Shalini Fellows during quarterly workshop
I. Executive Summary
The programme aims to promote academic excellence and foster personality development of young girls from socio-economically challenged background. Since 2002, this programme has benefitted over 2000 girls, mentored by 120 accomplished persons in 5 states.
In the project cycle of April to June ’12, the project successfully extended its service to 1266 fellows in all 5 chapters (Delhi, Dehradun, Kurukshetra, Aurangabad and Kolkata) with the generous support our esteemed donors.
In Delhi all fellows completed successfully their 12th board exam with good percentage and they are highly thrilled to go to the college. Their parents are also very happy to send the girls for higher studies as USF programme is not only supporting their wards with financial assistance but also guiding them throughout in their courses.
College exams were also concluded and fellows are eagerly waiting for their result. Some of them are enjoying their vacation, some engaging in part time jobs and a few are doing internships.
During the reporting period, in Delhi, 1 Alumna meet, 3 small group workshops, 1 quarterly workshop meet were organized.
As a new chapter is coming up in Phagwara hence meeting with the DEO.
II. Highlights from Last Reporting Period
At a Programme level, the following have been the achievements in Delhi:
- 50 fellows form Delhi appeared their 12th final exam and all of them have passed. The break up is as follows:90-99%=08, 80%-89%=08, 70%-79%=19, 60%-69%=9. Below 60%=06
- Ms. Manika an alumna of the programme donated Rs.5000 from her salary as she has been selected on a contractual post with MCD School, Samaypur Badli.
- Anuradha Gupta received a call from University of Copenhagen, Denmark and have been selected for masters in Pharmaceutical Chemistry
- Ayesha Farah, 6th, made an electronic project alarm. Besides she got offers from three renowned companies in the college placement.
- Monika Gupta form 5th batch cleared GATE with 88%.
- Nancy Kalra, 5th, got certificate for Microsoft Certified Professional.
- Isha Arora got selected to participate in IAP conference 2012 in Mumbai for a week Competition
- Akansha Rikhari scored 100/100 in mathematics in B.Sc (Computer Science). She also ranked 2nd in her class and won 3rd position in Ad-MAS in college festival.
- Sangeeta Yadav has cleared Central Teachers Eligibility Test.
- Srishti, 7th batch, got 100% marks in Mathematical Physics in North Campus.
- Yashika Mehdiratta, 7th batch, cleared CTET with 74%.
- Archna 8th batch, topped in 1st year practical examination from Rukmini Devi College of Education in her course of DIET (ECCE).
- Anshika, 8th batch, got scholarship for scoring 80% marks in 11th.
- Madhubala, 8th batch, got Lal Bahadur Shastri Scholarship. Besides she appeared for an aptitude test conducted by DICS & got 83% marks.
- Gitika Gupta, 10th batch, topped in Commerce Olympiad with 97%.
- Kalpana Garg, 10th batch, not only got 2nd position in 11th exam but also she became the school topper in Commerce Olympiad.
- Sonu Tomar, 10th batch, got 1st position in Science Olympiad.
III. Details of Progress during Reporting Period
A. Workshops:Quarterly Workshop on Global Warming Facilitators: Mr.Sameer Pathak, Mr.Bandhan, Mr. Paras & USF Team
Need of the topic:
1) Till now environmental topic was not taken up.
2) As an assertive & contributing future citizen of this country our fellows need to know about it.
3) Through peer awareness a large of people could be educated.
4) This is the only occasion where such a large number of fellows could be addressed.
- Fellows got to know about Global Warming in a detailed way.
- Audio Visual clippings facilitated the learning an interesting one.
- Fellows are empowered about dos & don’ts hence in the social campaign they will be able to take effective participation.
- By generating awareness for one fellow ultimately one house hold is reached. As fellows will work as peer educators.
- Fellows were highly motivated to see ordinary people attaining extra ordinary feat.
B. Residential Camp at Greater Noida from 6th June to 11th June for the fellows of Delhi.
The factors of organizing this camp are as follows:
- Residential camp promotes active learning through direct personal experience and offers excitement, fun and adventure within a frame work of safety, which enabling them to be successful leaders of tomorrow.
- The purposeful use of leisure time is increasingly seen as making an important contribution to an accomplished leader.
- Challenging experience of outdoors impacts powerfully upon a young person’s intellectual, physical, spiritual, social and moral development, which ultimately judges their on the spot decision making ability.
- It empowers young individual to facing up challenges so that they overcome fears and apprehensions along the way.
- Participation in exciting and enjoyable outdoor activities with youth worker and peers reinforce a positive attitude to education and contributes significantly to the general ethos of a group.
- Tomorrow’s successful citizens will possess the adaptability to cope with a rapidly changing world of work and the responsibility to be a contributing member of a society.
Outcome of the activity:-
- Got an experience of practical challenges of living outside which otherwise which would not have been possible with their respective family.
- Through sharing, by involving in practical situations, by leading a group, all the fellows got an opportunity to enhance their analytical thought process.
- Various platforms & situations boost up their confidence level.
- Enhanced their understanding about cross cultural diversity.
- Got an opportunity as well as a platform to interact with people from different back ground. This in turn, facilitated to have them wider solutions to their respective problems.
- Through different real life like situations fellows were required to solve various problems as well as to give their decisions on the spot. This facilitated to enhance their leadership qualities and personality.
- Sharing of each other’s success stories increased their awareness related to women empowerment.
- Through the tough schedule & vibrant programs/activities made them to be an assertive person. This helps them to be a contributing member of the society.
- Last but not least the whole process facilitated to learn with fun.
C. Alumnae meet on way forward in Delhi on 23.06.12
Purpose of the meet :
1) To start a formal body of alumnae.
2) Selection/election of office bearer.
3) Reaching out to more Alumnae.
4) Bigger association with the USF activities.
1) Office bearers are selected to go for election.
2) Alumna’s involvement in the USF’s activities for the next quarter decided.
3) Next quarter’s activities are planned.
D. Small Group workshops on Communication Skills on 01/04/12, 06/05/12 & 03/06/12.
Across most disciplines and industries, communication skills are listed as the top skills required by employers. Well-developed communications skills are a must, not only for getting hired and future job advancement, but for almost every aspect of day-to-day communication in any career. Besides in the last quarterly workshop in April, a number of fellows expressed their desire to have workshops on professional advancement specially how to face an interview and to improve personality. Keeping all these in mind this topic on Communication Skill is selected.
The topics covered in the workshop:
1) What is communication and communication skills?
2) Communications goals.
3) Most common ways to communicate.
4) Types of communication.
5) Barriers to communication.
6) Communication process.
7) Communication code scheme.
8) Components of communication.
9) What makes a good communication?
10) How to develop the communication skill and exploring the related field.
11) Tips to good communication skills.
a) Importance of communication skill in terms of communication process.
b) How to prevent distorted messages.
c) How to make communication an effective one.
E. Disbursement of fellowship: A scheduled instalment was disbursed in the month of June ’12.
IV. Key Performance Metrics
Stakeholders: Direct beneficiaries (cataract patients / street children/ women trainees)
Numbers reached till last reporting period:
We reached out to 2070 girl fellows, out of which 50 fellows touched through your support and all are still continuing with the fellowships in Delhi.
Change in numbers this reporting period: Nil
Stakeholders: Indirect beneficiaries
Numbers reached till last reporting period:
Exact figures cannot be derived, but these girls are attending various educational institutes/neighborhood, an average size of the family is 5. All of them are sensitizing about the child rights and girl’s education.
Change in numbers this reporting period: Nil
V. Enablers and Challengers
1. Limitations/Constraints/External factors that stopped you from achieving the desired results:
All the fellows can’t take participation in the camp as special coaching classes are being organized by various coaching centers and schools during that time period
2. Strengths/Enablers that helped you achieve more than you had planned :
Association of group of professionals with the programme is bringing a new aspect in the professional development of the fellows.
Gradual involvement of Alumna in the conduction of workshops is also motivating the existing fellows to prepare training module for workshops on their own.
Fellows coming on their own to donate towards the programme.Is reflecting the fulfillment of programme’s objective of giving back to the society.
Residential camps with Shalinis
Shalini Fellows during small group workshops