The Award was conferred by Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Minister of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India in the presence of over 300 participants at a high-profile gathering in New Delhi today night.
Urvashi Sahni was awarded for contribution in the field of education that includes, empowers and builds leaders among disadvantaged girls. Aided by technology, policy push and partnerships with the Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh Govt., SHEF has scaled its model of education to 900 Govt. schools. It has trained 5000 teachers and impacted 1,50,000 girls directly and 2,70,000 girls indirectly in the hotbeds of poverty and gender discrimination.
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 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.
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%
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 Parents Orientation Meet for the new session 2017 – 2016 was held at the Prep School on April 22, 2016.
It was attended by the parents, who were warmly welcomed on board. The school policies, ethos and curriculum were discussed at length. It was a fruitful interactive session, where parents were encouraged to express their suggestions and expectations. It was definitely an enriching experience for both – the teachers and the parents.
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
The second convocation of NTT course By Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF) was held on April 1, 2017 in The Prep School .
Dr Kirti Narain, Retd Principal, Jai Hind College, Mumbai and Project Director – Giri Institute, Dr Urvashi Sahni The President – Director of SHEF, and The principal of Prep School , Mrs Shashi Mehta gave away the Certificates and mark sheets to the Seventeen trainees graduating as trained teachers .
The Nursery and Primary Teacher Training course by Study Hall Educational Foundation strives to create able, caring and compassionate Pre primary teachers for the growing needs of children of the 21st century. The training programme aims to train trainee teachers in the classrooms. It follows the apprenticeship model. Teachers spend at least three hours every day in the classroom from the very first day. The course strikes a balance between theory and practice. Learning is enriched as the trainee teachers acquire teaching skills by being with children and watching experienced teachers at work. During the training the trainee teachers are given ample opportunity to observe and understand the young learners along with theory classes. They attend regular seminars and workshops conducted by experts in educational field.They get ample opportunity to teach in classrooms. Their teachings are recorded and viewed by them which helps in metacognition . They document all the practical learning in a portfolio.
Overall, it as an enriching training programme which gives an edge as the future teachers are trained in classroom environments with the children, by the teachers .
The master trainers gave congratulatory message note. Cultural programme by trainees added to the overall feel .
Mrs. Priya Kakkar, Director NTT proposed the cote of thanks .
The five-day Study Hall art exhibition – Art with Heart – was inaugurated by eminent artist Pooja Sood at the Lalit Kala Academy here on Monday. Art with Heart showcased a rich collection of painting, lino-prints, photographs, installation art and sculptures made by the Study Hall School students.
Speaking on the occasion, Sood who is also the director of Khoj International Artists’
Association said that the quality of art on display is of very high and urged the students to continue to work hard and pursue their passion in art. Heart and hard work are the two things that make an artist successful.
Adding to Sood’s comments Dr Urvashi Sahni also urged the students to produce such high quality art work and said art is an expression of self.
Besides the paintings, papier Mache sculptures, wood sculptures, tribal art and lino prints also drew the attention of the visitors.
The Exhibition at the Lalit Kala Academy will be open to general public from 11am to 7pm till March 3, 2017.