Academic year 2016-2017 opened up for our students with a brand new SEWA project- Empathy. Brainstorming sessions with the students were organized to draft an action plan on how to proceed with the project and its scope.
Discussions were held in the class on the activities of the project. One of the activities done by the students, was to prepare 'who needs my help' worksheet. The students were asked to depict through words, prayers and poems about the needs of others and to provide assistance without being asked.
A thorough orientation of the students was taken on how they can help children who are differently abled. They were asked to think about those fighting with terminal diseases like Cancer, or those who belong to disadvantaged groups or are facing with physical challenges. Our students were asked to be in their shoes and see how they lead their lives.
As a school activity, the teachers planned their interaction, on rotation, with differently abled children and the young ones of class 1, 2, and 3 during examination time. The students were properly trained to guide and support the young children during the exam and also provide their assistance to the teachers.
The activity was planned to make the students empathize with other students, experience their fear and anxiety during the exam period. To make our students understand first how attempting a paper for a differently abled student can be a frustrating and a de-motivating task.
"I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization."- Roger Ebert
SEWA Assembly on Child Labour
Child labour has been an international as well as a national concern, because it damages, spoils and destroys the future of the children. The problem of child labour is a serious matter not only in India but also in other developing countries. But sadly India is home to the largest number of child labourers in the world. Children are the hope and future of a nation. Yet, there are millions of deprived children in our country who have never known a normal, carefree childhood.
Child Labour was taken up as the SEWA Project. The students spent more than two months dealing with the issue, had healthy discussions, field trips with their parents and even interviews of the child labourers were conducted as a part of the project. To bring the project to an ending, the classes prepared a small presentation wherein they tried to display their stance against child labour in their own way on 26th September 2015.
Class 3A1 presented a powerful skit, where they showcased how even a young child can help put an end to child labour and allow children to be free from the clutches of hardship. The students of class 3A2 presented a heart touching musical play based on the rights of the children. They highlighted the facilities that our government provides to poor children, who desire to study.
Class 4A showcased the life of a child labourer through a dance drama. They also portrayed the sentiments of a child who is bound by hard labour and how education has the power to bring about a beautiful change in his life. The students of class 5A sang songs that displayed how labour robs the childhood of these underprivileged children.
The entire programme came to a musical end, leaving everyone with a ray of hope that things will change and how the new generation has the power to make the world a better place to live.
Poster Making Competition Results
Child Labour is a great social problem; and so it was taken up as a SEWA Project. To encourage the spirit of competition and motivate them to think creatively on the issue; on 12.09.2015 and 14.09.2015 a poster making competition was conducted for classes 1 to 5 of CBSE(i), where in the students had the opportunity to take all that they had learnt and turn it into motivational slogans and colourful art work.
The Results of the poster making competition are as follows:
2nd : Mayank Tomar
2nd :Syeda Abeeha Adeeb
2nd : Tiasha Roy
2nd : Md. Mazhar
2nd :Tanishka Khodwal
2nd :Samiksha Gupta
We are very proud of the effort that all our children put into making these posters!
Road Safety Awareness
On 11th May 2015, CBSE-i teachers prepared their students for an assembly on the theme of Road Safety Awareness. The purpose of the assembly was to spread a word among other students of the school on how to be safe on the roads, the different types of transport we come across daily and the different traffic rules to be followed while commuting.
The one hour informative event included PPTs and road safety songs sung by our little tots, mime which highlighted the importance of wearing a helmet and the issues of road rage.
The event began with class 2A students singing about different types of transport that we come across in our daily life. The students of class 3A1 presented the 10 Golden Rules that we all must follow like not texting and wearing your seatbelts while driving, don’t mix drinking and driving etc through a power point presentation.
We all travel by airplanes all the time with our children not understanding, what really goes on at the airport. Class 4A decided to make the Airport Procedures that we must follow, clear to their fellow classmates through a simple and informative play. Class 3A2 danced on a peppy number and showcased different traffic signs we see on the roads, like Bumpy Road, Parking, Zebra-Crossing, U-Turn through formations made by the students themselves.
The students of class 5A stressed on the importance of wearing a helmet through an enthusiastic mime- “Hell met without helmet!” and the assembly came to an end with the musical performance by our little tots of class 1A, where they beautifully sang the song ‘Stop Look and Listen’ and spread the message of road safety in their own significant way.
Our teachers worked hard to come up with innovative ideas to spread ‘Road Safety Awareness’ among our students, and at the end of the program we all hope to have achieved our noble aim. We concluded our day with the singing of the National Anthem.
At Arwachin International, Dilshad Garden, on 09-05-15, one more intellectual augmentation took place under the experienced direction and guidance of Prof. M.M.Pant. He was welcomed by the Director Mr. Arun Sharma and the Principal Mrs Gracy Peter.
Professor M.M.Pant holds an international repute and standing in the field of padegogy. His lecture was the essence of his knowledge, understanding and experience on new pedagogies like:
- Flipped Classroom
- Mastery Learning
- Personalized Learning
- Social Learning
Apart from this, he enlightened us about many apps and software like ‘Duolingo, Mashup, Pictochart etc, which can help us as teachers, to reach out to the students who are not very comfortable in the classroom learning. It was a great experience as it brought the teachers abreast to the needs of the transforming learners of the new generation. He talked about how education is undergoing a sea change and why it has become all the more indispensable for the present day teacher to follow the time and understand the need of stepping out of the 'sage on the stage' to a 'guide by the side' role. He said that the “Learner Centric Education” is an eight fold path, that is:
- 1:Emerging Technologies facilitating Personalization
- 2: The access devices: world of multiple devices
- 3: The Learning Resources
- 4: The Learner ( autonomous self-directed)
- 5: The 21st Century Educator
- 6: The teaching-learning models
- 7: The assessments: badging for credentialing
- 8: The Group learning spaces
But he also stressed on the fact that as a child is after all a human being, he cannot evolve into a socially amicable, intellectually industrial and emotionally communicative adult without the involvement of his parents and the community. Thus the involvement of the parents and the community plays a very imperative role in their life.
While talking about the Bloom’s Taxonomy, he talked a little about ‘assessment and attributes of a good test that are- validity, reliability and discrimination. The ‘Educational Diagnostics’ he talked about were very vital from a teacher’s point.
The closing note had an E added to the formula of energy (by the great Einstein) E=mc2, where his formula, i.e, E & E=mc2, ment:
Before ringing the workshop to an end, Prof. Pant answered some doubts and questions of the teachers. It was a very interactive and an informative session.
CLEAN YOUR STREET!
On 19th Dec 2014, the CBSE-I students gathered together and put up performances, that they had been preparing for weeks, for the students of the school with only one purpose in mind- CLEAN YOUR STREETS! The message was put across by classes 1 to class 4 with innovative acts of Skits, Street Plays, Songs and Dances.
Here’s hoping that we and our students do our bit in keeping our city Clean and Green!
CLEAN YOUR STREET!
Social Empowerment through Work and Action (SEWA) is an integral component of CBSE-i. The objective of this programme is to highlight the importance of interdependence of all human beings in this shrinking global village. Keeping the purpose of SEWA in mind the teachers undertake projects to sensitize the children towards others and make them responsible individuals.
Clean your street was one such project and a lot of thoughts were put into deciding on the ways that would be best to influence the community. Hence, as our main event, we decided to take our children out on the streets to rally for our nation and spread awareness.
The project was planned well in advance were in each class was first made responsible for the cleanliness of their school premises. Each class was made ‘Cleanliness In-Charge’ for an entire week, and during this period the students of that class were to make sure that their surroundings were clean. They would go around the school during and after the lunch breaks collecting fallen paper etc. Along with this active duty, the teachers held discussions in the classes regarding the importance of keeping yourself and our surroundings clean.
The students also prepared badges, placards, banners and information pamphlets about keeping clean to be distributed to others during the rally.
On 18th December 2014 classes 2nd, 3rd and 4th of CBSE-I gathered together on a chilly morning and got ready to walk the rally. Students walked from the school to Chetak Complex near our school, shouting slogans like “Keep Clean, Go Green”, “Ek Do Teen Char, Kachare Ko Utao Yaar” and “ Galiyan Karo Saaf, Yeh Hi Hai Insaaf”. At the complex, few of our parents joined our effort to make our city beautiful. Class 4-A enthusiastically performed a street play, making the gathered crowd laugh as well as understand the message. From the complex, the students, teachers and the parents rallied on to a ‘Deer Park’ nearby and spent 45 minutes cleaning different sections of the park. After the cleaning, we wrapped up our day by one last performance of the street play for the onlookers who had gathered.
Our Social Family
Social Empowerment through Work and Action (SEWA) is an integral component of CBSE-i. The objective of this programme is to highlight the importance of the interdependence of all beings in this shrinking global village. Keeping the purpose of SEAW in mind the teachers undertake projects to sensitize the children towards others and make them responsible individuals.
As part of the SEWA project the children of classes 3 and 4 were taken to the Mother Teresa’s Orphanage for mentally challenged girls. The project was titles “Our Social Family” and the orientation of this project followed a step by step procedure. Initially, the teachers made the concept of a family clear to the children by highlighting the different roles that each member plays in their lives, the roles and responsibility they have in the family, family values and the personal bond they share with each member-that they are closest to, who they trust more and whom they can help etc. Once the concept and the importance of family was ingrained in our children’s minds, our teachers introduce the topic of different kinds of family in our society.
The photographs of the girls living in the orphanage were taken and pinned on the class boards in order to encourage a personal bond between the students and the girls before the visit. The photographs also acted as an introduction to ‘Disability Awareness Week’ for the children. Teachers for almost a week introduced the topic of disability to the children through various activities, video and discussions. The children of classes 1, 2,3 and 4 were also asked to make gifts like cards, photo frames, jewellery etc. for the girls of the shelter before the visit.
The sisters of Mother Teresa’s Convent have been providing shelter, food, medical care and an abundance of love to 20 odd girls who suffer from mild to severe mental retardation among other ailments. There are a few working girls who help the sisters with the household chores and lend a hand with the looking after of and caring for these differently abled girls. The sisters were very welcoming when our school approached their shelter for the project and encouraged us to keep doing similar outreach projects.
On 10thMay 2014, 48of our students, accompanied by 3 teachers visited the orphanage. During the one and a half hour long visit , the children spent a lot of time sitting down with the girls in small groups and helping them with colouring the stenciled images provided by our talented art teacher Mrs. Isha Sachdeva. The girls were also given the handmade gifts made by the students of classes 1 and 2, which ranged from cakes to jewellery boxes to decorated dupattas and pencil stands. Once the colouring activity was over, all the children had a small dance party with the girls. The students enthusiastically taught some new dance moves to the girls who happily followed them.
Among the girls living in the orphanage, 5 girls were bed ridden nd hence could not be a part of the festivities. So after the dance party, our students went up to their rooms to meet them. They narrated stories to the girls, who listened attentively and were happy with all the love and attention they got.
A few of the parents of the school’s students also took part in the visit and stayed with us for the entire duration. We saw a great deal of compassion, understanding, kind curiosity and an eagerness to help and bond with the girls. We concluded our visit on this high note and returned to our school.