Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Salute To Our Teachers - Vivekavardhini High School

Balloons, flowers, streamers and a colourful banner with loads of heartfelt messages; the teachers  of Vivekavardhini High School couldn’t have asked for more. The excitement of Teacher’s Day was palpable. This is one day of the year that children get to express their adulation and gratitude for their teachers, and as expected, the students spared no effort in making their teachers feel special and appreciated. The teachers were honoured with flowers and beautiful idols of Lord Ganesh, as a token of their love. They had an elaborate program planned, which included songs dance and speeches. 


Mimicry of the teachers by one of the students had everyone in splits. The act not just showcased the girl’s talent but it also made one realize how impressionable and observant children are of their teachers. Children learn best by observation and teachers carry the huge responsibility of setting a good example. The teachers at VVHS are well aware of this fact, as Mrs. Selvi, a teacher there, very eloquently said, “ It is the responsibility of a teacher to not just provide academic knowledge but to instill good habits in children and mold them so that they grow up to be good human beings.” 

Mrs. Latha, the Head Mistress aspired to be a teacher from her childhood days, and being here is now a dream come true. Though she is very happy to be in this profession,   she does not reflect the same sentiment towards the provisions of the RTE Act. “Promoting students irrespective of whether they are deserving or not, has made children lax and less motivated, posing a huge challenge for teachers.” Parents and students alike seem to have lost any value for education. While people are complaining of lack of good teachers, it is time we think in terms of providing committed teachers like these with systems and provision which will complement their efforts. 

--Meena Shankar

A Thoughtful Thank You- Government School, Rajajinagar 2nd Block

At the 2nd block Government School, Rajajinagar, dances, speeches and mimicry were the order of the day as students entertained their teachers with their innumerable talents. The balloon bursting competition amongst teachers saw Mr. Prakash, set a new local record by bursting a total of 17 balloons in under two minutes. With such speed and precision, he went about decimating his competition earning new found respect from his otherwise already-in-awe students. Bringing to an end the day’s celebrations, students nibbled on their cupcakes as teachers spoke in high praise of the Dream School Foundation and its commitment towards excellence. 

-- Karun Gopinath

To Teachers, With Love-Government School, Jugannahalli

As we entered the premises of the Government School Jugannahalli, students were relishing their mid-day meal of hot rice and piping hot sambar. After a hearty meal, students gathered in a classroom and little Ranjita of Standard Five in true oratorical style spoke of her teachers and their care and commitment in educating them. A mimicry performance followed by a dance, depicting Lord Krishna, was well received by fellow students and teachers who saw another side to their otherwise naughty, yet talented children. 

-- Karun Gopinath

An Educated Insight- Government School ,Prakash Nagara

At the Government School, Prakash Nagara, a number of Kannada speeches, anthems and songs constituted the entertainment segment. Mimicry, and a 'Burst the Balloon' competition for the teachers, saw enthused kids cheer on. The sporting teachers were most willing to put on a show that gave much joy to their biggest fans. Teachers Ms. Gangamamma and Savitha, reiterated that it was their duty in building a foundation for these less fortunate children. The teachers strongly believed there was so much scope in value addition that goes beyond just academics- they stressed on a need to enhance computer literacy and use more information technology in the gambit of education. 

-- Karun Gopinath

A Tribute To Our Guiding Light-Government School Kethmarnahalli

As we moved on to the Government School, Kethmaranahalli, a spacious classroom splashed in bright blue was slowly filled to capacity by students in uniforms of a matching indigo.  With charts of animals, vegetables, and a whole lot of other artwork that adorned the walls, students totaling about a hundred waited for their teachers to arrive. In the interim, as Maitreyee (Founding Member of D.S.F), engaged students in conversation, to one question, with firm conviction, a student said that Teacher’s Day is celebrated as this was the day that all teachers were born.  

Head-Mistress, Miss Parimala, and associate teachers, Miss Pankaja and Miss Vishalakshiwere again praised to the skies by students. A small skit imitating their teachers had the audience in splits. In a bid to engage the teachers in a competition, each teacher was asked to blow a balloon which was to be burst only by sitting on it. At the end of two minutes the teacher with the highest count would be the winner. As the event began, with each bursting balloon, the children cheered on and celebrated just as they would during Diwali. Each balloon that burst saw a roar from kids who found it hard to contain their excitement. As the teachers cut a cake in celebration of this day, students sang Happy Birthday at the top of their lungs. A quick correction and in the same tone and rhythm, they sang Happy Teachers Day and sunk their teeth into the cupcakes that were distributed. 

Miss Vishalakshi told us of the complex matters that they deal with on a daily basis at school. Grossly understaffed, teachers find it difficult to handle these many students at a time. Parents who are drunks, drug addicts or imprisoned seem uninterested in the education of their wards, thereby making it harder for the teachers who are expected to don additional responsibility. 

-- Karun Gopinath

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Teacher's Day- A celebration of knowledge

In the shade of the sylvan canopy at the Gymkhana, the IISc Government School was busy in preparation fort his year’s Teachers Day celebrations. In the backdrop of this makeshift venue, there hung a banner with personal messages written by students, for their beloved teachers. Seated right in front, teachers of the IISc Government School were in for a treat of cheerful entertainment.

Dressed in their best and most colourful attire,students made haste to begin with the day’s celebrations. An opening speech in praise of teachers-in English and Kannada was followed by song and more tribute for their guiding lights .As Sowmiya ma’am, music instructor, member of the Dream School Foundation team played accompaniment on the harmonium for a slew of songs, one couldn’t help but notice that the teachers smiled in contentment. Though three different stanzas were sung at the same time of a particular song, nothing could deter the spirit in which celebrations ensued.

With a fitting end to the event, students sang Raghupathi Raghava Raja Ram and Vande Mataram in unison.Enhancing the fun-factor, a lemon and spoon race amongst teachers saw cheering that belittled the support for our Olympic team. As teachers raced towards the finish line, students encouraged their favourite mentors which concluded in a photo-finish moment. A small cake-cutting ceremony and distribution of cupcakes to all students gave us a window of opportunity to speak with a few teachers. Overwhelmed by the children’s enthusiasm, Miss Padmini, Head-Mistress-In-Charge at the IISc Govt.School spoke of the limitless love and affection each student had to offer and that there was no reward as gratifying. 

-- Karun Gopinath