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.
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.
Play – Parivartan
Theme – Domestic Violence, Child Marriage, Dowry
Play – Astitva
Theme – Dowry, Child Marriage
Play – Deep Jal Uthe
Theme – Benefits of Education
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 .
- 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.
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?
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)