Sunday, June 14, 2015

Success story of Manu

We are very happy to share this success story.   Manu of Vivek group who successfully underwent training at CIPET, Mysore was selected in the campus interview.  He will be joining an Extruder company at Bengaluru shortly.   Total emoluments include  `11,000/-  + Free food and accommodation.  After 3 months he will be eligible for PF and ESI benefits.    Here is Manu’’s  brief profile:

Manu belongs to an economically backward, rural family.  His parents are illiterates.  He belongs to a farming community. (ST)  Due to inherent disinterest in studies, lack of proper guidance and due to rote methods followed in the mainstream schools,  he dropped out of the Government school after completing 1st standard and started helping his parents.   In 2007, at an age of 13 years he joined Kaliyuva Mane – an alternative school for opportunity deprived children, to find his future.  There was no hope of schooling for him elsewhere.  Only thing he knew was to write his name in Kannada.  He has a simple name too!  In 2012, he passed 10th standard examination with flying colours. 

He joined laboratory technician’s course.   Though he was good at work practically and  the  hospital team appreciated his dedication and work,  he found it too difficult to complete two theory papers.   He joined Central  Institute of Plastic Technology and underwent training.  Now at an age of 21,  he is a self-reliant citizen of India.  This is the aim and dream of Kaliyuva Mane – to transform rural opportunity deprived children into self-reliant citizen of India.  

Manu is a soft spoken person with steely determination.  His hobbies include marathon running and playing cricket.  He has learnt cooking.  He takes care of cows too!   With his amicable personality, we are confident that he will do well in any activity.  We wish him a bright future!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Transformation – Children’s court

For learning an uncluttered mind is necessary.  Love & Care are essential ingredients for an uncluttered mind.   Little freedom to explore things, freedom to fail and learn - are very necessary for the overall development of a child.   But uncontrolled freedom may be detrimental to the growth of a child.  Such a child may become an anti-social element later.  According to psychologists, Love and Control are both necessary for the healthy growth of a child.  
Keeping these factors in mind, ‘Parivarthane’ [Transformation]  a kids'  court was conceived.

Special features of Kids’ Court :

1.         This special place has been constructed by children and volunteers of Kaliyuva Mane.  This may not look beautiful, but it is the product of enthusiasm and hard labour.  So it is priceless.
2.         Children do quarrel.  It is natural.  Their disputes will be settled in this mock court.  A water proof petition box made from eco-chip board has been placed in the court.  Those who seek justice can drop the petition in this box.  For the time being, teachers play the role of the judge.  Gradually children will be trained to take this role. Judge will hear views of both the parties, collect relevant information from the witnesses and deliver the verdict.  Following transformation modes are ( punishments ) are planned:
(i)         The guilty has to pay a fine in the form of a ‘fine cheque’ to the Kids Bank which is functioning since 6 years.
(ii)        The child has to take part in any physical work of the school based on its age and physical stamina for not more than two hours per day. [gardening, cleaning, cutting vegetables, etc.]
(iii)       The guilty child will be made to sit alone in the court contemplating, skipping game sessions.
(3)        Children can file a public interest litigation regarding school rules and regulations

(4)        A confession box is also kept for sensitive children who would like to confess their mistakes and feel light hearted.