Panel discussion held on International Women’s Day

On 8 March 2019, the Study Hall Educational Foundation organized a panel discussion on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The topic of this discussion was ‘Why the status of women in India is not a major election agenda’. This was held as part of annual India’s Daughters’ Campaign that Study Hall Educational Foundation conducts.
On this occasion, the guest Juhi Singh, spokesperson, Samajwadi Party, Rakesh Tripathi, spokesperson, Bhartiya Janta Party, Sadaf Jafar, spokesperson and Farah, member of Sheroes Hangout cafe were present and they discussed the topic.

The program started with the introduction of our esteemed guests. The discussion started with a very strong question asked by a Prerna Girls School student, Sapna Bharti. She asked, “I am a first-time voter. I want to ask why should I vote for a political party which does not have gender equality as a major issue on their manifesto?” The students continued to ask questions and our guests answered them.

In this discussion, Sadaf Jafar, spokesperson, Congress, said, “We must rise beyond political differences and collectively fight against structural violence that women face.” She also advised students, to read the manifesto of the party before voting and give the vote to a party which they think will help to build a better nation.

Juhi Singh, spokesperson, Samajwadi Party said, “We make event-based political agenda and we accept that. We will try and work on it. I see confident young women here who are capable of becoming strong political leaders in the future and I hope we will have more participation of women in politics in the future”.

Rakesh Tripathi, spokesperson, Bhartiya Janta Party, said, “women should stop believing they are weak and raise voice against the small issues they face, then only we can change the society”.

On this occasion, the parents of Prerna Girls School were also invited. For the last six years, the Aarohini Initiative organizes yearly India’s Daughters’ campaign that focuses on gender empowerment issues with the goal of raising awareness in the community about gender discrimination.

The program was concluded with the felicitation of the mothers of Prerna Girls School students and vote of thanks.

 

Vidyasthali Kannar Inter college annual concert

Study Hall School hosted an annual concert for the Vidyasthali unit on December 21, 2018, at Central Institute of Sub-tropical Horticulture.  The theme of the concert was “Goonj.”  Mr. Raj Bisariya, an Indian director, producer, actor, and educationalist, described by the Press Trust of India as “the father of the modern theatre in North India,” graced the occasion as chief guest.

The concert started with the welcoming the guest and speech by Anusha Sharma, principal Vidyasthali Kannar Intercollege.  The first performance was a soul-stirring skit “Aam ke aam, guthliyon ke dam,” in which kids shared about the extinct varieties of mango.  It continued with an English play “The Awful Eight” which aimed to become aware of different air pollutants and their causes and effects.  Students performed a delightful Sufi dance. Students act on the musical drama “Ambrosia-   Nectar of life,” which was about the how rivers are polluted these days and we should take some actions to maintain the cleanliness and flow of the river.

Dr. Urvashi Sahni, CEO and President Study hall Educational foundation, said, students worked so hard and presented some very serious social and environmental issues in a very light way.  She added education is not about how qualifies you are it’s about how much you have learned in life. On this occasion, Alumni Renu Yadav shared her journey and spoke about how she feels more empowered now.  She Thanked the school and study hall educational foundation and launched the Vidyasthali Alumni Association.  “Mai Savitri Bai Phule hoon,” a Hindi play was a treat to the eyes of the audience.   The program concluded with the Vote of thanks and national anthem. The concert was greatly enjoyed by the audience and it shows the hard work of teachers and students.

Prerna School Enthralls the Audience Yet Again!!!

Study Hall Educational Foundation’s Prerna School held its Annual Concert on 18 and 19 December 2018, at the Study Hall school in Gomti Nagar.  ‘Sanjha Sansar’ was the theme of the program.  Mrs. Sanyukta Bhatia, Mayor of Lucknow graced the occasion as the chief guest.  The children of Classes Pre Nursery to 12 presented delightful performances, which truly enthralled the audience.  The programme started with the welcoming speech by the Principal Rakhi Panjwani and followed by the English song by the little girls.  The little ones of Pre-nursery performed a delightful dance on “Kaun hu mai.”  Prerna boys sung a beautiful song spreading the message of equality.  The children of bridge course displayed their dramatic skills in the play, ‘Ladki haath se nikal gayi”.  The students of Class nursery presented a Puppet Dance, which was highly appreciated.  Kathak by class 1 students stole the hearts of the audience.  The Prerna boys delighted the audience with the comic Play ‘Jigyasa’.  The young ones of class 2 were part of Dance ‘Rang lo” which was greatly enjoyed by everyone.

Addressing the audience chief guest, Sanyukta Bhatia said, “Girls are equal to boys and can do all the things a boy can do.”  She added we are living in community where boys still hesitate to do household chores, and this will be improved only if we make efforts.

The program was followed by Nritya Natika, ‘Nikal tu khud ki Khoj me’.  The various dance performances like the Inaugural dance, fusion dance, presentations by Classes 4, 7 and 8, the class 5 girls’ self-defense techniques, a skit by Prerna Boys, ‘Parivartan’  was highly loved and appreciated by the parents.

On this occasion, Dr. Urvashi Sahni President and CEO, Study hall educational foundation, congratulated students and appreciated the efforts and hard work of teachers and students.

The program concluded with a delightful dance performance and vote of thanks.

Prerna girls inspire Obamas, invited to speak at Chicago summit

Obama Foundation and the Global Girls Alliance joined hands with the Study Hall Educational Foundation Educational Foundation to make a short film on Laxmi Nishad who is an alumna of the Prerna Gilrs School. Kiran Sahu who is currently a student of the Prerna Girls School has played the role of Laxmi in the film shared earlier. Laxmi, Kiran, and Dr. Urvashi Sahni were invited to Chicago to speak at the Obama Foundation Summit. Here is a glimpse of them on stage.

The Obama Foundation Global Girls Alliance


 

Study Hall Junior Enthralls the Audience Yet Again!!!

Study Hall Junior School held its Annual Concert on 3 and 4 November 2018 at the Sant Gadge Auditorium in Gomti Nagar. ‘Come see the world through the eyes of a child’ was the theme of the program which took us back to our childhood and the stories with which we grew up. The children of Classes 1 to 5 presented a delightful melange of stories and fairy tales which truly enthralled the audience. The little ones of Class 1 replayed ‘The Enchanted Wheelbarrow’ with great finesse. The children of Class 2 displayed their dramatic skills in the play, ‘Godmother’s Assistants’. The students of Class 4 staged a play, ‘Annie’ in which the acting skills of the children were highly appreciated. The story of ‘Time Travelers’ enacted by the students of Class 5 stole the hearts of the audience. The children of DOSTI delighted the audience with two of their beautiful songs. The young ones of Classes 4 and 5 were part of the School Orchestra and they presented a medley of old songs which was greatly enjoyed by everyone.

On this occasion, Shalini Sinha, principal Study Hall, said, I have seen many great actors like Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi performing on this stage and now I see these tiny kids performing here. I just feel so proud and happy to see them here.

The various dance forms like the Shiva Dance, Kathak and Bharatnatyam dance presentations by Classes 2, 3, 4 and 5, the Qawwali by Class 1, the Fight Song and the poem.

Addressing the audience, Bani Malhotra, headmistress Study Hall, said, “The children have the ability to live in the present and to enjoy the life to the fullest. Today on the stage students are expressing themselves and their teamwork inspires all of us and encourages the friendship”.‘Freedom is Precious’ by Class 3 – all these left the audience spellbound. The time and energy invested by the teachers were clearly visible in the delightful presentations by the children and the enthusiastic response of the audience.

The program concluded with grand finale dance and vote of thanks.

Convocation ceremony of Study Hall Educational Foundation Center for Learning

Study Hall Educational Foundation had organized its Convocation for their Center for Learning (CFL) unit on Thursday, November 1, 2018 to felicitate the students to who have successfully cleared their class 10th and 12th examination. Mrs. Lalita Pradeep, Additional Director, Basic Education, Uttar Pradesh Government graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Center for Learning was founded on 1st July, 2013 which aim to help children cope with academic pressures of the centralized board, CFL paces the curriculum for its students with help of open school program.

The Ceremony started with an Academic procession and welcome speech by the principal Dr. Pratima Srivastava and followed by the Speech of Dr. Urvashi Sahni, CEO and Founder of Study Hall Educational Foundation. “Center for Learning bridges the gap between students learning needs and our education system with the help of NIOS. We aim to create a collaborative learning environment in our classrooms to enable children to develop freely at their own pace”, said, Principal, Study Hall Center for Learning Dr. Pratima Srivastava.

The ceremony continued with Hindi song and Instrumental performance performed by students. Students were felicitated and were congratulated on this occasion.

Addressing the convocation, Chief Guest Pratima Pradeep, congratulated the students for their accomplishment and wished them luck for the new inning of their life. She added Study Hall defines the real meaning of education. Along with education it expands the personalities and nurtures the soul.

On this Occasion, Dr. Urvashi Sahni blessed the students and appreciated them for their hard work and congratulated them for their success. She shared her journey. She also said Study hall has created a happy culture here, we believed dancing, singing, drama, painting everything is part of learning. Study Hall has just expand the definition of academics. At last, she said “Every Student is a champion”

In this ceremony students and parents shared their stories. Sakshi Rastogi, School Topper who is pursuing BJMC from Bennett University, Noida shared about her experience in school and said “Center for Learning gave me all the support and care that I needed. It built confidence in me. Today wherever I stand I want to give the credit to Center for Learning. Also, Amisha Jain, Pursuing professional course in choreography from Devi Dance Academy said “Being a member of Center for Learning, I experienced a whole world full of life, activities and knowledge, which helped me in exploring my capabilities and shaping my career”.

The program concluded with the delightful dance performance and Nation Anthem. The overall environment was full of joy, rejoice and celebrations. Students dressed in Traditional Regalia were visibly excited on the occasion and displayed the sense of pride and achievement.

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.

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

 

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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