Write4Change: UC Berkeley scholars study Prerna, Study Hall School

Prof. Glynda A. Hull from the University of California, Berkeley along with her team comprising John Scott, Jessica Adams, Devanshi Unadkat and Dhruv visited Study Hall Educational Foundation in connection with the ‘Write4Change: Online Global Writing Community for Youth Online’ research project which aims to learn about how educators and students create and participate in online writing communities and write for social change. The project also aims to know how visualizing data could help students think about their writing and themselves as writers in new ways.

The participants from Study Hall and Prerna schools were put into 4 groups and they were given access to 360 Virtual Reality camera equipment. The students were acclimatized to the use of the new technology. They confabulated about the social issues or themes to weave their stories around. Thereafter they captured the cityscape with their lens along with their escort teachers. Then they thought about the music, subtitles, narration and special effects to complement their visuals. The resultant videos were about the life of the underprivileged girls in Prerna school, the sights and sounds from the culture, history and cuisine of Lucknow, Women Empowerment and the Socio-cultural diversity of India.

The team from Berkeley was quite impressed with the final outcome and lauded their efforts. They congratulated them for their proactive participation and involvement in all stages of film-making. It was teamwork all through and the efforts shone in every aspect of the videos.

It was a mutually enriching interaction and the students of SHEF in particular Study Hall and Prerna learnt how to use the new technique and compared it with the existing 180-camera technology used currently by them. The use of multi-modal approach was a unique experience.

We hope that this ongoing project would provide access to new technology and an interface with global student communities to share, learn and grow together.

Write4Change: Online Global Writing Community for Youth Online

Convocation Ceremony held at Malihabad’s Vidyasthali School

Study Hall Educational Foundation’s Vidyasthali School in Malihabad organized the Convocation Ceremony on Thursday, October 26, 2017. Chandroo Kevalramani of the Kevalramani Foundation was the chief guest on the occasion. The principal of the school Anusha Sharma proposed the welcome address said that it was a matter of great pride for all the teachers and parents to see the students graduating and scoring marks above 85%.

The founder of the school Dr. Urvashi Sahni thanked Chandroo Kevalramani for his continued support to the Vidyasthali School and further talked about how quality education creates democratic equal citizens.

Several cultural performances were also held on the occasion. Song renditions, salsa dance and classical dance were some of the highlights of the show. Parents of Vidyasthali students also took the stage and thanked the teachers and administrative staff for creating and nurturing a school which provides high quality subsidized education to children 55 villages spread across the Malihabad area.

The highlight of the event was when Chandroo Kevalramani also dedicated the newly constructed building to the Vidyasthali School. This building could only be erected due to the untrammeled support of Mr Kevalramani.

Vidyasthali Convocation 2017



Study Hall Educational Foundation wins Social Entrepreneur of the year 2017 award


The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a sister organization of the World Economic Forum, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation announced Urvashi Sahni founder of Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF) as the winner of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year India 2017 Award.

The Award was conferred by Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India in the presence of over 300 participants at a high-profile gathering in New Delhi today night.

Urvashi Sahni was awarded for contribution in the field of education that includes, empowers and builds leaders among disadvantaged girls. Aided by technology, policy push and partnerships with the Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh Govt., SHEF has scaled its model of education to 900 Govt. schools. It has trained 5000 teachers and impacted 1,50,000 girls directly and 2,70,000 girls indirectly in the hotbeds of poverty and gender discrimination.

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Urvashi Sahni, founder of SHEF, wins social entrepreneur award
Urvashi Sahni wins Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Award
Lucknow’s Urvashi Sahni wins social entrepreneur award for her contribution to education
Union Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu presents the Social Entrepreneur of the Year India 2017 Award

Union Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, presenting the Social Entrepreneur of the Year India 2017 Award

Self Defence Session with the Red Brigade

Study Hall girls had an excellent Self Defence Session with the Red Brigade Organization.  Some 100 girls were taught the skill of self-defense. The most important aspect of the workshop was that the technique demonstrated was from the ‘Attackers’ mentality. The basic skills were taught and girls participated enthusiastically.

Self Defence Session with the Red Brigade