Thursday, December 8, 2016

“कमाल” ने किया आदतों में बदलाव

5:05:00 PM




 वर्तमान समय में बिहार के सभी डायट में प्रशिक्षु आज किसी ना किसी विद्यालय में शिक्षक है | इनके पास ज्ञान का भंडार है | कुछ नई चीजों को जानने के लिए उत्सुक तो कुछ प्रशिक्षण को भंग करने को तैयार | इन्हें प्रशिक्षण देने से पहले अपने आप को तैयार करना बहुत ही आवश्यक है क्योंकि ना जाने ये कब अपनी समस्याओं से भरे सवालों की बौछार कर दें  | जैसे – अपनी पुरानी पद्धति को छोड़ नई पद्धति का प्रयोग, कुर्सी पर बैठे रहना, छड़ी का प्रयोग आदि | अपने सवालों से इतना भटका देते हैं कि कभी-कभी मुद्दों को ही बदल देते हैं | कोई एक सवाल करता है तो उसके पीछे कई लोग खड़े हों जाते हैं |     

लेकिन कमाल के प्रशिक्षण के दूसरे दिन से लोग इसे समझने लगते हैं और कक्षा संचालन तक आते-आते ऐसा लगता है मानों वे अपनी आदतों को भूल गए है| “कमाल“ के प्रभावी प्रशिक्षण के बाद डायट के प्रशिक्षु अपनी पुरानी आदतों को से दूर बच्चों के बीच खड़े होकर कमाल के माध्यम से पढ़ाते हुए नजर आयें  | मैं सभी के बारे में तो ऐसा नहीं कह सकती पर, कुछ जगहों पर ऐसा देखने को मिला | इसलिए मैं कह सकती हूँ कि “कमाल” ने प्रशिक्षुओं को अपनी आदतों में बदलाव लाने के लिए किया प्रेरित | 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A library for all

3:27:00 PM
By Sachin, Laveena, Niraj, Rig, and Dr. Forsgren

Education, A library for all, learning

 This August, our CSR club at the American School of Bombay were able to visit not only one, but
two sites in one visit! It took place in Bandra east, where we visited 2 libraries not too far from
one another.

When we first arrived, as expected, the CSR group members were all shocked because of the
difference in their lifestyle, and the the lifestyle reflected by the area we were in. Tucked neatly
into the side of a building, as soon as we entered the library we were greeted by dozens of
smiling faces and a “Hello!” in unison. Immediately the trip became worth the time. When we
got the chance to sit down and hang around with the kids, they were excited to share the titles
of their favorite books and respond to questions about their future plans. Clearly they
understand the value of education to achieve their dreams. Pratham has established 20
“libraries” in this area according to representative Fazal Shaikh. Children can check out books
for two weeks at a time. Dr. Forsgren, our club mentor, was very impressed with how well one
of the young girls could read aloud her book. She was clearly proud of her abilities and
appreciated having an outsider support her understanding of the reading.

Laveena, an avid reader in our club was very impressed with what she saw. Seeing the children
in the library being so enthusiastic about reading was amazing, since she doesn’t see many
children being excited to read in my everyday life. It gave her a new perspective on how people
value things, as these children only have a chance to read at the libraries, and they love it, while
children in a more privileged situation often don’t take to reading since it is ‘old-fashioned’ or
‘boring’. After we concluded our visit to the first library, we said bye to our advanced readers
and moved on to the next site. This one was another secluded site that you wouldn’t expect to
be a fully functioning school. We climbed up a ladder and we walked in to our library/reading
camp. On the left hand side, we could see the kids who were in the reading camp - split up into
two sections. On one side, the kids were with the teacher and learning how to read words, and
on the other side, the kids were individually reading paragraphs and sentences on little cards
made by the teachers.

Education, A library for all, learning


It was around this time when we met Faizan. Faizan caught our eye when we were talking to
the paragraph readers, he was quietly sitting and smiling and letting his peers go on about their
favorite books and hobbies and future plans. When asked what they wanted to be when they
grew up, most kids responded with “Spider-man” or “police officer,” but Faizan surprised us
when he said he wanted to be an engineer! Immediately we knew that he recognized the
importance of his education and that it was imperative that he finished it so he could achieve
his dreams and give his family a better life. We were so delighted to hear about his aspirations,
at just the early age of 9! Faizan was such an interesting kid - he seemed like a 27 year old in the
body of a child! We were so surprised by his maturity when he was making fun of one of hs
peers who wanted to get married as soon as he finishes school. Faizan seemed like a very smart
kid and we hope that he will accomplish his dreams and give his family a better life. He was our
first guest on our facebook/instragram page, Humans of Pratham (@humansofpratham). We
will be updating the page with stories every week, and we hope you get to be even more in
touch with not just the beneficiaries of Pratham, but the teachers, the people behind the
scenes, and even the donors.

Education, A library for all, learning
Another highlight of the trip was our skype call with the students who run the Pratham Club at
the American School of the Hague - Victoria Puglia reached out to us and told us about all the
tireless campaigns they have started to raise funds for Pratham, which we hope to do similarly
at ASB in the near future. Victoria and her peers were super excited to see the impact they
were making in the lives of the future of India. The kids were just as excited to see them
virtually and gave the traditional “Hello!!” with big smiles and laughter and joy was returned
from the Hague. We were so happy to be able to connect the Netherlands to the projects in
India, because that is the founding idea of starting this CSR club. We want to be able to connect
the WORLD with what Pratham is doing, and we are doing it for people like YOU who are
reading this, so you can see how impactful and impressive the work Pratham is doing is.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Adapting to the Digitalization wave - Anganwadi workers

12:33:00 PM
In 1975, Government of India launched the “Anganwadi” program to combat child hunger and malnutrition. Until the last few years, all the recording and documentation for the program was done manually. Now after 40 years of successful service to the nation, Anganwadi workers are adapting to digital technology in order to meet the demand of managing and handling a large number of data and information.

Certificate Distribution Ceremony
One of our initiatives with Hewlett Packard (HP), which has its presence in 5 states through our 11 Community Based Centers, caters to people from underserved communities to become Digitally Literate. This program helps us to create tailor made courses as per the need and skill of our trainees. With our aim to make people digitally literate, our community based center in Panvel, Maharashtra has been providing crash courses to Anganwadi workers. This customized crash course focuses on the specific training need of these workers. Training duration could range from a few hours to a couple of weeks. Anganwadi workers primarily want to gain expertise in the usage of excel. Till now, we have trained 156 anganwadi workers. Talking about the impact of the course one of the Anganwadi workers said, 
“It is an awesome feeling, I had never touched a computer in my entire life prior joining this crash course. Learning computer was like a dream for me. As we have got computer exposure now, we can search information on the web and could learn about different government programs, plans, schemes and other related information which could be useful for the people we are working for.”

Anganwadi workers during the training in Classroom



In our Panvel center we also have different courses for Youth and Senior Citizen; we also operate special batches for Women and Students. We have Digital Sakshar Course (of 2 Months duration), Digital Sakshar Crash Course (1Month/ 3 Days), and various informative workshops (2-4 Hours). All these courses, in their own way, are contributing to a ‘Digital India’. 
As far as the Anganwadi workers are concerned they are an integral part of Indian public health care system. The main role and responsibility of these workers include providing basic health care information and services to Mother and Children such as contraceptive counseling and supply, nutrition education and supplementation, as well as pre-school activities. We are glad that we have played some role in their digitalization process. 

- Rakhi Mali 

Adapting to the Digitalization wave - Anganwadi workers

12:33:00 PM
In 1975, Government of India launched the “Anganwadi” program to combat child hunger and malnutrition. Until the last few years, all the recording and documentation for the program was done manually. Now after 40 years of successful service to the nation, Anganwadi workers are adapting to digital technology in order to meet the demand of managing and handling a large number of data and information.





One of our initiatives with Hewlett Packard (HP), which has its presence in 5 states through our 11 Community Based Centers, caters to people from underserved communities to become Digitally Literate. This program helps us to create tailor made courses as per the need and skill of our trainees. With our aim to make people digitally literate, our community based center in Panvel, Maharashtra has been providing crash courses to Anganwadi workers. This customized crash course focuses on the specific training need of these workers. Training duration could range from a few hours to a couple of weeks. Anganwadi workers primarily want to gain expertise in the usage of excel. Till now, we have trained 156 anganwadi workers. Talking about the impact of the course one of the Anganwadi workers said “It is an awesome feeling, I had never touched a computer in my entire life prior joining this crash course. Learning computer was like a dream for me. As we have got computer exposure now, we can search information on the web and could learn about different government programs, plans, schemes and other related information which could be useful for the people we are working for.”




In our Panvel center we also have different courses for Youth and Senior Citizen; we also operate special batches for Women and Students. We have Digital Sakshar Course (of 2 Months duration), Digital Sakshar Crash Course (1Month/ 3 Days), and various informative workshops (2-4 Hours). All these courses, in their own way, are contributing to a ‘Digital India’. 
As far as the Anganwadi workers are concerned they are an integral part of Indian public health care system. The main role and responsibility of these workers include providing basic health care information and services to Mother and Children such as contraceptive counseling and supply, nutrition education and supplementation, as well as pre-school activities. We are glad that we have played some role in their digitalization process. 

- Rakhi Mali 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Celebrating Children's Day in Shimla

4:06:00 PM
Children's day, Shimla, Blog for Pratham India


The “International Lavi Trade Fair”, the biggest commercial Fair held at Rampur, Shimla concluded early this week. The fair is organized every year to celebrate the glorious, social cultural economic history and legacy of Himachal Pradesh via an exhibition of quality products of the region.

Children's day, Shimla, Blog for Pratham India


What was more remarkable and unique this year was the Children’s Stall in which the District Administration of Shimla showcased PRERNA, a program launched to provide quality education to primary school children of the district in collaboration with District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), Shimla and Pratham Education Foundation. Hon’ble Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Acharya Devrat visited the stall and was all praise.

Children's day, Shimla, Blog for Pratham India

 From the materials displayed visitors got to know the core purpose of Prerna, to identify the gaps in primary education, steps and processes to implement the same, expected outcomes post implementation and the impact of such programs.  PRERNA stands for Program for Result Enhancement, Resource Nurturing and Assessment.


Children's day, Shimla, Blog for Pratham India


The stall was dived into 3 sections. The first corner was the testing corner where 260 children were tested on basic language (Hindi and English) and Mathematics in front of their parents. Report cards were also given to the parents on the basis of results.

The second corner was on Reading where children were provided interesting and colorful books to read.

Children's day, Shimla, Blog for Pratham India

The third was drawing activity corner in which children were provided drawing sheets, crayons & other materials and encouraged to draw things as per their ch oice. On Children’s Day, there were special arrangements for participation where children were given colors, pens and story books as gifts.

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Children participated in all activities with great enthusiasm. The parents also appreciated the stall and the activities that were being executed there. The testing of basic language and Math was something which they found very valuable.  Most of the visitors pointed out that it was for the first time that a stall was set up especially for children.

The stall was a key attraction for visitors especially children as well as their parents during its 4 days and got special attention of children on 14th November i.e. Children’s Day.  

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