Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Yoga day

People in all squares of the world are running after money and fame. Health is wealth is just a quotation in this robotic world. School children are the most busy bees these days. They have to study loads of syllabuses, do assignments, homeworks, projects, preparing for examinations the list goes on. Pupils are depending upon internet for small things as well. Actual essence of education is vanishing. It's an alarming sign to check our curriculum. So did the Andhra Pradesh state government. AP CM, Mr.Chandrababu Naidu has made meditation compulsory from this academic year to the classes 6th to 12th (Go. Ms No.37 Dt:07/06/2016). Yoga is already taught as an optional subject in Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya Vidyalayas under the scholastic activity of physical education. 

What is yoga? Why yoga? 
 Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and well-being. Yoga is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with ourselves, the world and Nature.

 “Just as the mobile phone is now a part of your life, make yoga too a part of your life.” said PM of India, Narendra Modi on the occassion of international yoga day.

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee appealed the importance of Yoga. “Yoga  will enable us to live a healthy life. It will create overall harmony between body and mind. It will enhance mental and physical well-being.” 

Make yoga a part of your daily routine, I have started already :) 

Sources:
http://mea.gov.in/idy.htm
http://www.apteacher.net/GO/go37-Implementation-of-Yoga-Meditation-in-all-the-schools-Junior-Colleges.php
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/make-yoga-a-part-of-your-life-says-pm-modi/article8754725.ece
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/yoga-a-compulsory-subject-in-govt-run-schools-teacher-training-courses-smriti-irani/

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Happy 2nd Birthday Telangana!

The baby turns two years :)
Telangana state formation day 

So happy to see the new state Telangana has completed two years. Massive changes in the new state. Especially in school education there has been a big transition. All the schools of Telangana are following CCE pattern. Successfully we are entering into the third year. Wishing all Telanganaities a happy future ahead.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Brain Print an innovative aptitude test

The most interesting and innovative thing in the world is human brain. We the humans are the top most creatures of the animal kingdom. Using (misusing) all the resources. Ability of human brain is ultimate, no one can caliber the actual potential of it.
The question is how many people use their brain completely(100%) in a given task? Researchers say, people use just 1% of their brain in most of their tasks. Reasons for it could be -
We might not be interested in that work. We have some other important task. Or something else. There could be infinite reasons for the 99% brain resting in subconscious state.
It happens with my students as well. Pupils just turn the pages without any interest. If we conduct any cultural program, everybody wants to join whole heartedly, 100% interest flashes on everyone. Meanwhile parents are worried and force their children to cut down other than academic activities. But parents forget what they did in their school life (same old drama). Parents themselves were carrying poor academic records and want their kid to become excel in it. It's the jeans that reflect in every individual says the professionals of BrainPrint.com
If you want to know the strengths and weaknesses of your child, inborn capabilities of your child here is a scientifically proven and design concept to discover the real future through Brain Print. Teenage years consists of more aggressive pruning as the brain begins to specialize and build an identity. BrainPrint, helps as a guideline for the youngsters on what type of courses one should take. The most interesting thing of this test is there is no written test or online test, they just take your finger prints. It shows everything about yourself. 
For more information: http://www.brainprint.in/index.php


Monday, March 7, 2016

EFF returns with another fresh tour

Indeed it was yet another amazing experience travelling so early at dawn towards Gandweed where our rural ZPH School locates, for the evaluating visit. The climate was extremely pleasant and enjoyable. Perhaps winter has just ended and with summer yet to begin, we were in the spring, the last weekend of the month of February and heading towards the close of yet another academic year. Fields were golden in color and the dry leaves covered the ground besides the tress on either sides of the road. Due to the friction of the air caused by the speeding vehicles, the leaves blew up in the air giving us a sort of excitement. Although pretty soon there will be greenery all around the country side.
With this thought, volunteers from different professions and I reached the school around 10 in the morning. Although there is constant interaction with the students through virtual classes, they were very excited and awaited for us in their classrooms to be evaluated of their skills in almost all categories such as reading, writing, speaking and addressing speech, grammar, sports, painting and last but not the least attitude and behaviors.

Here are a few experiences of the volunteers who have helped us make the whole day event a very successful one.
It was the first time for me to visit the school. Initially when my friend had told me about the visit, I wasn't very excited or convinced about having a good time there. Yet I thought that I could go for it just like any other jolly trip. But as I started to interact with the students, I was encouraged to conduct more activities. I was given classes 8th and 9th Telugu medium students.  In both the classes most of the students were active although all the students communicated well when they are being encouraged. what I realized after that they have the knowledge but were unable to express their thoughts. As they were from Telugu medium their English speaking skills weren't as good as the counterparts but given some encouragement they can perform well in the future.   

Personally for me, it was a great opportunity to be a part of such an event and I would like to be part of EFF as a volunteer whenever required - Rama Krishna
Teaching is fun and exciting when the curriculum is well matched with the student's interests and abilities, when you teach the right things at the right way motivation takes care by itself, A few students were enthusiastic about learning but most of them require the grading system, every day motivational will definitely bring a lot of improvement among the students. Most of the pupils have to overcome the fear of standing in front of the class to speak, If one is boosted the rest of the students follow. XI class EM is well mannered. - Vinai David.

I t was my third visit to the school.It was a great experience to interact with the students. They all recognized me and I was welcomed with a heart-felt smile. I took classes for 7th as well as 9th class Telugu medium students. They were more enthusiastic as compared to my earlier visits and showed active participation in all the activities conducted.I could tell through my observation that though these students are highly potential as per academics is concerned but few of them are weak at expressing it in English language. They can enhance their skills provided they are guided supported in the right way. Ultimately that filled me with great satisfaction, memories and motivation to participate in the future programs. - Venkey

This was my second visit to this school cause I love being with children. I was surprised to see Telugu medium students speaking English so well. The students were very active and energetic during the class. I felt a sense of pride to be part of EFF who are reaching out the poor and needy children in the school - Ravi
EFF is doing a great work for the students who are not so fortunate. I observed  lot of difference in the students with their speaking, writing and listening abilities since my last two visits, this being the third. Class VI Em students are very smart and active, they make mistakes in speaking but still come forward and speak without any hesitation. They have the desire to learn and speak in English. Expect a few students, most of them are good at speaking English. - Naga Raju
At the outset, I want to convey my gratitude to the EFF for giving me this opportunity to interact with the school children.This is my first ever event of this kind and I enjoyed every bit of it. The students were very keen on listening to what was taught to them and responded generously to the questions. They were very active and enthusiastic to know new things. Especially in drawing, they are far beyond my expectations. I am very glad to attend this event. - Chaitanya
I could see a lot of improvement and progress among the students, especially the VII Telugu medium students as shown in the picture above - Sudha
Students are conveying their gratefulness about  EFF
Appreciating the students and teachers for their corporation with EFF
Distributing  prizes for all-round performance in the classroom events.


At the end of the day's activities, Mr. Venkat one of the volunteer gave a wonderful illustration by comparing farmers, fields and crops to parents, children and studies and books respectively. It was a very inspiring one and I believe it inspired many of them as the kids were seen applauding for a very long time after the speech.

To everyone's surprise the day's effort by the EFF team, their involvement into different schools, their positive attitude in reaching out with a new theory and quality education, motivating pupils  by gifting them with various important inspirational educational subject books that would help them in their future was published by one of the well noted daily news paper SAKSHI and couple of other news media covering every step of EFF. To conclude the media in a nut shell Published that EFF is doing wonders. 


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Balajanaagraha - Be the change you want to see

"Today's children are tomorrow's citizen"
How do they become responsible citizen? Children in the present age are running after marks and ranks; Competitive education is ruling the world with digits.
It's sad to see children are not willing to participate in community cleanliness activities such as Swachh Bharat. We wanna change this system. Children should understand the ground realities of the society. They've to strive for the development of the nation...



Janaagraha, a Bengaluru based NGO is inculcating civic sense in the rising buds through an innovative program called Balajanaagraha. It's a civic education program aimed at India's children. This is a uniquely designed citizenship education program that is aimed at empowering the children with the knowledge, skills and values necessary to develop a deep sense of ownership and responsibility towards the society.

Balajanagraha program highlights:
A team of 12 students probably from class 8th will do the following
  • Choose a road near your locality
  • Observe the road, find out the problems
  • Survey - near by residents, know their problems clearly
  • Analyse the data, come up with innovative solutions
  • Make a plan on present and future road
  • Meet the local leaders - corportaor, MLAs etc. List out the problems of the road you've chosen
  • Try to fix minor issues with your young minds.
  • Motivate people through your work.
Present your work in the civic fest, in the form of a speech or a skit or a song.
From each state every year 20 to 30 schools participate in this program.
From the state of Telangana, 22 schools has participated in Balajanaagraha program. Schools include corporate, private, public and government.
All the schools will perform in the civic fest showcasing their civic projects.
Winning team will compete at state and national level.

Mini civic fest at Pallavi Model School, Alwal


Mini civic fest at Mahabodhi Vidyalaya, Venkatapuram

City Level Civic Fest, at Pallavi Model School, Alwal

Winnig teams:
1. Pallavi Model school, Alwal
2. Gowthami Techno School, Bollarum
3. Mahabodhi Vidylaya, Venkatapuram

Friday, November 20, 2015

School tour in Lemoor...

Zilla Parishad High School Lemoor


ZPHS Lemoor is an Upper Primary, Secondary and Higher Secondary School in Lemoor village of Kandukur. The Telugu Medium, coeducational institution was established in the year 1950 and it is managed by a local governing body.

Last Saturday I have visited the government school in Lemoor which is located about 59 kms from Hyderabad. After a long bus ride, followed by a short commute in an auto, I finally reach the school.

It was a real pleasant trip and I loved the green and lush fields on both sides of the road. Anything that takes us away from the horrendous Hyderabad traffic is music to the soul.

I must say I am impressed by the clean premises of the school. It was almost like an extension of the lovely sights I had witnessed during my journey. And the children, neatly dressed and well-attentive, were only too happy and enthusiastic to meet, greet, and interact with me, and participate in my class eagerly.

All in all, it went very well and I’m glad to have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these deserving children.






HYSEA Annual CSR Summit


If there is one event that NGOs and Corp-orates in Hyderabad look forward to, it’s the HYSEA Annual CSR summit. This year, the event took place on 4th Nov 2015 and evoked the same enthusiasm and participation across diversified fields. As always, our stall attracted the attention of many visitors and participants who appreciated the work we do for the poor and needy children in Government schools.

Here are some of the pictures from the event, let the pictures speak for themselves.







Seen in the above picture is IT Minister for the Telangana State, Mr. KTR who visited all the stalls.

People from different backgrounds had attended the event which helped me learn about their innovation. Being a part of this event was a great experience.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Inspiring young minds: EFF is at it again

EFF team visits rural schools once in three months to check the progress of the students. Volunteers who come from different fields have joined us for this trip – even if it meant applying for leave and staying away from office and family for a day. That’s the kind of passion, and dedication that volunteers show for the EFF program, besides sacrificing their time & energy. For a day, volunteers turned teachers – conducted written tests, classroom games, speaking activities, etc., which gave them a break from their routine lives. Volunteers were extremely happy to give their time to rural children.
Let’s hear their happiness in their own words:

 It was my first visit to ZPHS with the EFF team and I was delighted at the opportunity to meet the students and interact with them. When we reached the school, I found that the students were also equally excited to meet us; they were eagerly waiting to hear from our team. I took classes for students 8th (EM) and 9th (TM) standards. The children were very well mannered and possessed good manners. They had the zeal to learn and improve their English. I conducted several activities to make sure each student was involved in one or the other way. Students enjoyed more in the group activities whereas individual activities boosted their confidence to speak in front of other people. Given the area that they come from and considering the fact that no one in their family is much educated, the children communicate pretty well in English and are working hard to improve further. Some T.Supraja, Rama Devi, G.Anjaneyulu and P.Bhagawan were quick in spelling out a word or in giving their introduction while some others like B.Anusha and A. Shiva Kumar were struggling to complete a single sentence. But all of them wanted to get better and better.
In 9th standard Telugu Medium, students paid full attention to each and every word that I spoke and I told them not to hesitate in asking the meaning of anything that they didn’t understand. They were lacking in good communication in English and were struggling a lot. But they didn’t lack in enthusiasm and willpower to learn more and get better. I explained the meanings to them in Telugu whenever needed. At the end of the day, we distributed books to them for encouragement. It was an exhilarating experience overall and I am looking forward to go on more such visits. Thanks to EFF and Sudha for giving me this opportunity. – V.L.S. Ravi from PurpleTalk
To my surprise, I found that Std 7th (EM) students were smarter than me. I didn’t feel like leaving the students because they were very active in the class, especially in speaking and in answering the questions. In this class, girls are very smart and courageously coming up to speak and even if they make a mistake they were not afraid to speak; they were very bold and expressive. The students are very good in communication and I was really shocked and pleasantly surprised to see the ZPHS students speaking such decent English; I think it is the hard work of EFF and some generous people who offered this to these students. Thanks to EFF for giving me such a wonderful opportunity. –Ravi kumar from Reserve Bank of India
This was my first trip to this school, so I was excited to meet the children and take classes for them. Though students of Std. 6th (TM) were very active in the class, they were unable to speak in English and some students don’t even recognize the English alphabet. However, a few of the students were able to read the English alphabet. Most of the students were unable to write a full sentence but they were eager to learn. I think there will be a gradual growth among these students as they seemed to me to be very hard working. I am eagerly waiting for my next visit. – Sravan
This was my second visit to the school and I have enjoyed this visit better than the last one. I was asked to teach 7th class Telugu medium and 8th English medium students, where I’ve conducted a few activities like self-introduction, written test, dictation and mind mapping. Some of the boys in the 7th standard were still struggling with the basics of English and I felt that the teachers have to concentrate on the language more. And in the 8th standard, girls are more active than boys. A few of the kids in both the classes seem to have a lot of skills but they were feeling shy to come forward and to express their ideas! I hope with a little more encouragement and support, they can perform very well too. What I observed in both the classes is, they showed more interest and enthusiasm when I was teaching them with practical jokes by including them as part of the subject. And those who are passive have become active too and gave a good response, drawing inspiration from the students who came forward to speak. 
It would be better for the students if teachers can guide them in basic dressing etiquette and in matters of physical appearance as well at this stage as it would help them become better citizens in the future. More than the students, as a volunteer I enjoyed the day a lot with their performance. I would love to be a part of more such activities.Venky  from Reserve Bank of India

Looking at the kind of enthusiastic response from the volunteers and also going by the inspiration they provided to the rural students, we can safely conclude that the event was a huge success. We also feel motivated not only by the participation of volunteers but also by the attitude of the students and, going forward, we would love to conduct more such events. The EFF team thanks all the volunteers for their valuable time, energy and eager participation in this activity, and hopes that the same spirit will be extended towards future events as well.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Happy Teacher's Day



Teachers are everyday heroes who were called on a mission to help the world learn. It requires an enormous amount of inner strength, self-sacrifice and patient listening more than just talking in the class. Teachers dedicate their life to nurturing many lives while handling the hearts and minds of children. As we belong to such a noble profession, we should strive to make this mission one of the most appreciated, respected and supported.

Ours is a culture that places teachers on a pedestal and elevates them to the status of God… which child in India wouldn’t know the concept of “Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu Guru Devo Maheswara, Guru sakshat Parabrahma Tasmaisri Gurave namaha”? Guru or the teacher comes just after the parents and even before the God. That’s the stature that India gives to teachers. Can anyone ever forget legendary teachers like Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (whose birthday is celebrated in the country as the Teachers’ Day) and Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam?

It is amazing to note the kind of respect, admiration and selfless love that teachers receive from their students. On this special day, let’s take some time to appreciate the great work done by teachers to shape up the personality and the future of the students under their care. I spoke to a few students to understand what they think about teachers and the Teachers’ Day, which also shows us the positive impact that teachers have on the young minds.

Here’s what students say about teachers:

Teachers are everyday heroes. – Aswitha, 7th em

Teachers are called the backbone of the society because they highly contribute towards building of our character, and shaping our future. – Kalpana, 9th em

Teachers really play a key role towards the education and students’ life. – Akhila, 9th em

Teaching profession is a great job. – Bharath, 9th em

A good teacher is a great gift to nation. – B. Anjaneyalu, 9th em

While the mother gives birth to a child, it’s the teachers who give education and life. – C. Akhil, 9th 

Students should honor teachers for their selfless effort in shaping the career and enriching the education system all over the country. – G. Premala, 9th em

Today’s students are tomorrow’s citizens only because of the efforts of teachers. – Vishnu Vardhan, 
 If there is no teacher, there is no education. – Akhil, 9th tm

Friday, August 28, 2015

Happy Eco-Friendly Raksha Bandhan

Raksh Bandhan is an Indian festival that celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters. The love and the sense of responsibility/duty that the brothers feel towards their sisters is incomparable. Rakhi Purnima or Rakhi, as the festival is also popularly known as in many parts of India, is used to celebrate the relationship between brothers and sisters who may or may not be biologically related.

Raksha Bandhan is an ancient festival and has many myths and historic legends lined to it. For example, the Rajuput queens practiced the custom of sending Rakhi threads to neighboring rulers as a token of brotherhood. On Raksha Bandhan, the sister ties a Rakhi on her brother's wrist. This symbolizes the sister' love and prayers for her brother's well-being, and the brother's lifelong vow to protect her.

So, how about celebrating the festival this year in an Eco-friendly way? If you're looking for a special kind of Rakhi for your dearest brother, do take a look at some of the fabulous creations made by students of Red Cross Government Girls High School for inspiration!
We wish you a very Happy Raksha Bandhan!
                                                        Students are preparing the Eco-friendly Rakhi's
                                              Made by  Divya Sri,  Student of 8th class   (1st prize)
                                              Made by Mamatha,  Student of 9th class  (2nd prize)

                                              Make other person happy with your Eco-friendly gift!