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Celebrating children’s spirit

Good morning friends.  I’m sure this day will be a special day to all parents, especially to all children, as it is the Children’s Day.  Children will be our future hope that’s why all parents must guide our children in a good way and in a right way.  We should always boost and uplift our children while they are growing.  And it is the right time for them to teach everything. 

The day had something in store for every child. For once, the difference between the haves’ and the have-nots’ melted away, as children from every stratum of society had something to cheer their spirits on Children’s Day. 

The British Library had a workshop on the theme of story-telling for children aged 8-12. The library also unveiled a fresh collection of books by contemporary British authors, which had the children all excited.

Children of Visamo Kids Foundation, besides participating in a rally protesting against child labour, performed a skit narrating the differences between their life, before and after joining the NGO, punctuating it with little personal inputs on the way.

At Ahmedabad Management Association, YJ Trivedi AMA Academy for Intellectual Property Rights organized a workshop on Intellectual Property Rights’. Young minds got an insight into rights to protect trademark, patents, copyrights, industrial design and trade secrets.

At the Shahpur Memorial School, YUVA volunteers organized a magic show, where about 150 children had a memorable time trying their hands at various magic tricks. With free goodies distributed at the end, the children went back with large, bright smiles on their faces. Similarly, at a couple of municipal schools in the city, the Ahmedabad chapter of CII (Confederation of Indian Industry)’s Young Indians’ group put together an animated moral-based story-telling session as well as a puppet show, where about 300 children participated and had a whale of a time. – The Times of India

Health guidelines for schools

Good morning friends.  Summer is almost done.  I’m sure everybody was did enjoyed their summer vacation especially all students.  They should now be preparing for the coming school opening.  It’s good to know that there will be health guidelines for every school.  We should always think about the health of our children as they are still young and can easily acquire disease if they were not given a proper health care.

Both aided and unaided schools in the city would soon be given fresh guidelines by the Delhi government on medical preparedness.

The decision was taken after the government-appointed committee submitted its report to the Directorate of Education (DoE) on Wednesday. The report cited lapses on the part of Modern School, Vasant Vihar, in handling the case of Class XII student Aakriti Bhatia who died on her way to hospital following an asthma attack on the school premises on April 21.

“We are preparing the guidelines in consultation with the health department and they will be issued in two-three days,” said education minister Arvinder Singh Lovely.

While the Delhi School Education Act, 1973 under rule 38 mentions the need of a part-time or full-time medical officer, Lovely said: “The new guidelines would be more comprehensive and would be mandatory for schools.”

Meanwhile, a day after the DoE’s report was submitted, the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child’s Right (DCPCR) has decided to move Delhi High Court for registration of a criminal case against the school, accusing it of negligence in the matter.

The DoE report, though holding principal Goldy Malhotra responsible, didn’t direct any action against her. Said sources in DoE, “Malhotra came to know of the incident very late. Also we have to take into account how much of `puffs’ she (Aakriti) took, how ill was she the day before, what effect the ongoing construction had on her, among others, before coming to any conclusion.”

Even sources at DCPCR said although being the principal Malhotra should be held responsible for what happened in her school, the principal was informed late about the development. –The Times of India

A special performance by specially-abled

Good morning friends.  When I heard news about specially-abled children, I feel the admiration with my heart.  The government should focused on that kind of children. 

They might give Bollywood dancing sensations a run for their money! Shaking a leg to salsa, jive and hip hop fused with Bollywood numbers, a group of specially-abled children stunned the audience at Tagore Hall on Sunday.

These special children were performing at the celebration of 25 years of Madhurya Bhuvan a centre in Bapunagar which helps specially abled children and youth in Ahmedabad. Laxmi Patel, one of the special children was delighted after being applauded by a huge audience.

Sister Elsa Rodriguez of the Sisters of Charity of St Anne started the first centre in Ahmedabad. On the occasion,  “It was heartening to see the children performing on their own. They are not any lesser than any one else. There is a growing awareness among parents and society for these children.”

The centre has 85 girls and boys from diverse backgrounds in Ahmedabad while at another centre in Kadi, it houses 55 special youth.

Suman Lata Goyal, mother of a 20-year-old specially-abled Nikita says, “The children are trained to develop skills that will help them to stand on their own in society. My daughter used to be aggressive but now, she is calm and is learning things well.”

Sister Ramila Isudas of the centre says, “These children are taught, to look after themselves, read, write, draw, paint. They are also given pre-vocational training. They are encouraged to be involved in extra-curricular activities like games, song, dance and drama and they also celebrate all festivals.”

Photo courtesy:   timesofindia

aProCh to make children ‘street smart’ on Republic Day

Good morning friends!  I believe that children should give the chance to be seen as imaginative and artistic, they should be heard as their voice matters. 

 

A protagonist in every Child (aProCh), an initiative of Riverside School, will organise an event — Street Smart — on Monday in a bid to convert streets into playground for children. The programme is being held in association with with J G International School to mark the Republic Day.

 

The event aims to give children experience of exploration, creativity, curiosity and community, said an aProCh release on Sunday, adding that it offers the perfect platform for children to claim ‘ownership of their own city’.

 

The main activities during the day include building a solar system with help of astronomer Tanmaye Vyas, live band and magic show, interactive dance workshop by Shiamak Davar Dance Academy and face painting and tattooing among others. Around 2,000 children will participate, the release said.  “aProCh believes that children need to be seen as creative, they be heard as their voice matters, and they need to be talked about as protagonists,” said the release.

 

Over 300 children from four organisations — Arzoo, Sarjan, Sunflower and Yuva Unstoppable — will be special invitees.  It will also have 50 children from its newly started Tees Ka Dum One on One Tutoring Centre from the Sadar Bazaar Community on the Airport Road.

 

City Mayor Kanaji Thakor, municipal school board chairman Manubhai Raval and its administrative officer Dr L D Desai are scheduled to attend the event.  AMC has endorsed the sound, light and stage arrangements for all Street Smart events while Gujarat Law Society has provided space for back office arrangements and power.

 

Ref: The Indian Express

The key to simpler learning

Good morning friends. Learning is very important.  And it’s hard to learn everything but there will always be a simpler key.  Let me tell you now after reading  the article in reference to The Times of India.

 

Computers have come to occupy a central place in our lives and the importance of teaching young children how to use them cannot be understated. But, surprisingly, when it comes to training young kids in computers,  computer technology treats a three-year-old at par with a grown-up. And elaborate and complex keyboards are a case in point.

 

 

Today, there is an increasing demand to devise simpler keyboards that do not bulldoze or challenge the kids with 108 different keys. The idea is to but encourage them to learn from it, effectively use it and therefore, make computers more meaningful.


So, we could say that ‘IT’ comes with a bias — the child-bias. Imagine the helplessness of a child who has just learned his first alphabets and is struggling with the complexity of a typical keyboard. Perhaps that is why most children start tapping all the keys with both hands at one time. As a result, even though a child may be immensely drawn to the computer, the child-unfriendly input gadgets would fail to convert his curiosity into something productive.

However, there is still hope with some encouraging innovations being made to make keyboards more child-friendly. One such child-friendly keyboard available in the market has its keys colour coded and both, the keys and the alphabets imprinted are larger. Besides, it has only half the keys (63 essential keys) found on a typical keyboard.

Imagine how such a simple innovation can make computers as a whole far more accessible and engaging for young children. Such a keyboard, for example, enables even a play-school going child to learn and operate the computer on his own. Even my son, who about 2 years old, often chooses the mouse over the regular keyboard. But, he was much more open to the simpler keyboard. Now, he loves identifying the alphabets and typing. As a result, not only is he learning the alphabets on the keyboard, he is also learning to use the computer.  

We all try and make things simpler and more and attractive for our children. So, why not do the same for them when it comes to learning how to use computers? This age is all about accelerated learning and now, we have an opportunity and the means to achieve this.

Moulding young minds with narratives

Good morning friends.  Our kids is our treasure.  It depends on us what’s the perfect way to mould them.  We parents are responsible for them.  So we have to give them the most.  Let me share you one article I have read with reference to The Times of India.

 

Children are like empty suvarna paatra’, waiting to be filled to the brim. Ishira Parikh and Maulik Shah demonstrated through Dashavatar’, a 90-minute, 10-unit dance drama, each self-contained, for Ahmedabad International School how it is possible from time to time to put nectar into this paatra’ drop by drop so that the kid grows up rooted in our culture and healthy attitudes.

Still at the threshold of teenage, children have an exposure to Sanskrit through poet Jaydev, to the fascinating world of Indian mythology, the dance form Kathak they can confidently learn and Indian classical music, graceful Indian costumes, ornaments and hairdo. Had the exposure continued, some of them would almost certainly take to Kathak and some others at least appreciate classical music and Sanskrit literature.

Following Yada yada hi dharmashya glanirbhavati’, each incarnation gets celebrated as a form of Lord Vishnu with the chant of Om namo Narayana’. Each is distinguished – besides colour, narrative and mood – with neat clusters and expressive movement. The kids divide themselves into groups and move horizontally, slantwise, in concentric circles, their hands flow upward and on sides, eyes normally following them!

Elements of Kathak grow skeletal while Neeraj Parikh’s music becomes less complex with carefully slow enunciation of words of shlokas. It’s a delight watching a girl doing chakkars’, little girls acting as Vamans’, a bevy of them here emulating dance on aaj shringaar karat chali’ and mohe chhedo naa Nandkishor’ there. Seeing the combats depicted, where boys are equal partners, one feels that righteous anger has a place in life if it culminates in positive action.

Avtaar’ is an effective mythical metaphor. Kalki the 10th, still awaited of the incarnations in the cycle of divine beings could be in the form of the rising of collective social consciousness, which would through the force of its positive power combat and conquer the evil in the society and universe. The wait could be shorter if everyone in society wakes up to their dharma’ soon.

Children of the Lesser God

Dressed in rags, with unkempt hair, seven-year-old Rani sweeps the floor of a building. She gazes at the adjacent school, where children of her age study and play. But, for her, it’s an unfulfilled dream. She has an ailing mother to take care of.

Caught in a vicious cycle of poverty, hunger and exploitation, such children crave for better opportunities, hope and dignity. Restaurants, tea-stalls and as households do not hesitate to employ theses young kids. When asked why he employs children, a kitleewala in Naranpura, says, “They come from poor families, desperately need jobs and work sincerely. That’s why we employ them.”

Children who work as domestic help wake up between 6 and 7 am and get to sleep only after 11 pm. “I want to go to school and learn English. My parents can’t afford to educate me. I don’t like working, but I have no choice,” says 10-year-old Maya, working as a domestic help.

Though child labour is banned in the country, millions of kids are put to hard labour. A child worker, as defined by UNICEF, is aged between 5-14 years. Use of children as labourers is rampant in agriculture sector, industries such as match box making, sari manufacture, gem cutting and polishing and many others all across Gujarat.

According to a survey, Surat has the maximum number of child labourers. “Although Gujarat has an active labour department, which has carried out raids at many places, rescuing these children, it is not possible in all sectors,” says child-rights activist, Sukhdev Patel.

Sometimes, child labourers work for long hours with no rest or remuneration. Eleven-year-old Jay lost his parents and works at a tea-stall in Vastrapur to support himself. He puts up with beatings and hunger and earns just Rs 20 per day.

Bans have worked only in some sectors. And, the reality is that in many cases children

have to work to as a necessity, to support themselves and their families.

Gujarati beauty lights up UK this Diwali

A nice news to share with you all this Diwali time.  I’m sure if all our children will help their parents, there will be handful help.  And also with this, children will be prepared somewhat to do their own business if time comes.  Let me share it with you.

 

She’s a cracker of a beauty. And, after winning hearts in UK when she was crowned Miss Great Britain two years ago, this girl with roots in south Gujarat is lighting up the country yet again. This Diwali, she is lending a hand to her father’s business, helping him sell crackers from his shop in Middlesborough.

 

Before Preeti Desai, 27, set out to walk the ramp and moved to London, she was a regular at her father’s shop, G2 Fireworks. But, a successful career in modelling and the crown have not kept Preeti away from being a help to her father as Indians in UK set out to celebrate Diwali.

“Even after she won the Miss Great Britain title, she helps me in my business. With her busy schedule in modelling and trips abroad she finds time for my business. She always takes interest in our family business,” says Preeti’s father Jitu Desai, who hails from a village near Surat and moved to UK at the age of 14. Preeti is the first person of Indian origin to win the Miss Great Britain title. Her interest in her father’s fireworks business is evident, with her official website full of her experiences in the shop.


“I officially began working for the family business and was made a partner of the company which I’d helped build up after years of working since my childhood. The company is all year round work for my parents. Me and my mum handle the retail side of things on Borough Road, Middlesborough,” says her website.


Jitu Desai, popularly known as a ‘master pyrotechnic’, has done wonders with his company, which has provided fireworks for important celebrations in UK like Bonfire Night and New Year’s Eve.