With much apprehension, I dialed into the Zoom meeting and instantly fell in love with the curious faces peeping through the camera and saying “Good Morning Ma’m. It was September 2020, COVID was all around us, and our first computer class for BudsPlus began. Together we learnt the computer parts, touched the laptop and desktopContinue reading “Of Bits and Bytes”
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Looking back, Looking forward
This was a quiet month on most counts. The children have been attending classes regularly and the teachers too have settled into a routine. It is heartening to see the kids make progress, and at the same time heart-breaking to realise how much more could have been achieved if the classes had been offline. OneContinue reading “Looking back, Looking forward”
New Challenges, New Solutions!
August-September is the start of the festive season. It is the time when we have a lot of special events in our school calendar. What would you say if I told you that we did not compromise on the special celebration for even a single one of those events? Be it Independence Day, Ganesh Chaturthi,Continue reading “New Challenges, New Solutions!”
Learning Never Stops!
With a heavy heart, we shut down the school in the second week of March as per the Government directive, with no clue as to when we could open up again. Though the school was physically shut, we never really lost touch with the children at all. We were constantly calling the parents, reassuring them,Continue reading “Learning Never Stops!”
Bonding in the time of COVID
The entire nation is on the defensive in response to the COVID 19 outbreak. We too had to close our center and keep everyone home. It seems particularly hard on our students as Swapaksh is the hub of their social and creative life. They do not have access to the many means of entertainment, informationContinue reading “Bonding in the time of COVID”
New Year, New Beginnings
One of the things we have been eager to implement is a Midday Meal program for the children. With the new year, our efforts have come to fruition and we are very happy to announce that all students at Swapaksh now get a healthy afternoon meal prepared by #AkshayaPatra. Another new development is the startContinue reading “New Year, New Beginnings”
Somehow, Christmas always brings out the best in creativity. This year was no exception. Volunteers, teachers and students all enjoyed creating various Christmas artefacts to the background score of jingling bells and snowmen and reindeer. A time of good cheer and new hopes. Here’s hoping for many more!
Children’s Day 2019
Another occasion to celebrate, another excuse to have fun. A smiling, happy Children’s Day at Swapaksh:
The festivities this Diwali surpassed even our optimistic expectations! Thanks to lavish contributions from a handful of generous sponsors, we were able to procure brand new festive clothes for all eighty children studying with us. As they trickled in one by one, all dressed up, big smiles on their bright faces, the already decked upContinue reading “Diwali 2019”
The Google Doodle Experience
“Don’t just learn. Think!” Our students dread hearing these words. They are all smart, intelligent children quite capable of deep thought. But they have been so conditioned to “do as you are told” that they just want to do that. So, we threw them in the deep end of the pool. We registered four ofContinue reading “The Google Doodle Experience”