Setu News Magazine - September 2013
Editorial : The Setu Academy at Village Nithari Noida was gifted a Science Lab by Secure Givings which was formally inaugurated on 16th August 2013 by Garima and Mahima Mam from Concern India Foundation. The Centre has now been equipped with A physics, Chemistry and Biology lab with all world class facilities. The lab shall enable
our students across all our facilities in Noida including our Tuition Centre students to ensure practical learning and enhancement of knowledge thru experiential and activity based learning.
It give me great pleasure in dedicating this facility to the students of Setu.
Jyotsna Srivastava , Program Coordinator
1. Knowledge sharing and Activities by Volunteers
School Volunteering : Mayoor School continued its Inter School Interaction with Setu and a large no of students visited Setu and shared their knowledge with the students of Setu. The focus during these activities was on Maths. On 10th July 2013 from Mayoor School class 5th students along with their Maths teacher came to share their learning with our students. They participated in activity on triangles and shapes. Students worked in groups and enjoyed in working together. The activity on 24th July 2013 was conducted by students of class 7th from Mayoor School.
According to their teacher session was very entertaining and Setu students are very intelligent and they want to learn more and more. The Class VIII students along with Maths teacher visited on 30th August 2013.
An English Activity was held on 14th August 2013 by students of class 5th who along with their English teacher conducted group events. Our students enjoyed a lot and at the same time they learnt and finally students of class
Current session onwards Cambridge School Noida changed its model of volunteering. They had supported three
beneficiaries of Setu from sewing center by providing them sewing machines. The aim is to impact their lives by supporting them in increasing their livelihood. They handed these machines on a valedictory function of their school.
Our Students were invited by Millennium school to attend Spic Macay. They had organised classical music program.
It was for the first time our students went to attend live concert. They enjoyed a lot and said it was an experience which they will remember through out their lives.
Sri Ram Millennium School invited us on their open house to put up a stall for fund raising. We went with
materials prepared by our students. It was liked by the parents and they came forward to support our mission.
Volunteers from Cummins : On 13th September volunteers from Cummins came through i volunteers to our centre to give information on save energy, recycle of waste materials and disposal of garbage. These types of workshops reinforce students to think about their environment.
Volunteers from LFT (Leaders for Tomorrow) which comprises of College students have tied up with Setu to conduct sessions on Hygenie and Moral Values. The students have decided to spend 8 week-end with our students at Setu starting September 2013 on a regular basis on Saturdays to educate our students on moral values. They devote around one hour with them.
2. Activities at Setu
Workshop for Sewing Center This time we had organised a workshop for sewing center. Both the batches were combined and a person from out side came to teach a new garment and gave some simple tips on designs.
Convocation at IT: During convocation selected movies were shown which were made by students during the
summer camp. Students were also given title of “best Tally Student” and “Best Basic IT Student”. Rest of the students were given certificates on completing the course successfully.
Blood Donation camps : Blood donation camps were organised on 11th July at three different locations of Dell. Noida and Gurgaon were organised with Noida Rotary blood bank and at Mohali, it was organised with local Rotary
blood bank. In total 480 units were collected. Thanks to Dell employees. Another camp was organised at NIIT Gurgaon on 17th July 2013. In the month of September two BDC were organised at RMSI and Logix and 56 units were collected.
Health Camps : On 2nd July Eye camp was organised at Salarpur for 60 students with the help of Focal point. Some of our students were identified with weak eye sight and were suggested for specs. Dell volunteers supported the event with the support of I Care hospital they had organised an Eye check up camp on 9th September at
Activities with Lioness club : This year Lioness club is supporting Setu time to time. On 15th August they sponsored the refreshment for the students. They have also organised Taekwondo training for our 10 girls at Noida club, Sector 26, Noida. We formed a mother’s group who took responsibility to take all 10 girls to sector 26 on rotation. This training is for two months and twice a week.
On 14th September Hindi day of the club had organised a lecture on importance of Hindi for senior classes at Nithari.
Workshops on Environment and Road Safety by Setu Students: Setu students along with teachers visited a private school and an NGO School to spread awareness on environment and road safety. Through skit, songs and posters they communicated the message on protection of environment and measures to ensure Road Safety.. They were appreciated by students and teachers of both school.
3. Students Corner
Meet Ankit Kumar, 18 years, lives with her parents in Nithari. His father works in Export Company and mother is a house wife. His father is not able to support his higher studies so he decided to work and save for his education. He wants to do hotel management course but because of financial constraints he couldn’t fulfil his dreams.
Few days back he came to know about Job placement through SETU. He got selected for Barista coffee shop. He
went through five days of training and got placed in sector 18. Now he is very satisfied with his job as he is earning 6900/- per month. He says now I want to continue with this job as this will help him in achieving what I want to do in
Honey was in class 3rd when she joined Setu. She is daughter of Ajay Sharma and Aarti Sharma. Ajay Sharma, a tailor by profession, earns Rs 7000 per month to take care of his family of 6. She has two younger sisters and one younger brother. Her mother is a housewife.
She loves to paint and watch television and she aspires of becoming a teacher. She says, “From this school I have gained a lot as I get chance to learn through different activities like theatre, workshops, interacting with students of other schools, etc gives us confidence as well as enhances our knowledge.
PVR- Soft Launch of cine arts movie on steer to safety, film made by students last year was held on 9th July 2013. The program started with theatre on road safety, song by students and students shared their experiences. Trophies was given to all schools that were part of movie making last year and the film made by Setu was also awarded.
Tiny tots of Setu - My Village School held their own activities - Coffee day and Raince Dance. The Young buds showed high level of participation and enjoyed both the events especially the rain dance. This was a
different experience for them.
Independence Day celebration: Independence Day celebration started with hostingof the national flag by the Chairperson Setu along with tiny tots of Setu. This was followed by National anthem and cultural program performed by students all the Setu centres including the tuition centre at Harola and Salarpur. The program was a hit with compilation of patriotic songs, dances and speech by students. They recollected the memories of freedom
fighter reminding us all of the sacrifice made by them. Refreshment for students were organised by Chetna club ladies.
Independence Day celebration at Dell : On 13th August 2013, Setu students along with three teachers visited Dell for celebrating Independence Day with their employees. They conducted quiz competition and collage making activity for the students. The students participated with a lot of energy and vigor in both the activities and expressed their talent during the show.
Students of Class V along with two teachers attend an English theatre workshop on 31st August class at Cambridge School Noida. This was First time experience of such a show for some of the students.
Rail museum Educational Trip: Students from Nithari and Salarpur had a picnic cum educational trip to the rail museum as educational trip. They really enjoyed the trip. For Setu School Salarpur students it was the first outing and all children enjoyed a lot.
Rakhi Celebration: Rakhi was celebrated with full enthusiasm at the center. In primary section they made Rakhi and in the senior section they had extempore. The competition was for both the sections.
The most awaited day by students as well as by teachers, Teachers Day was celebrated ON 5th September 2013 with full enthusiasm. Senior students enacted the role of their teachers and they had organised a small function for all the staff which was very well planned and organised.
4. Staff corner
Dimple Vohra, In charge of My Village School, joined Setu on 18th February 2009, as junior facilitator at Salarpur center. She worked there for a year and got transferred at Nithari center, in primary wing. In the academic year 2013-14 she has been promoted and teaches social studies to the senior students.
She stays in sector 37 with her family of five members. She is a single parent and manages her family and Setu
job very well. She says, she leads a balanced and dignified life with support of Setu. According to her it’s like a family where we share our personal problems and gets support for that.
After joining Setu her confidence level has improved. Earlier she was very introvert and use to hesitate in interacting with strangers but now she has got so much of exposure with outside world (due to volunteering with different schools and corporate) that now she feels she can handle any situation.
Hemlata Shaw, is in charge of Harola Tuition center. She joined Setu in 2008 as junior facilitator and worked till 2011. After that she is continuing with tuition center. She stays in Sector 5 Noidawith her family. She is blessed with a son and daughter. She left teaching because her children are too young and she couldn’t balance between the two. She is teaching 15 girls at her place who are enrolled at our tuition center.
She encourages her students by giving them extra information on GK and involving them in different activities. On Saturdays she plans picnics at the nearby park or antakshari, dance etc. to keep them motivated. Her students are very close to her they share their problems with her.
Hemlata says she is able to do all this in her tuition center as she has learnt at Setu School while teaching. She further says, I want to give these girls more and more as their parents can’t spend time with them. At last she says, Setu is close to my heart so I’ll like to teach more and more girls in my tuition center.
Teachers Skill Improvement Programs
Two teachers from Setu attended the workshop on Life skills for adolescents which was organised by UNICEF on 27th July and 28th July 2013 at HCL, Noida. Mr. Jay Pal from Chennai conducted the workshop. The main objective of the workshop was to identify the issues of adolescence and to understand their needs. Developmental changes
during this phase were discussed through different activities. For practical session the participants were taken to one school where they conducted the activity which was taught to them. According to teachers it was very informative.
Workshop for teachers on “Lesson Planning” on 20th July 2013 was organised by iVolunteer in Delhi. Two teachers participated in that workshop. They were given some simple tips for making their class more interactive.
On 6th July 2013 English training was conducted by Ms Renu from Pratham organisation. All our staff attended the workshop.
Staff training on 17th August 2013 on leadership qualities and situation handling was organised. It was attended by all Setu staff. Movie “Chak De India” was used as medium to understand how to deal with typical leadership and team building situations.
Workshop on Power point presentation : On 21st September a workshop was conducted by our IT Incharge for School teachers. All the staff attended the workshop and learnt how to make a presentation.
5. Invite for Setu Diwali Mela
All of us at Setu Invite you to the Setu Diwali Mela on 26/10/2013. The Setu Diwali is conceptualised as a learning event for our children and is arranged by the children and who are supported by their teachers. Please join us from 10.00 am to 4 .oopm at the Setu School Nithari Sector 31 Noida.
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WISHING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A VERY HAPPY DIWALI
Students and Staff of Setu