Annual Athletic and Cultural Meet of Lucknow District KGBVs and Other Govt. Schools

Annual Athletic and Cultural meet of the Lucknow district KGBVs was held at the Northern Railway stadium, Charbagh on 17th and 18th February, 2014. DSH has been closely connected to the KGBVs while running it’s Arohini and Jan Jagriti programmes and has been supporting these schools in their various academic and co- curricular activities.

The DSH team was present in full strength to witness the event on both days, right from the opening ceremony to the finale’. DSH sponsored four competitions—debate, rangoli, painting and a balancing race. Debate was conducted on the second day while the other three took place on the 17th. Since DSH was going to organize a rally on the 20th against child marriage, the topic of the painting completion was “child Marriage”. DSH provided the paper and colours to all the 800 girls and it was so touching to see the girls sitting in huge circles on the field and translating their feelings into paintings. Each school made a rangoli in front of the stall allotted to it and the three prize winners were truly worthy of their positions. The BSA liked the race because the girls walking with a book and a plate balanced on their heads symbolized a balance between home and education.

All the prizes were distributed during the closing ceremony.

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ADDRESSING THE CHANGEMAKERS

DSH has been running programmes in KGBVs for the empowerment of girls since 2011. It was realized that the empowerment of girls will bear fruit only when the family and the neighbourhood also supports the girls. Since the KGBVs are residential schools, the parents have a close connection with the teachers. The teachers can easily inform, counsel and educate the parents on issues related to girls’ rights when they come for the parent—teacher meetings.

The teachers and wardens from all eight KGBVs of Lucknow district were invited for a two day training for Community Mobilization on January 17th and 18th, 2014. There was a discussion about the need for Community Mobilization and the teacher’s role as an advocate of the girls’ rights. After that, through very lively and interactive sessions, they planned how to make their Parent-teacher meetings interesting, thought provoking and engaging. They got into groups, wrote and then performed issue based playlets as part of their planning for the meetings.

A rally for creating awareness about the evils of child marriage has been planned for February 20th, 2014. The participants shared their views and vision. DSH has launched a web campaign on the same theme. The participants wrote beautiful poems and write ups and these were shared. A lot of hidden talent was discovered as some of them put their feelings in song. On the whole, it was a very enriching experience for the trainers and the participants.

LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR KGBV WARDENS

The role of a warden is challenging and very broad compared to that of a teacher. The girls enrolled at Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya(KGBV) come from extremely poor homes. These girls come from families where illiteracy, ignorance and poverty act as a host to much deeper problems. These deeper problems like child marriage keeps them from living a dignified and respectful life. At KGBV, wardens are not only teaching the classroom but they are also in charge of school administration. These issues demand for the KGBV Wardens to be advocate of the girls’ rights. To be advocate of girls rights a warden needs to be an adviser to parents, a counselors to students and sensitise community. This initiative of the wardens will not only make KGBV girls’ life brighter but will also help wardens to effectively work at the school.

A two day training for KGBV wardens from district Sonbhadra, Jaunpur and Mirzapur was hosted by Digital Study Hall at Varanasi on December 23rd and 24th, 2013. The main objective of the training was to get the wardens to analyse the above mentioned demands of their job and ascertain how they can be instruments of change.

Dr. Urvashi Sahni, trainer at the Leadership Training 2014 got the wardens to share different aspects of their role at the school. Dr. Sahni got the wardens to share their experiences while implementing empowerment programme by DSH. Members of the child protection and welfare agencies and police were invited to the training as well. This was an attempt to create a synergy between support groups and KGBVs. Many members of the support groups confessed that prior to this meeting help extended to the KGBVs was inadequate. The main reason for the inadequate support was the communication gap between KGBV schools and the support groups.

The sessions were interspersed with group work and energizing games. The wardens were highly appreciative of DSH. Wardens felt that they are better equipped to affect positive changes in their respective schools.

A Music Workshop for Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Lucknow

Digital Study Hall organized a three day music workshop for students of eight Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya from Lucknow district.

Five students and one teacher from each school attended the workshop. The girls were introduced to the various genre’s of Indian music folk, patriotic, qawwali, geet and classical.

Students and teachers learnt basics of music. Workshop started with notes and then elaborated on creating Ragas with the permutations and combinations of notes. There was a session on classification of instruments and how commercial music is composed and recorded. The trainers explained the semantics of music to seasons. Music for many different occasions and festival were also part of the workshop celebrations. Students were deeply engaged with stories about power of music. The concept of technology and art collaborating was introduced to the students, and how it helps in preserving the music was discussed.

As the workshop was conducted in Study Hall School campus at Lucknow, the girls celebrated Christmas with the school. KGBV students performed one of the song that they had learnt on the first day of the training. The performance was followed by a thunderous applause and KGBV girls glowed with pride.

Digital Study Hall is now looking forward to put together a music festival for all KGBV students. Music unites; it is an incredible force and can manage to bring people together who differ on everything.

Music Workshop for Students and Teachers of KGBV Sonbhadra


Exposure to performing arts is a wonderful tool for empowerment. DSH organized a four day music workshop for girls from KGBVs of Sonbhadra district of U. P. Music is an integral part of the lives of these girls, who come from the tribal belt and they were overjoyed to get this opportunity of learning music formally, albeit for a very short time. Their sincerity and passion was amazing and it was a heartwarming and enriching experience for both the trainers and the trainees.

Forty girls from eight schools participated in the training held at Obra from November 27 to 30th, 2013. Dr. Biju Bhagwati, a very senior music teacher from Study Hall school and Mrs. Shalini Chandra, Head, Pedagogy, DSH conducted the workshop. Sanjay Srivastava very ably supported the singing on Tabla and also took two sessions independently about rhythm, beat and percussion instruments. The girls were taught 11 songs ranging from a basic classical composition to patriotic, folk and inspirational. Mrs. Chandra taught them about the musical sounds, flat and sharp notes, types of instruments and the materials used for making them. They showed keen interest in learning about how the songs are recorded in a studio, the difference between classical and folk and how the tune and rhythm change according to the occasion. They loved listening to stories related to music and answering the questions of the quiz Mrs. Chandra conducted.

Participant KGBV Blocks
Babhni, Chatra, Chopan, Jugail, Ghorawal, Robertsganj, Myorepur and Nagwa

Winners of the music quiz
KGBV Chatra and KGBV Robertsganj

Most enthusiastic and supportive teacher award

Sneh Lata Rai, KGBV Chopan

Sneh Lata Rai, KGBV Chopan

Spokes Meet 2013


Two day Capacity Building and Empowerment Training was organized by Digital Study Hall for teachers of spoke schools on 22 November and 23 November 2013. The training was hosted at campus of Study Hall School, Lucknow. The first day of the training was focused on academic challenges and revisited mediation based pedagogy. Three model teachers from Digital Study Hall screened academic videos. The model teachers discussed innovative methods to translate effective teaching practices with help of digital content. On the second day of the training, gender experts discussed the need for gender awareness and critical pedagogy. Gender experts build sensitivity in the trainees by informing them about crime against women in India and recent changes in the legal rights to tackle these challenges. The participants were encouraged to use drama to create awareness about these issues in their students and their community. Trainee teachers prepare 3 issue based playlet and presented them at the training. Trainee teachers were eager to engage their students in drama. The Capacity Building and Empowerment Training turned out to be an enriching and refreshing experience for both the trainers and the trainees.

Issue Based Drama Festival

Study Hall Educational Foundation celebrated International Day of the Girl Child by organizing an Issue Based Drama Festival on 11th October 2013. Girls from three KGBVs of Mirzapur district, through their intense, issue based plays, compelled the audience to think how much more needs to be done to empower these girls for facing the challenges in their lives. This festival is part of Foundation’s Girls Empowerment program with KGBVs in collaboration with UNICEF. A poem written by the students of Prerna Girls School and an inspirational song added colours of joy and hope to the program. All the distinguished guests lauded the efforts of the girls who had stepped out of their villages for the first time and the sincerity and dedication of their teachers.

First Prize
KGBV Majhwa,
Play – Parivartan
Theme – Domestic Violence, Child Marriage, Dowry

Second Prize
KGBV Chaanbe
Play – Astitva
Theme – Dowry, Child Marriage

Third Prize
KGBV Rajgarh
Play – Deep Jal Uthe
Theme – Benefits of Education

Press Report

Complete the Story

This was a group activity.The beginning of a story was narrated over the phone and the wardens noted it down .They were asked to divide the class in groups and then the girls had to discuss and  complete the story . The story is about a girl who wants to study further but when she goes home for Diwali , she finds her parents have fixed her marriage .The wardens /teachers were requested to go through the stories and select the best one .

The next day ,all the seven participating schools were called up and one girl form the selected group read out the story which was recorded at DSH .

THE STORIES

  • All the participants sounded excited and enthusiastic .
  • None of them had ever written a story before .
  • All the groups were able to bring the story to a logical conclusion  but some were very well written ,with a lot of thought .
  • The winners were a cut above the rest because they discussed the social pressures  child marriage and the resulting physical , social and financial problems .
  • All the stories ended on a note of hope.
Anju
KGBV,Majhwa
Mirzapur

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Nansi Mourya
KGBV,Muftiganj
Jaunpur

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Versha Raj
KGBV,Baksha
Jaunpur

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Suman Choudhry
KGBV,Jamalpur
Mirzapur

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Rinki Bind
KGBV,Badlapur
Mirzapur

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Nidhi Mourya
KGBV,Dharmapur
Jaunpur

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Neetu
KGBV,Kranajakala
Jaunpur

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Tell Your Dreams

In the first phase, seven KGBVs of Lucknow region were contacted and each school was requested to select five girls. These girls were then called individually and asked the following questions

  • What are your plans for the future?
  • How did you plan? Do you have a role model?
  • What qualities one must have for entering the field you have chosen?
  • Do you have some of these qualities or strengths? Was there any incident that made you feel that this is what you should be aspiring for?
  • Do you anticipate any hurdles or it will be smooth sailing?
  • If you feel there will be hurdles, what will you do to overcome those?

THE RESPONSE

Almost all the girls had dreams for a better future .

Most of the girls had set their sights on the commonly preferred goals, but some had very specific role models and sounded much focused.

Despite the fact that they have faced so many hardships due to poverty, none of them said that they wish to take up a profession solely to earn money .All of them wanted to serve the poor and help them get a fair deal from the society.

Most of the girls are aware of their rights.

The girls strongly believe that their teachers will be able to help them and that their parents will listen to their teachers.

FIRST – Prachi Yadav (KGBV, Kakori)
SECOND – Sweety Bantham (KGBV, Gossaiganj)
THIRD – Shivani Yadav (KGBV, Chinhat)

Ankita Rawat
KGBV-Mall

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Jyoti Chaurasia
KGBV-Mohanlalgang

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Kaushiki
KGBV-Malihabad

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Prachi Yadav
KGBV-Kakori

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Shivani Yadav
KGBV-Chinhat

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Sweety Batham
KGBV-Gossaiganj

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Ujala Bharti
KGBV-Sarojininagar

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Mapping Vulnerability of Adolescent Girls

In the course of the work done with the teachers and students of the 38 KGBVs, it has been noticed that circumstances of some girls make them extremely vulnerable making them liable to early marriage or trafficking. In this way, all the efforts made to empower the girls in the KGBVs get wasted in such cases when girls after completing Class 8 are once again exposed to the risk of early marriage and denied the opportunity of standing on their own feet as independent young girls. Their vulnerability is further at risk by the lack of adequate social protection services/systems. As there has been no systematic effort to understand the vulnerability of girls in KGBVs, it is proposed to undertake a vulnerability mapping. Based on this, some effort could be made to deal with individual cases identified in the KGBVs depending on their situation and needs.

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