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Bengaluru: VKO School – Quality education for underprivileged children

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Bengaluru: The transformation of a government school which had hardly 70 students in the rolls to a school now aspired by many is the face-changing story of Government V.K.O School at Shivajinagar.

With over 100 years of history, the school that was officially inaugurated after a revamp worth Rs 16 crore, now as applicants streaming in, even days after the start of the new academic year.

The school now has more than 1500 students. “It was totally overwhelming that 7,900 students approached us for admissions this year out of which 1,569 were admitted,” said Syed Athar Pasha, acting Principal and Administrative Advisor.

Formerly known as V.K. Obaidulla Govt Urdu School, the institution at present offers education in various mediums including English, Urdu, and Kannada. “Students from the sixth grade and above are given two options to chose from – English and Kannada. From high school level, each student can pick up Urdu or Hindi as the third language, English and Kannada being the first two respectively,” Pasha explained.

 With 42 smart class rooms, lab facilities, library, recreational rooms and dining halls spread across four floors at the campus, a visit to the school would make one relook at the stereotype of  a government school. Sixty new teachers were hired this year to the existing 24 appointed by the government.The revamp was done by I Monetary Advisory Council (IMA), the charitable wing of IMA group. Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Mohammed Mansoor Khan, President of the Advisory Council affirms that the council seeks to provide facilities to the needy as its primary objective since its inception.

“The school which is located at a key area in the city with a populous community residing around was not up to the standard. With demand for quality education on the rise, a complete makeover was necessary for the survival of the institution.” He also attributes the basic thought behind taking up the project to state minister R. Roshan Baig, who is also an alumnus of the school.

The school is under constant surveillance with a total of 126 CCTV installed at various points, including classrooms. The school administration has also developed a smart phone application through which parents can monitor the developments of their wards at the campus.

Nearby residents are elated with revamped school and are keen to seek admission for their wards. “It is a blessing that a school with such facilities have started working in our area. If not this year, I’ll apply earlier next year to ensure my son gets a seat here,” said Majeed Salam, a parent. The renovated institution was officially inaugurated recently by CM Siddaramaiah.

Number of Students
463 – Kindergarten
572 – Lower Primary
354 – Upper Primary
180 – High-School
1569 – Total

 

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DECCAN CHRONICLE. | RALPH ALEX ARAKAL
Published Jun 16, 2017
posted Jun 20, 2017 by Sidharth Appu

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There is just one child available for every nine adoptive parents in India waiting to take a child home

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/619534/only-1766-children-15200-adoptive.html

As of May 2017, there were 15,200 prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) while child care institutions (CCIs) have only 1,766 children in their care across the country. Of these, 1,279 are children with special needs, according to CARINGS, the Child Adoption Resource Information and Guidance System.

"About 70-80 percent of PAPs want healthy normal children below the age of two years. That means around 10,000 parents want to adopt the 59 children in the age group available with child care institutions across the country. The discourse around adoptions in this country needs to change," said Avinash Kumar of Families of Joy, a non-profit consisting of a group of adoptive families.

Kumar is also a member of Child Adoption Resource Authority's (CARA) steering committee.

Of the 1,766 children currently available for adoption, only 59 are below two years of age, the most preferred age group for Indian PAPs; 339 are normal children above the age of two years, 89 are siblings and 1,279 are children with special needs.

The CARINGS data, collated by Families of Joy, says state wise figures also reflect the national trend.

With around 155 children over the age of two and around 10 below two, Orissa tops the list of states with maximum adoptable children. Maharashtra has 20 children below two and 298 above two years, while Andhra Pradesh has around two children below two years and 148 above the age of two.

"We did a process of immediate placements for hard to place children -- older children and children having minor ailments or corrective diseases. We managed to place 300 of them. Every year, only 30-35 special needs children are placed with Indian PAPs, but most such adoptions take place inter- country," CARA chairperson Deepak Kumar told PTI.
Official CARA adoption statistics show that while the number of Indian adults registered with the agency has more than doubled in under a year -- from 7,000 last July to 15,200 this May -- the number of adoptions has steadily dipped.

According to figures available on the CARA website, there were 5,964 in-country adoptions between January 2011 to March 2012 and only 3,210 from April 2016 to March 2017.

Officials explain this dip saying that adoption figures are dwindling globally because of a variety of reasons such as birth control being more widely used and there being less of a taboo against unwed mothers. Both these trends result in fewer babies being abandoned or surrendered for adoption, which in turn leads to fewer adoptions.

Explaining the fewer number of children available for adoption, Ian Anand Forber Pratt, director, Children's Emergency Relief International, says most "orphans" living in CCIs are not "orphans".

"These children have families and they continue to stay in orphanages because there is no effort to strengthen the family structure or reintegrate them with their families. If the CCI cannot send them back to their families then they should consider family based child care options, including adoption," he said

 

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The demand for private schools may have resulted in a sharp decline in the student strength of government schools across the State, but a government school in Vijayapura district has reversed the trend, thanks to its alumni.

Set up on the day the country got its independence, the Government Higher Primary School in Hanumasagar village of Vijayapura district, which had just 60 students a few months ago, has now added 112 more to its fold. The new students left their private schools to enrol here.

This “trend reversal” is the result of an initiative by five former students who were pained over the dwindling student strength in their alma mater. “After passing out of school, five of us were serving as teachers in various government schools. When we came to know that our government school was gradually losing students to private schools, we decided to do whatever possible to break the trend,” said G.S. Jamkhandi.

Explaining the methods they adopted, he said that last summer vacation, the five of them, with the permission of the Block Education Officer, held special coaching classes in the school. “We deputed three teachers to teach mathematics, science and English. Our efforts yielded results, as the parents agreed to shift their children who were studying in private schools in three nearby villages,” he said.

Abdul Nadaf, father of Afreen Nadaf studying in standard six, said that after the teachers held meetings and training sessions, he was confident that his daughter would get better education in the government school. “I paid ₹10,000 as fee in the private school. Now, in the government school, besides quality education, I have been able to save money and there are various facilities such as mid-day meals, bicycles and free uniform,” he said. Afreen is elated too: “I was not happy in the private school. So was five of my cousins. After undergoing coaching, we decided to join this government school.”

Mathematics teacher Laksmi Hosamani said district in charge Minister M.B. Patil had assured of deputing three full-time teachers and arranging for bus service for students. He has also promised a grant of ₹10 lakh for renovation of the school and e-teaching facility.

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While 12-year-olds in Bengaluru spend their free time playing games and catching up on the latest movies, a group of four young innovators has invented a portable device that can measure the air quality of a place with the click of a button.

Ignited minds - Aparna Karthik,

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/617043/young-technovators-invent-device-measure.html

AirEye is an air quality monitoring device that measures the quality of air through the sensors attached to it. It displays the pollutants in the air on a small LCD screen attached to it. The screen changes colour based on the intensity of the pollutants present in the air and rates them as good or bad.

For example, the screen turns light green if the air quality is good and turns deep red if the quality is very bad. It also stores this information in the form of a text file for future reference.

Amulya Doss, Amisha Pai, Arnav Mayur and Sreysht Prakash from the National Academy For Learning (NAFL) came up with the idea as they wanted to make a positive change by providing solutions to pressing issues.

“We wanted to do our bit for the environment. There are a lot of issues in the world such as poverty, climate change and depleting water resources. Water can be saved by conserving, but how do you save air that your breathe. Hence, we worked towards creating a device that can measure air quality that will help us reduce our pollution imprint,” Amisha said.

Arnav said: “All of us like programming. We wanted to come together and put our programming skills to conserve the environment and that is how AirEye was born. We learnt to create and assemble the device by ourselves. We have learnt Python which is a programming language and we went deeper into the subject to create this device.”

The young technovators visited the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board’s (KSPCB) office and found that it was using massive and bulky machines with filters, each costing lakhs of rupees, to measure air pollution levels in different parts of the city.

This gave the children the idea to invent a small portable device that can be carried anywhere and could accurately measure the air quality.

“The cost of making this device was around Rs 3,000. We will instal these devices across the city and connect them with GPS. We will also develop an app that will be connected to the device whereby the user can just log in to the app and know the air quality of a particular place at that point in time,” Sreysht said.

Future plans
Amulya said: “We want to set up a company in the future and create more such products that will help society. We are in talks with startup founders to help us. We are also pushing our idea to Intel and other companies, and plan to acquire a patent for the device.”

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Due to the negligence of the elected representatives, the Government Higher Primary School in Mogra has been facing a threat of closure, as the number of admissions is depleting year after year. 

The school lacks connectivity with the other side of the stream, and students coming from the other side have to cross the stream using a locally made foot bridge to reach the school, and the administration has not done anything for the safety, or transportation of students.

The school is 94 year-old and thousands of children had studied here over the years. There are 30 students from class one to seven in the school. Around 20 students who come from other side of the stream, have to cross the stream to reach the school. 

Risky during rains
This becomes risky during heavy rains, as the stream will be in full spate. Due to the problem, the admission has been dwindling year to year. Though it is expected that the parent assist their wards, it could not be materialised. 

Most students are from SC/ST communities. During heavy rains, parents have no choice but to avoid sending their wards to school. 

The locals have made a footbridge using acera tree logs, but it has grown weak. The school is not linked with any main road, and the school also lacks basic facilities. There are no mobile signals in the region, making it difficult for the parents and the school staff to communicate even during emergencies.

Lokesh Subrahmanya said that it has been a cumbersome task to transport LPG cylinder to the school. Many a times, SDMC members carry the cylinder, or else the teachers themselves have to carry it to the school. 

Owing to the negligence of the administration and elected representatives, the school is facing the threat of closure, said the villagers.

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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

Shemin Joy, New Delhi, DH News Service,

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.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had earlier come out with guidelines to regulate child participation in TV serials, reality shows and advertisements.

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