Saturday, February 15, 2020

EDU-LEADERS USING TECHNOLOGY TO EMPOWER COMMUNITY



Technology literacy is one of the important literacy skills students require to keep pace with the fast-changing world in the 21st century. In the digital age, where technology is taking over the day to day transactions like e-learning, e-hospital, e-banking and accessing important government schemes, it is necessary to be able to use, manage, understand and access technology. Thus, the know-how of technology use is essential for local youths emerging as social change agents in their community.  They learn the use of tech throughout the fellowship training.

SEEKHE SIKHAYEN (LEARN AND TEACH)

The design of i-Saksham fellowship is deeply rooted in the philosophy of "Seekhe-Sikhayen” i.e. learn and teach. In the fellowship journey youths develop as edu-leaders. Edu-leaders are those local youths from the community who are willing to make knowledge and learning a powerful medium to enable and empower himself/herself and others in the community. The fellowship training works on the personal transformation of fellows through building their content knowledge, communication skills, coaching skills, and creative skills to ensure they deliver quality education to underserved children. To be able to fulfill the purpose, i-Saksham uses innovative pedagogy methods, including digital technology. Edu-leaders are given a mobile phone as a supporting tool for their learning as well as children. Edu-leaders learn (Seekhe) the use of mobile which includes building an understanding of learning apps, use of online resources for self-learning, operating dashboard for effective centre management.  Edu-leaders teach (Sikhayen)  children with the support of the apps and video content, as we strongly believe what Bill Gates once said “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important."  We strongly have faith in the capabilities of our edu-leaders and the mobile phone acts as a supporting tool in the development of our edu-leaders and children.

Edu-leaders learning use of tablet in their fellowship training

THREE E’S OF USING TECHNOLOGY IN CLASSROOM: EXCITEMENT, ENGAGEMENT AND ENRICHING LEARNING EXPERIENCE

EXCITEMENT

Across the community learning centres and schools, edu-leaders are using technology in their classroom.  They use mobile phone for teaching. It provides a platform for children to explore the use of mobile by themselves, it gives them a sense of self-learning and allows learning at their own pace thereby keeping them interested and excited in activities. "Children have shown excitement when they play games and use learning apps," says an edu-leader Rohit from Sonay. Learning apps like Bolo app, Hello English, Duolingo, Word Swipe and Math Duel are useful in getting students excited and motivating them to learn. "I divide children into groups and turn by turn they learn using the app. Students wait for their turn. I have seen them enjoying doing this exercise. I also feel supported as when I'm teaching one group, I can pay attention to them effectively as the other group is learning by themselves using learning app" says Kajal an edu-leader from Adampur, Munger. Thus, the use of tech serves two-fold purpose bringing excitement as well as strengthening the teaching process.

Children doing a group activity 

ENGAGEMENT

सर फ़ोन में दिखायेंगे हमको ? गूगल में खोलके देख लेते है  says a curious student at Paramjeet’s Learning Centre excitedly to look meaning of a word. An important aspect of teaching is to keep learners involved. Learning happens when the learner actively participates, inquires, asks questions and is deeply engaged. Paramjeet is an edu-leader from Kolua. He shares his positive experience using tech in his classroom “when children know they will learn watching videos, they reach early at the centre because they are fond of using mobile. I have observed that they learn quickly to sing rhyme with the help of action while watching the video. When I use learning app like Math duel or other apps in which they sit in small groups and compete against each other, I'm surprised to see irrespective of whoever wins the game, all of them gets happy, laugh on scores and enjoy learning together" this is an example of how tech-based learning opportunities offer a space to build other skillsets like cooperation, using emotional intelligence, communication needed to thrive in the world. This also strengthens the teaching process for Paramjeet, as when children ask general questions or meaning of a word he quickly uses online resources and responds.
"The drive to show the world how children are learning at my centre I created a YouTube channel village kids learning centre” says Paramjeet, who actively runs his own youTube channel putting videos of his innovative teaching and activity-based learning.  When children go back home they search for the channel and show it to their parents. They feel extremely joyful to watch themselves on youTube.“वाह !हम मोबाइल में आ रहे है |”- says a student, who is amused to watch himself on screen. Children feel motivated to learn and actively participate in the classroom session. Like Paramjeet, there are 90 + other local youths (edu-leaders of the community)who are empowering their community.


Children watching Meena video 

ENRICHING TEACHING AND LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Children always acknowledge novelty in classroom learning and Pravin, an edu-leader from Lakhanpur shares "with use of the internet I'm able to do something new in the classroom. Earlier I used to share syllabus based knowledge and now I'm able to share more about the world and surroundings. I use ePathshala to teach and children are always eager to learn something new”. Pravin uses digital content frequently to teach concepts of English, Hindi, Maths and prepare lesson plans.
These voices of the community exhibit the effectiveness of tech-based learning. Edu-leaders enriching the educational experience of underserved children face many challenges, some of them are - students' lack of interest in learning, multi-grade – multi-level students in classroom and classroom management. To address these challenges they have found the use of mobile to be useful. With different groups of different levels, one group learns using an app while another group engages in an activity with edu-leader. Edu-leader feels that playing video saves a lot of time as children watch and they explain topics along with it. Furthermore, there is a wealth of information out there, this helps in generating ideas for taking a session on particular themes. Recently on the occasion of Republic Day, edu-leaders used mobile to show videos, conducted art and craft sessions, children prepared national songs and celebrated the day.


Children playing Math duel

COACHING FROM A DISTANCE: MENTORING AND FACILITATING LEARNING FOR EDU-LEADERS VIRTUALLY

Our edu-leaders come from different rural areas. Today they are addressing educational challenges because in their school life they have faced challenges due to lack of opportunity to access quality education. Most of our edu-leaders’ dream is to learn English speaking, perfect reading, and writing skills, secure a job and become a teacher. Their dream is our dream. In the digital era, mobile phones make it possible to connect. They come for training once a week and on other days we coach them virtually, we run a learning group on WhatsApp. Edu-leaders are divided into a different group and each group has one team member. Team member facilitates English learning sessions, practice exercises are given and additionally general awareness information is shared with them to add value in their learning and support them to achieve their dreams.

TECH SE SAKSHAM- STORY OF A 19-YEAR-OLD EDU-LEADER EARNING 16000 EVERY MONTH !

Priya is a 19-year-old edu-leader and currently in her second year of graduation. As part of the i-Saksham fellowship, she has been facilitating a session at Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, Jamui. She also runs her learning centre in Bithalpur. Priya’s interest lies in doing art and craftwork. Her interest motivated her to look up YouTube videos and paint, draw and do craftwork in other forms. One will find her making the best use of waste materials, she made a pen stand using old newspaper. Her fondness for art and craft is now helping her earn. An online agent of the "VMate” app connected with her and asked if she is interested in making craft videos. Priya felt it was a good opportunity and started making videos. Priya spends almost one and a half hours every day to make videos, every week she receives Rs. 4000 and she earns Rs.16000 per month. “It requires a lot of patience to make these videos, I make 10-20 videos every week but I enjoy making these. I feel empowered” says Priya.
Many other edu-leaders are using online resources to prepare for general competition, learn English, look for job opportunities and as well as teaching more effectively.

We at i-Saksham, strongly believe that everyone is capable to fulfill their dreams provided resources and platforms are given to bridge the gap. Effective use of technology is one of the way to strengthen the learning and teaching process.



Thursday, February 6, 2020

गणित की क्लास


  वो गणित के पहाड़े, सर के इशारे;
  वो सर की मार, होती सबको इंकार|
  वो पहली ही घंटी, लगती बड़ी गंदी;
  वो गणित के पहाड़े, सर के इशारे||
                     
                  वो सवाल का बन जाना, बच्चों का खुश हो जाना;
                                 वो 90+ अंक का आना, खुशी से उछल-कूद करना|
                                 वो फेल अगर हो जाना, एकदम मायूस हो जाना;
                                 वो सवाल का बन जाना, बच्चों का खुश हो जाना||
  
  वो sine का cos होना, तेज़ से भुसकोल होना;
  वो calculus की क्लास, लगती बड़ी बकवास|
  वो stats के सवाल, होते पास सारे जवाव;
  वो sine का cos होना, तेज़ से भुसकोल होना||

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

A Young Artist at Work


Ken Robinson in his TED talk on ‘School Kills creativity,’ which is the most watched talk on TED, argues that “Creativity is as important as literacy”. Importance of creativity was selected as one of the four 21st Century Skills along with critical thinking, collaboration and communication. Thus incorporating creativity in classroom can be further used as powerful tool to hone skills like problem solving, critical thinking and decision making required to build children, as citizens of 21st century. Unlike the traditional way of teaching when the teacher directs students to learn through memorization of concepts and children become mere recipient of information, creativity encourages students to think out of the box and express themselves. In classroom, project based learning plays a vital role to encourage learning by creating as it provides children an opportunity to think of themes, use different tools and materials, manage time, learn with each other and design a model.
Creativity is a valuable skill that cannot be taught but developed in conducive learning environment
Abhishek, a young boy learning at Raj Kumar’s Community Learning Centre dived his hands into what most children of his age could not even think of. Abhishek is a keen observer and fond of watching videos demonstrating car manufacturing. He has been observing a working JCB (Joseph Cyril Bamford) in his village for one month and this drived him to try his hands on designing a JCB model.
Abhishek spent three days with full dedication to gather tools like syringes, pipes and cardboard and completed his model. He managed to find these in and around his home all by himself. He used cardboard to make structure, pipe to connect and syringes to change the directions and facilitate working of JCB to lift thing.


 JCB Model
Abhishek’s family and Raj Kumar, his teacher were happy to see his exceptionally talented work and appreciated his efforts. बहुत अच्छा बनाया हैं I अभिषेकं बचपन से ही मेहनती हैं। वह अपनी शिक्षा के प्रति पर्याप्त जिम्मेदार है। says Abhishek’s mother. For him this is just the beginning, “ये तो शुरवात हैं, अभी बहुत कुछ करना हैं |” says a 13 year old boy who aspires to be an Engineer. He is passionate about his own interest as well as dedicated towards his learning. He spends nearly two hours in self-study. He likes to play badminton and dance.
                                          A JCB Machine by young hands 

The process of creating model by one student inspired others to unleash their potential to create 

The JCB model designed by Abhishek inspired other students in class to explore their talents and thoughts. His classmates started designing models and looked up to Raj Kumar to give them project. 
Aditya, who is also Abhishek’s brother studying in class 4th made a small toy car with the help of battery box of Philips bulb and wheels of broken toy. He also designed a water fall using pipe and thermocol.

Anant, studying in class 1st with the help of Abhishek made computer using thermocol. 


Ankit, studying in UKG made Chandrayaan using chart paper and with the support of Raj Kumar.

JCB, Water fall, Cement mixer, Chandrayaan, Computer designed by students at Raj Kumar’s Centre

A great teacher can change everything

Raj Kumar, an edu-leader running his community learning centre at Lagma plays supportive role amongst his students to think out of the box. His strong belief that creativity enhances thinking ability and allows children to explore their imagination inspires him to promote creative activities. He encouraged students to try hands on making Chandrayaan, following ISRO news. Going forward, he plans to give children projects on different themes in every two months and practice project based learning in his classroom. He plans to exhibit these models during Saraswati festival to show hidden talents of his students to their parents and community. His constant motivation led Abhishek to design cement mixer and he is intending to make model of his village for Saraswati festival. Raj Kumar is a young enthusiast and these significant changes are glaring example of his perseverant efforts to strengthen primary education in his community and nurture young minds for better tomorrow.
We, at i-Saksham, carry a dream to improve primary education of underserved children and strongly belief that local youths have power to bring the social change and lead their community. Constant coaching, mentoring, and supportive ecosystem are the keys. 
We thank Anubhuti who volunteered with us for all her contribution in this article. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

LITERACY THROUGH CREATIVITY: The Love for Letters!


Each letter of the alphabet has a story to tell…




T’ tells the story of the Table where the teachers- Sangeeta and Sonam stood up to display on the wall, the poster for Van Mahotsav (Forest Day) for their class children.

‘B’ tells the story of the ‘Bananas and Biscuits’ that Saurabh brought and shared with his hungry friends. 


P’ tells the story of the Paper with which Parvati decorated her Rakhi and tied on her classmate, Pandav’s wrist.



As more stories get unfolded, we will take a look at the different ways in which the Edu-Leaders of i-Saksham have made learning the Letters of the Alphabet fun, creative and thus effective. And the children? They were only left asking for more. Quite like the letters, each Letter Teaching Technique had a different story to tell, unique memories and observations to be revealed..

Chalk Challenge




·      It seemed as if a page from a Language textbook had come alive on the floor! It all started with a chalk. Two forms were designed by the Edu-Leader, one was a word and the other was the matching picture to it. The children had to simply string the letters together to read the word and identify the matching picture! Oh, and they had to fill up within the chalk outline too. With colours? No! With slippers. And the outcome: children ended up without their slippers but with an increased appetite to practice writing their letters and words the same way, the very next day!

    
      An Inter-Connected Chain of Letters



·        i-Saksham Edu-Leader, Sangeeta was enthusiastic about shared learning. Whether it was to learn a new technique as a teacher or whether it was to involve the class in a co-operative group activity, sharing was the key to learn! Sangeeta said, “The children were tracing the letter ‘a’ on each others’ backs. This is a technique that I learnt from my Buddy, Sonam Bharti. It helped those children especially who were having difficulty in writing.”


      Flash The Cards




The i-Saksham Edu-Leaders use Letter Cards in many different ways to engage the children. The cards could be hung up on the wall and their sequences altered so that children develop a more solid foundation of letter and phonic sound comprehension. Several classroom games too have been developed using these Letter Cards. One of them includes randomly picking up a Letter Card, identifying it and singing a rhyme that begins with the letter.


In this picture, Edu Leader Sangeeta is teaching children how to construct words using the letter flashcards






Likewise, i-Saksham Edu-Leader, Rohit’s favourite game with his class children is distributing one Letter Card to each child in the class and then calling out a word, say, चमक. The children with each of the letters stand up in the required order to make up the word. 
After building foundational letter recognition and word building skills, Edu-Leader Rohit focusses on developing reading skills. In this picture, he’s encouraging the children to read aloud.
Matra ki Yatra

The matra (vowels in Hindi) are made with thick chart paper and stuck on the board. Children combine it with letters to distinguish between the sounds. Rohit explained, “When we write the words with the matras on the board with a chalk, they get rubbed off easily and children forget. But when the matras remain stuck on the board, the concept remains fresh in the child’s memory for longer.”



Charisma of Colors

Another creative teaching technique involved blending crafts and colours in making words! The colourful beads that would be used for stringing were used innovatively by the teacher, while the children enjoyed practicing the letter forms and uniquely designed them.



Learn with Tech







Educational apps have also been tapped to enrich the learning experience of the letters of the alphabet. Several App based learning games like ‘Hindi Matra Waale’, ‘Varnmala’, ‘Word Swipe’  etc. have  helped the children in writing the letters, and in hearing and saying the sounds, reading and naming the letters, moving their hands smoothly and even recognizing the colours.


As a result of these diverse creative teaching strategies, the children have started taking a deeper interest in not only writing and reading in class, but also helping their fellow classmates in picking up these skills. As one child listens, the other one helps them recognize and name the sound of the letter. As one child names aloud the letter or the word, another child helps him or her by holding the hand and writing that word or letter in the book. And the question that the teachers get asked the most, “didi, when will we do this activity again? Should we learn this again?”













Sunday, September 29, 2019

जीविका की कहानी उसी की जुबानी - रोहित की कलम से

जीविका की कहानी उसी की जुबानी  


       
नमस्कार दोस्तों ,
                   पिछले  शनिवार को हमलोग जीविका ग्रुप से मिले एक दुसरे को जाने ! बहुत ही अच्छा लगा सबो से मिलकर ! जैसे की हम सब लोग जानते है , की हमारे गाँव या शहर से हमारे परिवार में से कोई न कोई जीविका ग्रुप से  जुड़े हुए  हैं  !
हमलोग भी जीविका केे बारे में कुछ न-कुछ जानते हैं , लेकिन अाज  हमने इसे  विस्तार से जानने के लिए जीविका का ही  एक सदस्य C.M रोशनी जी से कुछ बातचीत किये !  इनसे हुई बातचीत केे कुछ अंश आप लोगों के समक्ष प्रस्तुत कर रहा हूं !

मैं:  नमस्कार मैं रोहित मैं भी सोनाय का ही रहने वाला हूँ , मैं आपको जीविका में  जुड़े बहुत दिनों से देख रहा हूं ! आप इसके C.M  पद पर भी हैं ! मैं आपसे इसके बारे में कुछ  कुछ जानकारी जानना चाहता हूँ  और आपके  अनुभवों को जानना चाहता हूं !

C.M :  जी हाँ जरूर  क्यों नही, हम जहाँ तक इसके बारे में जानते है आपको जरुर बताएँगे !

मैं : पहले मैं यह जानना चाहूंगा की CM का क्या  कार्य है ? पहले अपने बारे में ही थोड़ा बता दीजिये !
CM: पहले मैं भी एक स द  ही  था , जो इस ग्रुप का जो CM था ! उसका कुछ दिनों से तबियत खराब चला रहा था , तो ग्रुप में दिक्कते होनी लगी इसलिए मुझे उनके स्थान पर चुना गया , तब से मै इसी पद पर हूँ ! 10 ग्रुप पर एक CM को चुना जाता है !  मेरा काम है , की हर  week में अलग - अलग समुह में बैठक कराना मैं इन दसो ग्रुप को सही से चलाऊ और भी लोगों को समुह में जोड़ कर कोशिश करूँ ! इसके अलावा कोई ऋण उठा केे देना ! खाता वही का हिसाब करना ऑफिस में इसके लिए meeting में जाना और भी  कुछ जिम्मेदारी का जो हमें करनी होती है !

मैं:    स्वयं  सहायता समूह क्या हैं ?
CM: स्वयं सहायता समूह महिलाओं का ऐसा समूह है जिससे  महिला  राशि का बचत कर खुद की  सहायता व अपने परिवारों का भरण - पोषण करें !  यह पंच सूत्रों से मिलकर बना है !( i) नियमित सप्ताहिक बैठक (ii) नियमित सप्ताहिक बचत (iii ) नियमित ऋण की मांग (iv ) नियमित  ऋण की वापसी ( v) नियमित लेखांकन ...सभी महिलाएं एकजुट होकर सशक्त हो सके , अपने परेशानियों को खुद निपटा सके ! इस समूह का उद्देश्य यही है कि हम सब महिलाएं एकजुट होकर अपना सहायता कर सकें !

मैं: इसमें  पुरुष क्यों नहीं शामिल हो सकते हैं सिर्फ महिला ही क्यों ?
CM:  (हंसते हुए कहती है ) देखिये ऐसे तो  ज्यादातर पुरुष घर में रहते नहीं है !  जो भी घर का देखभाल हिसाब -किताब  करना होता सब महिलाएं ही  करती है ,  और हम महिलाओं में बचत की भावना होती है ! जहां तक होता  हैं हम लोग बचत करने का बहुत कोशिश करते हैं !

मैं :  इस समूह कितने लोग शामिल हो सकते हैं ?
CM :   एक समूह में अधिकतम लोगों की संख्या 15 होती है लेकिन  कम से कम 10 से 12 लोग शामिल जरूर होनी चाहिए !

मैं : आपको समूह बनाने के लिए क्या - क्या करना पड़ता है?
CM: हमें समूह बनाने के लिए अपने गांव के महिलाओं से मिलना पड़ता है और उन्हें इसके बारे में बताना पड़ता है कि इससे हमें  बहुत  फायदा है  ,इससे हम  जुड़कर अपने राशि में बचत कर सकते हैं और भी कई फायदा उठा सकते हैं !

मैं : इस समूह में कौन - कौन से लोग शामिल हो सकते हैं ?
CM: इस समूह में 18 से ऊपर  वर्ष की महिलाएं और 60 वर्ष से नीचे तक की महिलाएं सिर्फ रह सकती है , इसमें गरीब  महिला और  जिसकी आय कम होती है वह शामिल हो सकते है ,  लेकिन आजकल तो सभी लोग इसमें शामिल हो रहे हैं !  जरूरत नहीं कि इसमें सिर्फ पढ़े-लिखे महिला ही शामिल हो सकती है ,  बस इन्हे इनकी कुछ जानकारी होनी चाहिए !

मैं: क्या इसमें आप लोगों की बैठक भी होती है अगर हां तो कब -  कब और कैसे  ?  इस बैठक में क्या-क्या बताया जाता है ?
CM:  जी हां इसमें बैठक होना बहुत ही जरूरी होता है ! क्योंकि इसका अधिकतर प्रक्रिया बैठक के समय ही होता है ! इस समूह का बैठक सप्ताह में एक बार होता है ,  यह C.M के द्वारा कराया जाता है !   सप्ताह के बैठक में ₹10 जमा करना होता है ,  खाता बही और बचत से संबंधित बातचीत भी होती है ! इसका एक और बैठक होती है ,जो महीने में एक बार होती है,  इसे हम V.O Meeting कहते हैं ! इस बैठक में जितने भी ग्रुप होते हैं , सब एक जगह शामिल होते हैं ! जैसे : इस गाँव में total 12 group है , इन बारहों को इस मीटिंग में शामिल होना  अनिवार्य होता ! इस मीटिंग में ऋण के अलावा और भी कई महत्वपूर्ण जानकारियां मिलती है !

मैं :  जहां तक हम सुने आपके अलावा इसमें और भी कई सदस्य शामिल होते हैं ,वो कौन - कौन होते हैं और उनका  कार्य क्या - क्या होता है ?
CM: हां इसमें मेरे अलावा ,  तीन और मुख्य सदस्य होते हैं !  अध्यक्ष कोषाध्यक्ष और सचिव !  अध्यक्ष का काम होता है खाता बही से संबंधित देखभाल करना ,  कोषाध्यक्ष का काम होता है पैसे का देखभाल करना  और सचिव का काम होता है ग्रुप में लोगों को बुलाना और इस पर  सही से कार्य करवाना !

मैं : इसमें आपके बहुत सारे खाता बही भी होते हैं उसमें आपका  क्या क्या कार्य होता है ?
CM: हां  इसमें   पांच पुस्तिकाए  होती हैं , ऋण पुस्तिका, कार्यवाही पुस्तिका ,लेन देन  पुस्तिका ,बचत पुस्तिका, खाता - बही  अन्य ! (इस इस खाता बहि के नाम से आप समझ रहे होंगे कि इसका क्या कार्य होता होगा )

मैं : इसमें खाता खुलवाने का क्या  प्रक्रिया है ? हम कौन कौन सा बैंक में खाता खुलवा सकते हैं ?
CM:  जहां तक मैं जानता हूं , हमारा ग्रुप का खाता बिहार ग्रामीण बैंक में खुला हुआ है ! और भी अन्य बैंको में खाता खुलवा सकते हैं लेकिन इसके बारे में मुझे जानकारी नहीं है !  खाता खुलवाने के लिए सबसे पहले  कम से कम 10 लोगों की जरूरत होती है ,  उनमें से तीन सदस्य को  अध्यक्ष कोषाध्यक्ष और सचिव  को चुना जाता है ,   और सब मिलकर ग्रुप का कोई नाम रखता है जैसे हमारा ग्रुप का नाम है शिव गुरु ग्रुप  खाता खुलवाने के समय इन तीनों सदस्य का फोटो document  और सिग्नेचर लगता है ,  या खाता किसी का पर्सनल खाता नहीं होता ! जब कभी इस से पैसे निकालने की जरूरत होती है तो इन तीनो सदस्यों का जरूरत होता है !

मैं : क्या इस समूह में आप के अध्यक्ष का और भी कोई नियम होते हैं !
CM:  हां इस समूह में  सदस्य और अध्यक्षों के कुछ नियम होते हैं ! सभी को समय पर बैठक बुलाना होता है !  जो ऋण  है उन्हें समय पर वापस करना होता है ! देर होने पर यह लोग ग्रुप मिलकर कुछ फाइन का भी  करते है , जैसे 5रु. या 10 रूपया  उन सदस्यों को देना आता है जो विलंब करते हैं !  अगर इस में से कोई एक लोग ऋण  नहीं पूरा कर पाए तो सभी सदस्यों को मिलकर इसे पूरा करना होता है ,  क्योंकि इस  समूह को हम सब मिलकर के चलाते हैं  न !  इस समय में तो सभी सदस्य नियम बनाते हैं उसे सभी को  मनना होता है ! अगर कोई सदस्य इस ग्रुप को छोड़ना चाहता तो उसने जो भी ऋण लिया उसे  ब्याज के साथ चुकता करना होता है  अथवा अगर वह नहीं लिए हैं   तो उनका जो भी पैसा निकलता है तो उन्हें खाते से निकाल कर दिया जाता है ! फिर  उन्हें आगे मिलने वाले लाभों से वंचित होना पड़ता है !

मैं : अच्छा, अगर हम फायदा पर बात करें तो इससे  जुड़कर आपको क्या लाभ मिल रहा है ?  क्या आप इससे संतुष्ट हैं ?
CM: हाँ , फायदा तो बहुत मिल रहा तभी तो  समूह से जुड़े हुए हैं ! पहले जब कभी  रुपयो की जरूरत होती थी , तो महाजन केे पास से 5 रु. या 10 रु.   सैकडे के हिसाब से ऋण लेना पड़ता था ! जो बहुत ही ज्यादा होता है ,  लेकिन हमे  इससे 1 रु.  ब्याज की दर से ऋण मिल जाता है , और  जैसे से पिछला ऋण चुकाते जाते है और भी ज्यादा ऋण मिलता है साथ ही साथ - RF:  इलाज के लिए अगर पैसा मिलता है ,तो उसका कोई ब्याज देना नही होता और PF के अलावा और भी अन्य लाभ मिलता है !

मैंने : क्या यह प्रगति पर है ? क्या सरकार इसे आगे बढ़ाने केे लिए  सहयोग कर रही है ? future में आप इसे कहाँ तक देखते है !
CM:  हां यह तो बहुत प्रगति पर है , ऐसे  तो यह एक गैर सरकारी संस्था है ! लेकिन महिलाओं का एकजुटता देखकर सरकार भी हम लोगों को बहुत  मदद कर रही है ! अभी हम हर जगह देख रहे हैं कि हर  महिला जीविका से जुड़ी हुई ,  भविष्य में या और भी आगे बढ़ेगा और हम लोग को बहुत मदद मिलेगी इससे !

मैं : क्या I-Sakham के बारे में आप कुछ सुने हैं !
CM: हाँ , मैं तो बराबर देखता हूं कि i- सक्षम के कुछ लोग आपके सेंटर पर आते रहते हैं ! मैं आपके PTM meeting में भी कई बार शामिल हो चूका हूँ ! इसलिए मुझे पता है इसके बारे में !

मैं : क्या आपको पता है , अब i- सक्षम आपके जिविका केे लिए शिक्षा पर कार्य कर रही है कुछ दिन पहले ही जमुई और  खैरा ब्लॉक केे  गांव से  एक- एक ट्यूटर का चुनाव किया गया और उन्हें पटना में एक  सप्ताह तक आवास में रख ट्रेनिंग दिया गया ! अब वे जमुई में रह कर  2 साल तक ट्रेनिंग करेंगे !  और साथ ही साथ वे अपने गांव के  सरकारी विद्यालय में  पढ़ाएंगे ! इसके लिए उन्हें जीविका तरफ से कुछ fee भी मिलेंगे !
CM: ये तो सच -मुच बहुत बड़ा  खुशखबरी है !  मुझे भी इसके बारे में कहा गया था , लेकिन मैं इन बातों को समझ नहीं पाया ! अगली बार जब कहेंगे तो मैं अपनी तरफ से भी एक tutor को देना चाहूंगा !


मैं : क्या इसके बारे में आप अपने तरफ से कुछ msg देना  चाहेंगे , आपके बातों को कुछ और लोग भी पढ़ रहे होंगे  !
 CM: मैं तो इतना ही कहना  चाहूंगा कि आप ही लोग बच्चे का भविष्य है ! जो भी माता है  एवं बहनें हैं  अपने बच्चे को जरुर  स्कूल भेजे ,  और सभी महिलाएं आपस में एकजुट होकर रहें !  जब हम लोग जागरूक होंगे तभी शिक्षा आगे बढ़ेगी !  धन्यवाद !!

मैं : आपका बहुत - बहुत  धन्यवाद रोशनी जी आपने हमें अपना कीमती समय निकालकर इन सब चीजों की जानकारी  बहुत ही अच्छे से दी !

(फिर हम बात - चीत को  समाप्त करते हैं और अपने अपने घर चले जाते हैं )

रोहित  i -Saksham  फ़ेलोशिप बैच दो में है. 

Friday, September 20, 2019

The Sky- Our Dream: By Rohit, i-Saksham batch 2 fellow

THE SKY  ( OUR DREAM ) 


Hello friends ,
Today I was teaching children in class. Suddenly some children came out and started to make fun. I thought that children was  fighting with anyone, when I went out and saw, the children were showing something by pointing at the sky! I clicked a photo of them all. I told the kids this is a rocket. Which goes far into the sky. Then I asked everyone to go to class and started teaching. I also told the children some information related to the sky.

The word the sky is our favorite word from the beginning. We hear many stories about the sky in our childhood. Our grandparents used to tell a lot of stories about it. When we used to sleep at night, we used to dream of the sky. Sometimes I felt like flying in an airplane with my friends. Sometimes he used to see such flies! When dreaming of suddenly falling from the sky, sleep was broken. Used to play stories with friends for a long time, everyone narrated their dreams.

Trying to count stars while we slept on the terrace. It was great to hear the story of the seven brothers of the stars. Grandparents used to say, the day you count the stars you will become a king and whatever you ask for through the breaking stars will be fulfilled. We used to hear a lot about the story of the moon uncle.( chand Mama) At that time, we really considered sun and moon as one human being. When we used to get angry, we were entertained by pointing at the sky. When someone was in trouble, people would sit up and ask for prayers. Whenever we asked, it was said that God is above. They are all watching When thinking about the sky, there was a strange kind of magical feeling. Used to think if we had wings, we would fly like birds. There was a great desire to take a walk in the sky.

As we went forward. We kept learning a lot about it. Till I readers in 5th class. The sky was a mystery to us. When we moved beyond this, there was something else in the book. Chanda Mama was not written anywhere, and no Suraj was some man, and there was mention of the Suraj  does not walk We were surprised to know that our earth is a planet and it is also hanging in the sky! When we read about the planets, we understood those things very closely and went very deep. Now that flying dream did not come in the night, I do not know why he could not even see the dream. Those magical things no longer looked magical. Perhaps we knew the truth of it. We started confusing the things that used to be told to us by the stories of Chand Mama. It was no longer a dream thing with friends, it was directly done to its depth. I learned about the 9 planets which we previously knew only by day. We knew the reason for the rain from the sky. We told some of all this to our family and friends who did not even know about it. All of them also used to be surprised, is this true? He used to feel sorry for some time that, even if we had studied, today we would have had all this information too. But even today, when we look at the sky, it is childish. Looks so cute when colorful rainbows are formed in the sky, when the shining stars twinkle in the night. When clouds create new shapes. When the moon changes its shape. The rising and setting sun when the big and red - appears. The colorful clouds that make the day even more colorful. The dripping rain drops from the sky, which makes the weather even more pleasant. Our relationship with the sky is very strong, every time we keep trying to find new information from it. Scientists keep searching for it in different ways. Sometimes Mars keeps going to the moon sometimes. Many experiments were successful too, a few days ago, Chandrayaan Mission 2 was  unsuccessful. But we still stand with courage, we believe that this mission will definitely succeed next time! Great people who must have discovered the planets, when they looked at the sky, what would they think. If they thought that the sky was confined to the clouds, would we know about these things today? .........
We also want that we do not remain confined to the cloud, try to look beyond the cloud too because the sky is infinite. ......

#written by Rohit Raina

Thursday, September 19, 2019

रिमझिम बरसात - कनक की कलम से

          रिमझिम बरसात -   कनक की कलम से 



आज का मौसम कुछ अनोखा सा महसूस हो रहा है.
झांकी जब खिड़की से बाहर तो ऐसा लगा बचपन खड़ा है.
ये सोचने वाला बात है ना आखिर क्या था खिड़की के बाहर जिसे देख बचपन याद आने लगी.
वो रिमझिम सी बरसात जो पिछले दो घंटों से हो रही थी.
अगर हम होते बच्चे तो अभी पानी में छप - छपा रहे होते,
अगर हम होते बच्चे तो अभी कीचड़ में खेल रहे होते,
अगर हम होते बच्चे तो कागज की कश्ती बना कर बहा रहे होते,
और अगर हम होते बच्चे तो अभी तक माँ से दो - चार चमाटे खा चुके होते.
इतनी बातें खिड़की के पास खड़े होकर सोचती रह गई और ये रिमझिम बरसात कब खत्म हो गई पता भी ना चला.....