Study Hall DOSTI (Development of Self through Interaction) Annual Concert.

Study Hall School hosted an annual concert for the DOSTI (Development of Self through Interaction) unit on November 2, 2018, at Sant Gadge Auditorium in Gomtinagar.  The theme of the concert was “Come to see the world through the eyes of a child” which took everyone back to their childhood.  Mr. S.K Srivastava, commissioner disabilities, the government of Uttar Pradesh, graced the occasion as chief guest.

Dr. Urvashi Sahni, CEO, and founder Study Hall Educational Foundation shared how she started the Journey of DOSTI with 10 students and today, over one hundred children, are taken care of in its Early Intervention, Home-based programs, and regular school programs.  She added, “I feel so happy to see all these parents here supporting their kids and I appreciate every single effort that every teacher make here.”

The concert started with welcoming the guest and speech by Shalini Sinha, principal Study Hall School The first performance was a soul-stirring song “Let the children have a world”, in which kids shared their dreams and beliefs.  It continued with a dance performance on “Ek Zindagi Meri SauKhwaishe.”  Children of class 3 eloquently and effectively speak out their minds about what freedom means to them in form of a poem.  Students act on the short English play “The keys to heaven” which was about how we get caught up following the herd, Instead of looking at what’s real.  Two students from DOSTI Vaibhav Yadav and Stavya Mishra showcased their talent on synthesizer and bongo.  This took concert on another peak.  

On this occasion, chief guest, Mr. S.K Srivastava congratulated the teacher and appreciated them for the work they do.  He said, “it takes immense patience to deal with kids with special abilities and I see the teachers and special trainers do their work so lovingly.”

The program continued with a song performance “Hume Haq Hai Barabari Ka” and song performance by students of Center for Learning “Koshish karne walon ki haar nahi hoti.”  The next performance was a short humorous play in Hindi “Chintiprem” which left the audience laughing.  The program concluded with the delightful dance performance by students.

A session on Traffic Awareness and Safety

Study Hall school organized a session on ‘Traffic Awareness and Safety’ for students of grades 9 and 10, on 24th October 2018.
The session was conducted by an Officer of the Regional Transport Office (RTO) who made.
The students aware of safety rules and traffic guidelines.

The dangers of speeding, driving under the influence of liquor, violating basic traffic guidelines etc., were stressed upon. Students were further apprised with the importance of minimising risk by wearing safety helmets, seat belts, following rules and driving safely. The session ended with a brief oath-taking ceremony, in which the students pledged to be responsible citizens and to follow traffic rules when they acquire their driving license in the future.

Study Hall College launched in a gala event

The Study Hall Educational Foundation formally launched the Study Hall College which is affiliated to the Lucknow University and currently has bachelors courses running in business administration, commerce, journalism and mass communication and computer application.

Minister of Excise and Prohibition Shri Jai Pratap Singh and former Vice-Chancellor of Lucknow University Shri GB Pattanaik graced the occasion with their presence. Powerful personal stories of change narrated by college students and exemplary dance and drama performances were the highlights of the gala event.

Chief guest Shri GB Pattanaik said that experience sharing by the students of the college was the most moving part of the event. He added that colleges are not just places that give out degrees but institutions that shape individuals to change the society. He candidly mentioned that the Study Hall College is 35 km from the center of Lucknow and said that it could be 100 km away as it is the far-flung like Pipersand that need quality higher education institutions like the Study Hall College.

The founder and CEO of the Study Hall Educational Foundation Dr Urvashi Sahni shared the journey of the college and how she envisions it becoming a beacon of quality education.

On this occasion, Principle of the college Dr. Sudhish Chandra said, “Education is a basic necessity after food shelter and clothing. In fact, education is to be regarded as an investment of the highest order which in time to come become an asset.”
Adding to his point, the director of the college said education is not just about the degree, its not just a tool for the change, its a change itself which establishes the social dynamics of the human race.
The programme concluded with the speech of the chief guest and national anthem.
on this occasion the Guest of Honour, Shri Jai Pratap Singh said, “I loved the performances today, I am glad Study Hall Educational Foundation is still following the culture in this modernization. Study Hall has brought a revolution in education”,
The programme concluded with the national anthem.
The programme started with Invocation dance, Performed by The Study hall College Girls : Muskaan Mishra (BJMC 3rd semester), Akanksha Kushwaha (B. Com 3rd year), Laxmi (BJMC 1st Semester), Surbhi (BJMC 1st Semester), Sushma (B.Com 2nd year). Ceremony continued  with a short play named The New Car  performed by Sneha Reji -(BBA 1st semester) Adamya -( BBA 1st semester) Ashu Yadav (BJMC 1st semester), Anjali (BJMC 3rd semester), Anurag ( BJMC 1st semester), Pradeep (BJMC 3rd semester), Sahitya (BJMC 1st semester), Simran (BBA 1st semester). Later, Students from Vidyasthali performed a theme dance. The last performance was a song by Prerna girls and college girls.

8th convocation for Prerna Girls School

It a moment of pride for Study Hall Educational Foundation to organize the 8th convocation for Prerna Girls School (school to educate underprivileged girls). the convocation was held on October 22 at Study Hall school to felicitate the students to who have successfully cleared their class 10th and 12th examination. Also, the Prerna Alumni who have gone to complete their graduation and Post graduation was awarded the scholarship. The students who are pursuing their undergraduate are awarded Late Sundari Devi Kapoor Memorial  Scholarship of Rs.5000  each and Prerna alumni who are pursuing their post-graduation are awarded Late Rajendra Mohini  Satyapal Malhotra Memorial scholarship of Rs. 20,000 each.
The ceremony started by welcoming the guest and followed by the student’s and Principal’s speech. Students sang the song and continued the ceremony by felicitating class 9th and 11th meritorious students. The felicitation continued by felicitating the meritorious of class 12th, 10th and rest of passed out students of 10th and 12th.
Student Pooja Sen shared, how she has seen herself growing, developing and empowering. Later the Alumni who are graduated and post graduated were felicitated. Laxmi Nishad, Prerna Alum, currently working as Sales Head at Shiva Enterprise also shared her experience. She thanked  Dr. Urvashi Sahni and other teachers for the support she has received.
On this Occasion, Dr. Urvashi Sahni, CEO of the Study Hall Educational Foundation, addressed the students and said, education has helped alumnae to create their goals, and the willingness of studying helped them to reach their goals. she added, the story of girls is inspiring and every girl is special in her own way.
Adding to Dr. Sahni’s point the chief guest said, Education is for everyone, it is the weapon that helps to fight issues like child marriage, dowry and many other issues.
 The ceremony continued with a delightful dance performance. The ceremony finished up with a vote of thanks and National Anthem.
Girls Dressed in Traditional Regalia were visibly excited on the occasion and displayed the sense of pride and achievement

 

Prerna Girl swim to success

On August 2, 2018 Lucknow Public School, Vinamra Khand branch organized the 1st Shri Ram Lal Memorial inter-school swimming championship. In this inter-school competition, many prestigious schools participated.  Lucknow Public School, City Montessori School (Gomtinagar, Chowk, and Kanpur road branch), The Millennium, La Martiniere School, Study Hall ( Prerna Girls School and Study Hall School) and Seth M.R Jaipuria School.  In this inter-school competition, one Of the Prerna Girls Aditi Shukla from Class 6th won the Bronze in G-11 25 M Black Stroke and in G-11 25 M Free Style.  Sharing about her experience Aditi Said, “I like spending my spare time around water so I Joined swimming classes in school, after my academic classes. I just did it as a hobby. I never expected to participate in any completion but my coach encouraged me to do so”. She Added, She is very happy after she won and she is now more motivated to learn and win the first prize.

Dr. Urvashi Sahni felicitated by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

Twelve social entrepreneurs at the helm of 11 organizations from around the world have been recognized by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship as the 2018 Social Entrepreneurs of the Year in New York. The Schwab Foundation recognizes 12 individuals from 11 organizations for their innovative approaches and potential for global impact

Girls’ education, sexual violence, prison reform, financial inclusion, and disaster relief are issues where the 2018 awardees have developed cost-effective, scalable services.

Dr. Urvashi Sahni, Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF), India is one of the winners of the 2018 Social Entrepreneurs of the Year Award.  She runs the Study Hall Educational Foundation where organization runs a network of nine types of schools and programmes, catering to girls, disabled children, rural youth and children outside the formal school system. To date, the foundation has worked with more than 900 government schools and trained 5,000 government teachers, reaching an estimated 500,000 children.

Talking about the award Dr. Sahni said, “I am very grateful to the Schwab Foundation for the recognition.” 

Social Entrepreneurs leverage the power of market forces and business principles to solve social problems in ways that benefit the marginalized and the poor,” said Hilde Schwab, Chairperson, and Co-Founder, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.  Adding to the point Schwab said, “Their work is often carried out in areas where government and the private sector are unable to achieve meaningful outcomes and involves considerable creativity coupled with pragmatism.”

The 11 organizations and 12 individuals honored in 2018 become part of the broader Schwab Foundation community of 350 outstanding social entrepreneurs from around the world. The work of the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs is integrated into the World Economic Forum’s events and initiatives aimed at scaling-up market-based solutions for global challenges.

Along with Dr. Urvashi Sahni, 11 other Social entrepreneurs from around the world has been recognized and facilitated. Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan, Horn of Africa Development Initiative(HODI Kenya, Valdeci Ferreira, The Brazilian Fraternity of Assistance to Convicts (FBAC) Brazil/Latin America, Bas van Abel, Fairphone, Netherlands, Bruktawit Tigabu, Whiz kids workshop from Ethiopia, Sasha Chanoff and Amy Slaughter, RefugePoint, Africa/Middle East,  Mike Quinn, Zoona, Zambia/Malawi, Zack Rosenburg, SBP, USA,  Tulin Akin, Tabit, Turkey,  David Yeung, Green Monday from Hongkong, Muhammad Amjad Saqib, Akhuwat, Pakistan/Uganda/Kenya. Several awardees use the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to provide better outcomes at lower cost. 

Dr. Urvashi Sahni felicitated by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship

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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.

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