The School Weekly - 22nd April 2013

* 8th  April '13  to 14th April '13 three teachers Mr. Bharat Parihar, Mrs. Bharti Rao, Miss Nikita Rajpurohit  visited the Scindia School Gwalior (M.P.). The visit was an opportunity to learn the see techniques in teaching and bring back new ideas to our school. We will be able to improve some of our methods of education delivery and make our school from good  to great.

*On 8th April 2013 The school reopened to start its new session and
95% of the children are attending school already. Admission Tests for new admissions are being conducted.

Importance of English Language
English language is important because it is an international
language. It is good for communicating with those who do not know our local language. It also builds our personality and brightens our
future. It builds our confidence level and help us to face
challenges. It is the ladder of our success and we are  able to
interact freely with anyone. - Students of class nine.

News and features are compiled by Bharati Rao and published every week.

The Alumni Logo

Alumni network

The society for the ex-students and teachers is under registration.Thank you Mr Nimendra Raj Singh for your efforts and we are sure you will lead us to build a great community. As an SMB Member and a volunteer, we value your contributions. 

The Fabindia Ex-Students Society logo is only the green element, simple and can be produced on any medium.

Girls and their right to education

The John Bissell Scholars Fund 
The John Bissell Scholars Fund (JBSF) was established in 2001 in memory of John Bissell, the visionary founder of Fabindia and one of the Fabindia School founders. Its purpose is to support scholarships for female students at The Fabindia School in Bali, Rajasthan. Currently JBSF donors support about 100 girls at an annual cost of US$250 per student. JBSF has also raised money for an endowment to ensure the longevity and continued expansion of the school, with an emphasis on strong female enrollment. Girls comprise 35% of the student body and the current goal is to add US$100,000 to the endowment so that the school can provide financial aid for a larger number of girls. In addition, generous supporters have helped to fund new buildings, a new computer center inaugurated, new science block, basketball courts, restrooms and much more.

Not by inputs alone - Indian Express

April 1 marked the third anniversary of the passage of the Right of Children for Free and Compulsory Education (RTE). There is little argument that the implementation of the RTE in these three years has been less than satisfactory. Deadlines for the enforcement of input norms — infrastructure, pupil-teacher ratios — have come and gone and potentially game-changing provisions, like 25 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections in private schools and forming school management committees, are yet to be implemented effectively. Above all, three years of the RTE has done little to guarantee quality education to India's children. Student learning levels remain disturbingly low and as highlighted by ASER data, have in fact fallen in the last few years. This failure to effectively guarantee a right to education holds important lessons both for implementing rights-based social policy in general and the RTE in particular.

The broad social policy lesson from three years of RTE is that rights legislation, without corresponding investments in administrative capacity, is unlikely to yield results, even when all that is expected of the state is a business-as-usual expansion of the system. The main focus — and the main weakness — of the RTE is its preoccupation with promoting a business-as-usual expansion of school-level inputs: toilets, drinking water, classrooms, hiring and training teachers. To provide these inputs budgets increased, deadlines were set (all state governments were expected to meet RTE infrastructure targets by March 31, 2013) and even the Supreme Court issued orders directing state governments to meet RTE standards. Despite this focus, budgets have not been spent. In 2011-12, reported expenditure on Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) was as low as 61 per cent. And not surprisingly, progress has been slower than expected. No state met the infrastructure requirements in time for the deadline.

Request For Proposals: Video Production

The Fabindia Schools seeks proposals from quality video production teams to film interviews of school students, instructors and administrators, as well as background footage for use in a promotional video. The primary purpose of these video will be to portray the important work that we do--helping  students from low-income backgrounds with affordable quality rural education--to prospective partners and donors. We envision having professionally-made, well-produced content that helps The Fabindia Schools tell its story visually in a compelling way. We want the film crew to be able to capture the essence of The Fabindia Schools effort --including interactions between students and their teachers and mentors. The footage will be captured at several of the school sites at Bali in Rajasthan, to be used in three-to-five minute online video.

Centre  avoiding responsibility on Right to Education: states - Livemint

Centre  avoiding responsibility on Right to Education: states - Livemint

The states accused the Centre of shrugging off responsibility for implementing the Right to Education (RTE) Act. The central government on Tuesday told states they would have to decide whether to shut schools that have failed to achieve the required norms or give them more time to comply. Read more in Livemint.

Making money concepts fun for children

Making money concepts fun for children

Inculcating good money habits in children is often a concern with parents. And, rightly so. “The earlier kids know about money basics, the better it is,” says B. Srinivasan, a Bangalore-based financial planner.
The good news is that you now have an aid to help you teach your children money basics. Pratham Books, a not-for-profit organization, launched a new four-book Rupaiya Paisa Series about a month ago that deal with various topics on financial literacy. The books have been written by Mala Kumar and illustrated by Deepa Balsavar.

Making Learning a Priority

Sandeep Dutt
For Bhadrajun Artisans Trust

My invention made peace with Lions

Lions are afraid from moving lights... a young inventor does it all, we need education that can make our young people think like Richard.

This is another proof that there are unlimited solutions to any given problems. And clearly you don't have to kill in order to stop killing, or make war to prevent war.
He saved many lives, booth domestic and wild, both friends and "enemies". I am so grateful for this real-life story, I will use it to counter the argument that "The ends justify the means".
I hope the world can adopt Richard Turere's way of thinking. Then we will have paradise on earth.

Good Education | Wipro Applying Thought in Schools

Good Education | Wipro Applying Thought in Schools

Wipro Applying Thought In Schools is Wipro’s community initiative to help improve the quality of education in India. This document articulates our understanding of good education.
The ideas here are not new. They are merely a re-presentation of the views of thinkers such as Dewey, Gandhi and Krishnamurthi, of educational scientists such as Piaget and Vygotsky; and of the ideas expressed in Indian documents such as the Kothari commission and the National Curriculum Framework 2005. Further it draws on the vision of an ideal citizen as articulated in the preamble of the Indian constitution.

Government admits failure to meet RTE deadline: what next?

Government admits failure to meet RTE deadline: what next?
Union Minister for Human Resource Development has admitted the failure of the government to meet RTE targets before the deadline March 31, 2013 (read more). Close to 13 states have requested for extensions on the RTE deadline on account of untrained teachers in the system. In order to fulfill the mandate of the RTE Act, the union government has allowed teacher training through distance-education in order to train 600,000 teachers. There are close to 700,00 untrained teacher sin the system today. The teacher training campaign has been one of the least addressed components of the RTE debate! Much of the debate has been surrounded by the issue of reservations in private schools and implementation of Section 12.

Resources and Materials | Wipro Applying Thought in Schools

Resources and Materials | Wipro Applying Thought in Schools
Wipro Applying Thought In Schools 
Building capacity on the ground for education reform
Wipro Applying Thought In Schools is our initiative to help in societal change and development. This initiative is long-term, deliberate and focused. The intent of this initiative is to improve the Quality of education – so that life opportunities and possibilities are expanded for everyone, including the most under privileged.

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