इन्डियाॅज़ डाॅटर कैम्पेन के अन्र्तगत विद्यास्थली कन्नार हाईस्कूल में सामुदायिक बैठक का आयोजन

दिनांक 6 अप्रैल, 2018 को इन्डियाॅज़ डाॅटर कैम्पेन के अन्र्तगत विद्यास्थली कन्नार हाईस्कूल में सामुदायिक बैठक का आयोजन किया गया। बैठक में आमन्त्रित अभिभावकों से भारत की बेटियाॅः अनचाही, असमान और अवांछित विषय पर चर्चा की गयी। चर्चा के दौरान विद्यास्थली कनार हाईस्कूल के छात्र एवं छात्राओ ने नाटक का प्रस्तुतिकरण किया। साथ ही अभिभावको को महिलाओं पर होने वाली हिंसाओं के लिए उनके ब्लाक, उनके गावॅ और उनके जिले की स्थिति से अवगत कराया गया। अभिभावकों का आंकड़ों पर यकीन कर पाना आसान नही था, पर उन्ही के ब्लाक के कुछ साक्ष्य उदाहरणो को उनके सामने प्रस्तुत किया गये।

जब पीड़ित लोगों ने स्वंय का अनुभव साझा किया जब वहां उपस्थित लोगों ने सोचना शुरू किया और बदलाव के लिए, बच्चियो की मदद के लिए और घर में सहयोग के लिए शपथ ली कि ’’हम किसी का बाल विवाह नही होने देगे। साथ ही अब उनके अधिकारो का भी हनन नहीं होने देगे।’’

शपथ के दौरान एक अभिभावक ने कहा ’’हम अपने पोती की जल्दी शादी नहीं करेगे और सम्पत्ति में भी हिस्सा देंगे।’’

गोपाल ने कहा कि ’’मेरी शादी 20 साल की उम्र मे हुई थी। मैने और मेरी पत्नी ने बहुत दिक्कत सही, पर आज हम सबके सामने कहते है कि हम अपने बच्चो को तब तक पढायेगे जब तक वह पढना चाहेगे। गोपाल ने कहा कि मै अपने दोनो बच्चों को जितना भी होगा पर बराबर का हिस्सा दूगा।’’

शायिस्ता जी ने कहा कि ’’मैने अपने जीवन में बहुत कुछ सहा है, पिता के न होने पर निकाह जल्दी हो जाना और शिक्षा के लिए संघर्ष किया। शादी के बाद मुझे अपने पति का सहयोग मिला मैने पढाई और कर भी रही हूॅ। आज यहाॅ पर पहली बार हम अपनी बात को रखने की हिम्मत कर पाये है।’’

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बाल विवाह के विरोध में बच्चों ने किया नुक्कड़नाटक, दिलाई शपथ

विद्यास्थली कन्नार के बच्चों ने निकाली बाल विवाह विरोध में माल ब्लॉक मे रैली। इस रैली के दौरान बच्चों ने गांव के सदस्यों से शपत पत्र पर हस्ताक्षर कराये।

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भारत की बेटियां: अनचाही, असमान और असुरक्षित विषय पर रैली

दिनांक 7 अप्रैल, 2018 को विद्यास्थली कन्नार हाईस्कूल द्वारा भारत की बेटियां: अनचाही, असमान और असुरक्षित विषय पर रैली का आयोजन किया गया। रैली की शुरूवात एशियन स्कूल हबीबपुर से अल्लूपुर होते हुए रूदौली गांव में समाप्त की गई। रैली का उद्वेश्य लोगों में बालिकाओं के जीवन में होने वाली हिंसाओं के विरूद्व जागरूक करना था। रैली में विद्यास्थली कन्नार हाईस्कूल के छात्रों और शिक्षिकाओं ने बढ़चढ़ कर प्रतिभागिता की और लोगों से बाल विवाह के खिलाफ हस्ताक्षर भी कराये। रैली के दौरान लगभग 300 लोगों ने बाल विवाह ना होने देने की शपथ ली। रैली में स्कूल के बच्चों ने जगह जगह नुक्कड़ नाटक के माध्यम से भी लोगों को बाल विवाह के बुराईयों के बारें में जागरूक किया।

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Project Khel at Non Formal Education Centers


Summers at Non-formal Educational Centers are brought to life by Project Khel volunteers. The first NEC to play with our very joyful volunteers was NEC, Lohiya Park. NEC Lohia Park is situated right at the heart of the rag picker’s slum. The slum houses over 600 Bangladeshi immigrants, and close to 100 children.

The slum is set in an area of about 10 acre and is saturated with litter. In a small open area littered with plastic bags and discarded bottles, the students had their first taste of organized games. The games conducted by the volunteers were based on concepts relating to basic numeracy and language skills. The parents watching the children’s delight have promised to clean the area for the next game session. Students at NEC Lohia Park now eagerly look forward to the next game session. It is the first time that children from this slum have played together in such big number. Digital Study Hall now looks forward to have games across all the NECs starting this summer.

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Comic Art Workshop with Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Mirzapur

150 students from Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidalaya, Mirzapur are now part of a grassroots comic art campaign. SHEF organized workshops for the girls in KGBVs that enabled them in expressing themselves on the issues related to their lives in the form of illustrations. As part of the workshop, all the students developed a four-frame comic strip. These Comics were based on issues such as Domestic Violence, Right to Education, Alcoholism, Child Marriage, Gender based Discrimination and safety of adolescent girls.

Trained girls will now go back to their schools and continue to work with their peers in groups. These groups will meet periodically to discuss the issues related to their academic and personal lives and voice their concerns using the medium of comic art.

The work of students will be showcased in a series of exhibitions scheduled next month in Mirzapur and also at a grand event in Lucknow.

A Kick Starter to Issue Based Drama with Students of KGBV, Mirzapur

In an effort to empower the adolescent girls through active participation, Study Hall Educational Foundation in collaboration with UNICEF, organized a two-day drama training for the teachers of all the KGBVs in Mirzapur. The training program aimed at building the capacity of KGBV teachers to provide the girls with a platform to express themselves freely on the issues related to their lives.

The training was held in Varanasi on 27-28 September 2014 and was conducted by the theater group experts of SHEF. The teachers gained practical knowledge of various forms of drama and its application as tool to entertain, engage, empower and spread awareness. The training included detailed discussions on the process and technique of producing a drama presentation. Through examples, trainers explained concepts of script writing, character development, make-up and costumes. They learnt how to use inexpensive props to enhance the overall appeal of the story. Live demonstrations illustrated the importance of body language and speech modulation to evoke emotions. A discussion on the dismal situation of girls especially in rural parts of the country led to identification of many issues and the teachers were encouraged to express their views through drama. The teachers took part in group activities and scripted their own dramas. They enacted these impromptu creations and it was heartening to see how quickly they adopted the techniques shared during the training.

The teachers now feel equipped with a powerful tool which will enable the girls in their schools voice their concerns and in-turn will bring a change in the world around them.

Girls Empowerment Training for KGBVs in Rampur and Budaun

Study Hall Educational Foundation in collaboration with UNICEF has under taken an initiative to empower girls enrolled in Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya(KGBV) at Rampur and Budaun district. The program was initiated with a 2 day long residential training for 25 KGBV teachers from Rampur and Budaun district. Two batches of KGBV teachers were trained through 8th September 2014 to 11th September 2014. The prime focus of the training was to enable teachers to conduct dialogues with their students that are contextual to student’s life issues. The training also focused on how to resolve students’ life issues and elaborated on the legal intricacies that need attention in severe cases.
Two teachers from each KGBV were invited along with local community members such as members from local nonprofits, child welfare committee members and members of Police Department. These community members are now part of KGBV teacher’s network and shall now be in touch with the KGBV teachers for resolution of severe cases of abuse and violence. The trainers drew incidents from personal lives where they had faced oppression and discrimination and mapped them to situation of girls and women in our country as reflected in the latest reports. It was an attempt to inspire teachers to dream of a different and gender neutral future for their students.

Drama and Role Play are best tools for initiating dialogues. They are a great help for sending a complex message across. Role play and Drama is an integral part of these student teacher dialogues. The training dedicated a session for teachers to develop a short issue based drama. The session was immediately followed by a in depth discussion on using drama as a tool to communicate to parents on sensitive issues.

Trainer shared the design of the ‘Empowerment Toolkit’ that was developed and tested at Prerna Girls School. Trainers clearly defined the definition of much used and theorized word ‘Empowerment’. The trainers elaborated that empowerment is becoming aware of one’s oppression, understanding and analyzing the causes of oppression and taking action to overcome.

An important addition to the training was a session on superstition and how it has restricted personal freedom of women and girls for ages. The session on superstition compelled the teachers to think deeply about how many superstitions have deeper gender specific rules. However, the trainers did discourage all superstitious practices.

KGBV teachers now have a new role to play at their schools. They are now advocates of the girls’ rights. To help them brave this new challenge they were equipped with literature that elaborates on legal girl rights, digital media to initiate student teacher dialogues, posters & planners to stay the course and a support from Study Hall Educational Foundation to fight the battle shoulder to shoulder.