Transforming the Lives of Marginalized Girls in Patriarchal Societies
Since 2003 a privately funded high school has provided desperately needed education for girls from impoverished families in Lucknow, the capital and largest city in Uttar Pradesh, in northeast India. Urvashi Sahni, the founder of Prerna Girls School, tells the stories of how the school has changed the lives of more than 5,000 girls and their families. Most important, this book tells those stories from the perspectives of the girls themselves, rather than through a remote academic perspective.
The book focuses on how gender equality can be achieved in a patriarchal society through education. It shows how girls learn to be equal and autonomous persons in school as part of their official curriculum and how they use this learning to transform their lives and those of their families. The book’s central argument is that education can be truly transformative if it addresses the everyday reality of girls’ lives and responds to their special needs and challenges with respect and care.
Although Reaching for the Sky describes just one relatively small school in one corner of India, the book’s message and the stories it tells will interest anyone concerned about the necessity of girls’ education, especially in developing countries. The lives of the girls at Prerna Girls School are largely representative of those of millions of girls living in poor contexts in countries where patriarchal structures and norms prevail.
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The Study Hall School as part of the ongoing India’s Daughters Campaign 2017, organised an open discussion on ‘Child Marriage is a form of domestic violence’ on Thursday. Besides Study Hall School, students from Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidlaya (Bakshi Ka Talab), Prerna Girls School and Vidyasthali also participated in the discussion.
The Prep school provides full day care programme for children between the age group of 9 months to 8 years.
The full day care program has been designed to provide a facility for parents who would like to see their child be comfortable and safe, while they are at their workplaces. It allows mothers to return to their workplaces without compromising on the quality of care and love their little ones get. We strive to ensure that we provide a safe, healthy and nurturing space for children to learn and grow.
A late Fee of Rs 30/- per day will be charged after the 1st.
Late pick-up per half-an-hour is Rs 100/-
Day Care opens from Monday – Saturday.
Saturday Timings : 8:00 am -2:00 pm ( 3rd Saturday will be closed.).
* Children issues/ problems at the Day Care are dealt with care, concern and affection.
* Parents are welcome to participate in the children’s activities at the centre.
* Any kind of queries, apprehensions, complaints or suggestions are to be directed to the Coordinator. The Coordinator will promptly attend to the queries/ concerns.
*All activities will be scheduled and carried out in a routine manner. However, the deviation can occur if the need arises.
* Birthday celebrations can take place in the Day Care. Eats and crockery to be provided by the parents. Only parents, Grand-parents and siblings are allowed in the celebration.
* The Day Care working hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
* Parents are requested to pick up their child latest by 6 p.m. However, an unavoidable delay by 5 mins. is acceptable – if it goes beyond, then a late pick-up of fee Rs 100/- per half an hour will be levied.
Change of clothes.
Extra Diapers for diaper babies.
One hand towel.
Kindly write the name of the child on all the clothes, towel, bag, water bottles and tiffin, etc.
A small kit with a comb, any cream or talc the child is using.
Parents are requested to provide food & snacks for children. An evening snack like biscuit/ fruit will be provided by us.
Clean RO drinking water is available. Drinking water bottles have to be provided by the parents.
Feeding bottles and water bottles for babies to be sterilized at home.
Toddlers and babies will be fed by the Care givers. And, at the same time toddlers will be encouraged and helped to eat independently.
In case, any kind of food spoilage is detected by us, we will notify the parents and provide something, on request.
Pre Lunch snack
It is compulsory for parents to apprise the Coordinator about health issues, if any.
If the child is suffering from any communicable diseases such as viral fever, common cold, chicken pox, measles, etc. He/ She must not be sent to the Day Care in the interest of other children.
We are ready to administer prescribed medicines to children, as per written instructions of the parents and a copy of the prescription.
Please inform the Day Care if your child is suffering from any allergies.
The parents will be informed if the child is running temperature. Medicine (Paracetamol) will be administered only on parent’s permission. The child must be picked up from the Day Care within an hour of intimidation.
The child will be handed over only to his/ her parents or someone who has been authorized by parents to pick up. In case a new person is sent to pick up the child. We should be notified well in advance.
रीता बहुगुणा जोशी ने किया प्रेरणा गर्ल्स स्कूल की छात्राओं किया उत्साहवर्धन
प्रेरणा गर्ल्स स्कूल के दीक्षान्त समारोह में मुख्य अतिथि की तरह उपस्थित रही. इस समारोह के दौरान प्रेरणा की छात्राओं को कक्षा 10 और कक्षा 12 की पढाई पूरी करने के लिए सर्टिफिकेट प्रदान किये गये
कार्यक्रम की शुरुआत प्रेरणा गर्ल्स स्कूल की संस्थापिका डॉ उर्वशी साहनी ने स्कूल के बारे में बता कर के की. इसके बाद स्कूल की छात्राओं ने गायन कार्यक्रम प्रस्तुत किया (गाना- झूम झूम मृदु गरज गरज ) इसके बाद खेल तथा गायन के क्षेत्र में उलेखिनी कार्य करने वाले छात्राओं के बारे में बताया गया | प्रेरणा की छात्रा रही ज्योति पाल, खुशबू रावत तथा शीला ने अपने अनुभव को सब के साथ साझा किया
कार्यक्रम का अंत राष्ट्रीय गान से हुआ
प्रेरणा की छात्राओं को मिली स्कालरशिप
ग्रेजुएशन पूरा करने के बाद आगे की पढाई के लिए 20,000/- रूपये की स्वर्गीय राजेंद्र मोहनी सत्यपाल मल्होत्रा स्कालरशिप पाने वाली लड़कियां — रुबैदा, दिव्या, शीला, आरती, मालती और प्रीती.
कक्षा 12 की पढाई पूरी करने के बाद आगे की पढाई के लिए 5000 रुपैये की स्वर्गीय सुंदरी देवी कपूर स्कालरशिप पाने वाली लड़कियों के नाम — ज्योती पाल, सुषमा पाल और खुशबू गौर.
Special children from Study Hall School’s DOSTI section performed a rib tickling play ‘Prayaschit’. Speaking during the inaugural ceremony president and CEO of the Study Hall Education Foundation said that theatre plays a very important part in a child’s development. This was followed by a play Mai Savitri Bai Phule by Prerna Girls and Boys School was staged.
The last and final presentation of the first day of the two-day event was court martial performed by Study Hall School’s children. On Saturday the highlight will be the play being performed by the children of rural school – Vidyasthali School. The plays were staged at the Valmiki Rangshala at Sangeet Natak Academy.
The highlight of the second and final day of Natyotsav was the play – Sita Apaharan Case – staged by the children of Vidyasthali School from Malihabad. The second event of the day was a dance by the children of Study Hall School’s Centre for Learning titled Wajood ki Talaash. Varsha Geet by the Prerna Girls School students and other performances by Study Hall School also marked the day.
The inaugural address was given by Dr. Urvashi Sahni while eminent theatre personality Raj Besaria was the chief guest. Speaking during her inaugural address Dr. Sahni said that theatre makes us realise the troubles others go through. It makes us empathise.
Study Hall School students once again shone in the CBSE class 12 results. Abhilaksh Verma (humanities) topped the school rankings with 96.2% while Ruma Agarwal with 95.2 marks stood second. Katyayani Raghuvanshi (humanities) and Satvik Rastogi (commerce) with 95.2% marks stood a joint third.The school’s average percentage stood at 82.2%
The Panel Discussion / Parents Orientation Program on Child Marriage being organised Prerna Girls School as part of the India’s Daughters Campaign started with Street play titled – Baal Vivah Ghulami Hai.
During the program, the parents of newly inducted 150 Prerna girls were being sensitized about the perils of Child Marriage after which they signed a pledge that states they will not marry their girls before the age of 18.
The panel discussion in child marriage began with two Prerna alums. One of the Prerna alum who was married off very young said that had she not been married she would have been educated and had a job like other Prerna Girls.
Another Prerna Girls, Nidhi shared how she shunned child marriage and pursued her education. She is now a special educator and is supporting her family.
Babita Singh, DySP, Women Powerline 1090 also spoke with the students and sensitized them about the perils of child marriage. Shae also said that after 18 forced marriage should also be stopped.
Rangoli Kashyap, a student of Prerna Girls School shared how one of her friends who was 13 years old was going to get married. She tried to stop it by talking to her parents but did not succeed. Then she informed the police and stopped her marriage. As a result, two people were also arrested on the day of the marriage.
Suraj, a student of Prerna Boys School shared how one of his brothers was subject to child marriage. His first child died also because of lack of care. He also shared how his brother is still having trouble making ends meet as he is uneducated.
Dr. Urvashi Sahni raised a potent question that does parents who are pro child marriage not love their children.
A parent also came forward to share that she was married at 13 years and now her husband is no more. She is struggling to raise her only girl and despises child marriage.
She also added that a girl should be able to choose her own life partner after the function the parents also signed a pledge against child marriage.
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.
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.