Major events in the month of February were the written exam for Dr. V. N.Kulkarni Merit Scholarship, Science Activities at different places in different modes, Awareness Eye camp at Ratanpur Village. Regular activities like evening centers, Gahan Adhyan Kendra, Sopan Anaupacharik Shikshan Kendra, and Pratibha Poshan Yojna (Junior) met regularly.
Please click the following link to read the full newsletter with details of the activities undertaken by Sopan volunteers in February. http://www.scribd.com/doc/133337657/Shiksha-Sopan-March-2013-Newsletter
In the severe cold of Kanpur, despite the mercury dropping sub-zero, month of January was very active for Shiksha Sopan. Apart from its regular programmes, Shiksha Sopan took up the issue of crimes against women effectively and gave a platform where the rural community could also raise its voice. Please click on the link to read the full newsletter with the activity summary for this just concluded month. (February Newsletter)
Shiksha Sopan wishes all the members, volunteers, well wishers and the nation as a whole a very happy year 2013. December 2012 was indeed a cold month and Kanpur experienced severe fog. The attendance at the evening centers were low but all centers were functioning. The cells were active in coordinating the activities. The preparations for Annual function in January 2013 were started at some centers but were discontinued following the news of demise of Damini in Singapore.
Please click on the link to read the entire newsletter for January 2013.
Below is the contribution receipt for the month of December 2012. We had begun this contribution when we were all students at the Mississippi State University. Even though the affiliations has changed now, we chose to let the contribution be titled as 'Mississippi State University'.
This was again made possible by joint contributions from Dr. Nimisha Srivastava, Dr. Saurabh Dayal and Amrendra Narayan
This is the receipt of contribution made during the month of October 2012. There is a delay in the posting of the receipts because due to unavoidable circumstances at the local level, the receipts could not be generated promptly.
This contribution was again affected by Dr. Nimisha Srivastava, Dr. Saurabh Dayal and Amrendra Narayan.
As an organization which began its working amongst the rural population of Kanpur, Shiksha sopan has been sensitive towards the social and cultural growth of the children, making sure they are well knit in the society they grow in while also providing leadership and direction to its growth.
Mediated by Shiksha sopan, IIT Kanpur dramatics society students put up a Nukkad Natak at several places in Barasirohi on superstition.The nukkad-natak was very well received by the rural population.
This month, the executive committee of Sopan met to discuss further systematization of its working. Also Dr V N Kulkarni Merit Scholarship Committee finalized the schedule of 2013 Examination this month.
Please click on the following link to read the full December 2012 newsletter . Feedback and comments would be appreciated.
Shiksha Sopan has always been organizing a program on October 2nd. This year for the first time, four major programmes ran parallel on 2nd
October and were completed successfully. It shows the commitment and coherence in the motivation and intentions of Sopan volunteers.
The four units namely Sopan ASK (Anupacharik Shikshan Kendra), evening-centers, the committee for Dr. V.N.Kulkarni Merit scholarship and the Higher Education Cell organized the four parallel programmes. Sopan science cell also organized a very nice talk on history of clocks.
Please click on the following link to read the full November 2012 newsletter . Feedback and comments would be appreciated.
The month of September registered an increased attendance in all study-centers. The major programmes this month were an environmental quiz “ek Sparsh Prakriti Ka” to complement the event "ek Sparsh Dharti Ka" organized last month.
We had a night sky introduction for the children through mobile planetarium. A health camp with focus on eyes was also organized. Sopan ASK celebrated Teachers’ day. During this event on children were given new school dresses. This month also saw some organizational structuring in order to run our programmes more effectively.
Please click on the following link to read the full October 2012 newsletter . Feedback and comments would be appreciated.
Attached is the receipt of contribution made from April to July 2012.
This was affected jointly by Dr. Saurabh Dayal, Dr. Nimisha Srivastava and Amrendra Narayan.
I wish to state the logo statement of Shiksha Sopan here for myself. (translation) Instead of blaming darkness, lets together light a lamp.
Its very difficult to get over the sense of lack we are often plagued by. Lets ask ourselves, can we fill our stomach to our satisfaction ? If yes, then our circumstances are getting ready for starting to contribute towards social welfare. Just because I can't eat my favorite ice-cream, or can't watch the movie just released, or can't visit a place I wanted to, we stay convinced that 'I don't have enough'. But shall I be able to eat the ice-cream in front of someone who has not had a single meal since morning ? Shall I be able to watch a movie if I know a single person, who very often, walks back home at the end of work-day in fear of how he will face his children without food today also ?
This is no movie situation. Every 30 minutes, another farmer in India commits suicide. I recall how the wife of a daily-laborer used to tell story to her children that a witch caught their father while he was coming back from work and snatched the food he was bringing for us. The mother believed that the story had the merit that the children while accepting that they won't have enough food tonight still did not lose hope for the next night's meal. And she can repeat the story any number of times for any other evening her husband couldn't earn enough for that day's meal. The mother who was rather young, still older than me at the time of the conversation shared with me how one day her little girl came back later asking Papa to take her with him on work. She said that she would request the witch to not snatch their food because she gets very hungry in the night. The child, unlike others, who gets to know witches and ghosts through stories had the courage to face the witch and the hope to convince that the hunger situation of herself and her siblings would change the heart of the witch to not snatch food from her father anymore. Little did she know, that witches apart, her hunger does not make much difference to fellow humans. The mother' body and expression was still, while she shared all this to me. Probably sharing this story was much less difficult than hearing her daughter talk about trying to convince the witch.
For most of us, people of this kind are mere news and statistics that we read, we continue to stay oblivious, probably feeling a little concerned as we read and then getting busy in fulfilling our preferences.
There are needs and then there are preferences, if we have enough to take care of our preferences, we have enough to contribute a little towards the needs of fellow humans.
The month of July kept the Sopan volunteers busy preparing for the upcoming academic year since we set the goals and planned our activities for the year. Four French students visited along with one student from Ohio University, and participated in Sopan activities during this period.
A section of Sopan students spent some time making Rakhi, along with making Science Kit for rural schools.
Please click on the following link to read the full August 2012 newsletter . Feedback and comments would be appreciated.
Sopan Vidyalya were closed because of Summer vacation during this month. The summer camp of Pratibha Poshan Yojna culminated this month. We also published the results for the Gahan Adhyayan Kendra. We also represented Shiksha Sopan at the Senior Resource Meet of HBCSE Mumbai which among other things prepares the Indian team for International Science Olympiads.
The Summer Camp of Pratibha Poshan Yojna for senior children was the focus of activities during the month of May. The National Workshop of Physics Teachers hosted at IIT kanpur also saw involvement from Sopan volunteers.
Please click the link below to read the full newsletter for June 2012. Your comments and feedback would be appreciated.