Congratulations to my children and the Study Hall family
Study Hall School
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Congratulations to my children and the Study Hall family
Study Hall School
“Yuva Manch is a theater group started by Study Hall Educational Foundation, Several schools and alumni participate in several theater productions featured at Yuva Manch. This year Yuva Manch brings forth productions from Study Hall School, Prerna Girls School, DOSTI School and Vidyasthali School through U.P Tourism auditorium, Gomti Nagar”
‘Natyotsav’, a presentation by ‘Yuva Manch’, our platform for promoting theater among students.
We look forward to your presence and encouragement.
We look forward to your presence and encouragement.
Venue: Uttar Pradesh Paryatan Bhawan ,Gomti Nagar , Lucknow.
Date: 9th & 10th May, 2015
Time: 5:00 pm
Natyotsav Programme Order ( 9th May,2015)
5:00 pm to 5:10 pm
5:10 pm to 5:25pm
|Ganit Raja ( Play by Dosti)|
5:25pm to 5:45pm
|Dushman koi Nahin( Play by Vidyasthali)|
5:45pm to 6:10pm
|Thodi Thodi Aur Bajegi( Play by Junior School)|
6:20pm to 7:00pm
|Main Gandhari ( Play by Alumni & students of Senior School)|
7:00pm to 7:10pm
|Dance Drama( by CFL students)|
7:10pm to 7:20 pm
Natyotsav Programme Order ( 10th May, 2015)
5:00pm to 5:10pm
5:10pm to 5:30pm
|Haan Zindagi Badlegi ( Play by Prerna Girls School)|
5:30pm to 5:40pm
|Izzat ( Dance Drama by Prerna Girls School)|
5:40pm to 5:50pm
|Song ( by Prerna Girls – filler)|
6:00pm to 6:40pm
|Main Gandhari( Play by Alumni & students of Study Hall)|
6:40pm to 6:50pm
|Dance Drama ( by students of CFL)|
6:50pm to 7:00pm
|Urvashi Aunty’s Address & Certificates|
7:00pm to 7 :10pm
|Vote of Thanks by Principal|
“Shivani’s courage and action are a model for girls everywhere, and Prerna continues to show us what girls’ education can and should be. Thank you!”
- Dr. Glynda Hull,
Elizabeth H. and Eugene A. Shurtleff Chair in Undergraduate Education
University of California, Berkeley
“My god, what an act of bravery indeed, and of education and self-preservation and intelligence.”
- Dr.Kathleen Gallagher
Canada Research Chair
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto
Last month, India emblemized its role as the world’s largest democracy as over 800 million eligible voters went to the polls in what may have been the largest democratic event in history. High on the list of priorities for all contesting parties was women’s empowerment, women’s equality and overall safety for women. In fact, surveys show more than 90 percent of Indian voters see combating violence against women as a priority and 75 percent of men and women believe that the political promises made to advocate women’s rights have been inadequate so far.
There is good cause for Indians to be concerned that not enough has been done for women in their country. According to India’s National Crime Records Bureau, more than 25,000 rape cases were reported across the country in 2012 alone. Out of these, almost 98 percent were committed by a relative or neighbor. Additional statistics are no less troubling: latest estimates suggest that a new case of rape is reported every 22 minutes in India, a dowry death occurs every 77 minutes, and a case of cruelty committed by either a husband or husband’s relative occurs every 9 minutes. Forty-seven percent of girls are married by 18 years of age, and 18 percent are married by 15 years of age, resulting in around 39,000 child marriages taking place each day. From a global perspective, 40 percent of the world’s child brides are from India.
Even before girls reach their teenage years, they face distressing challenges in India. Many more girls than boys die before reaching the age of 5. And with female feticide approaching nearly 1 million a year, fewer girls are born. Indeed, our sex ratio is at 914 women to 1,000 men, the lowest it has been since independence in 1947.
Domestic violence and gender disparities are especially pronounced in India’s northern states. Women and girls In Uttar Pradesh, in particular, suffer physical abuse at rates of 18-45 percent, non-consensual sex at rates of 18-40 percent, and physically forced sex at rates of 4-7 percent.
These are terrifying statistics. While the government has tried to boost girls’ education and has made some significant gains (females are now enrolled in primary school almost at parity with men), girls are still far from equal in India. Only 40 percent finish 10th grade. Ultimately, the social climate at home and in communities is too discriminatory to allow for girls being educated or becoming autonomous, equal persons.
Dissatisfied with the government’s efforts, NGOs, women’s movements, journalists, economists, academics and lawyers are promoting their “Womanifesto,” a six-point plan, first drafted last year, that details what needs to be done within the next five years to improve conditions for India’s women and girls. First on the list is “Educate for Equality.” It reads, “We will implement comprehensive, well-funded and long-term public education programs to end the culture of gender-based discrimination and violence. These will include: SMS, radio and TV public service campaigns, accessible lesson plans for schools, and modules for training teachers. To this end we will reach men, women, boys and girls in both urban and rural areas.” Significantly, it specifically speaks of education “for equality,” and not a more watered-down, paternalistic “education for girls.”
The group that I’ve founded, Study Hall Education Foundation (SHEF), has been doing just this. In the last decade, we have adopted the motto of “educate for equality,” understanding that not only is mere enrolment not enough but a gender-neutral academic education is not sufficient to empower girls and will not necessarily lead to better life outcomes. We embed strong, focused, rights-based empowerment programs within schools’ curriculums with very encouraging outcomes. Teachers are led to examine their own gendered mindsets and trained to become advocates for girls’ rights. The teachers then help girls become advocates for themselves and for all girls’ rights. They have a large parent community that they can influence and they use all their interactions with parents as platforms of advocacy.
Our program has reached out to 4,000 adolescent girls, 300 teachers and over 16,000 parents. Teachers have started using their parent teacher meetings to discuss issues like gender discrimination, child marriage, dowry, girls’ right to education and violence against girls. Girls participate in these meetings, using drama to give voice to feelings of oppression and to stake their claim to their right to equal personhood. Interestingly, parent attendance at these meetings has increased 55 percent since the teachers began using them as platforms to discuss gender issues. Teachers report that parents are finding the meetings much more meaningful and are engaging actively in discussions centered on issues that are close to them.
As part of SHEF’s efforts to educate wider communities on gender, we organized a large campaign against child marriage, which impacted approximately 16,000 teachers, students and members of the community. The month-long campaign brought critical dialogues into the classroom, and kicked off discussions with parents at parent teacher meetings. It culminated in a student and teacher-led march through the community, where students and teachers from 43 schools across four districts in Uttar Pradesh shouted slogans against child marriage and for girls rights, performed street plays in the villages and enlisted support from community adults via signature campaigns.
If India is to become a better place for all of its children, then it is vital that we value and respect our daughters. We must move the conversation of girls’ education from “learning outcomes” to “life outcomes” and take up “education for equality” as our mantra across the country. We should include gender education in our curriculum for both boys and girls. And we should teach these lessons not just to our students, but also to their parents and communities in order to construct an egalitarian gender perspective. This is imperative if India is to fulfill its constitutional promise of gender equality.
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Yet again the civilized world is held to ransom by a band of lunatics armed to the teeth with lethal weapons. And this time they are taking orders from an idiot.
The Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad also known by its Hausa name – Boko Haram – kidnapped 300 girls from their schools in the town of Chibok along the Nigerian border last month, and their leader, Abubaker Shekau, has threatened to sell the girls as slaves. People like Abubakar Shekau have no mission and their vision is only on money and it does not matter where it comes from. They would sell their own mothers and their soles if the price was right – we call them “mercenaries”.
Abubakar Shekau said that the girls should not have been in school in the first place, but rather should get married. “God instructed me to sell them, they are his property and I will carry out his instructions,” Abubakar Shekau has been quoted as saying. Now, the question is, who is going to buy the girls? The same people who armed the Boko Haram?
What man would stoop so low as to hold harmless girls hostage to get his 15 minutes of fame? Or are these “men” just seeking revenge for being born? They are armed to the teeth and oppress a people who have cowered down for centuries. They fight gorilla warfare that includes striking by surprise and from behind, what is more they strike innocent citizens in public places by planting bombs and scurrying away in time to save their own miserable skins – they are not what men are made of, in fact I doubt they are even human.
At the time of writing this, May 23, 2014, the US had sent in it troops to assist in the rescue of the girls, while a few hours earlier on Thursday, May 23, 2014, the United Nations Security Council approved sanctions against Boko Haram, claiming it to be linked to the Islamist terrorist outfit – the Al-Quaida, putting the Boko Haram on the list of the 1267 sanctions already imposed by the UN against similar organizations. These sanctions will hopefully close off important avenues of funding, travel and weapons to Boko Haram, and display global unity against their savage actions which has left thousands dead since 2009. While I do not condone violence, at least the kind the US is capable of, at this time I pray they show no mercy – these people do not deserve a trial in a human court of law. When they donned military uniforms and took up arms they chose to die by the gun, and they should.
Words fail me; I am unable to react. I just want to say, it is high time the world united and fought not only madmen such as Abubakar Shekau, but every sane person should join hands to kill the very thought process of such people. Let’s forget women’s empowerment for a moment and focus on humanity at this time. A small group of lunatics are holding the world at ransom, have mocked each individual’s freedom and they are laughing in our faces and us men and women can do nothing but look on because we never acted on equality when we had the chance – which was generations ago!
Procrastination has destroyed many a man. Let’s seize the opportunity every day gives us to make a small change in our own mindset and only then in that of our neighbors. Speak out against social evils and show the world that you stand for something. If you don’t, you will fall for anything – such as the Boko Haram.
“…the girls should not have been in school in the first place.” Need they say more to prove their insanity!?!
Prerna Girls were a part of a 5 day long photography workshop conducted by a world class photographer Mr. Giacomo Pirozzi. Girls choose different themes and went around the city to click breath taking photographs.
Principal, Study Hall School
Boko Haram say that their murder, rape and selling people into slavery is in the name of Islam. I can’t imagine any greater blasphemy or insult to a religion than that. Why are Boko Haram not denounced by the UN? For far less, the developed nations do not think twice in entering the borders of another nation. Why the silence now? Why are the Islamic nations quiet? This is the time for the world to unite and send a strong message to the terror organisations that they cannot get away with blasphemy.
Student, Study Hall School
In the Northeast Nigeria operates an Islamic Jihadist and Takfiri terrorist organization named Boko Haram. They seek to establish an Islamic state which is ruled by Sharia and repudiate westernisation. The group is known for attacking Christians, Muslims and government targets, as well as for bombing churches, mosques, schools and police stations. The group also kidnaps western tourists and has assassinated members of the Islamic establishment who have criticized the group. Violence linked to the Boko Haram insurgency has resulted in an estimated 10,000 deaths between 2002 and 2013.Strangely, the same organization that caused the death of thousands condemns westernisation for causing criminal behavior.
On April 14, this organisation abducted about 250 girls of Government Secondary School in Chibok of Borno State, Nigeria. The students were forced into Islam and into marriage with members of Boko Haram. Some were reportedly send to Chad and Cameroon. Boko Haram spokesperson said ‘attacks would continue as long as Nigerian Government continues to interfere with traditional Islamic education’. Due to their militant activities, 10,000 children don’t attend school.
It is shameful that an organization seeking political gain turns to a religion in order to receive the attention it assumes it needs. These strands of events have sparked great ridicule and criticism on Islam. People are flooding the social networking sites with demands such as ban on Islam. There is an equally powerful opposition to comments like these. Amidst the mayhem of followers and haters of Islam, a question pops up. Why is it that in events like these, where an extremist – Islamic organisation commits crimes in the name of their religion, people automatically generalise ideas/faith/believes of the whole of Muslim population. It’s even more ridiculous that people have accepted an extremist organisation as a representative of Islam, even after constant opposition from religious heads themselves. For instance, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh joined other religious leaders in the Muslim world to condemn the kidnappings, describing Boko Haram as misguided and intent on smearing the name of Islam. He stated that Islam is against kidnapping, and that marrying kidnapped girls is not permitted. Just because some people do something in the name of Islam doesn’t mean they entirely represent the manners and culture of Islam. Every religious text can be interpreted to your world views if you try hard enough, and it is obvious that the majority of Muslims in the world will find Boko Haram as horrid as everyone else.
I leave it to you to decide whether it’s their ignorance talking or a religion.
Student, Study Hall School
In April, 2014 we saw the horrific case of 234 Nigerian schoolgirls being abducted by an Islamist terror group. This incident garnered the attention of everyone across the world irrespective of their nationality, religion or race. It forced many to ask what actually an Islamist group is. Do these people who claim to propagate Islam even understand the religion? This group abducted innocent Nigerian girls in order to force the government to meet their demand of releasing their militants in return of providing freedom to their girls. But the question here is whether the method which they adopted is right and Islamic (as they mention it)? The initial inactiveness of the government on the whole issue is also something which gathered eyeball of everyone across the globe.
Boko Haram, the militant group which abducted the girls, claims to follow and preach Islam to such extent that its official name translated to English as ‘People committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s teachings and Jihad’. But this name is wholly inappropriate for such extremist group. The deeds of the members of Boko Haram which comprises of kidnapping, murdering is nowhere in line with what Prophet Mohammad taught the world. Islam is as peaceful as any other religion, whether it be Hinduism or Christianity. But it is due to these extremist groups that it is wrongly interpreted. One of the main principles of Islam states that no one should be a cause of anyone else’s grievances. Here, torturing or traumatizing anyone is considered as haram. But through this action of Boko Haram, hundreds of girls are into trouble and their families are in the worst state, awaiting the arrival of their loved ones. They don’t know in what state their daughters are? And whether they will ever come back to them? In a recent video released by this militant group we saw the Nigerian girls wearing hijab and reciting the namaz. This showed that they have been converted to Islam by the group. But this action is completely immoral and unethical. No person can force anyone to adopt a particular religion, this is what even the holy book states. The leader of the group in the same video states, that they have ‘liberated’ the girls by converting them to Islam. But is this liberation? By carrying out inhuman activities like abducting the girls, converting them to Islam, this group is rather imprisoning the girls and forcing them to slavery.
Boko Haram is a group which largely targets secular, western educational institutions as they think that these can be a threat to their religion. But in the process of doing so they are worsening the global scenario. There is no harm in being religious but the real problem arises when people become communal and extremist. The action of this militant group is in contradiction with what they claim to propagate. Instead of promoting Prophet Mohammad’s version of Islam they are bringing it into a bad light through its misinterpretations. Whether based on religious context or human interpretations, no value in the history of mankind justifies such brutal acts.
In order to avoid such situations firstly it’s important for such groups to understand the religion, its true meaning and the human values attached to it. And in order to avoid communal divide in the extreme situations like what Nigeria is facing, it is the duty of Muslims to deliver the real message of Islam to the world. At the same time it is also the duty of non-Muslims to understand the holistic situation before rushing to judge.
Student, Study Hall School
In northern Nigeria, Mohammad Yusuf founded a terrorist group ‘Boko Haram’ with the basic ideology of ‘Salafist Jihadism’ or ‘Islamic Fundamentalism‘. As their name suggests, they disapprove of westernization in Nigeria and want people to follow their diktats. They want Nigerians to follow their interpretation of Islam and their ideology of Jihad. They are infamous for their bombing and assassination of innocent people. They are intolerant to all the other religions except Islam and seek conversions by force. Any view point that questions their ideology is neither accepted nor tolerated. They are known for their cruelty and attacks on women, government officials, Christians and even Muslims. Women education particularly is considered sinful and unislamic. Science and technology is condemned as they believe that it is responsible for westernization of their culture.
On 14th April 2014, this group conducted a massive raid on ‘Chikbok School ‘in the states of Borno and abducted 276 girls. They had kidnapped a number of girls earlier also and some of them managed to escape from their clutches. One of the girls when personally interviewed revealed that they were being used as sex slaves and converted to Muslims. The leader of this group Abubakar Shekau demands the release of imprisoned Boko Haram fighters. Attempts are being made by human rights activist and a team of specialized soldiers from USA and UK to recover the missing girls. The UN officials have warned, the kidnappers can be arrested and persecuted under international law. Freedom and destiny of these abducted girls still depend upon the negotiation between the ‘Boko Haram ‘and the Nigerian government.
Clashes in Nigeria between Jihadists and Christians date back to the post independence era. The raging insurgency and ubiquitous bomb blasts and terrorist activities hunting Nigeria today are a result of different ideologies prevailing in the country. Recently the attacks have been more inhumane and deadlier in their approach. The abduction of nearly 300 girls in last one month has come to the world as a shock. Different forces from all over the world and human right activists are making efforts to bring back these girls. This action by Boko Haram solved dual purpose of increasing the Muslim population and spreading nationwide terrorism .they have continued to operate beyond control of the govt. and security forces. The violent uprisings can be called a result of bad governance and social injustice. The poor, uneducated and unemployed youth with impressionable minds were easily influenced and joined hands with them in the name of “Allah and Jihad”. It is only when the government understands their point of view; it can effectively tackle the situation. However, the Nigerian President’s approach to the problems seems impractical.
This abduction is yet another incidence that shows the helplessness and plight of women throughout the world. The terrorist group couldn’t have chosen a more vulnerable target for this purpose. Overpowering the young women of Nigeria was a very easy task for them. The world talks about women empowerment, equal rights and equal justice…. Is this approach by the Nigerian president acceptable?? Are these actions sufficient?? Are these girls suffering just because they were born as girls?? Where is the justice? Where is equality??… ITS LYING SOMEWHERE IN THOSE THOUSANDS OF NEWSPAPER REPORTS AND DEBATES ON WOMEN… we still need to fight. We still need to stand up for this cause before it’s too late .