Group Discussions – May 10 2016

Guru Poornima: It is very nice to read all information scrutinized, systematically done
Girish Mudigere: Honestly we have only top two priority items

1. Improve admissions: Introduce quality Kannada and Quality English to Improve admission,

a. Continue all subjects(Maths, Science) in English medium with Kannada as First language subject and social studies and Geography

b. Increase Teachers and quality of life

c. Improve Teachers Life Quality

d. Improve Students life Quality

2. Reduce Dropouts:

a. Give huge respect to kids…..start from anganavadis

b. Improve Infrastructure:Buildings,Toilets,Benches,Water, Projectors, Computers,Libraries, i listed infrastucture as one as we have already started working on it.Neat clean cloths, transportation ….etc?

c. Teachers: Here is something that we can definietly help on..find materials help them teach with new methods if needed…

d. Students : enrollment and continuation purely depends on how well the schools are maintained and also teaching..

e. Atmosphere : this would be something to create a greener world and a relaxed atmosphere for kids.

f. Textbooks/notebooks : all these are something that we can work too..with CSRs

g. Domestic environment also has a great impact on children for their failure socio economic am factors. We can’t change ..but at least we can create awareness programs

Yogish: I have created an event(still not posted) in Facebook page for tree planting on June 5. If you selected a school already please let me know. I am looking for 1 particular school out of many schools that Poornima and Manoj selected to give the place of the event. Also we can invite other schools to participate in the same event. If any of the school looking for saplings they can contact us. I will provide contact us link too in the same event page of Facebook. Also please let me know the starting time of the event.

Manoj: Its a very good idea on envt day…. one school i have complete idea and allready spoke with HM about planting issue… National High School…. Add: Subramanyapura police station,uttrahalli.,Bangalore.,..560061

Guru Poornima: Good Manoj – Contact no please

Yogish: Thank you Manoj. I guess both Manoj and Poornima are going to above school on June 5 to plant trees. Also we can invite few of our members (interested) to come over there to meet each other. It’s up to you to decide.I will give above school address in Facebook event page. In case if any change please let me know.

Guru Poornima: Manoj please find out the number of saplings particular school needs

Manoj: Here there are two schools YAS National High School,..and also YAS NHPS(National higher primary school) there are enormous students who are in need… Make sure that those two names properly,.. ADD: Subramanyapura police station , Utrahalli..Bangalore south 560061. As i already spoke with high school.. There is a need of atleast.50,:,,,, and in primary school i vill talk.and update

Guru Poornima: OK done

Yogish: Thank you Manoj. So far 2 schools are selected. One is YAS primary school and the other one is YAS high school right ?. We know the requirements of YAS primary, which is 50.

Manoj Scientist: No its recquirement of high school. Primary.still i have to speak and update u shortly

Linnet D Silva: Strengthen sdmc. Hold monthly meetings without fail. Hence train them on rte. They are kept aside by the system. They have interest of their children. They will demand quality if they are empowered.

Srinagesh: May 13 tenth results expected. Please keep an eye on any tenth students you come across, observe signs of anxiety and advise parents. Children with high anxiety should not be left lonely.

Yogish: Found an interesting website free rice.com. They donate 10 grains of rice per your right answer from world food program to help end hunger freerice.com

Guru Poornima: Tejaswini is gone to chennai

Yogish: http://qz.com/675910/india-plans-to-spend-6-billion-on-creating-new-forests/?utm_source=parBBCI

Gururaj Paramesha: http://www.rediff.com/business/special/special-no-electricity-no-school-here-but-kids-learn-with-ipads/20160510.htm

Article on – No electricity, no school here but kids learn with iPads!

Gururaj Paramesha: http://www.youthforindia.org/ very wonderful program from SBI

Girish can we get associated with them. Anyone between 21 to 32 age can enroll for this program

Gururaj Paramesha: 58% children drop out of primary school and 90% don’t complete school.

The impact of rising attendance has failed to show because of lack of reading material, textbooks and committed teachers. In many schools there is only one teacher which means no personal attention to the kids.

Many villages don’t have schools which mean that children have to travel to another village to go to school. This results in high drop out of girls.

Poverty is another setback as even the willing parents are forced to compromise because of their own financial conditions.

Teacher-student ratio has fallen lately which takes a toll on even the most committed teachers.

Girish Mudigere added MUST Pushpalatha. Welcome Pushpalatha teacher mam

Pushpalatha: Hi GE Sr. Thank you so much sr fr addg me. I’m wrkg as govt school teacher in kunigl taluk. Tumkur dist. I’m SRP in English subject. Vice president of teachers society in our taluk

Sri Harsha: Good evening to the team,

We have been having innumerable ideas and great inputs from all of you.however we tend to discuss on too many points at once.instead we should be approach it objectively and identify categories.

Step 1-identify the areas or nodes of our education system.

Step 2- identify the improvements in each category.

Step3- identify what can we as “develop schools” work on.

Step4-set clear cut tasks for each of us to work with.

We have to follow this one by one. We should also keep the discussion in the group one category for a day and discuss all the issues within the category only.

Yogish sir is trying hard to pick points from discussions and update in the webpage.we can make his and our jobs easier by focusing on actual actionable items.

If you agree we can start discussing and fix our categories today -Students,Teachers,infrastructure,basic necessities,Teaching methods,Tools.

Please put in your comments.lets have 6-7 main categories to identify and work.

Please we have a great team now.if we focus we should be able to work better.

Girish Mudigere: Excellent Mr Sri Harsha: let’s be methodical .it add a lot of value if we discuss point by point .Agree with you let’s do it

Kollegala Sharma: We have been going round and round the same issues. It is better to move stage wise bringing simple changes first all the while planning for complex changes. Education is a sector where changes are not dramatic and instantaneous. We need to calibrate our activities accordingly.

First, let us focus on essentials like note books and water. These are short term and effect can be seen immediately.

Second, empower teachers. Not with equipment, but other resources which help them take control of academics. Here, my suggestion is to strengthen teachers English and subject competencies.

The next could be tackling issues complex because of their interaction with society like dropouts, suicides, child marriage and so on.

One issue we have ignored in all our discussion is sanitary napkins for girls in high schools and proper toilets. Nearly, 10-15 per cent absenteeism is because of this.

Provision of water and toilets have been made by govt in most schools but inadequately. Just repairing motors in some schools can help a lot. Toilets are dirty because of lack of water and cleaners. Either we have to motivate students towards cleanliness or provide sanitary workers. The latter solution is costly, but the first is long standing. However, motivation can be done if right infrastructure is in place.

Although our intention of greening schools looks pleading, at present it can be just a promotion of DS and so is welcome.

Sri Harsha: Sir, my point exactly.we need to do everything stepwise.we hear ideas here and there and we do not have actionable items or identified work areas to discuss more and act on it.we have to methodical and choose what we want to do first..we can do this by working on one by one

We have to be objective and work only on those..for example empowering teachers..we have to concentrate on water and sanitation (infrastructure)first let’s say this and discuss and take out some tasks to do..

So these are two categories basic necessities for students and teachers..

Larger the group more methodical we have to be..

Kollegala Sharma: Yogish is connecting communities and gathering resources like qp, answers, video etc necessary for second stage. That can go parallelly, but with care and ease.

The first action needs to be to address infrastructure. Notebooks and water is great.

One caution. Every plan can have a weak link. For eg. Water filters also need glass (at least one) and refills. If there are no refills, the filter might be thrown to a corner. Schools have to be made respinsible for that.

Kollegala Sharma: So which are the schools which absolutely are in need of these two?

Sri Harsha: Exactly sir…good point..we need people who work at grass root level to identify such issues..we plead everyone in this active group to please pitch in your ideas with basic necessities for kids… Sanitary napkins is a great point.

Manoj: Ya thr are many of those school who r in need of those of above

Kollegala Sharma: 1. Anganvadis – Water filters

2Primary Schools – Water filters and notebooks

3. High schools. Sanitary napkins, sanitary workers, maintenance of toilets, water if necessary

All problems cannot be solved in one go. Govt is already providing sufficient inputs at all levels towards health. But implementation is poor. We need to focus on things that Govt is not providing. Our intervention in infrastructure will provide an opportunity to monitor govt programme implementation and thus make health services in schools better.

Girish Mudigere: Sharma Sir….excellent points

Kollegala Sharma: First let us list infrastructure.

1. Water

2. Clean water – filter

3. Glass

4. Filter refills to schools where that is misding

5. Water storage for toilets and midday lunch

6. Notebooks

7. Geometry box for high schools (?)

8. Sanitary napkins / A small cupboard to keep ( male HMs hesitate to keep and issue. There are very few schools with lady HMs… or am I wrong?)

9. Magazines other than Balavijnana

10. English storybooks and weekend reading sessions by volunteers.

Kollegala Sharma: We have identified schools. Now let us classify them according to needs.

1. Only water filters

2. Have water filters not working

3. Need notebooks

4. Notebooks + water filters

5. Water storage tanks

6. Sanitary napkins

7. All of these.

Sri Harsha: Please feel free to think and let us know on what more is needed in addition to sharma sir

Kollegala Sharma: Next stage. Check availability of resources. How many water filters do we have? How many notebooks? Then allocate them to schools. Contact allocated schools and fix an appointment to bring both donors and schools together. Distribute. Each of these activities can be assigned to different volunteers. That is just the workflow that I thought would help us.

Pushpalatha: In our govt school s. V don’t hav nice black board. Science equipment s to do experiments

Girish Mudigere: Chappals, or shoes, minor sports items. One pair shoe may come from government ……lets try more shoes socks footwares, More Cloths? Even comb, hair oil, hair accessories etc too to keep neat and tidy? Lets detail list…..because I am going to request NGOs trusts government and similar to give to kids: Look at volume too…..I am going to contact comb factory to help us. Cleanliness of campus and beautification through NGOs etc

Sri Harsha: Requesting the teachers and HMs in the group again to please give inputs: You are the ones who actually know what happens and how

C K Gopala Rao: Govt is supplying napkins to 6-10 std Girls under the scheme SHUCHI

Sri Harsha: ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ ಸಿಗೋ ಸೈಕಲ್ಗಳು ಸರಿಯಾಗಿ ಬಳಿಕೆ ಆಗ್ತಿದ್ಯ ??

Siddappa Malavalli: ಕೆಲವು ಕಡೆ ಇಲ್ಲ..

C K Gopala Rao: No parents are using (many)

Geetha: It is used for first 6 months by 50-60% ,after that no cycles

Siddappa Malavalli: Anyone will explain the merits and demerits of School SDMC committee ….??

C K Gopala Rao: Few sdmc’s are working for betterment

Sri Harsha: Sidappa sir : sadyakke ee category alli discussion madana

Renni D’souza: ” MY STEP TOWARDS to SCHOOL” ( ಶಾಲೆ ಕಡೆ ನನ್ನ ಕಡೆ) KSCPCR(Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights) come with slogan to bring back children from out of school. This Is a good initiative.with involving all department and civil society to bring back to school .Coincidentally Develop school Group creating a solid base by develping govt schools so children will remain in school and get good education with commited. Volunteers. Please. Join this campagin in your neighborhood. Let us utilize this opportunity. By bringing back all children back to school please. Watch

Girish Mudigere: Excellent video to put in all places

Renni D’souza: With empowering SDMC in school our effort will not long lost SDMC is the best concept. Which first initiatiated in Karnataka later in RTE act introduced ha SMC( SCHOOL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE) our government. And civil society like we help them take their responsibilities and Monitor their own children education locally our education start change. If some of the SDMC are functioning. It is not their fault This is system’s fault. So as civil society. We must work together. With SDMC teacher and children. We all work together.

Sri Harsha: Let’s identify workable solutions on the first category.students -their basic needs

Yogish: So far 33 NGO’s. Our focus should not be diverted while working with too many NGO’s because each NGO have their own agenda/mission.

www.kannada.inyatrust.com is an excellent source for kannada notes of 10th grade science. Not sure whether it is specific to our 10 th grade syllabus. I am mainly looking for such kind of materials. Worth visiting. Unfortunately the advertisement in website is irritating. http://kannada.inyatrust.com/?m=1

Renni D’souza: But NGO’s also should focus whatever their agenda. Because this is an creative innitiative and movement Focus develop school

Yogish: Now we have added 33 NGO’s in our website including their website link. In return we are expecting them to add our website link in their website or Facebook page. This is a kind of link exchange program and it will boost Google search ranking. This is very common practice in web industry.

As a first step of link exchange program I will add develop schools website link in to Socio active site.

I will send you the pattern soon. Thanks for your help 🙏

Linnet D Silva: Deeksha Trust is already involved in ensuring Rte. You can include.

Girish Mudigere: Sorry Linnet…I missed you….when you were out of country

Linnet D Silva: Strengthening sdmc a statutory body will give a great leap. Don’t push this aside. They have a huge say. They are a threat actually.

They should be our focus because they can demand many things directly from local governments either panchayat or corporations funds.

Such as water’, electricity, toilet etc. They can unite ward level or panchayat level. There are funds in local governments.

Girish Mudigere: Excellent inputs towards solutions

Sri Harsha: Linnet Mam:point taken,this would be a route or a mode for us to implement the changes what we want like toilets..for example..but we should also identify what should be develop at first or set items to work on..we are trying to identify those points at this moment..😊just trying to be methodical and plan for a nest execution

Linnet D Silva: I built toilets in one school spending 3. 50 lack rupees. But teachers were so lethargic that maintenance They ignore. Some times we should see our investment will be taken for granted. : In the same school mp fund was allotted. 80 thousand. They didn’t even spend 15 thousand. Sure they have misappropriated. Monitoring is a huge concern. Akhila has much experience in this regard.

Sri Harsha: We can also identify if we can ask thru to provide people to maintain toilets..etc..but this is one of the points in our categories mam. we will note these down when we discuss how to improve toilets or solutions of each problem

Pushpalatha: V need boards. Science has become theory subject in govt school s sr. No lab apparatus sr

Girish Mudigere: Understood madam…..lets try to list labs as requirements

Academics methodologies and Infrastructure requirements

Renni D’souza: Just like Develop school group SDMC members also one of the potential group who are the right people to monitor the things and education ,is property used or not Because their school and children belongs to them first. We involve. SDMC in this movement one of important stake holder Only thing is that we have to develop mode of communication to work with them

Girish Mudigere: Belt, tie, school logo……coat or sweater in winter…..Breakfast, snacks…..stationery. Teaching administration staff ge coat in winter. Clean floor, painted walls. Aim is very high…….though we may take time…. 5 years few should be international standards. Lets fail…..but set the standards high…..our children may take forward our failures and succeed!!! 70 years we saw…..lets try next 5 years vigorously sir

Raghavendra N: Great message Girish sir

Renni D’souza: ನಮ್ಮ. Vision ವಿಸ್ತಾರ ಮತ್ತು ಉನ್ನತ ಮಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಇದ್ದರೆ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನಗಳು ಕೂಡ. ಉನ್ನತ ಗುಣಮಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿರುತ್ತದೆ

Girish Mudigere: I am ready to advertise my failures in TV etc….after 5 years…..my children should see and get inspired to succeed: We record our every step…..whatever we try for next five years……it may help our children’s to correct and they may find solutions too!!!: Keeping eyes closed looking at status of our Government Schools is NOT AN OPTION

Yogish: http://developschools.org/resource-center/text-books/10th-class

New videos in kannada for 10 th grade maths are added now from Yakub sir’s YouTube channel mainly for Pythagorean, Thales theorems etc. please make use of these videos. Excellent resource in Kannada. I was mainly looking for kannada classes. I will keep adding education related and good materials in Kannda along with other languages like English and Urdu .

Lokesh Alambuda added ‪+91 94484 95712

Girish Mudigere: Thanks Lokesh Sir…Name kodi tomorrow please

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