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Creating Consumer Awareness in Students: A Review

Consumer Awareness in Students : A Review
Have you ever been overcharged for a product and let it go, because of no knowledge of consumer rights guidelines?  How about a book that introduces you to this topic through storytelling? Interesting isn’t it! Well, the Council for Fair Business Practice (CFBP) has introduced an informative book titled “Jago Grahak Jago”.‘Council for Fair Practices in Business’ is an organization created by tycoons such as Mr. JRD. Tata, Mr. Ashok Birla, Mr. SP Godrej among others.    “Jago Grahak Jago’’ can be translated as 'wake up consumer wake up'. It is an illustrated book on different malpractices committed by shopkeepers through stories and comic-strips.The book begins with a story of how a trusted shopkeeper sells expired medicines especially to a little girl whose mother depended on these medicines for survival. The second story is about misleading information about brands on their product labels. It talks about a person who once realizing the …

A Village of Possibilities

The lanes are dusty,  the homes thatch-roofed. The earth parched, wells filled with slime, as though from the cauldrons of hell.
Welcome to the Zila Parishad's school - the asbestos covered singular brick structure in the village. There are many things to learn from these scrubbed little children in much-worn school uniform. Their teachers' word holds sway. The classroom is spick & span as are the tiny areas leading up to separate buildings. Of course,  they do not have unlimited supply of notebooks to tear & make aeroplanes or chits out of. They lack the steady supply of chocolates, chips and other taste bud entertainers.  Hence no wrappers.
This is the real India, the other India. It is our selfie point, a hashtag to show our generosity to the less fortunate (and a good thing too).
Watching them perform, I saw them as the fortunate. Having been forced to contend with life, they have learnt to appreciate the small joys. They have a mother more interested in them than…

Teachers as Leaders and Learners: Know as you grow

Published by VIVA Education as a Prize Winning Article for Teachers' Day Contest- 2016

A leader is made, not born.  A teacher too. In my career span of twenty years, I feel what I am today is the outcome of my innumerable interactions with some thousand plus students ,colleagues and my mentors. My journey as a teacher started from the grass root level- the kindergarten. Having observed these tiny tots enthusiasm and unconditional love towards their school  and teachers ,  and at times their unwillingness and struggle to drag themselves or being dragged by their parents to school, I learnt my first lesson in leadership. The first and foremost intention in these classes would be to make these kids cheerful at any cost so that they forget why they had been showing reluctance.  Everyday is not the same, but one needs to be resilient, cheerful and find strategies to make learners happy as a result of which the outcome is always positive.  If we are able to touch their hearts, our job …

Be a Leader

Who is a leader? L - loving E- empathetic A- astute D- dynamic E- erudite R- righteous
If you possess all of these, you are a leader. Leaders are not born, they are  self made. Let me share with you the story of a 15 year old leader... she has won the international children's peace prize . At the age of 8 she founded an organisation called Green Hope as she felt that she was born to be an eco warrior. Her sole objective is to mobilise and involve children and youth to create a sustainable and green future around the world. Now, she is a member of the World Future Council.
Another young leader the Nobel peace prize winner says...one pen, one book, one child and one teacher can change the world.
What motivates a leader?  The courage to rise up against wrong...be it destruction of the environment or deprivation of education.  Their actions speak louder than words. They walk the talk. 
Are leaders born or created?
I believe all humans are born with certain traits. Each of us has stren…

Warm Wishes

To My Students With Love
Each one of you is a super star  In your own special way  ‎We love you for who you are  ‎As you make our day!
Scholar, artist, singer,designer, We Know you will create a world of your own And spread love and goodness around With the pure thoughts that your teachers have sown.
Remember, the more you give,the more you get Amidst the humdrums of life Never let your mind forget.
May you all reach the pinnacle of success And create a world like never before Where stories of  honesty and truth, empathy and care Row the boat of life as the oars.
Lamp Lighting Ceremony  Grade X & XII  31st January, 2018
By Kalyani Chaudhuri

Lessons for Life

Lessons for Life Learning is for life.  When I started my career as a preschool teacher in 1991, little did I know that I was stepping into an unfathomable ocean. After 26 years of an enriching career, today, as a Principal, I feel that each day of these years, I have not only learnt from my mentors and colleagues, but also largely from my students.  Numerous incidents have left indelible marks on my teaching career but two students who I have spent time with have taught me lessons for life.
Inclusion policy these days has become a part of most schools’ framework.  Way back in 2002, when I was working as a middle school teacher, I had a student named Venkatesh Potluri in my class. Venkatesh was born with an incurable vision impairment. He went to a special school for sometime but his parents wanted him to be educated in a regular school.  We, as teachers, were clueless as to how we were going to handle the boy in class.  Most of my colleagues had similar apprehensions.  Our Principal to…

Literary Musings - Avyay Nair