride in them when they showed me the different facilities and when they talked about their school. It really warmed my heart. The girls had lots of questions for me - my education background, what are the options available, what kind of jobs can they expect, etc. This again reassured me that we are making such a big difference in their lives. For those students who are interested in pursuing their dreams the world is open to them and we at BSPES are there to support them in every way. 

Senior Class in session
Senior Class in session
class in session
class in session
Primary class
Primary class
Pre-K class circle time
Pre-K class circle time
Event in progress
Event in progress
 
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