Spandana – Presentation and Mentoring Topics


It’s a pleasure to announce that on Saturday the 3rd September 2016, “Develop Schools NMMO” organization along with “World Health and Education Enrichment Links(WHEEL)” and “Swaraj Abhiyan” is holding a seminar to address the participation of common public in upgrading the state of Government schools and hospitals in Karnataka.

Your presence, participation and opinion to Develop Government Schools and Hospitals is very much appreciated.

Join us on Saturday the 3rd September 2016 at Legislators House Bangalore for a serious discussion & mentoring session between 9AM to 5PM.

Our Mission – To Improve Quality of Education & Healthcare

What steps should be taken to improve the quality of education in government schools? Let us strengthen government education and healthcare system in Karnataka.

Please Contact
Mr. Girish Mudigere +91 944 944 8797
Dr. Sandeep Samethadka Nayak +1 630 247 9199
Mrs. Poornima Dutt +91 9945419472

Presentation Topics

Healthcare beyond medical care – 11 AM to 12 AM

Presenter: Dr. Sandeep Samethadka Nayak
sandeepBrief Description:
1. Definition of Arogya Swaraj and its ideas.
2. Our current health status of India.
3. Role of citizen engagement in healthcare delivery and strengthening primary healthcare.
4. What should be our focus in healthcare?
5. How to collaborate in collective efforts?

WHEEL is an organization which links people of various capacity across the globe to enrich health and education. We aim to train citizens to be advocates of their own health..

Our views about how to improve government schools – 12 AM to 1 PM

Presenter: Mr. Girish Mudigere
GirishBrief Description: Goal is to improve all government schools in a systematic way in next 5 to 15 years includes academics, infrastructure and overall growth of students, staff, and parents. Our vision is to influence the social growth through education. Collaborating with public and government bodies, we pool resources. In my presentation, I will discuss about our experiences and reasoning in developing schools without fundraise or donation.
We work on zero Money concept and everything is managed with available resources. So, we proudly call ourselves as Non Money Material Organization (NMMO). We are the team of passionate individuals who came together and dynamically stimulating others to join the cause. Currently we are working on around 100 Schools in six different districts of Karnataka. With this new concept, we aim to reach crores of children who are in need. For more information, log on to We update the website on daily basis!

Ground reality in government schools – 2 PM to 3 PM

Presenter: Mrs. Poornima Dutt
PoornimaBrief Description: Majority of Government Schools have not been renovated since long time. In many schools the students are made to sit on the floor outside the classroom as roof could fall. Lack of basic amenities, like toilets and drinking water. Unserviceable toilets are in extremely poor condition, which are the main reason for high drop out rate of girl students.

Understanding Health Care in a Constitutional Paradigm – 3 PM to 4 PM

Presenter: Mrs. Akhila Vasan
Akhila VasanBrief Description:
1. Focus on Primary Health Care, right to health care
2. Democratization of health care
3. Opportunities to change existing policies
4. Burden of non-implementation of policies
5. Limitations of privatization, PPP model and health insurance schemes
6. opportunities to strengthen primary health care

Mentoring Topics

Current status of rural government schools in Karnataka

Mentor: Mr. Gururaj Paramesh
GururajBrief Description: Recent report says not a single student joined Class I in 534 Karnataka government schools. education department is worried about this report. Last year, 534 government schools locked up rooms meant for class 1 because there were no admissions. In 9,503 schools, there were less than 20 students in classes 1 to 7. The situation this year could be worse, though the statistics are yet to be collated. Officials are coming round to the view that if this trend continues, then the government may have to shut down its schools. In fact, 146 schools have been closed or merged in the past year, taking down the number of schools to 48,909 in 2014-15. Challenges to overcome this problem will be discussed.

Depression and Suicide Prevention

Mentor: Dr. Smita Karpate
SmitaBrief Description: Health Commune is a community based non-profit initiative to educate the general public about health in daily life. We are starting by taking up the issue of stress, depression and suicides. About 800000 people commit suicide worldwide every year; out of these 135,000 (17%) are Indians.
Our framework has four stages embedded into it.

1. Conducting knowledge-driven events across different colleges, schools and apartments to develop age-specific communities by educating them about the cause, prevention and care related to the matter

2. Certifying the community after they go through our training module comprising of well-researched scientific data and material

3. Creating repository and advocating different relief options available to tackle depression varying from music and art therapy to psychological counseling

4. Creating a panel of medical and paramedical experts to deal with more complex scenarios.The discussion will be about how helpful it will be to create a learned community, who can further train other people in their circle.

Education System from Past & Present

Mentor: Mr. Suhas Sriram
SuhasBrief Description: In India, illiteracy of a large number of people has turned the visions of ‘Education for All’ into empty dreams. Knowledge was passed on orally from one generation to another in ancient India. Education involved three basic processes, one, which included ‘Sravana’ (stage of acquiring knowledge of ‘Shrutis’ by listening). Two, ‘Manana’ (meaning pupils to think, analyze themselves about what they heard, assimilate the lessons taught by their teacher and make their own inferences,) and three ‘Nidhyasana (meaning comprehension of truth and and apply/use it into real life).

Modern education system was implanted by British rulers. Before the advent of British in India, education system was private one. In 1835, Lord Macauley introduced modern education in India The government made English medium schools very popular. English as Official language alienated the masses from the educated Indians. Because of modern education and new employment opportunities, many traditional occupations became obsolete. In near absence of industrial, commercial or social service activity, people in India were forced to depend on modern education and Government jobs for their respectful earning.

Role of Technology in Education

Mentor: Mr. CS Lalith Prasad
Lalith PrasadBrief Description:
1. Current trends of Information communication technology (ICT) in education (Overall)
2. Central and State Government initiatives with regard to ICT in education
3. ICT in teacher education (Pre-service and In-service)
4. ICT for Governance

Sports and Recreation in Government Schools

Mentor: Mrs. Jyothi Rao
Jyothi RaoBrief Description: Sports forms an important part of a child’s developmental years and I am not referring to Physical education here. We are looking at sports in the form of Physical games involving skills of competitive nature.

Play and Enjoy – I urge the younger generation to allocate some time for including some kind of sports activities in their schedule. This has various benefits which will also lead to sound body and mind. It will invoke a sense of discipline in their lives.

Competitive sports – Is a different matter all together. Preparation for the same is also on different levels here. Dedicated numbers of hours, healthy diet, trainers, basic infrastructure, grass root level coaching to get the foundation right; have to be taken into account.

There is an abundance of talent and interest around. We have to harness and direct them in the right direction to make their dreams a reality.

Alzheimer’s Disease – Effect on society and care taker

Mentor: Mr. Hemanth Sharma
IMG_20141212_154357Brief Description: Alzheimer’s disease is degenerative memory disease having no cure till now. Only through properly awareness and lifestyle management, care taker who is usually have to give time can avoid fatigue. This discussion is about pro and con of taking formal(institutional)/informal support.

Dealing with the issue of environment

Mentor: Mr. M.S Murali Krishna
Murali KrishnaBrief Description: I shall be dealing with the issue of ENVIRONMENT, in its broadest sense. I intend to touch upon the social, economic & cultural dimensions of this issue besides the ecological one.

Importance of Primary Education

Mentor: Mrs. R. Asha Viswanath
Asha ViswanathBrief Description: Education is not just Books and Marks sheets, but a tool to lead life. Education is key to building a society that can overcome poverty in a sustainable manner. Investing in human capital brings about powerful social change and creates opportunities for those in developing countries to realise their full potential and to become leaders of the generation to come.

Autism Spectrum Disorders and Rotary India Literacy Mission (2 Topics)

Mentor: Mrs. Jayashree Ramesh
Jayashree Ramesh1. Need for early detection and early intervention for children ”at risk” especially those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): Early detection of developmental problems in children is critical to the child’s development and outcomes in later life. Proper and early diagnosis leads to better prognosis resulting in mainstreaming and including children in the normal way of life. ASD is relatively unknown in our country and the rising number of children with this condition is a growing concern. Corrective measures have to be put in place to ensure these children receive maximum support.

2. Rotary India Literacy Mission (RILM): Rotary in India have developed a system for making India literate by 2020. The program is called TEACH
T – Teacher Support
E – E learning
A – Adult Literacy
C – Child Development
H – Happy School

Various Rotary Clubs across India are pitching in to ensure children are not left behind. Details of the program is available on

Bridge Between Children, Teachers and Parents

Mentor: Mr. Srinagesh
SrinageshBrief Description:
1. Basically, both parents and teachers are unable to assess what children need.. First 6 years, home environment and next six years school environment plays a vital role in molding personalities.
2. Parents, Teachers and Students do need Counselling Guidance.
3. Teacher training programs should focus on help teachers understand children’s developmental stages and behavioral aspects.
4. Not only teachers, but parents and people should OWN UP their Schools. Many parents believe that once their student goes to school, it is teacher’s responsibility. It is joint and collective responsibility.
5. Communities should LEARN to separate personal politics and political affiliations and work in unison for development of infrastructure and quality of schools.

Our Volunteers working on help teachers, parents and community realize this important role is needed.
I am available to guide our volunteers over phone/mail if necessary. Will also prepare literature in form of short notes to Teachers.

Integrated Behavioral Model in Sanitation

Mentor: Dr. Sandeep Samethadka Nayak
sandeepBrief Description:
1. Statistics and disease burden of poor sanitation
2. Define behavioral determinants and its prioritization
3. Can we achieve 100% sanitation? If yes, how?

Importance of Primary Education in Native Language.

Mentor: Mr. Robert Rosario
RobertBrief Description: First, learning does not begin in school. Learning starts at home in the learners’ home or native language. Although the start of school is a continuation of this learning, it also presents significant changes in the mode of education. The school system structures and controls the content and delivery of a pre-determined curriculum where previously the child was learning from experience at home. On starting school, children find themselves in a new physical environment. The classroom is new, most of the classmates are strangers, the centre of authority (the teacher) is a stranger too. The structured way of learning is also new. If, in addition to these things, there is an abrupt change in the language of interaction, then the situation can get quite complicated. Indeed, it can negatively affect a child’s progress. However, by using the learners’ home language, schools can help children navigate the new environment and bridge their learning at school with the experience they bring from home.

But when learners start school in a language that is still new to them, it leads to a teacher-centered approach and reinforces passiveness and silence in classrooms. This in turn suppresses young learners’ potential and liberty to express themselves freely. It dulls the enthusiasm of young minds, inhibits their creativity, and makes the learning experience unpleasant. All of which is bound to have a negative effect on learning outcomes.

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