Education
 India
Project #7584

'Holistic Development'for 300 Poor Kids in India

by Foundation for Initiatives in Development and Education for All ( IDEA)
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Merry with Marriott
Merry with Marriott

Dear friends and donors!

Greetings from IDEA!

We are here again with an update from the field. This time we would like to present a brief report on various activities held in past 2-3 months.

Daan Utsav: Like every yearDaan Utsav Festival was celebrated in 1st week of November 2015. 22 employees of JW Marriott from various locations in Pune got involved in the activity of beautification of one of our Study Centres. Children are very happy to see their favourite cartoon characters and colourful pictures on the walls of classroom. The look of the centre is completely changed and a cheerful atmosphere has made the learning more vibrant.  Cisco (Infosys India Ltd) volunteers also assisted for repairing and beautification of another centre. A few tin sheets, beams are replaced along with electrical fittings. The centre is coloured and decorated with different charts. They also provided blackboard and shoe racks to the centre. Our children performed during Underthestars event held in Pune for sensitizing people about plight of underprivileged children by sleeping in open.

Dental camp was conducted by two dentists who explained importance of dental health through a video clip and flash cards for 30 children in Gopalvasti. Children practised appropriate way of brushing on the model of mouth. Doctors made an appeal to children to brush teeth twice a day and maintain the record for three months. Children who follow that will be rewarded after three months! Another team of 8-10 dentist conducted informative and awareness program for children in a very interesting way in Khan vasti. Importance of dental health was explained through a short play performance.

Festivals: During Navratri festival, Bhondla and dandiya were thoroughly enjoyed by children. Children had snacks and lots of fun before their midterm exams. Tattoo making competition and Clay Modellingactivity were conducted in all the study centersin Pune. Children came up with wonderful ideas to make Ganesh idols, Doraemon and Bahubali.

Diwali, the festival of lights was celebrated by our children by taking part in Diya painting, Lantern Making, Clay Fort Making and Rangoli Making competitions. Various snacks added flavour to their joys.

On behalf of the children and their parents we are very thankful to you for your donation and looking for your continued support!

Volunteers from Cisco
Volunteers from Cisco
Want to say Cheeeeese?
Want to say Cheeeeese?
Dandiya dance
Dandiya dance
Diwali Celebration
Diwali Celebration
Tatoo making
Tatoo making
Cap making
Cap making

Dear donors,

Warm greetings!

Is it not boring to just sit back and read about science? Children never like rote learning. How about making some exciting experiments of learning by doing?

IDEA tries to provide a wide range of exposure to children through practical experiences. Many experts, resource persons, volunteers and friends involve in such activities. But due to limited resources, we often train active and energetic youth so that they could pass on the same joy to many other children in various communities. 15 youth came forward to learn simple experiments explaining scientific concepts in a joyful environment.

A resource person from IUCAA gave a demonstration on science experiments for the youth associated with us. The exercise started with a story in which the story teller demonstrated making different types of caps from the newspaper. Children made farmer’s cap, chef cap, Gandhi cap, graduation hat, king’s crown, sailor’s cap and finally a gift box. Children were awed to see a demo of a maglev train made of five circular magnets, pencil, discarded sole of a rubber slipper and a compact disc. What fun to make straw sprinkler, matchstick models and a fish from paper!  A bulb was lighted by generating electricity through a windmill made out of compact disk and copper wires. Children were thrilled to balance two spoons on the toothpicks and see centre of gravity. Magical flute was made out of plastic straw to learn principles of sound. Understanding science behind magic was very exciting. The first thing children wanted to do after this exercise was to show it to their family and friends.

Every student need not become an engineer or a scientist. But they can at least understand the science behind any object or activity and think scientifically.  6 of them were very excited to act as a resource person and replicate simple experiments for other smaller children. So within a week, we had them together to facilitate their new inning as a teacher. Basic material was given to them and a bunch of these 6 youth conducted a few activities in other 4 slum communities in Pune. Their impression was “Didi (sister), we have become good storytellers and teachers now!”. They also had to do homework to back up their knowledge on science theory.

Children can make these toys themselves. Most of the toys can be made from trash and scrap material like bottles, cardboard, wire, nails, bicycle valve tube, paper, straw and magnets. Such exercises bring innovation in learning basic principles of science. Children had a lot of scope for observation as all the experiments were handy and involved a lot of fun. They could see objects made by each other, discuss loopholes and find a remedy. Most importantly it related them to ‘real life’.

Thanks to Mr. Arvind Gupta, a renowned science educator, who has developed such low-cost science teaching aids using locally available materials. The possibility of using ordinary things for learning science is very appealing for the children, their parents and teachers.

Thank you for your continuous support to let us spread the joy of learning science to the neediest children. We look forward to spread more joy to more children. The final Bonus day of the year is on 16th September. Please donate to keep our activities running.

Farmer
Farmer's cap
Hands on experiments
Hands on experiments
Magician teaching his tricks
Magician teaching his tricks
Learning passed on to smaller children
Learning passed on to smaller children
Game in the community
Game in the community

Dear donors,

Warm greetings!

Though the summer sun is blazing down on us with all its might, our children are cheerfully absorbing its rays of strength to brush up their skills and make the most of their vacations.

Summer Camp:

Charcoal drawing was introduced to the children by a resource person who explained its technique and demonstrated its process. Children who were interested in drawing enjoyed the session thoroughly since they had never done it before. They also received additional inputs to improve their drawing skills. The resource person supervised each participant and assisted them in enhancing their work. This activity was followed by a session on Sexual Abuse and a poster presentation by a resource person from SMS. The children had a lot to share and discuss during this session as they come across sexual abuse almost every day. They were also made aware of the rights of children while discussing the types of sexual abuse. The session was very interactive and effective as the children coming from slum communities can play a major role if such mishaps take place in their locality or come across eve teasing and similar incidents anywhere around them.

The second day of the summer camp was even more joyful as the children enjoyed meals and ice cream along with the vibrant sessions. The day started with Pottery with Clay modeling. A resource person taught children to make different objects like trees, frogs, snails and sparrows from clay. This was followed by a session on Creative Writing. Children were engaged in writing about a real hero in their lives. Later, musical instruments were introduced to the children through a question and answer test. An electric guitar was played by a guitarist. Children had many questions to ask as they had never had an opportunity to experience musical instruments like guitar live. Children received school bags, umbrellas, notebooks, colour palettes, book-stickers, book-covers and chocolates at the end of the day.

On the 3rd day, a session on personality development was organized. The resource person involved everyone present there in his session by using techniques like introductory game, mirror game, group activity, acting without speech etc. We had an overwhelming response from the children as they could open up and act freely throughout the session.

Balmelava (Children’s get-together)

230 children from Std. V to VII participated in the Balmelava. Resource persons from Balbhavan conducted various exciting activities for the children. They taught some unique songs and games to the children which were enjoyed thoroughly. A skit was then presented, followed by the final round of the spelling competition. After a sumptuous lunch, fun games were organized for the children by the youth group and the teachers. The memory game, tailing the elephant, putting the ball in the basket, one minute games, ring game etc. were played. Winning prizes got an additional flavor to their smiles. Towards the end, all children were presented with coloring books so that they could continue exploring their creativity at home.

Science Activity

A resource person from IUCCA conducted a science activity for the children. Children learnt science through Art. He showed various scientific techniques used by a magician and simple science mechanism used in day to day life. The children made a whistle out of a straw and learnt the voice modulation theory. They also made a simple sprinkler which the children enjoyed a lot.

Book Distribution: About 1000 books were received from a generous donor and our children had the golden opportunity to read them during the summer vacation.A few centers also had a resource person reading for them.

Thank you, dear friends, for reading this and bringing joy on the faces of these children. We look forward to your continued support so that we could spread their joy!

Charcoal drawing
Charcoal drawing
Science activity
Science activity
Straw activity
Straw activity
Read a book
Read a book
Innovation in games
Innovation in games
Near statute of a scientist
Near statute of a scientist

Dear donors,

Greetings from IDEA!

Holistic development encompasses development of intellectual, emotional, social, physical, artistic, creative and spiritual potentials of the child. We try to touch some of those aspects of development by creating various opportunities for the children in our projects. Exposure visit was one such effort.

Science Day: 28th February is celebrated as National Science Day in India to mark the discovery of the Raman Effect  by Indian physicist Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman. Students of the schools and colleges demonstrate various science projects as well as national and state science institutions demonstrate their research. This time we selected children from far off places and took them on a science ride in IUCAA. IUCAA is the Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, and is housed in University of Pune. It is one of the best institutions in the country for pure science and it opens its door for public only on science day as part of science popularization program. So we did not lose the opportunity. 21 children got to see Science Toys Demonstrations, Poster Presentations, screening of scientific films, Scientific Models and models exhibition. They were very happy to see the renowned institute. The interesting part of such events is to get an opportunity to interact with scientists through question and answer sessions. They got to know the ongoing research and contemporary work in the institute in a simplified language.

Enhancing English class: Most of the children in Lamanvasti and Shevkar vasti are from Marathi medium schools or lower English medium schools. They lack skills in English language mainly in reading and writing. Majority of them find difficulties in comprehension. There was a constant demand from these children to send a teacher for filling the gap. And we were fortunate to have about 4 post graduate students to teach the same. In Shevkar vasti, the class was conducted in an open terrace due to lack of space in the community. In Lamanvasti, we used a local temple for the class. The class continued for two months. 24 students in Shevkar vasti and 20 students in Lamanvasti were regular for this class. Within a span of two months, following topics were covered depending upon children’s age and need: alphabets, pronunciation, vowels, essay writing, sentence construction, sentence correction, grammar, punctuation, noun, verbs, adverbs, direct and indirect speech, adjectives, active voice and passive voice, leaflet writing, report writing, paragraph writing, degree of comparison, making newspaper advertisement and letter writing.

Challenges faced: Children’s pronunciation is influenced by their mother tongue. Practice is the only remedy to overcome this difficulty and we plan to concentrate on the same in the next phase. All these children are from a different age group which made it difficult to plan the study session. We had to make small groups for teaching sessions relevant to their age group.

Feedback from Divya who conducted a class in Lamanvasti:

“The knowledge that we gain throughout our lives serves a purpose when you give it to someone else and especially those who are deprived of it. It was an amazing experience teaching the kids of Lamanwasti Spoken English. These children are bright minded and if properly mentored, can achieve heights in their professional life. I thank IDEA for giving me this opportunity of interacting with these little angels and making me more socially aware. I would be happy to help these kids when and if back to Pune.”

Children and their parents were thankful for sending a resource person to far off places like Lamanvasti. They actually planned a send off for the teachers on the last day and surprised them with a gift as well. What you give comes back to you! Thank you donors for supporting our cause. We look forward to your generous support so that we can continue with our mission.

Science Day in IUCAA
Science Day in IUCAA
One to one teaching
One to one teaching
Activity based learning
Activity based learning
Ready for the click
Ready for the click
Methods we use
Methods we use
Science experiment
Science experiment

Dear donors,

Wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Our mission is to create equal opportunities to underprivileged sections of society for their all round development.’

Here is an attempt to bring underprivileged children in mainstream and provide them maximum opportunities just as any middle class child has an easy access to.

Film screening: movies can have a positive influence on children. It plays a critical role in creating political and social awareness. Children also learn values by observing good role models in the film. And most importantly, young generation is easily attracted by media. Therefore we planned to use films to educate children and create awareness. Recently, we screened a Marathi movie called ‘Rege’ for the teenagers. It talks about how vulnerable today’s youngsters are, how they get attracted to the glamour of underworld and eventually get trapped in the evils of it. This was very relevant to the environment children observe

Children are exposed to diverse culture outside their slums because of media. Our resource person understood this very well and took them on an environmental ride through films and dialogue on tree plantation, ground water and consumption of water. These films threw light on the present status of river pollution and tree cutting. Children have not seen water shortage because they live in a city which has ample water. Watching a film on ground water was an eye opener for children. We were overwhelmed by the feedback we received from them. It was definitely one step forward to become a responsible citizen.

Exposure visits:

  • IUCAA (Inter University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics) Galaxy Show (Taramandal): Under Scientific Public Outreach Program of IUCAA, 51 children from IDEA’s study centers and sponsorship program watched an interactive galaxy show in an inflatable dome. They could also visualize galaxy on an open air platform in IUCAA’s premises. It was a great beginning to understand basics of sky observation and astronomy.
  • STEM Program: 5 girls got an opportunity to attend a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) Program organized by Avsara Academy during Diwali. They thoroughly enjoyed ‘learning by doing’ science experiments. Watching those pictures many other girls exclaimed, “We too want to participate in this next year”
  • Science Park: 20 children visited Science Park in Pune. It included various innovative science experiments, 3D movie show on functions of human body and a galaxy show(Taramandal) in the planetarium. Solving science quizzes and puzzles outdoor in the park was fun for children!

 

Thank you donors for creating such wonderful opportunities for these children. It is certainly an essential part of education. Wish you all a very happy and healthy new year. Please continue your support to bring many needy and deserving children in the mainstream.

STEM Program
STEM Program
Visit to IUCAA
Visit to IUCAA
Outdoor science experiment in IUCAA
Outdoor science experiment in IUCAA
Outdoor experiment in Science Park
Outdoor experiment in Science Park
Education through films
Education through films
 

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Dr.Usha Pillai
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Pune, Maharashtra India
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