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Shiksha Sopan August 2012

Shiksha Sopan August 2012

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This document summarizes the activities carried out by the volunteers and students of Shiksha Sopan during the month of July.
This document summarizes the activities carried out by the volunteers and students of Shiksha Sopan during the month of July.

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ShikshaSanskar Swavalamban
Shiksha Sopan
An Initiative of IIT Community for social upliftmentyff
Reg. Office: 391, Nankari, IIT, Kanpur 208016
Newsletter August 2012
The month of July gave a big boost to the enthusiasm of Sopan volunteers asall centers like Evening Centers, GAK “Anaupcharik Shikshan Kendra” gearedup to start their activities after the summer break. Visit of 4 French students, ,for rural schools were some of the activities done in the month of July. AllSopan centers made their goals for this academic year.
“Shiksha Sopan Anaupacharik Shikshan Kendra”(
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With the change in premises, Shiksha Sopan has redesigned its plan to servechildren who otherwise do not go to schools. The education to these childrenhas been made completely free (earlier it was Rs 10 per month) and the coursestructure is now more informal according to the needs of the children. The namehas also been changed to Sopan Anaupacharik Shikshan Kendra. The newpremise is also on Rent but it has morespacious and lighted rooms. It wasinaugurated on 1
July 2012 with a Hawanand Puja of Maa Saraswati, Godess of Vidya.The morning of 1
July brought lot ohappiness for children of Sopan as theyentered their new premise. The interiors werewell decorated by painting done by Sopanvolunteers and students. Inspiring quotes
were written on the walls. Senior Sopanvolunteers, parents and children gave theAhuti in the Hawan praying for the success oShiksha Sopan.Shikhan Kendra classes started on 2
July.It has 75 children in this session. Specialprogrammes are planned to be held on
every Saturday under the banner of “AntarKe Pat Khol” where children will write on theWall Magazine, make envelops fromnewspapers, prepare posters, do painting,sketching, drama etc.
Rakhi Making programme 
IIT K student Pallavi and Sopan VolunteerSushma gave a special programme on21
July where they trained the childrenof class 5-8 in Rakhi Making. Children
hands and made attractive colourfulRakhies with various designs. TheseRakhies were gifted to Senior SopanVolunteers and Guests.
Visit of French Students
Prepared Rakhi
, , ,across a students group in French Engineering College INSA, LYON. Under theirorganization “India Action” they wanted 4 students of the college to visit IITKanpur, and know about its educational structure and also participate in Socialactivities supported by IIT Kanpur. The programme was finalized in consultationwith Dr Khandekar and four UG students from Dept of electrical Engg, MaterialScience and Biology, namely Adrian, Maëlle, Sophie, Clairec , came to IIT Kanpurfor a week Jul 11 16.During their stay at IITK, they visited different centers of Shiksha Sopanincluding Shikshan Kendra, PPYJ center, Science Lab etc. Our volunteer DeepakAgnihotri coordinated all these visits and accompanied them. At AnaupacharicShikshan Kendra, they interacted freely with the children despite completelanguage barrier. Deepak Agnihotri mediated between them. They went to eachclassroom and spent enough time with children. They asked a number of education and social system. Children too asked them questions about climateand lifestyles in France. Lots of photographs were taken. They enjoyed theinteraction so much that they went to the Kendra next day too and playedgames with the children. They taught few words of French and in turn childrentaught them few Hindi words.Meeting PPYJ children was also an experience for the French students. TheyIndia and gives full emotional and material support.At Sopan Science Lab, Ranjit showed them few experiments we have developedfor rural children with trash which they enjoyed. Then all of them were made todo an activity to make a blower with thermocoal glass.
Interaction with Organic Farmers
Shiksha Sopan organized a “Meet with Organic Farmers” in IITK on 22
July. Threefarmers, Mr Ravi Kant Pathak, Mr Prem singh and Mr Kamraj Singh came to sharetheir experiences with organic farming. Rani kant Ji has initiated an ambitiousproject to set up a GURUKUL in a village CHEDA BASAAYAT, about 150 km fromIITK. He has acquired about 50 acres of land and is doing organic farming in about
20 acres.The farmers gave a very good presentationon the serious health hazards being inflictedon humans and loss of quality of soil due tochemicals used in farming. With data collectedscientifically they convinced the audience thatto save the earth, organic farming is a must.They also brought to notice that manyorganizations and groups are making bigbusiness in the name of selling organic food.A total of 35 organic farmers have formed a group call GAON and are selling theirproducts directly to customers doing home delivery. Thus all middle expenses areeliminated. They requested the audience to register with the group by visitingwww.gaon.co.in and use organic food to protect their health and the soil.Mr Ashish Bhateja conducted the meeting. He introduced the work being done byShiksha Sopan and its commitment to the progress of India through empowermentof economically weaker sections. Ravi Kant Ji and other guests appreciated theefforts of Shiksha Sopan and offered collaboration.Mr Ravikant Pathak has organized a 3-day workshop on Organic Farming at his
Jaiprakash Ji attended Organic farming workshop 
Gurukul Ashram on 28-30 July. Shri Jaiparakash Maurya attended the meeting. Inthe workshop, farmers described the ways to do organic farming anddemonstrated the farming being done at the Gurulul.
Evening Centers
The Evening Center of Barasirohi started on 2
July after summer break. Initially
Barasirohi Center 
the numbers were small but after the volunteers led by Pramod Ji made amassive contact programme, the numbers stabilized at about 60. The center runsfor 2 hours of which last 30 minutes are for games. During the first 90 minutes,children are taught according to their class books.
PPYJ children Poonam, Manaviya, Naresh and Ishan have gone to class 11 and, .grades. In class X CBSE Board exam, the CGPA scores were Poonam 8.4,Manaviya 8.2, Naresh 7.2 ans Ishan 7.6. Gopal and Deepika scored 7.5 and 7.2respectively in class 8 exam.The evening center for all these 6 children is resumed under mentorship of MsVinita. IITK 2
year student Jagat is devoting time for the class 11 childrengiving them Physics classes on 2 days and Chemistry classes on 2 days.

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