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Bengaluru girl bags Diana Legacy Award

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Her crusade for better education , especially for under privileged children, has won 14-year-old  Nikhiya Shamser from Bengaluru the Diana Legacy Award. The award was given away last week by  prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry at the St Jame's Palace, UK.

In December 2015, Nikhiya realized there are many children who do not have access to basic school supplies. Often entire classrooms of children share a single textbook, and many walk barefoot to school. While more children were attending school, she heard stories of bright young students dropping out because of poor educational foundation.  

Yearn to Learn, the project spearheaded by Nikhiya, has, so far, set up 15 science laboratories which are benefiting 3,500 students from various schools. Nikhiya started her e-commerce website - -to raise funds for her laboratory projects. Recently , she also funded the education of 25 blind children.  

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posted May 25, 2017 by Krinz Kiran

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Bengaluru sisters trek to fight child trafficking

The sisters at the Everest Base Camp

Bangalore Mirror Bureau |

By Ananya Kashyap

To the uninitiated, human trafficking is a growing problem in India and its neighbouring countries. There is a long list of people and organisations working towards curbing this, and rightly so. Add two girls - aged 12 and 13 - to this list, and the plot gets curiouser and curiouser, given that children and women are the biggest victims of trafficking. But when one is told that Venya and Gauri, siblings who study in an international school in Bengaluru, managed to raise funds to the tune of $5,000 to the cause of rescuing and rehabilitating trafficked women in Nepal, you read, intently.

During their trip to Nepal two years ago, there was a landslide and the girls saw many trafficking agents trying to smuggle children and women who were left vulnerable after losing homes and families. The incident was a clarion call to action and, ever since, the girls have taken it upon themselves to raise awareness about trafficking.
They got in touch with Maiti Nepal, an NGO that was started by Anuradha Koirala almost 25 years ago. Maiti Nepal helps victims of sex trafficking. It also operates a rehabilitation home in Kathmandu, as well as transit homes at the Indo-Nepal border.

On March 25 this year, the two sisters started raising funds for Maiti Nepal. Through a crowdfunding website, the girls raised $5,000. Then, Venya and Gauri, along with their parents, left for Katmandu on April 7. They started their trek on April 9. After nine days of gruelling climb, they reached the base camp on April 17. All along, they carried the banner with them. They even spent 45 minutes at the base camp.
On April 20, they visited Maiti Nepal and spent time with the rescued women and children. Venya says they learned a lot about trafficking at Maiti Nepal. "She told us that gender imbalance and the general preference for male children in this part of the world were the main reasons for trafficking. Many rural families keep the girls at home without educating them as they find no benefit in sending them to school," Venya said. "Agents mostly approach such families and promise jobs for the girls in India and the Middle East."

The girls said meeting orphans and abused women and children - some with burn marks and broken bones - at the NGO left a lasting impression in their minds.
Bengaluru is one of the hotspots for trafficking due to the high amount of money and demand. And the two sisters now intend to connect with other organisations in Beng-aluru and raise awareness about the issue.
Their father, Vinay Chandra, a software engineer, said they prepared for almost 2-3 months for the trek. "The girls were well prepared as they are athletes themselves. My wife and I needed a lot more preparation," he said.
Maiti Nepal's Koirala plans to come to India for a seminar on the awareness of trafficked women, Venya informed.


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Vinaya Seshan, a grade 10 student of Inventure Academy, won three medals at the 2017 Dance World Cup held recently in Germany.

The event is considered to be one of the world's top all-genre dance competition for children and youth. More than 12,000 participants from 47 countries competed in the qualifiers, and over 10,000 from 43 countries made it to the final.

Vinaya bagged gold in the duet category and a bronze each in the hip-hop group and hip-hop solo categories, adding to her haul of three medals at last year's World Championships. Vinaya danced in Inventure's formal blue uniform as she considers it to be her lucky charm.

Vinaya's passion for dance began in Grade 1 and she has been a regular in Inventure's dance teams and musical productions.

She got her big break when she was selected for Berserk, a week-long dance workshop conducted by the Lourd Vijay Dance School. She was part of their squad that won a bronze in the 2015 World Cup.

Vinaya also plays the tabla, guitar and piano. "Being versatile is important; at the same time finding the right balance is difficult, but achievable," she said.     

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BENGALURU: It's common for politicians to do nothing but crib about the dwindling number of students in government schools. But a politician-official partnership in Hubballi-Dharwad has managed to arrest this negative trend with a simple strategy: starting pre-primary (kindergarten) classes in government schools.
The move has yielded positive results as the student intake in Dharwad Urban division has increased by 2,247 students in 61 government schools between 2015-16 and 2017-18. Inspired by the outcome, the government is contemplating starting kindergarten classes in all government schools across the state next year. The finance department is currently evaluating the proposal.

MLA, Hubbali-Dharwad (West), Arvind Chandrakant Bellad, whose brainchild it was to start kindergarten classes in government schools, said: "We realized that not many parents were putting their kids in government schools because the entry-level age for first standard is five years and ten months. So, parents preferred to send their kids, who have attained three years and ten months and out of playschool, to lower kindergarten (LKG) in private schools. The usual tendency among parents is to continue their kids in private schools and, hence, the number of kids in government schools was low. We decided to bridge the gap between playschool and first standard by commencing kindergarten classes in government schools."

The move was not an easy one, given the legal hurdles and financial implications involved. Bellad started with the government school at Kelageri village near Dharwad by taking members of the school development and monitoring committee (SDMC) and local education department officials into confidence."We decided to pool in resources and rope in teachers from outside for kindergarten classes. It worked and the number of admissions gradually shot up. The same model was replicated in 36 out of the 63 schools in 201415. It was extended to 40 schools in 2015-16 and 61 schools in 2017-18."

The education department officials too joined hands by redeploying staff."Some schools had teachers who had little work and some had physical training teachers with less work load. Such teachers were engaged in kindergarten. Of course, they were sensitized about the needs of kids and the larger goal of getting and retaining more students in government schools. We also got teachers from outside by paying them a monthly honorarium of Rs 3,000-4,000," said Bellad. What has made these kindergarten popular among parents is the fact that emphasis is being laid on teaching English along with Kannada.

Education department officials recently briefed primary education minister Tanveer Sait about the initiative and he was quite appreciative of it

By Rakesh Prakash

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BENGALURU: The Congress lost the plot completely in the no-trust move in the legislative council by banking entirely on two legislators for additional votes, writes Naheed Ataulla.Council chairman DH Shankaramurthy survived the motion by a single vote.The Congress is said to have spent its energy on getting two MLCs -Puttanna and D U Mallikarjun -on their side and seeking support from the JD(S). Primary and secondary education minister Tanveer Sait said on Friday school that textbooks found to have large-scale errors may be recalled. He, however, added that the errors were in small numbers and so all textbooks need not be recalled.
Since the government has already disbursed as many as 6.80 crore textbooks in 76,000 schools across Karnataka, the possibility of a recall is a matter of grave concern.

Sait told reporters that he has found errors in some textbooks and that necessitates a recall. "In one case, for a particular class, a publisher who was tasked with printing Maths and English textbooks, interchanged the pages with each other. The error hap pened only in one particular batch of textbooks. As a result we will only be recalling that particular batch of textbooks," he said.

The minister said in a few cases transliteration of Kannada prose into English and English into Kannada has seen goof ups owing to inappropriate language usage. "In other cases, conversion of transcript from one software to another has also resulted in errors, which went unnoticed," he said.
"All the 561 modules of text books from classes 1 to 10 are being "re-verified" by the textbook committee and reports will be sought from them to take erroneous textbooks off the shelves," Sait said.

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BENGALURU: Schools have reopened across the state but students are yet to get their textbooks. Why the delay? The state's answer: Drought.
When the issue rocked both Houses of legislature, primary and secondary education minister Tanveer Sait said: "Because of a harsh summer and drought in the state, there has been a shortage of water. This, in turn, has affected paper production. With paper not being easily available, printing of textbooks was affected."
Sait's statement was made in the backdrop of criticism by Visveswara Hegde Kageri and Arun Shahpur (both BJP) over the failure to print and distribute textbooks to students on time. On Wednesday , Kageri alleged that nearly 50% of the textbooks had not reached schools.

Shahpur slammed the government for taking up print ing at a time when distribu tion should have been completed. "Now it appears that textbook distribution will be completed only by end Au gust," he stated, warning that further delay would put more pressure on students and teachers. "The government has revised the syllabus and students have no clue what they have to study ," he said.

Sait, admitting to hurdles in the initial stages, said: "But steps were taken to expedite the distribution process. Cur rently, 97% of printing is complete and around 90% of the textbooks have been distributed. Since we barred private schools from selling their own textbooks, some schools have not sourced textbooks from us and this has created confusion. We will take action against such schools that are not lifting textbooks."

On drought affecting printing, the minister said: "Major paper factories suspended operations because of water scarcity and this triggered a paper shortage in the market.Water is one of the key components in paper production."
Sait said the government tried to tide over the crisis by sourcing paper from factories, but hit another hurdle as they demanded advance payments.