Towards reforming Government schools in UP: A meeting with DyCM Dinesh Sharma

Dr. Urvashi Sahni, President of Studyhall Educational  Foundation, met Dy CM Dinesh Sharma and discussed the state of primary and secondary education in Uttar Pradesh. Dr. Sahni, who is also a member of the Rajasthan chief minister’s advisory council (education), appraised Sharma about how administrative reforms in Rajasthan had lead to the migration of 10 lakh students from private schools to government schools in Rajasthan.

Prof Sharma showed the keen interest in knowing how the change was brought about in Rajasthan. He said that the current Yogi government was determined to bring about positive changes in primary and secondary education and he would like to discuss this further.

To this, Dr. Sahni explained that integration of primary and secondary school, reducing teacher vacancies, rationalization of teacher appointments based on the need of the school, a collection of accurate school data through a technology portal, Shaala darpan, along with increasing teacher accountability were among the major factors for change.

As a follow up of the meeting, Dy CM Dinesh Sharma suggested that he would like to arrange a presentation before the chief minister Yogi Aditynath and table her suggestions to chalk out the roadmap for educational reform in UP.

She also presented a memorandum to stop child marriage in UP as part of the India’s Daughters Campaign being run by the Study Hall Educational Foundation.

4th Art Competition ‘Paint your imagination’ by Study Hall – Center of Learning

The Study Hall Center for Learning organized its 4th Annual Art Competition on 14th April 2017, where around 350 students of various schools like CMS, LPS, Jaipuria, Police Modern School and many others across the city have participated. It was held grade wise where various topics related to social issues like Domestic Violence, Clean India Green India, Rio Olympic etc were allotted. The epitome of creativity and imagination was witnessed. Saad Khan  of City Montessori School  achieved 1st prize in senior category Arnav from Seth M.R Jaipuria  and Harsh from Centre For Learning  Owned 2nd prize, Naincy From Prerna  Girls School achieved 3rd prize, Kamini from Vidyasthali and Navya from CMS won consolation prize. In Junior Category Amhad of Study Hall School Grabbed  1st Prize, Nivedita Singh Of Seth M.R Jaipuria and Aarav from Study Hall Won 2nd Prize  Kushagra and Nandini From Study Hall received 3rd Prize and Naseema of Gyan Setu- Non Formal Education Centre received consolation prize respectively.

Paint your imagination

India’s Daughters Campaign – Rally taken out against child marriage

The Study Hall Educational Foundation organized an awareness march against child marriage to launch its 5th India’s Daughters Campaign 2017 on April 1, 2017.
With over 200 participants the rally started from Gandhi Pratima in Hazaratganj and moved towards Jawahar Bhawan.
Students Prerna Girls School , 8 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Study Hall School, Vidyasthali and GyanSetu participated in the rally.
As a follow-up a memorandum against child marriage was given to the chief minister and the governor.
Naheed from Prayatna (NGO) said that this is a very good attempt to draw the attention of the crowd towards a very sensitive issue.
Dr Sahni added to her voice saying the onus is now on the state government to take this issue forward.
Mahant Diya Giri of Mankamneshwar Temple also spoke on the occasion and said the since the inception of the law against child marriage not a lot has changed and one of the major reasons for child marriage is illiteracy and lack of strict implementation of the law.
A Nukkad Natak titled Bal Vivah Ghulami Hai was also staged on the issue.
5 child marriage survivors also participated in the event.
One of the child marriage survivor Fatima Khatoon (name changed) said that had my teachers not saved me from the child marriage I would not had two kids by now and I would not be supporting my family through a job.
Mamta Singh, Humsafar, Neha Naidu, UNICEF, Swarnima Singh, Suraksha, Chhavi Jain, Suraksha, Naheed Aqueel, Prayatna, Shaista Ambar, All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board, Mohd. Idrees Ambar, All India Muslim Women Personal Law Board, Prof Nishi Pandey, Lucknow University, Rakhee Panjwani, Principal  Prerna Girls School, Kahkashaw Parween, Mahila Samakhya, Shubhagi, AALI, Jagdish Gupta, Mankamneshwar Math, Akhilesh Tiwari, Sarathi, Shipra Jha, Girls Not Brides, Neelofer Khan, Uttar Pradesh Police Mahila Samman Prakoshtha, J Ram, Social Welfare Department, Government of Uttar Pradesh , Swarnima Singh, Suraksha, Lucknow, Chhavi Jain, Suraksha, Lucknow, Prof Nishi Pandey, Institute of Women’s Studies, Lucknow University , Aftab Mohammad, CP Specialist. UNICEF, Shachi Sharma, Sahayog India, Deepika, Sahayog India and Ibrahim, Nadwa (Muslim Education Institution) also lent their voice to the rally.

India’s Daughters Campaign – Awareness March – April 1, 2017
India’s Daughters Campaign – Awareness March – April 1, 2017 – Mankamneshwar Mahant Divya Giri
India’s Daughters Campaign – Awareness March – Street Play – Bal Vivah Ghulami Hai – April 1, 2017

Prerna Concert ends on an emotional note

The second and final day of the annual Prerna Concert – Chu Le Aasman – was headlined by chief guest Sutapa Sanyal and guest of honour Navneet Sikera.

The Art and crafts exhibitionnonce again saw overwhelming response from the crowd as almost all the paintings were bought by art enthusiasts.

Performances by students of class 6 to 12 of Prerna Girls and Boys School marked the day.

Welcoming guests to the concert the Principal of the Prerna Girls School said that Prerna is an endeavour to empower and educate the girls.

There after Dr Urvashi Sahni addressed the parents of the students and urged them to also work towards gender equality.

The highlights of the second day of the Prerna Concert included – play titled Malala by class 9 and 11, dance by class 6 students. Five other plays were also staged on the ocassion.

Aarohini, a play by the class 7 students was also a big crowd pleaser.

Addressing the gathering Ms Sanyal said that she was teary-eyed as she saw the performances.

She urged the parents not to discriminate between the boys and girls. She concluded the her speech by saying that if girls get the right opportunity they can achieve anything.

Mr Sikera said that we need to empower the girls in our houses so that in-turn our nation will become stronger.

This was followed by a vote of thanks by Dr. Urvashi Sahni. She talked about how important it was for parents to attend the function and cheer their children.

The second day of the event would also have similar programs.

Prerna students win everyone’s heart.

The annual Prerna Concert – Chu Le Aasman – got off to a colourful start with the inauguration of the Art and crafts exhibition. Paintings made students of class 6 to 12 were displayed in the exhibition.

Welcoming guests to the concert the Principal of the Prerna Girls School said that Prerna is an endeavor to empower the girls. She also shared how 18 Prerna Girls had gone on complete Visharad (graduation in music).

This was followed by a soulful rendition of the song Hamari Hain Mutthi Mein Aakash Sara

Pre-primary students performed a heart-melting dance on a medley.

Other highlights of the first day of the Prerna Concert included – play titled Macchar Ram by prep class, dance by class 2. Three other plays were also staged on the occasion.

They included Ekta mein Bal by class 3, E-jungle by Prerna Boys and the mouse wedding by class 4. Sporty recitation by class 1 students was also held.

The concluding ceremony started with the parents of Prerna Girls sharing their experience.

This was followed by a vote of thanks by Dr. Urvashi Sahni. She talked about how important it was for parents to attend the function and cheer their children.

Study Hall Carnival a big hit

Much fanfare marked the Study Hall Carnival 2016 held here in Saturday.
Fun and games made sure the kids had a good time and kept playing till the carnival drew to a close.
Games like Long Flight, Just Ring It, Stick and blow were great Hits among those visiting the school on a sunny afternoon. Ratio making, plane flying and the Didi’s food stalls attracted the most crowd.
More than 2500 students and parents alike participated in the Carnival.
Students and parents from Study Hall School, Prerna Girls School and Prerna Boys School participated in the event.

Prerna girls get scholarships to aid their higher education

The Convocation ceremony of the Prerna Girls School (a school for underprivileged girls) was organised on with great pomp and show Thursday at the Study Hall School. A total of 18 students who had cleared class 12 along with and 23 students had cleared class 10 were felicitated on the occasion.

In addition to this at total of 10 Prerna Girls School alumni who are now enrolled in graduation and post graduation courses were given financial assistance of Rs 20,000.
Speaking in the occasion the chief guest Prof. (Dr.) Qamar Rahman said that the Prerna Girls School is a very good initiative for underprivileged girls and added she was very impressed with performances.
On the occasion, Sunil Sahni of the Study Hall Education Foundation announced the setting up of the Shakuntala Devi and Amritlal Sahni Scholarship fund. Selected girls will get a scholarship of Rs 50,000 for pursuing higher education.
Director of the Study Hall Educational Foundation, Dr Urvashi Sahni encouraged the girls to continue on their path of women empowerment.

English Access Programme

The English Access Microscholarship Program Graduating and Inaugural Ceremony at Prerna Girls School (a school for underprivileged girls) was a unique event as the Access team and students had a number a of reasons to celebrate.

It was a day that marked the end of a two year mentoring program, of a total of 125 students from Prerna Girls School and Vidhyasthali Kannar School, in the learning of the English language and with it a broadening of new horizons which the Access program brings opportunity of.

This day also heralded in a beginning of a new relationship with the American Center as SHEF became a Hub for the English Access Microscholarship Program in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, with SHEF managing a total of 4 sites in Lucknow and Rajasthan.

In the ceremony 200 new students were felicitated too, into the Access program for another 2 year session of mentoring and learning.

 Dr Bradley Horn, Regional English Language Officer (RELO), U.S Embassy, and Ms Rachna Sharma, Manager of English Access Program- India, U.S. Embassy, graced the occasion to congratulate the graduating students and welcome the new batch of students eager to embark on the journey of learning.

Also present on this joyous event was Prof. (Dr) Nishi Pandey, Chief Proctor Lucknow University, who had heard of the program running successfully at SHEF and was pleasantly surprised at the great results the program has brought to the lives of the students.

The highlight of the occasion was the chat show, “Chit Chat over Chai”, organized by the Alumni, graduating and new students of the Access program. The talk show was also a great platform for the students to flaunt their skills of successfully communicating in English. The Alumni and the graduating students of the Access program shared their experiences of events and opportunities the Access program enabled them to partake in. The new students were thoroughly encouraged to make the best of the program.