Prajayatna works with 30 government schools of Bangalore North and 52 Anganwadis of Mysore Road and Yelahanka. Given below is the work that has happened
Kitchen Gardens: Kitchen gardens have been successfully established in 4 schools and work for same is in progress in one school. While crops with longer gestation period such as banana, drumstick, papaya, curry leaves are yet to yield fruits and help in enhancing the nutrition level of children of these school the involvement of children in the process has benefited them a lot in terms of practically understanding many aspects connected to the subject of plants and how they grow, etc which has made their science lessons more understandable and relevant.
Nutrition Meetings: 30 nutrition meetings were conducted at the Anganwadi level for educating the mothers about the nutritional requirements of growing children. The issues that were discussed were the inculcation of hygienic practices in the children and importance of healthy food habits among pregnant and lactating mothers.
Collectives: 7 teachers’ collectives and 2 assistant teachers’ collectives have been organized in the month of December 2017 with the objective to strengthen teachers’ capability in terms of understanding age-appropriate needs of children and grouping them based on their level of capabilities so it becomes easy for them to learn in the classrooms.
Exposure visits: Exposure visits to Mysore University were organized for teachers and supervisors of Yelahanka circle and Mysore road circle from 29th to 30th Dec 2017. 1 supervisor, 41 Anganwadi teachers and 5 Prajayatna team members benefitted from the visit, during which Dr M. Komala (Senior Assistant Professor in Human Development) briefed about the preschool being run by the department, a day’s routine and various teaching approaches/styles to be followed by them. The teachers also visited the preschool where they looked at the setting of the centre and the materials developed by students of human development.
Workshop for teachers: Teachers of 52 centres and mothers belonging to these centres participated in the workshop in which they learned about various issues such as child safety and protection, child trafficking, child sex ratio and child labour and related national statistics of past 6 years. Teachers and parents shared their experiences related to these and discussed how to recognize and tackle the situation for the benefit of children.
Health Check-Ups: General health check-up of children has been done in 54 centres. Health counsellor, health coordinator and doctors from St. Martha’s hospital, Bangalore visited the centres and examined the children aged 3 to 6 yrs. Underweight children and those having other health issues were identified during the check-ups. Supplementary medicines such as vitamin A tablets were distributed.
School Development Management Committee Workshops: 2 SDMC workshops covering 24 schools were conducted during the quarter October to December. The workshops focused on making the members of the committees aware of their roles and responsibilities and on strengthening their capabilities by enhancing their planning, implementing and process-reviewing skills.
Deepavali Camp: A 2 day long Deepavali camp was conducted for children of 4 Anganwadis and included children aged 6 to 12 from the immediate locality. The children were explained how and why the festival is celebrated. The camp had activities such as role plays, painting and making clay diyas by the children.
Christmas Celebration: The camp was conducted for two days 21st and 22nd of December in the hub centre and covered two centres each day. A crib depicted the story of Jesus’ birth, was created in the corner of the hub centre, which was decorated with balloons and colour papers. The story of ‘Birth of Jesus’ was narrated to the children. Through celebration, the children were engaged in activities that helped them learn about Christmas.