Ms. Chitra Nandan
Chitra Nandan is an artist and is a very enthusiastic
and lively person. She has deep interest in paintings. She
is extraordinarily passionate for trees and nature in general.
She has organized a number of exhibitions of her paintings
in different parts of India. Though she is based at Almora,
but she undertakes extensive travel across India.
She was invited to the school for a month long in October
2007. She taught painting, story telling and also the skits
to the students of Achyut Patwardhan School. She promoted
the use of natural colours obtained from varieties of flowers
in all her works with children. The children learnt skills
in painting and drama. Children presented a skit focused
on conservation of natural world.
Very recently, in Feb-2009, Chitra was invited again. This
time she worked with children on creating pictures from
natural materials such as, leaves, flowers, stems, paper,
etc. Children produced beautiful pictures on the theme of
'Nature'. Chitra also began a wall painting on the theme
"We shall overcome
Luther Kind Jr. She could not complete it due to paucity
of time. However children were guided to complete the work.
The children have now completed it.
Dr. Krishnan is medical doctor by
profession. He is an NRI and lives in United States. Apart
from studying the teachings of Krishnamurti, he has passion
for folk dances and songs. He has deep concern for reviving
and rejuvenating the folk art forms. He is also very compassionate
towards rural children. He is supporting rural children
in number of ways. He has donated sweaters to the children
and dress materials for the folk dance that he taught them.
Earlier in Feb 2008, Dr. Krishnan had also visited the
Foundation and taught folk dances to 16 children. The children
enjoyed learning the new art form.
Bureau of Energy Enterprises, Lucknow, had organized a
painting competition for the children on the theme of "Energy
Conservation" in October 2008. The students of Achyut
Patwardhan School belonging to 4th and 5th Standard participated
in the painting competition. The best painting from each
class was sent to Lucknow. The children got the participation
certificate from the Bureau of Energy Enterprises.
Kids Call Campaign
It was an initiative by NAVDANYA (a Delhi based NGO) with
the theme "Save Life on Earth". This was aimed
at collecting messages (audio, video, letters, posters etc.)
from kids from all over the world between the ages of 7
and 21 and presenting them to the world's political leaders
at the G-8 +5 summit. Important objective of this was to
draw media attention to influence policy makers towards
making wise decisions for future generations. The summit
was held in Japan during the month of June-2008.
As a part of this initiative the Students of Achyut Patwardhan
School Participated in a 2-day workshop organized by NAVDANYA
in April 2008. Ms. Shreya facilitated the workshop and requested
the children to write to the Prime Minister of India emphasizing
the importance of protecting the planet for the future generation.
The students wrote 50 letters in their own handwriting and
they were sent to the Prime Minister in May 2008 with a
request to include 'the saving of the planet' as an agenda
in the G8 summmit.
Ms. Kalpana is United States. She expressed her desire
to teach spoken English to the rural children. She stayed
in Rural Centre Campus for about a month in March 2008 along
with her aunt Ms.Chellamma. Ms.Chellamma helped Ms.Kalpana
in translating the lessons into Hindi. The middle school
students who were studying in 7th to 8th standards learnt
a bit of foreign language.
He is middle aged person and was studying Law in US when
he had visited the Foundation in winter 2007. He stayed
in the Rural Centre Campus guest house for more than a month
and he was preparing for his law examination. During his
free time he used to teach Spoken English to the students
of the Rural School. The students studying in higher standards
got the benefit from his classes.
Mr. Siddarth Rajgarhiya
Mr.Siddarth Rajgariya is a student
studying in an engineering college at Bangalore. He is interested
I teaching young children and relive the childhood. While
he was on his vacation during August 2008 in Varanasi, his
home town, he told stories to the 6th standard students
for a brief period. And at the end of this session he took
them to an excursion to Saranath, a Buddhist pilgrimage
cetntre situated close to Varanasi. He also brought mementoes
for them during his next visit.
Ms.Seema Bajaj hails from princely city of Gwalior. All
though she is a banker by profession, her heart is with
young children. She is interested in education, particularly
engaging the rural children in dialogue on varieties of
issues which are close to children's lives. She devoted
her 10 days of holidays with the students discussing on
various subjects of interest.
Ms. Kamini Puri
An educationist from Gwalior, Ms.Kamini Puri, visited the
Rural School in Nov.2008 and interacted with the children,
especially girls, for a fortnight. She held discussions
and had long conversations with teenaged girls. Ms.Kamini
Puri also runs a reputed school at Gwalior. She was kind
enough to spend some time with rural children.
Ms. Pradip Bharadwaj
Mr. Pradip Bharadwaj is from Dehra Dun. Presently he runs
an Institute of Technology in his place. But he is also
interested in working with young children from village communities.
He dedicated 15 days of precious time to teach Science to
the higher classes in the school during Nov-2008.
Mr. Jaspal was invited to work with children during Sept-07.
He hails from a place called Phagwada in Punjab. He works
with the children from slum dwellers. He and his associates
run a school for them and they manage it from their own
resources. Mr. Jaspal is a postgraduate in Punjabi Literature.
During his short stay, the students learnt Punjabi dance
from him. He was so affectionate and loving; the children
couldn't control their emotions and wept at the time of
his departure. He left an indelible mark in the minds of
these young ones.
Student-Teachers from Lakshmi Ashram, Kausani
Lakshmi Ashram school runs on Gandhian Philosophy. Three
student-Teachers, Ms. Nandini, Ms. Pooja, and Ms. Gowri
and a Central school teacher, Ms. Gayatri, visited Rural
Centre in January 2008. They worked with children for about
a fortnight. During their stay, they taught children songs
and shared about how their school was running by the students
and teachers together. There is no master-servant culture
existed in the Ashram school. All the students and teachers
work together in all areas such as cooking, cleaning, washing
etc. These students were given an idea about self reliance.
Quiz and Painting competition- Conservation
Central Water Commission in Uttar Pradesh, organizes various
programmes across U.P. State for the students to create
awareness on water conservation. In the year Dec-2007 students
of 6th, 7th and 8th standard participated in Quiz and Painting
competition organized by Central Water Commission, Varanasi
on "Conservation of Water". 50 participants from
10 and odd schools participated in this competition. The
Achyut Patwardhan School bagged three prizes. Kum. Ankita
Mishra and Kum. Ankita Sahani of 6th and 7thstandard students
got 1st and 3rd prizes in quiz competition. Kum. Sadhana
of 8th standard won a consolation prize for painting.