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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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.

Math? These girls learn to divide chores with brothers

Math? These girls learn to divide chores with brothers
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Prerna Girls School in Lucknow’s Gomti Vihar is hardly your average school. Not just because its 1,000 students are all from families that are below the poverty line, and many work as domestic help in affluent homes in the vicinity. It’s different because lessons here come with a feminist twist, and are imparted by ‘aunties’.

That’s term of address all students use for teachers — including the males. The idea is to present an alternative model of masculinity so that the students see their male teachers as caring and nurturing.

Every week, the ‘aunties’ hold a ‘critical dialogues’ session, an open discussion on issues that are very real to students such as domestic violence and street sexual harassment. Some discussions include boys from the nearby Prerna Boys School. Boys and girls are made to calculate how many hours of housework they are each allotted. “When we raise these issues, boys say no one has ever talked to them about what is right and wrong in these situations,” says Prerna principal Rakhi Panjwani.

Teachers offer practical advice, discussing loans, scholarships and the pressure to marry. These discussions also include Prerna alums coming back to relay their success stories and police officers guiding girls on how to file an FIR in cases of domestic violence.

These life lessons go a long way. “We had a 12-year-old student whose friend was being married against her will. She showed up at the baarat and told them to stop or she’d call the cops,” says Panjwani.

They also hold rallies in the communities that the girls belong to once or twice a year. They discuss and spread awareness about issues the girls hold important such as dowry and alcoholism in the family, through street theatre, letter signing campaigns and public oaths.

Girls in Class 8 are asked to make a career plan over two years, and the school offers advice on how to achieve goals. Several Prerna alum have gone on to pursue MBAs and law degrees, and others have become teachers, some of them at the school. As of 2016, 97.4% of their graduates had gone on to pursue higher education.

The confidence comes from the curriculum, from being encouraged to speak out, make eye contact and even laugh loudly. Such is its success that Prerna’s empowerment curriculum has been adopted by 950 schools across UP and Rajasthan. The curriculum is taught to girls once a week in these schools, where the teachers have been trained by Prerna faculty. They are in the process of developing a similar curriculum for boys.

They have also started a local college affiliated with Lucknow University where many students of Prerna enroll to pursue higher education. They offer industryoriented degree courses in fields like journalism and business administration, as well as vocational courses on application development and conversational English. Urvashi Sahni, founding president of the parent organisation of Prerna schools and college Study Hall Educational Foundation, says, “It’s quite remarkable to see that our girls are the smartest and most confident students in the college.”

GIVING PRERNA: Girls are encouraged to speak out, make eye contact and even laugh loudly at Prerna Girls School in Lucknow

“While academic performance is important, we want to create a generation of women with social and political consciousness,” she says.

 

 

Study Hall School Cultural Fest Chrysalis 2018

The Study Hall School under the aegis of Study Hall Educational Foundation organised its biannual art, literary and cultural festival – Chrysalis - from 26 to 28 July 2018. 

The highlight of the event was that every Study Hall student from class 6 to class 10 will be participated in some competition or the other. In total 1000 students from Study Hall and over 200 students from other schools like Prerna Girls School, Vidyasthali School Malihabad and Center for Learning will also be joined in. 

Art, literary, tech and science model competitions were the highlight of the festival.

The Study Hall School, Gomtinagar held it’s three-day-long cultural fest ‘Chrysalis 2018’ from 26 July, 2018 to 28 July, 2018. It was a grand affair and over one thousand students participated in the event. The fest was the manifestation of Study Hallian principles, values and talent. The theme of Chrysalis 2018 was ‘Changemaking’. The fest was held in the school premises. Over 25 events and competitions were held in the span of 3 days. The competitions were held either inter-house or intra-foundation. The whole Study Hall Foundation took part in the cultural fest. Prerna and Vidyasthali emerged victorious in many events in which they participated.  The fest was managed by the student council and the four houses.

Chrysalis- It’s the stage in the life of a butterfly in which the larva builds cocoon around itself and prepares itself to face the world. In this stage only that the wings appear. Clearly, the title justifies the journey of each student of study hall who participated in the fest. The fest helped students discover their latent talents and potential. It was an amazing journey for each one at Study Hall, be it a teacher, student or the supporting staff. The house captains and the student council did their best to make this fest a successful one.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said: The journey is always more beautiful than the destination. The experiences that one collects on the course of his/her journey is what he/she treasures lifelong. The fest taught students team spirit, time management and most importantly how to think out of the box. Every soul in Study Hall Foundation gave their hundred percent. The successful three-day long gala was the result of the determination, burning zeal, and passion of each individual.

There were over 25 events out of which some are mentioned below:

Elomime- This was for classes 8th-10th. It took place in the junior AC hall. It was also an intra foundation competition. They all took poems and acted beautifully on them.

Dance- The intra foundation dance competition took place on the 26th of July. The participants were from 6th to 12th. It happened on the Senior stage. All the teams danced gracefully on the topic, “I’m the change”.

Indian music- This event was for standards 6th-8th, it happened in the Junior AC Hall. They all sang beautiful folk songs.

Western music- This singing competition was held for classes 9th-12th and they all sang award-winning songs. It happened in the Junior AC hall. The melodious voices held the audience in a spectacular trance as though casting spells with their voices.

Wall painting- All the 7 units of the Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF) were allotted a wall in the senior school. They all painted splendor on the canvas depicting the change they wanted to see.

Filmmaking- This inter-house competition focused on the theatrical as well as the photographic skills of the students. All the four houses made movies on change.

Spin a yarn- this inter foundation competition was for classes 9th and 10th. Each team only had one minute to build a gripping tale.

Turn quote- Ever heard the pros and cons of a quote? That’s what Turn Quote is all about. Each participant had to speak both for and against one line in this competition. This competition was for classes 11th and 12th.

Orchestra- This competition was really harmonious. All the participants from classes 6th to 12th were synchronised with their groups. This inter-house competition made the school love music even more.

Rasabhivyakti- The students from class 9-12 of Study Hall participated in this inter-house event in which they had to narrate the poem and enact it. Bringing out the ‘Rasa’ or the true meaning of the poem through acting and narration was the main agenda. Not only the orators but the actors were eloquent and caught us all with their charisma.

Photography- This event was intra-foundation event in which the candidates were required to capture real-life situations. All the wings of the foundation did an amazing job. They depicted around us the world which we so often forget to look at.

Green wall- In this inter-house event, the students created a green art piece using plants.

Yoga- Solo and group competitions were held. The unique part of this competition was the yoga quiz in which participants were tested for their knowledge of Yoga.

Gyananjali- It was an intra-foundation event which had three rounds with different people in each one. There were seven teams.

First round- One word and they had to give a synonym for it.

Second round- A poem was read out and they had to guess the poet.

Third round- A Hindi movie clip was shown and they had to guess the author of the book.The event was one of the most interesting ones.

Western Music-This singing competition was held for classes 9th-12th and they all sang award-winning songs. It happened in the Junior AC hall. The melodious voices held the audience in a spectacular trance as though casting spells with their voices

Every good thing has to end. The Chrysalis 2018 ended on a harmonious note. Western Music competition was the last competition on the list. After that Dr. Urvashi Sahni, founder of Study Hall Educational Foundation addressed the student body. The results were declared and it brought tears of both joy and happiness.It was a victory moment for some and a melancholy note for others. It was a memorable time for Prerna Girls School and Vidyasthali School who secured positions in many intra-foundation events. The glittering golden trophy chose yellow to be it’s favourite. And, even though the winner among the houses, Cypress, cheered for each other and stood tall, they also showed great respect for their fellow teams. The others following in their footsteps celebrated their victory as well.

The school is not only hoisting a flag and banner for change but marches forward or rather flies ahead with the wings that each one of us chose instead of crawling through life, thus, following the words of Rumi, “Why prefer to crawl through life when you are born to fly?”

Results

Inter Houser Trophy 

Winner - Cypress House

Running-up:  Silver-Oak

Dance :

Winner - Prerna Girls School, Running-up-  Vidyasthali School, Malihabad

Story weaving :

Winner - Study Hall School, Running-up-  Prerna Girls School

Indian Music:

Winner - Study Hall School

Photography:

Winner - Prerna Girls School, Running-up-  Centre for Learning

Art:

Winner - Study Hall School, Running-up-  Centre for Learning