DOSTI children swim to success

Swimming Competition was organized for Dosti children on 18th Sept 2018. There were twenty plus participants full of enthusiasm. Many events were held such as 25 meters freestyle, 18m with the board, pick and come event and walk race.  The winners were as follows Praharsh stood 1st, Tanu Gupta 2nd, and  Sambhav 3rd in 25 m freestyle and underwater competition. Vanshika, Rush I, Divye, Vaibhav, Urjit, Ayaan, Radha, Nidhi, Anuoshka, Viraaj were the winners in walk race pick and come event.

Stagecraft, an inter school drama competition 2018

Stagecraft, an inter-school drama competition held by Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF) once in every two years is an excellent platform for schools all over Lucknow to show their exceptional drama skills. This year, in the third edition of Stage Craft, The Millennium School, Lucknow Public School, and Shri Ram Swaroop Memorial College participated along with Study Hall’s own budding actors.
The show started with a speech delivered by the head boy, Shreyas Thakur.
The teams had to vase their plays on issues which hinder our society today. TMS, LPC, and SRM performed plays called ‘Earth in 2069′, ‘CopyLeft’ and ‘Devi’ respectively. These plays targeted the issues of increase in the use of plastic, distractions caused by social media, the increase in poverty and the sorry state of women in today’s society.
Study Hall presented the play ‘Parched’ or ‘Pyasa’ by Anushree Roy. It is set in Kolkata in present-day India. It presents us with a brief glimpse into the home of Mr. Bikash, a bhodralok brahmin and in the life of Meera, his maidservant. It is a slice of reality that is often hidden behind a veil of glitz and glamour of Metropolitan cities.

The teams were judged not only on their performance but also on their costumes and their stage set up. While the awards for best play and best stage set up were bagged by Study Hall whereas the award for best costume was bagged by The Millennium School. Arundhati Singh, head girl of Study Hall school won the overall best actor award along with the award for best actor in ‘Parched’. To make the show even more memorable, Prerna concluded it with a beautiful self-composed skit.


Teachers’ day celebration

“A farmer sows a seed in soil and look after it but ultimately it is the sun and the rain which help the seed germinate.”

Parents are like farmers. They send their children to school and bear the necessary cost of education but it is ultimately the teachers who help the young little minds in becoming the future them. They foster and hone their students’ abilities and talents. Teachers play a monumental role in an individual’s life.

A teacher is like a candle kept in a dark room from which light rays emanate and drives out darkness and falsehood.

5th September holds great importance in India among the masses and specially the students. It was the day on which Dr.S. Radha Krishna, the second president of India was born. His birthday is celebrated as Teacher’s Day across the country.

Students at Study Hall, Gomtinagar, Lucknow celebrated this day with a great zeal. The student council managed the whole function and made sure that everything is carried out in a systematic way. Every possible thing was done to make teachers feel special on this day.

Study Hall has a special custom in which students impersonate their teachers and handle their duties for a day.

The teachers were welcomed at the gate by the members of student council with a thunderous applause following which they were given a card with a special message written for each of them as a token of love and appreciation.

Events were held in the Junior AC hall of the school. The show started at 8.45 am with a band performance. The band did an amazing job and the audience enjoyed the music. It was followed by a cute performance by the junior section. The spectators clapped along as they sang old hits. The performance was well appreciated and it brought a smile on many faces. Every celebration is incomplete without dance. The senior section gave two dance performances on Bollywood numbers which made the onlookers groove and jive to the tune. Next came the much-awaited event- The Ramp show. Over one hundred and fifty teachers participated in this event. Each teacher was escorted by a student who was dressed as him or her. A short skit was staged by the students of class 9th and 10th standard

 Lastly game were held in which many teachers took part. The most interesting of all the games was the ‘Dog and the bone’. In this each pair had tocircle around a  pen lying on the floor, three times. The pen was supposed to be picked up by one person from each pair. The one who stood first entered the second round and it continued until no pair was left. Mr. Dubey from senior staff and won the game.

After the events were over, the teachers assembled in the staff room where they were addressed by Mrs. Urvashi Sahni, founder of the SHEF foundation. The teachers received presents from the principal and the vice principal. Mrs. MeenakshiBahadur, vice principal, Study Hall School, dedicated a beautiful poem to the founder written by her and the Hindi teachers.

The food committee served breakfast to teachers which was prepared by them with the help from Didis. The teachers appreciated and thanked students for the wonderful efforts.

“Education means enabling the mind to find out that ultimate truth which emancipates us from the bondage of dust and gives us wealth not of things but of inner light, not of power but of love. It is a process of enlightenment. It is divine wealth. It helps in realization of truth”. -Rabindranath Tagore

Teacher help students in this very process of enlightenment. They guide us. They tread with us on our journey to success. They are flowers which bloom in the deepest valleys and yet can be seen from a distance. Their aura is knowledge and their acts are an inspiration. Their love is faithful and their care is genuine. They deserve more than just respect. They deserve our love, affection, and gratitude.

Happy Teacher’s Day.

Developing a New Perspective in Lucknow: Study Hall Educational Foundation

Chelsey was in Lucknow to visit Study Hall Educational Foundation during an international study tour.

During our travels in India, we spent time in Uttar Pradesh (UP) the most populated state in the country, and Uttarakhand located in Northern India. After our homesteads in Dehradun we traveled to Rishikesh, a city up in the foothills of the Himalayas, and the birth place of yoga. In Rishikesh we saw the ashram the Beatles spent a year and a half at in 1968, dipped our toes in the Ganga, the largest and most holy river in India, and learned about spiritualism at a traditional Hindu aarti. Following Rishikesh we took a 12 hour overnight train to Lucknow, where we finally got our first real glimpse into the gender equality issues faced by young girls and women across the country.

Arriving in Lucknow at 10:00 AM most felt grumpy and groggy after enduring a long and bumpy journey, that in typical Indian fashion, was two hours off schedule. After a quick breakfast, dropping our bags at our hotel and wishing we had time for a nap, we got on the bus and headed to the Study Hall School. I was not prepared for the impact this visit would have on me as we stepped into the school yard. As we walked to our meeting room I saw many faces peeping out to catch a look at the strange group of visitors in their school, most were friendly and waving, and a few had shy smiles. We were led into a large room given a delicious lunch and tea and began to learn all about the Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF) from our coordinator Anand.

SHEF is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1994 by Urvashi Sahni, with the mission of providing a quality education and building a “universe of care” to empower students, particularly girls, and help them emerge as women with a perception of themselves as equal and capable individuals. SHEF is comprised of several schools including the Study Hall School, Prerna Girls School, Prerna Boys School, Vidyasthali School, and most recently the Study Hall College. In addition to these schools SHEF works with over 900 schools in Northern India through their Digital Study Hall program, and reaches 5,00,000 children living across the country through the use of teacher training and video lessons. SHEF tackles the most difficult problems facing UP today by integrating developing a social and political consciousness into their curriculum.

SHEF operates by using the revenue from the fee-paying students who attend the highly regarded Study Hall School in the morning, to provide free schooling to the Prerna girls and boys in the afternoon. The Prerna schools are for students coming from low socio-economic backgrounds, most of whom work in the mornings and thus are able to attend school in the afternoons. Currently the Prerna schools host 800 and 165 girls and boys respectively. The Prerna Girls School enables girls to take a feminist stance in their lives by integrating Dr. Sahni’s feminist pedagogy into their daily studies.

During our visit we were able to stop into a Prerna girls’ classroom age 16-18, where they were in the middle of a “critical dialogue” where the girls engage in discussion on topics such as equality, gender, health, etc. That day the girls were talking about what a “good” Indian girl looks like, acts like, etc. They asked us questions about what we thought a “good” American girl was like and they were surprised to find that we both face some of the same gender stereotypes. The girls were very curious what other kinds of issues we face in the U.S. including marriage, harassment, and rape. I was completely blown away by the girls’ maturity, confidence, and passion on these topics.

My admiration for the Prerna Girls and their determination to use their voice only grew when we came back to Study Hall the next day and met with students from Prerna, Study Hall, and Vidyasthali-a rural school outside of Lucknow all in one room. Four Prerna girls preformed a beautiful poem and dance in Hindi and English about girls never really having a place to call home as they are forced out of their homes as girls to be married off to another family. (see below) That day we interacted with all of the students and broke out into groups to have conversations and perform skits for everyone on the topic of equality. Each group had a creative twist on the assignment and addressed issues like gender, economic, and racial inequality.

I was shocked by the Prena girls’ openness to speak on their experiences and humbled by their courage in facing danger when getting to school or even using the toilet at home. Hearing these girls stand up and speak about their fight to avoid forced child marriage at just 15 put my life and my privilege into perspective. I left Study Hall School with not only a new point of view, but also with admiration for the resiliency and hope the students displayed.

In Search of a Home
Written by Prerna and Vidyasthali high school students
From birth to the day we die
We wander this earth in fright
Yet we find no home in sight.
My first world was a pitch black veil
Where I was overcome by a mysterious fear.
But I took comfort in my mother, in her warmth.
Cozy in her womb, my home was here.
As I left this haven, light flooded my eyes
I awaited my new home with utter delight
But I was left with just one thought
Is this new home what I once sought?
From mother’s embrace to father’s I pass
As she says “We are blessed by the gods.”
But as I looked into the faces of others
An unsettling gloom was quickly uncovered.
It wasn’t just a home, but also my playground
Every wall a mural, every rag was a crown.
The outside world called to me,
But inside I remained.
“Outside is not safe for girls,”
I was told everyday.
I am not truly theirs to keep,
So they must keep me safe.
But not to worry, they said,
That I’ll find me my home one day.
My illusions were shattered
and in corners I would weep
As my drunk father ravaged Mother
And threatened her with the street!

And in these moments I wondered,
“How dare he claim this house his own?
When really it is Mother
Who makes this house our home.”
The years went by, I turned sixteen.
Able, now, to understand my plight.
What I once thought was my house to roam
I then knew would never be my home..
Lovely it was, my wedding gown
Ceremonious vanity unmatched
A new journey began, as I bid farewell
And to a new home, unknown, I marched
In corners I heard them whispering
“She has finally found her home”
While my father pled, “Be brave!
“Your next journey shall be ‘til the grave.”
I knew he meant that he’d cut our ties.
What I once thought was home, isn’t mine.
He wanted me to brave the sins
Just as my mother stayed silent for him
I no longer knew which was my home.
Where I grew up? where I was thrown?
I wondered, where was my mother’s home?
I knew deep down that she had none.
As I entered this seemingly welcoming house,
A golden cage that wasn’t golden in the end,
I had the chains back on again
My whole being choked, but not a word I said
I was to them a homemaker
With two homes but none
The homes were made
But my life left undone
On God’s good earth, each has their home.
How can it be, that I have none?
In the end I am left, ripped at the seam.
The world has pushed me too far to dream
But, my dream, a home, I shall claim
Where I am at peace and finally safe
A place to finally call my own.
My final destination, my home.

Study Hall School Cultural Fest Chrysalis 2018

The Study Hall School under the aegis of Study Hall Educational Foundation organised its biannual art, literary and cultural festival – Chrysalis - from 26 to 28 July 2018. 

The highlight of the event was that every Study Hall student from class 6 to class 10 will be participated in some competition or the other. In total 1000 students from Study Hall and over 200 students from other schools like Prerna Girls School, Vidyasthali School Malihabad and Center for Learning will also be joined in. 

Art, literary, tech and science model competitions were the highlight of the festival.

The Study Hall School, Gomtinagar held it’s three-day-long cultural fest ‘Chrysalis 2018’ from 26 July, 2018 to 28 July, 2018. It was a grand affair and over one thousand students participated in the event. The fest was the manifestation of Study Hallian principles, values and talent. The theme of Chrysalis 2018 was ‘Changemaking’. The fest was held in the school premises. Over 25 events and competitions were held in the span of 3 days. The competitions were held either inter-house or intra-foundation. The whole Study Hall Foundation took part in the cultural fest. Prerna and Vidyasthali emerged victorious in many events in which they participated.  The fest was managed by the student council and the four houses.

Chrysalis- It’s the stage in the life of a butterfly in which the larva builds cocoon around itself and prepares itself to face the world. In this stage only that the wings appear. Clearly, the title justifies the journey of each student of study hall who participated in the fest. The fest helped students discover their latent talents and potential. It was an amazing journey for each one at Study Hall, be it a teacher, student or the supporting staff. The house captains and the student council did their best to make this fest a successful one.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said: The journey is always more beautiful than the destination. The experiences that one collects on the course of his/her journey is what he/she treasures lifelong. The fest taught students team spirit, time management and most importantly how to think out of the box. Every soul in Study Hall Foundation gave their hundred percent. The successful three-day long gala was the result of the determination, burning zeal, and passion of each individual.

There were over 25 events out of which some are mentioned below:

Elomime- This was for classes 8th-10th. It took place in the junior AC hall. It was also an intra foundation competition. They all took poems and acted beautifully on them.

Dance- The intra foundation dance competition took place on the 26th of July. The participants were from 6th to 12th. It happened on the Senior stage. All the teams danced gracefully on the topic, “I’m the change”.

Indian music- This event was for standards 6th-8th, it happened in the Junior AC Hall. They all sang beautiful folk songs.

Western music- This singing competition was held for classes 9th-12th and they all sang award-winning songs. It happened in the Junior AC hall. The melodious voices held the audience in a spectacular trance as though casting spells with their voices.

Wall painting- All the 7 units of the Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF) were allotted a wall in the senior school. They all painted splendor on the canvas depicting the change they wanted to see.

Filmmaking- This inter-house competition focused on the theatrical as well as the photographic skills of the students. All the four houses made movies on change.

Spin a yarn- this inter foundation competition was for classes 9th and 10th. Each team only had one minute to build a gripping tale.

Turn quote- Ever heard the pros and cons of a quote? That’s what Turn Quote is all about. Each participant had to speak both for and against one line in this competition. This competition was for classes 11th and 12th.

Orchestra- This competition was really harmonious. All the participants from classes 6th to 12th were synchronised with their groups. This inter-house competition made the school love music even more.

Rasabhivyakti- The students from class 9-12 of Study Hall participated in this inter-house event in which they had to narrate the poem and enact it. Bringing out the ‘Rasa’ or the true meaning of the poem through acting and narration was the main agenda. Not only the orators but the actors were eloquent and caught us all with their charisma.

Photography- This event was intra-foundation event in which the candidates were required to capture real-life situations. All the wings of the foundation did an amazing job. They depicted around us the world which we so often forget to look at.

Green wall- In this inter-house event, the students created a green art piece using plants.

Yoga- Solo and group competitions were held. The unique part of this competition was the yoga quiz in which participants were tested for their knowledge of Yoga.

Gyananjali- It was an intra-foundation event which had three rounds with different people in each one. There were seven teams.

First round- One word and they had to give a synonym for it.

Second round- A poem was read out and they had to guess the poet.

Third round- A Hindi movie clip was shown and they had to guess the author of the book.The event was one of the most interesting ones.

Western Music-This singing competition was held for classes 9th-12th and they all sang award-winning songs. It happened in the Junior AC hall. The melodious voices held the audience in a spectacular trance as though casting spells with their voices

Every good thing has to end. The Chrysalis 2018 ended on a harmonious note. Western Music competition was the last competition on the list. After that Dr. Urvashi Sahni, founder of Study Hall Educational Foundation addressed the student body. The results were declared and it brought tears of both joy and happiness.It was a victory moment for some and a melancholy note for others. It was a memorable time for Prerna Girls School and Vidyasthali School who secured positions in many intra-foundation events. The glittering golden trophy chose yellow to be it’s favourite. And, even though the winner among the houses, Cypress, cheered for each other and stood tall, they also showed great respect for their fellow teams. The others following in their footsteps celebrated their victory as well.

The school is not only hoisting a flag and banner for change but marches forward or rather flies ahead with the wings that each one of us chose instead of crawling through life, thus, following the words of Rumi, “Why prefer to crawl through life when you are born to fly?”

Results

Inter Houser Trophy 

Winner - Cypress House

Running-up:  Silver-Oak

Dance :

Winner - Prerna Girls School, Running-up-  Vidyasthali School, Malihabad

Story weaving :

Winner - Study Hall School, Running-up-  Prerna Girls School

Indian Music:

Winner - Study Hall School

Photography:

Winner - Prerna Girls School, Running-up-  Centre for Learning

Art:

Winner - Study Hall School, Running-up-  Centre for Learning

Prerna girls participate in The Indra Congress Durban July

We have just completed the 2018 Indra Congress on Durban, South Africa. What a wonderful experience it has been. We are deeply grateful to Mary Lange and her dedicated team at ARROWSA, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban University of Technology and Bechet High School for creating a dynamic framework and programme within which the talented, high energy participants could share stories, learn from each other and produce a vibrant carnival parade along the Durban sea front at the end of the week. Many thanks also to Friends of Indra who contributed to help make the week possible.

In the build up to the Congress, Mary and her colleagues had faced an avalanche of frustrations and funding disappointments. However, they stuck with it and created a truly memorable week. The event depended upon a huge amount of goodwill and voluntary inputs. For example, a range of applications had been made unsuccessfully to finance the artistic team to run workshops and prepare for the carnival parade. Despite this, the artists gave unstintingly of their time and expertise. They therefore must have a much-deserved mention in this newsletter:

Drama: Ongezwa Mbele

Dance and singing: Sue-Livia van Wyk

Arts and crafts: Dane Knudsen, Kathlyn Allan, Karla Nixon

Media: Luthando Ngema

Mass movement: Alix Harris.

Many thanks to them all!

During the week we were treated to a moving, sometimes hilarious and insightful range of presentations:

The dedicated South Roots International company from Cape Town shared with us their remarkable dance and theatre energy. Their work focusses on disadvantaged young people in fractured communities in the Western Cape and beyond, whose lives have been ravaged by drugs, poverty and violence.

From Greece Betty Giannouli and her students gave us an intriguing glimmer of the spectrum of experiences in the lives of young people in that country. Through Skype they shared their film, a collage of haunting images and sequences, not easy to access but provoking real interest and debate.

A young woman dances gracefully in the space, the music gradually changing to the overwhelming sound of helicopter gunships and gun fire. It is on the border between Gaza and Israel. The young woman continues to dance. The simple, symbolic performance from members of Al Harah Theatre in Palestine sparked off many discussions during the week. For many people in South Africa, there is a resonance between their experience of apartheid and the treatment of the Palestinian people in Palestine and Israel.

A hilarious and skillfully acted interpretation of the Little Red Riding Hood story from Plymouth UK raised important questions regarding predatory males, which despite the riotous laughter provoked a thoughtful discussion about how theatre can engage humour to explore urgent and shared social issues.

Darryl and Lessle, together with 3 young people, had driven 2,000 miles from Namibia to be with us at the Congress. They have been involved in the establishment of an orphanage which had grown into a school, Anistemi.. From within the school has emerged an aspiration to become more engaged with cultural and artistic activities. Judging by their presentation, what was lacking in experience was compensated for by terrific enthusiasm and considerable natural skill.

The young women from the study Hall Foundation in Lucknow India moved us with the recitation of poetry, written by themselves, which spoke powerfully about the prejudices faced by young Indian women and girls in their struggle for the right to education and not to be sold off into an early marriage. They finished their presentation with a delightful and colourful dance sequence.

We had the pleasure of “Abasha Bash” winners perform and participate at the Indra Congress. The Ethekwini municipilaty youth initiative provides a wonderful platform for young people to cultivate their arts and cultural practice. Winners of the Abasha Bash competition traveled to the city of Bremen in Germany (in 2017) to participate with other youth groups in an international cultural exchange event

.The spirit of the Indra Congress, of performance, friendship and kindness has caught and bitten the Canadians who joined us this year. Abla Kacemi performed a powerful poem relaying her experience as a minority citizen in Canada. A group performance then reflected on the impacts of colonialism in Canada and how indigenous people were affected by the looting of the country’s resources by the European colonisers.

Few of us would dispute the suggestion that the members of ARROWSA, led by the talented Bhekithemba Dlamini, were the very heart of this Congress. Their infectious warmth and vibrant energy enabled participants to feel truly welcome. Their own performance provided a thoughtful survey of key historical moments in the struggle against apartheid, interspersed with passages of high octane dance and action.

The Carnival Parade

During the week the team of artists led training workshops in theatre, dance, music and street carnival. This all culminated in an explosion of life and vitality on the Saturday morning along the Durban sea front. The parade was skillfully structured by the organisers as the surging, colourful body of rhythm and energy, danced and sang from ‘station to station’, attracting significant gaze and interest on the way. The sheer physical energy, imagination and discipline was impressive. A memorable morning to round off a memorable week.

The Symposium

Many thanks to Miranda Young – Jahangeer for organizing a series of presentations from Indra co-ordinators and other contributors that enables us to have an in-depth conversation relating to processes and practices underlying the Indra Congress. It is increasingly apparent that Indra’s practice must adapt to the changing world in which we find ourselves.

The city walk/talk

During the week we were invited to go on a city walk with Doung of dala. Dala is an interdisciplinary, creative collective that believes in the transformative role of creativity in building safer and more livable cities. Doung is an architect and artist, and invited us to share his philosophy about the built environment, power and ‘the in between spaces.’ The walk did not involve the traditional tourist ‘sights’ but was a meditative wander around 21st century shopping malls, traditional African markets and tenement blocks. Much to chew on!

Summary

This was an excellent Congress event which was made possible by the engagement, commitment and goodwill of many people and the big-hearted spirit of the participants. An outstanding feature of this Congress was the intensity of listening. Conversations sparked off by presentations and face to face meetings provoked a rich vein of dialogue and highlighted the important point that within Indra’s net there is no hierarchy of suffering: all the young people’s stories are important.

Visiting South Africa for the first time is a major experience. Mandela became President of South Africa in 1994. A too common and naïve assumption from outside the country is that, following this momentous and deeply symbolic occasion, all would be well; apartheid was dead and buried. However, 24 years after this pivotal moment, too little has changed for the vast majority. The inequality is still there, the poverty, the slums, the violence.

There is also the spirit of the ARROWSA young people at Bechet, for whom the spirit of ‘Ubuntu’, ‘I am who I am because of who we are’, what Desmond Tutu calls ‘the essence of being human’, is a burning, justice seeking reality: a creative and compassionate spirit that gives hope for the future.

CBSE class 10th results brings joy for Study Hall School

The Central Board of Secondary Education Has Declared The result of class 10th this afternoon. Study Hall school located in Vipul Khand 2 Gomti Nagar had great results this year. The highest score of this batch is 97.8 %.

The Topper of the year Yash Pant, 17. Son of Mr. Bhuwan Pant (Teacher) and Mrs. Meena Pant (Homemaker). She said he did a great job by scoring such good marks, his parents are really happy with the results. He Scored 98 in Hindi, 100 in Computer Science 100 in Science, 99 in math and 98 in social studies. He also shared his strategies and said that he was regular in class and consistent to his studies, and he revised everything taught in class every day at home. He wants to be an engineer. He also shared he use to play video games when he was stressed during exams and studies. He said “I worked very hard to get these scores and I am happy that I met my expectations.”

Another student From Study hall Astha Katiyar, 15, scored 96.6%. she scored 95 in English, 98 in Hindi, 98 in Social studies, 95 in Math, and 97 in science. She said “I prepared before my pre-board exams and revised every day after pre-boards”. She also added, her father supported her a lot and gave her freedom to choose her field of studies.

Overall it was the happy and successful result for school and students, as well as their Family.

Prerna girls shine in CBSE exam

Study Hall Educational Foundation Prerna girls who completed their 12th from CBSE board from Study Hall wing. Three girls from Prerna Girls Got transfer from Prerna NIOS to Study hall CBSE to complete their Sr. secondary from the science stream.   Jyoti Lodhi aged 17 scored 67.2 %, Jyoti Kannoujia aged 18 scored 64%, and Sapna Verma (age- 17) scored 62.02%.

The girls shared about their stories and told about how tough it was for them to study in English medium school as they got transferred from Hindi medium. Jyoti Lodhi who scored highest among all three shared, all her studies from nursery to grade 10th were in Hindi and sudden language change was shocking and difficult for her. She struggled for few weeks and then she started finding ways to overcome her problem. And she finally found a way to conquer her problems by finding her course books in Hindi to understand her syllabus and whatever she learned in class in Hindi she use to revise that in Hindi at home and she finally cleared all her exams. She said being a daughter of the sweet maker I feel proud and happy to see my result. I definitely struggled but finally, I made it and I am happy about my result.

Jyoti Kannoujia who scored 64% daughter Of Mr. Moti Lal Kannoujia who works as washer man scored 66 in Hindi, 51 in physics, 64 in chemistry, 65 In biology, 74 in Physical Education.  She said her father supported her to study further and not to stay at home and earning. They wanted her to be a successful person. Jyoti said she wants to be a Gynecologist.  She said she was unable to get her course books. “I have studies online and used the sites to study it was tough because I don’t have Internet at home, so I get all the copies so I can study at nights.” She said she could have done better if the classes were in Hindi but she is still happy. “It was challenging but I won,” she said.

Sapna Verma scored 62.02 % daughter of Mr. Manohar Lal cook shared about her experience and said it was tough but I did take extra classes and joined coaching to do better in her exams. She is happy and has goals to e a doctor and serves her community.

Study Hall children all smiles after CBSE class 12 results

The Central Board of Secondary Education Has Declared The result of class 12th this afternoon. Study Hall school located in Vipul Khand 2 Gomtinagar had great results this year. The highest score of this batch is 97% and the average score is 80.02%.

The Topper of the year Aarushi Roy aged 17. Daughter of Mr. Mayank Roy (businessman) and Mrs. Tanvi Roy(Homemaker) Studied Humanities In School. She said she chose this stream to break the stereotypes of people about the stream as people say it doesn’t have a scope. She said she did a great job by scoring such good marks. She Scored 95 in English, 100 in History, 100 in Psychology, 94 in Political Science 96 in Economics.

She also shared her strategies and said that she was regular in class and studied 8-10 hour every day, she also added she never studied under pressure and stayed active on social sites and on phone to relieve her stress. Another student From Study hall  Muskaan Singh with science stream scored 95.2 % marks. Muskaan Singh Daughter of Mr. A.k Singh and Mrs. Renu Singh.  Muskaan Shared about her Methods of studies and said,  She was focused and solved papers of last 10 years. She Said she wanted to get her Ph.Ed In Technology and be a professor.

She said “I love to play Volleyball and cricket, and music is her stress reliever, I also love to spend a lot of my time with friends and family, that help me to stay relax and happy.

She gave credit for her success to her Mother and said “ she was my backbone and she supported me the most and everything I achieve in my life will be dedicated to her. I can do nothing without her love and support.”

Overall it was the happy and successful result for school and students, as well as their Family.  

Digital Study Hall’s Moni Kannaujia wins Hindustan Times – Young Society Leader Award

Moni Kannaujia, who leads SHEF’s Content Development team has been chosen as the Young Society Leader at the HT Woman Awards 2018. We would like to thank all our supporters and Hindustan Times.

Ms. Moni Kannaujiya has championed the cause of girls’ education by producing over 1000 quality video lessons which are available free of cost on the internet. She has risen through the ranks and is currently leading Content Production at Study Hall Educational Foundation’s outreach unit. She comes from a low-income family but has beaten the odds to become a role model in her community. 

Since the age of 15, Moni has been working and paying for her education, and has now surpassed her parents to become the highest earner in the family. She graduated from Study Hall Educational Foundation’s Prerna Girls School in the year 2012, earned her Bachelor of Arts in 2015, and is now pursuing her Master’s in Journalism and Mass Communication at Lucknow University.

A natural young leader, Moni currently supervises a team of over ten teacher experts and two video production associates. She and her team produce videos lessons on quality pedagogy for under resourced classrooms. They also record critical dialogues between students and teachers that are part of SHEF’s feminist curriculum; these videos are used to strengthen the Aarohini girls’ education and empowerment program in more than 700 government schools in the state, promoting a greater understanding of gender and patriarchy in these communities. Additionally, Moni manages a YouTube channel for these video lessons that has over 21,000 subscribers and 3 million views.

Moni was an integral part of a study for ‘Mapping Vulnerability of Adolescent Girls in Uttar Pradesh,’ commissioned by Unicef. She is also a Woman Power Angel, designated as civil police to fight and report crimes against women by the Uttar Pradesh state government.