Education  India Project #14762

Support a Rural School in the Himalayas

by Aarohi
Support a Rural School in the Himalayas
Support a Rural School in the Himalayas
Support a Rural School in the Himalayas
Support a Rural School in the Himalayas
Support a Rural School in the Himalayas
Support a Rural School in the Himalayas
Support a Rural School in the Himalayas
Support a Rural School in the Himalayas
Support a Rural School in the Himalayas
Support a Rural School in the Himalayas
Support a Rural School in the Himalayas
Support a Rural School in the Himalayas
Support a Rural School in the Himalayas
Support a Rural School in the Himalayas
Support a Rural School in the Himalayas
Support a Rural School in the Himalayas
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Science Day preparations
Science Day preparations

Because of the worldwide pandemic schools have been shut since March 2020. Various mediums of teaching like whatsapp videos and chats, video and audio calls, home visits, google tools etc.  were tried and tested during this period. Finally, after much planning, deliberation and as per the government guidelines, Aarohi Bal sansar resumed its functioning from the last week of february. The school reopened to a fun-filled science event for kids. First few days of school were dedicated to preparing science activities. Celebration took place on ‘Science Day’.  A Kids 'Theatre and Dance festival' also took place at Aarohi amphitheatre. Kids from Happy Children’s Library, Village Seem put up some performances- Indian classical dance and theatre. The kids went through a series of process-oriented drama classes stretched over a period of four months. Various exercises on body language, voice modulation etc. were conducted under this initiative. On the day of culmination, the kids presented themselves confidently  in front of an audience from the community.  

Parents at Science day celebration
Parents at Science day celebration
Indian classical dance performance
Indian classical dance performance
Drama- The Day the crayons Quit
Drama- The Day the crayons Quit
Drama- Senior Kids
Drama- Senior Kids
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Hello Friends, 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic across the world, education has been indirectly affected in many parts of the world, especially rural areas. Various online teaching trials and initiatives have been witnessed. Aarohi ‘s education team also conducted an e-learning intervention starting April 2020. Having run the project for six months, an online rapid assessment was conducted by the team to study the challenges caused by the epidemic, measures taken towards them and efficiency of the intervention, focusing on Himalayan learners from surrounding villages.

Here are some highlights from our study reflecting our e-learning initiative during the period Jul-Dec 2020. 

Looking forward to your support and collaboration towards narrowing learning loss in the Himalayas.


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Namaste,

Attached is a brief report on our activities of our rural school during the period January to June 2020. There were many interesting things that happened at ABS during this period. However, towards the end of this academic year 2019-20, with the COVID-19 pandemic, our activities needed a fresh way of looking at things.This period has been a time for reflection, building our capacities and being hopeful of things to come for our children and their education.

We thank each one of you for your support and contribution, without whom we would not have been able to achieve whatever we have today.

Best,

Team Aarohi


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Clubs formation:

 

We started four clubs at ABS from November 2019 with the following objectives:

 

1. The idea of creating 'School Clubs' originated while discussing solutions to aspects of Creative Teaching-Learning at ABS. 

 

2. These School Clubs shall provide a free and open platform to kids in fields of their choice and interest. Through these clubs we look forward to witness 'learning outside Classrooms'. 

 The clubs we formed and the activities we carried out are given as follows:

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) - This club is related to research, developing stuff using waste materials. The club promotes the interest of science among students. It engages its members with hands-on experiments and a supportive environment to bring their ideas to life. The aim of the club is to apply science not just within the curriculum as it connects students to the science community outside school. The children have so far tinkered successfully with making a ‘’robotic hand’’ and a ‘’ light bulb’’.

Movie – In this club, the children watch inspiring and informational movies and then discuss the highlights of the movie. Movie clubs improve young children’s imagination and creativity as it also improves speaking, listening discussion and social skills. The children then write their own review of the film and this can really help their analytical skills. They watched movies such as ‘’Madagascar’’, ‘’Nil, Battey Sannata’’ and ‘’Coco’’.

Theatre - This is the club for all theatre enthusiasts. The club envisages developing the self-confidence of the child, improving his/her presentation skills, enhancing his/her public speaking abilities and providing an insight into various characters which he gets to enact. It provides much more than just academics and fills his/her life with imagination and dreams.

In this club, the children did role plays of characters in a hospital, railway station, bus stand, school – they learnt nuances of emotions, speech and acting. They entertained their audience with funny skits and drama! 

Cooking – A variety of food dishes have been created in this club to teach children names of pulses, herbs, spices and nutrition. Cooking with kids is a great way to educate them about good nutrition, what’s in season, planning and preparing meals, and reading food labels. It can encourage them to eat healthy foods, especially ones they may normally refuse to try. The children made a variety of dishes including soups and omelettes.


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Theatre is one of the most powerful, yet least utilised art forms in education. In the exploration of self in relation to others, the development of understanding of the self, and of critical empathy, not only for humans but also towards the natural, physical and social worlds, theatre is a medium par excellence.Dramatising texts is only one small part of theatre. Much more significant experiences are possible through Role play, theatre exercises, body and voice control and movement, and group and spontaneous enactments.Such experiences are important not only for teachers in their own development, but also for teachers to provide to children.

-NATIONAL  CURRICULUM  FRAMEWORK, INDIA, 2005

At Aarohi Bal Sansar, in preparation for our annual Independence day function, the children performed a skit called 'Krishna's Butter Bash'.

Do go through the photo story attached for the sequence of events!


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Location: District Nainital, Uttarakhand - India
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