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TENT SCHOOL GETS A MENTOR

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Group of volunteers hope to transform school for children from migrant families

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Mentor India, a volunteer-run platform designed for student empowerment -- especially in government schools -- has now adopted the Brindavan Tent School near Malleshpalya in Bengaluru.

Jaideep Rao, founder Mentor India and alumnus Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal University told Bangalore Mirror that Mentor India was a part of KnowYourStar- a website run by a group of journalism enthusiasts- most of them techies. It focuses on profiling achievers from various disciplines.

Jaideep, who was in Mangaluru recently, said each class, from I-V- has 50 students each at the Brindavan Tent School for migrant kids. “These are mostly children of daily wage workers and we intend to work with them throughout the year. Through activity-based learning, we will focus mainly on English and confidence building. We started working in this school from this academic year. Hygiene too will be taught through games and activities. We have to start from the basics, including how to wear a proper uniform, have a good haircut, taking bath daily and so on. Our aim is to turn the place around in a year for which we are looking for volunteers,” he said.

He told BM about the challenges the school faces. “Our priority will be to change the ‘I can’t’ mindset that has resulted in low self -confidence. The class room conditions too have to be improved. Students from Class I-V sit in one room. We plan to change the environment and so that children look forward to being there. We have to remember that these are migrant kids and most of them are first-time learners in their families.” He said the team has set certain goals. They are going to focus on changing the classroom set up by making it more child-friendly and with an aim to build a one-on-one friendship with the children this month, he said. “Next month, the team will start off with English curriculum and also start working on their confidence building,” Jaideep said. He was upset on seeing the conditions of the school that is located not far from the city. Teacher Sarala has been with the school for 10 years and has extended support to this programme. The core team includes Anjali Alappat, Pranita Bhat and Nandini Nelson.


Volunteers needed

Jaideep said, “We need volunteers to come in and just be there for the kids. We are not looking for monetary assistance. I strongly feel that we can only gift time to the kids. We also do lot of volunteer events such as Volunesia. The aim is to make it a model school- one that is not looked down just because it is a school for children from migrant families.”

What is Mentor India?

Mentor India is a platform that exposes students to basic reading and comprehension of English, problem-solving skills, interpersonal skills, spoken English, empathetic skills and help them improve their personality through innovative thinking, listening to stories of role models and getting exposure to new perspectives. The in-house curriculum has been compiled in a workbook called ‘Mitra Pustak’.


Weekly meet at Cubbon Park

Volunesia is an attempt at creating something out of nothing. The volunteers who meet at Cubbon Park every Saturday use waste, recycled and given away material, collected by volunteers, to create handmade personalised goodies. These goodies are gifted to the students, mentors and teachers as part of the different activities under Mentor India.

By Deepthi Sanjiv

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Bangalore Mirror Bureau | Updated: Jun 13, 2017
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All screening of films and television programmes involving children should also have a disclaimer specifying that all measures were taken to ensure that there has been no abuse, neglect or exploitation of child artistes during the entire process of the shooting

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http://www.deccanherald.com/content/617271/5-hr-workday-adequate-rest.html

A child artiste should not be made to work for more than five hours a day and not more than three hours without rest, latest government rules state.

The new amendments to the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Rules also make it mandatory for the producer of any audio-visual media production or commercial to obtain permission from the District Magistrate for involving a child in their programmes.

“No child shall be allowed to work for more than five hours in a day, and for not more than three hours without rest,” the new insertion in the rules on engaging child artistes said.

“No child shall be made to participate in any audio-visual and sports activity, including informal entertainment activity, against his will and consent,” it added.

All screening of films and television programmes involving children should also have a disclaimer specifying that all measures were taken to ensure that there has been no abuse, neglect or exploitation of child artistes during the entire process of the shooting.

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The producers should also ensure appropriate facilities for education of the child so that there is no discontinuity in his/her learning at school. “No child shall be allowed to work consecutively for more than 27 days,” it said.

Another point in the rules is the depositing of at least 20% of the income earned by the child in a fixed deposit account in a nationalised bank in the name of the child which may be credited on attaining majority.

The shows on television include reality shows, quiz and talent shows. These rules also cover the participation of a child artiste as an anchor of a show or events.

The issue of presence of child artistes in reality shows and other programmes in entertainment industry had raised a furore earlier.

In March, a Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour had expressed concern that child labour is rampant in households and entertainment industry. It had then asked the government to study the situation in these sectors and take remedial steps.

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To develop government schools, the state is now planning to rope in old students. To start with, it has asked all government schools to form old students association from the current academic year


Today, many people who have studied in government schools are in good positions within and outside the country. The Department of Public Instructions has decided to bring them under a single umbrella of ‘alumni association’ to improve the conditions at government schools.

http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/2017/jun/27/karnataka-plans-to-develop-government-schools-with-help-of-alumni-network-1621225.html

It is an initiative taken by the Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, which is being implemented through the district administrations. According to the information available from the commission, all government schools in the state should have ‘alumni associations’ by July 16. 

Kripa Alva, chairperson of the commission said, “I have been personally visiting schools and also meeting officials concerned at district and taluk levels to implement it. We are aiming to complete the formation of associations within a month.”

During my visit to government schools, I got to know that some of them have been developed by their old students. Hence the idea of old students association at government schools struck my mind,” she added.Private schools in the state are already having alumni associations, which help in their development in every possible way.

“These associations hold annual events and support schools financially and morally. We are sure that alumni of respective government schools will also come forward to develop the schools in which they studied,” Alva said. 

How it will be conceptualised
The authorities of all 54,000 government schools will verify the admission registers of last 10 to 25 years. They will  identify the residential address of the students and will send them invitations regarding setting up of old students association. In each letter, the contact number of the head master or the teacher in-charge of the school will be mentioned. Later, an official inauguration of the association will be done, where all students will be invited.

 

 

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Digital literacy, ethics for today’s teens

The worlwide net offers plethora of knowledge for

Media and Technology have become an integral part of our adolescents' lives. They provide incredible opportunities to communicate, create, gather information, entertain themselves and even build business. However, if digital media is not used judiciously, it can become a weapon that can destroy the teen's world. Hence digital literacy and ethics are extremely essential to keep them safe.

http://bangaloremirror.indiatimes.com/columns/teen-spirit//articleshow/51227997.cms?

The worlwide net offers plethora of knowledge for children, but it's important to educate teens on cyber ethics, writes Dr Anuradha HS


What's digital literacy

Digital literacy is about having the skills to access, understand, question, critically analyze and evaluate online content. (Source: http://raisingchildren.net.au/). Digital ethics means not using technology to cheat.


Why is it important

Becoming digitally literate helps the teen to use the internet properly, developing a critical eye for accurate information and respect for other people's creative work. Most schools use technology effectively to educate students, administer tests, quizzes and give homework assignments. Educators can foster digital literacy skills among students in many ways. By using these skills, students can develop higher level of creative and critical thinking. The teachers become facilitators rather than sole experts. This also aids professional development of teachers. The teens become resilient and self-reliant, learn decision making and engage positively with technology. here is what a parent should teach their teens:


»Spot unreliable websites. Check the domain. Reliable ones are those that end as edu representing an educational institution, .gov represents a governmental organization. Those ending with .com are commercial sites, .org or .ngo represents non-governmental organization and needs to be verified.
»Evaluate author and content. Look if the author is listed and whether he/she is an expert
»Ensure that the content is current and accurate. See whether what has been expressed is a fact or an opinion.
»Follow the rules of digital ethics like avoiding use of pirated software, using content legally i.e. following copyright laws and also avoiding plagiarism.
»Teens need to understand the concept of digital cheating namely, texting answers, taking pictures of assignments and quizzes and copying and pasting other people's work.
A good digital citizen will keep in mind the following: (Source http://mediasmarts.ca/digital-media-literacy-fundamentals/digital-literacy-fundamentals) »Understand broader issues related to technology
»Understand rights and responsibilities
»Use technology in a positive and meaningful way
»Use technology to participate in educational, cultural and economic activities
»Promote civility and respect online
»Apply critical thinking skills while evaluating internet sources.

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/a-school-where-disability-becomes-super-ability/articleshow/58320638.cms

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They cater to children from nomadic communities

The tent schools established by the Department of Public Instruction in Gadikoppa and Sriramapura villages in the district under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) for 2017-18 began functioning on Wednesday. With this, the total number of tent schools in the district established under SSA is three. The tent school established in 2016-17 at Marathi Camp hamlet in Shikaripur taluk will continue functioning this year as well.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/tent-schools-opened-in-two-more-villages-in-shivamogga/article18790565.ece

Ganapathi K., deputy project coordinator of the SSA, told The Hindu that 61 children from the age group of 6 to 14 have enrolled for tent schools in the district — 24 children at Maratha Camp, 20 at Gadikoppa, and 17 at Sriramapura. Mr. Ganapathi said more than 100 families belonging to the nomadic Hakki-Pikki community reside in makeshift tents on the outskirts of Gadikoppa and Sriramapura. In a survey conducted by the SSA recently, it was found that 20 children from the nomadic families in Gadikoppa and 17 from Sriramapura had remained out of school.

The officials of SSA met the parents of these children and apprised them on the need to educate their children. The learning ability of each child enrolled for tent school has been scientifically assessed. The plan is to integrate them into the mainstream education system by enhancing their learning competence through bridge courses, he said. The books and student uniforms will be provided free of cost to all the children. In addition to this, they will also be provided midday meals. The department has deputed a teacher from a regular school to each tent school, he said.

After inaugurating the tent school in a programme at Gadikoppa village, K. Rakesh Kumar, CEO of the Shivamogga Zilla Panchayat, said the department would set up tent schools in other places in the district where the population of migrant labourers is high.

 

 

 

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