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Monday, November 5, 2012

Water Awareness Drive

We have started to conduct "Water awareness days" at schools. The objective is to make children more aware about safe drinking water and conservation of natural resources.




The water quality in rural areas is poor and often contaminated by pollution.  This leads to weakened immune systems and disease in many children.  Also, the water resources on the planet are quickly dwindling and it is important to teach the importance of practicing respect and conservation to this precious natural resource.





In this drive, we are teaching children about water awareness and conservation through engaging them in several activities like, discussions, slogan writing and role playing to make the concepts clear to them.

As a part of the project children are given water bottles and the schools are given drinking water storage units based on need.


People interested to contribute to this drive please write to pavithrasuryakiran@gmail.com






Wednesday, August 1, 2012


Notebooks Drive - Academic Year 2012 - 2013 ( Part-1)

On 9 June, the Vedic Foundation started their notebooks drive in Govt. Lower Primary Schools and this first part of the drive lasts throughout June and August 2012.

Many of the children in these schools come from very poor families who are not able to provide notebooks, stationary items and other learning materials for their children.  This notebooks drive is raising money to purchase these items and give to the children and the schools.


It is important to cultivate good learning values in these young minds, as it will assist them with their growth and development throughout their whole lives. With these learning materials, the children's excitement and interest to learn is increased.

 We have been distributing these notebooks to children in  Kolar District, Bangarpet Taluk, Karnataka State schools. The drive will be conducted in two parts; the first one is presently being done and the second one during mid-term, after November.

Most of the students in these schools come from families that make their living as day laborers or farmers, though the students come from very poor backgrounds, it has in no way deterred their enthusiasm to learn! 



The drive was possible due to the response of donations and help from the community and friends of Vedic Foundation.  We were able to raise around 20,000 Rs. 
 
This first part of the notebooks drive covered 10 schools and reached out to approximately 450 children.


 The second part of the drive will be conducted after November, and people who are interested are welcome to participate.

Those who are interested to sponsor students kit or help us with the distribution can send an email to mysticwritings@gmail.com
 
The cost per student kit for class 1 to 3 is Rs.100
(it covers 5 notebooks, drawing book, stationary items)

The cost per student kit for class 4 and 5 is Rs.150
(it includes notebooks, stationary items, geometry boxes)
Each school mostly has 25-30 students.

 By sharing, loving and caring, let us encourage these kids and boost their enthusiasm to learn through this Notebooks Drive.  Thank you all for all the encouragement and support!






Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Communication skill workshop for teachers

On a bright sunny morning, 40+ teachers who teach in remote schools attended a basic communication skill workshop with  special focus on how to communicate with children. 
 
 Learning how to properly communicate with children is essential for helping children learn  effective communication skills that will allow them to clearly and confidently express themselves, and it will also allow the teacher to maximize their teaching and the students learning experience by being able to communicate with the children in a manner that results in a positive and engaged response from the children.

 Some of the topics that we covered were, how to identify the feeling behind what children say or do, how to covey our feelings to them objectively without blaming them, how to provide simple and clear instructions, how to set limits and understand that discipline is not about controlling children or exercising authority or enforcing punishments, but with proper communication showing the children how to have self control.
   Children learn and communicate in a very different way than adults do.  Children learn best through activities, imagination, visual and spatial techniques.  They respond and grow much quicker when taught with positive reinforcement and are modeled by the teachers which behaviors that they are expected to exhibit.  It is not effective for a child if he/she is made to sit still and are taught through a system of punishment and repression.  
 Communication can either be verbal or non-verbal. Body language and facial expressions fall into the non-verbal communication category, and talking makes up verbal communication. Generally, positive communication through both verbal and nonverbal expression results in a positive response, while communicating negative things causes negative reactions.
Effective verbal communication builds trust and encourages children to speak their minds in an appropriate way. Being honest and respectful in communication aids the development of a good rapport between teacher and child,.   Everything rises and falls on the effectiveness of proper communication and it has the ability to confuse, clarify, encourage, instruct or teach. 
 This workshop with teachers received very positive response from the teachers and has opened the gateway to reach and enable children 20 more remote schools
 
We will be conducting more of these workshops in the coming academic year, experts in the field can volunteer by sharing their knowledge in shaping these workshop modules and also by participating in the workshops if they can.



Sunday, March 11, 2012

Implementing yoga and meditation programs in local rural schools.


Children in lower primary classes meditating
in the morning session

This initiative is to teach basic meditation, pranayama and yoga techniques to children in order to help them become more aware of their bodies and minds.  This will allow them the ability to become more self-aware and centered in their daily lives.







With continued practice, these techniques will help reduce emotional disturbances, and help the children be more grounded and balanced in all situations, along with the opportunity for them to begin the exploration process of getting in touch with their true timeless nature.

In the Indranagar village Bangarpet, we started teaching yoga and meditation to children.  The sessions are every morning and are filled with activities that are helping them become more in tune with their mind-body-spirit relationship and increase creativity in them.


The teacher is instructing the children,
she has been trained over the past few months
and always supported when she needs help
Through the use of music and moments of silence the children’s senses are relaxed and they are able to feel at peace for a few moments.  The sessions are started and finished with silence, and this will help the children slowly become more aware of their thought processes and help them understand how to slow these processes of thinking down, and eventually allow them to be able to hear and clearly understand their own inner voice. 

We are working on creating a simple yoga and meditation curriculum for training teachers and volunteers, who will then instruct the children. Children are also introduced to the philosophy of existence to help them in their self discovery with the help of simple examples and concepts. 



Children learning about the concept of "Panchakoshas"
We hope to implement this program in other schools in the upcoming academic year and are looking for volunteers who have knowledge in this field who would be interested in sharing their knowledge with the teachers and children, and help teach yoga and meditation classes to children in schools. 






Anyone who is interested can write to mysticwritings@gmail.com to discuss further on how we can collaborate in this matter. Volunteers will be given instruction and assistance in the matter, and guide on how to train and transition this to the school teacher.We are also looking for donations for mats and other props for the yoga and meditation classes.


Simple line diagrams that are fun to draw and
easy to remember, children enjoy them























  

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Toy Joy


This Christmas and New Year season bring joy to the lives of hundreds of underprivileged children.

Toys fill a unique space in a child's life. They are not just objects of entertainment in the lives of children, but are instruments that influence the young mind and bring a special joy. In the Christmas and New Year season in the month of December and January Vedic foundation conducted a toys drive to bring joy to 300+ underprivileged children.

As part of the drive we participated in an event conducted by the spastic society of karnataka in association with Chrysallis foundation to celebrate christmas with spastic children in Bangalore.
We contributed gifts for 200 children consisting of Plasticine modelling clay.
















This drive has been a great success in motivating children to come to schools. The drive also aimed at reaching out to their mental spaces other than filling the school racks with toys. Toys occupy a very important space in a child’s life, especially in their growing years. Playing with interesting toys, sharing the toys and having the sense of enough toys to play with, opened up channel for a new set of interactions among children.

After playing with these toys we have come to know there is so much to know…” said Sneha from 5th standard when asked about her experiences.
















Playing with the rubic cube has been the best brain teaser for me” added Sangeetha from 5th standard.

Slowly we could feel the wave of change approaching, children started to find more reasons to be at school, it is not only about academics and a “race” to make it big in the big world. It was not about being in the race, it became more about them as individuals. Though the problem of motivating a child to be part of the learning at school is still a hurdle but this drive certainly brought a fresh attitude to schooling. It was their enthusiasm to share, to talk, to do that brought them together, and through this learning was happening in its own pace in different children based on their capacities. Their capacities were respected and opportunities were provided accordingly.