Sunday, April 22, 2007

DSF Annual Meet ... 14th April

Dream School Foundation celebrates two years... And we about threes years of being together...

Dream School Foundation, our staff and our volunteer-partners met at the School of Ancient Wisdom with purpose and pleasure, as characteristic like every meeting we have had thus far.

Seemed to be quite an effort for some of us to get there on time. We would probably meet at the Ritz Hotel the next time round, since, we all took a really close look at it. Awesome drive though ...
And even more awesome - the destination...


We had Fun !

The first team to play Mine field - a game with 15 mines , 15 rewards, 1 blinded person, 4 in his/her team to guide him, with 4 sounds, with the goal of getting as many rewards as possible in the given time...and with changing rules...and voices or noises :) - sincere but amateurish as expected...set the stage and the strategy for the teams to come.

The second team played well. Fair and familiar ... with the catch-cries that lasted us the day - Kukudu ku and Hur Hur

The third team... the mavericks... with the best strategy for the ill-framed rules... Kudos for winning and commiseration for the lack of trust and team spirit ;)


More fun...

Thiru, Veeresh ... . Thiru ever smiling and ever happy. Veeresh and an interesting delivery of "Mere Samne wali Khidki mein !", with Sabu.. looking out intently for the "Chaand ka tukda" :)

Chetna...with a huge collection of songs and lyrics neatly packed..and randomly accessed in memory...

Akash, Avinash and the kannada songs... Chilli's silence.. Vikram in company ... Vinay's appreciable attempts to find his latent talent... Vishwas's singing with "the feeling" .. Desingh's modest contribution to the smiles and silence more than the music, Sandeep's gold mine... digging out songs from the 90s hindi movies... Anuj's rendition of a nice song or two... Ambika's backstage contribution... My3's nodding approval of our choice of songs .. and my drum beat that was seeking it's song !



We had food...

Good food :)

We had a walk...

After lunch. The place was great to explore...with it's flowers and coloured pyramidal roof tops..



We had and have purpose ...

We split up into interest groups to plan and discuss our programs for the coming year. Some really good thinking has gone into the development of these programs. This is the first step forward.




ASLC and the library program - After School Learning Centres that eventually should transform into community Learning centres will be set up in three of schools in the coming year. The children of our schools visiting the centre will train for spoken English improvement, get equipped with life skills and will be provided with libraries and learning aids to ensure their progress and development. We are actively looking out for trained teachers / trainers who have the passion and the time to creatively deliver and build our content. We would also like to meet volunteer-partners with the commitment to serve as co-ordinators for content and staff management for this program. We hope to achieve our intended empowerment of the children associated with this project, through its content and it's linkage with Head start.



Head Start - Sponsorship, tracking and handholding of children through and after High school. This program aims to provide the motivation and incentive of learning and development to those of our children who do not have a strong support system at home, but have the talent to take a leap and achieve the dream of equal oppurtunity through our networks of information, mentoring and guidance. We seek sponsors and volunteer-partners who would be able mentors for children associated with this program.


Life Skills and Child Rights Program - To facilitate a platform for children to gain life skills. Also make them aware of and learn how to exercise their rights. We need co-ordinators and volunteer-partners who have a good hold on the medium of training, to be trained and spread this program over all our schools in a sustained manner. Speakers with motivational skills and power to influence would be a blessed find as much as this would be a good cause for expression to you.



Please do write to us at info@dsfindia.org, if you have further queries or would like to partner with us for any of these programs.

Thanks to everybody who was present in person and all our friends from dream school who couldn't make it but are in constant support of our cause. Thanks for the wonderful pictures Ambika, Akash, Vikram and to Chilli, Vikram , Avi and Anuj for driving us all the way. We have come back wiser... as with every aging year ...