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Tent schools opened in two more villages in Shivamogga

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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.

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.




posted Jun 8, 2017 by Krinz Kiran

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While the academic year for schools in the city has begun, three schools have come under the radar of the education department for various issues and have been slapped with criminal cases in the Kumaraswamy Police Station limits.

Firdose International School in Sarakki, IQRA Public School and Rani Mother Mary School in Illyas Nagar have slapped with an FIR by the Block Education Officer who made surprise visits to these schools recently. A senior official who is handling this case in the station said, "These schools violated many rules and regulations. All three were running without licences."

The police officer added, "The schools had permission to run batches from nursery to Standard 2, but they took in students till 4th standard without the education department's permission. These schools claim they had applied for permission and it was rejected by the department as they did not meet certain criteria required for admission."

Surprisingly, the education department which is busy hunting down schools that are violating its diktats is making sure the schools follow every single rule in their rule book.

"These schools have been booked under the Karnataka Education Act, 1983, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act of 2009 and IPC 418 and IPC 420. We have got this complaint from the BEO and we have issued a notice to the schools to come back with whatever documents they have, so we can compile a report and submit it to the education department," said the official. Since the schools have begun their classes across the city, a few are still rushing up with their admissions. The police officer said, "We have stopped all admissions for these schools this year and we are taking necessary steps to shift these students to other schools immediately."

Speaking to Bangalore Mirror, N Venkatesh, Block Education Officer, South division 1, said, "These schools did not have permission to run any kind of educational activity. They were cheating parents with their own pricing. They had sent a request earlier for legitimacy, and we had rejected it on grounds of our policies and rules. Still they continue to function. That is the reason we gave a complaint in the police station and asked the school to immediately shut down."

"In all this, students should not become victims. Hence, we have formed a committee to look into alternative measures. We are admitting these students to nearby schools and we have also informed the parents about this," he added.

These surprise visits in the city will continue for a few more days, he said.

List of violators

Meanwhile, the Director of Public Instruction released a list of 15 unauthorized schools in Bengaluru south zone-3. The list comprises Reliance Public School, Crystal School, Austin Town; MES English School, Jayanagar; St. John Art Foundation, HSR layout; All New Public School, Mangammana Palya; RZ School, Bande Palya; Green Tree School, Bande Palya; Blue Bell School, Roopena Argrahara; Master Kits School, Mangammana Palya and St. Saras School

By Kumaran P

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

Photo credit: Bangalore Mirror 

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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Bengaluru: A walk with carol singers to his neighbor's house was an eye-opener for young Nestin. “It was December 2011 and my mother asked me to take carol singers to the neighbor's house. I was not very keen, but I took them anyway. Our neighbor was an elderly woman with Alzheimers and failing organs. The carol Singers sang for the family, even as her husband held her hands," remembers Nestin Vas.

“After the song got over, she was very happy and thanked all of them. That was it," he adds. The smile on the elderly woman’s face made him think about not just her, but a multitude of people who could be cheered up with a simple act of spending time and singing for them.

A year later in December, Nestin and his team of some 10-15 friends formed an NGO, Little More Love, which aimed to kick off a kindness movement in the city to make world a better place to live by collectively and consciously performing acts of love.His team has now grown to more than 40 members who spread awareness and reach out to people for funds for orphanages and old age homes. They conducted their first blood donation drive in April 2013. The team also helped a school by conducting a book donation drive. “There are so many people who need our help. Equally high are the number of people who want to help, but are not aware,” he adds.

The NGO works broadly on six important initiatives – Beautiful Ones, Open Hands, Gift a Patient, Furry Ones, Lifeline and general event. “Under Beautiful Ones, we visit NGOs, orphanages, old age homes and help spread cheer through music and songs. We clean up the place and spend time with the inmates. Under Open Hands, we try to identify the needs of various centers and try to collect those materials for them, be it sanitary napkins, books or stationery. It is all about spreading the word and encouraging people to give it back to society," he explains. Under their, 'Gift A Patient' initiative, they organize various awareness and blood donation drives for patients. Another important and a fairly new initiative, 'Lifeline', sees them joining hands with an NGO at Kidwai and collecting funds for the families. “The parents of patients admitted at Kidwai would have already exhausted all their money on that one child and forgotten the needs of their other children. It is for these kids that we collect funds through various collection drives and fundraising platforms," he says.






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BENGALURU: Under pressure to save government schools from closure, Karnataka may do away with the fee reimbursement scheme implemented under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009.

Under RTE, the state government pays the fees of underprivileged students enrolled in private schools under the 25% quota. Karnataka is now mulling to stop reimbursing the amount, leaving private schools to face the burden.

Sources in the department of public instruction (DPI) said the cabinet would discuss a proposal to relook at the 25% RTE quota in private schools. Arelated law is likely to be passed in the legislature during the next budget session, which would be the last session of the Congress government. "The government had announced in the 2017-18 budget that a new school education policy would be formulated. The new policy covering all aspects, including RTE, is being prepared," said P C Jaffer, commissioner of public instruction.

Incidentally, the RTE Act that the Siddaramaiah government is seeking to undermine was enacted by the Congress-led UPA government after extensive consultations.

Declining to get into the details, Jaffer said it is up to the government to take a decision on RTE in the state.

When contacted, minister for primary and secondary education Tanveer Sait confirmed that the government is looking at re-designing RTE with its main focus being strengthening government schools. "There is a belief that private schools are thriving at the cost of government schools. We need to set things right. The policy is almost ready and it will be placed before the next cabinet meeting," said Tanveer Sait.

Karnataka implemented RTE in 2012. While 1,778 government schools have been closed since then, 3,189 private institutions have come up during the same period.

Taking note of the decline in the fortunes of government schools, the Kannada Development Authority (KDA) in October submitted a report to the government, urging it to nix RTE.


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Parents, take note! Children who drink plant based milk beverages or milk from animals other than cows are more likely to be shorter, a study claims.

Children who drink plant based milk beverages or milk from animals other than cows are more likely to be shorter

Parents, take note! Children who drink plant based milk beverages or milk from animals other than cows are more likely to be shorter, a study claims.

Researchers from St Michael's Hospital in Canada found that for each daily cup of non-cow's milk they drank, children were 0.4 centimetres shorter than average height for their age and for each daily cup of cow's milk they drank, children were 0.2 centimetres taller than average.

This height difference is similar to the difference between major percentile lines on the World Health Organisation growth chart, said Jonathon Maguire, pediatrician at St Michael's Hospital.

This means drinking three cups of non-cow's milk per day might move a child to the 15th from the 50th percentile for height, and vice versa, compared with other children their age, he said.

Researchers also found that children who drank a combination of cow's milk and non-cow's milk daily were shorter than average.

"This finding suggests adding some cow's milk to a child's diet did not reverse the association between non-cow's milk consumption and lower height," Maguire said.

Height is an important indicator of children's overall health and development, researchers said.

Many parents are choosing non-cow's milk for their children, which may have lower nutritional content, Maguire said.

Researchers examined about 5,034 children between the ages of 24-72 months. Of those studied, 13 per cent drank non-cow's milk daily, and 92 per cent drank cow's milk daily.

While the majority of children studied drank cow's milk daily, the number who drank non-cow's milk daily suggests its popularity has increased in recent years, possibly due to perceived health benefits, researchers said.

The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.