November-December 2017

The Naveen School was again quite active with the onset of winter. The results of the half-yearly exams conducted in the previous month were distributed on 21st November. Sandra from Holland volunteered for yoga classes the second time.This helped the teachers to practice simple asanas (yoga exercises) and then later teach to their students themselves. The students and teachers have now begun the preparations for Annual Function which will be happening in spring 2018. The teachers are already preparing skits and dances for the upcoming function.

Meanwhile, we have been preparing and waiting for Santa Claus to come again this year. The students have decorated their classrooms with self- made arts and crafts. Before the winter holidays are starting, we have also started to get the rest of the school benches and tables painted.

We are very grateful for everyone’s support and well-wishes during this year!

The team and all students of Naveen School are wishing everyone a peaceful holiday season and a joyful and successful New Year 2018!

See you next year …


October-November 2017

After the Diwali break, the school opened again on 23rd October 2017. Children
were very joyous to be back and their faces said it all. Normal classes have
resumed. The teachers are correcting the exam papers and preparing the results
which will be declared soon.

The school bid farewell to Rachana Kannojia at the end of October, a beloved
and very devoted teacher who has been associated with this school for 7.5
years. She is moving away from Varanasi to another city because of her
marriage. Rachana’s contribution to the school was vital. She was not only good
in her teachings but was also good to keep discipline and still keep a very loving
relationship with the students. On 31st October, we organized a small get
together for her to say good-bye and everybody wished her good luck for her
new future. We are very grateful that we had her for such a long time with us.
Thank you Rachana, we will miss you!
Naveen school has a new teacher now, Sangeeta who joined on 9th November
2017. Welcome to Naveen School!

On 14th November, India celebrates Children’s day to increase the awareness
towards the rights, care, and education of children. The school organized various
games, dances, and activities. We had Petra from Holland coming over to the
school who brought delicious apples and candies for all the students and
staff. How thrilled the kids were! Petra thoroughly enjoyed being in the school
and got engaged in various activities which children were doing. She was really
touched by the innocence and smiles of these children. She enjoyed every bit of
it and so did the students.

On 15th of November, Sandra, a yoga trainer from Holland took a workshop for
teachers and taught them yoga. She taught them basic steps of yoga and
important asanas (yoga positions). We hope that the teachers now will already
be able to use this initiation to forward these practices to the children. We are
glad that a start for yoga was made in this way thanks to this beautiful volunteer
work.

September-October 2017

The school is bustling with oodles of festive spirit as the children celebrated ‘Navratra’ and
‘Dussera’ two weeks ago and are all geared up for Diwali in the coming week. These festivals
mark one of the important celebrations on the Hindu festive calendar. The school observed
holidays from 28 Sep-1st October. The children usually go out to visit various pandals all over
the city and attend Navratri or Dussehra or Diwali Melas (fairs). At this time the entire city is
draped in various lights and the ambience and the vibe is very lively and enthusiastic. At school, children made Diyas (lamp) for Diwali. They decorated the classrooms and also took few home to decorate on the day of Diwali.

Keeping the festive spirits aside, the half-yearly examinations started from 7th of October.
For small children, the exams concluded on the 12th of October whereas for older kids the
exams concluded on the 17th of October. The children are writing the papers now for which they had started preparations a few weeks ago. At Naveen School, we do our best to not make examinations strenuous for the children and develop healthy competition amongst them. There are many revision classes which take place before the exams so that the students are well prepared for the course.

Break for Diwali is commencing from 18th October to 21st October.

We are extremely sorry for not sending a half-yearly report as promised but will be
sending out one in the coming months. We hope that through our blog you are getting updated with the happenings in Naveen School.

We wish you a very Happy Diwali from our end! Will share Diwali updates in our next post.

Keep reading and smiling :)

August-September 2017

Every year on 5th September, India celebrates Teachers Day. It is celebrated to mark the
contribution made by the teachers to the society. It is the birth anniversary of Doctor
Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, who was a staunch believer of education, scholar, president
of India and a teacher. In Naveen School, the day was celebrated with so much vigor
and enthusiasm. The students were told about the significance of this day in the form of
stories. A small fun activity for students was organized by the school wherein the
students from class nursery to 3rd grade had to draw and paint and 4th -5th-grade
Students had to write about what they want to become when they grow up. Post this
activity, the teachers put on some music and the children danced and enjoyed. Also,
food stalls were put up where teachers made golgappas and jhal mudi (Indian snacks)
and students were seen enjoying those delicious items. The students and teachers
bonded really well and had a great time.

On Eid, an important Muslim festival which took place in the beginning of September,
was observed as a school holiday.

Other than this celebration, regular school activities are taking place. Examination
papers have been made and gone for printing. The teachers are completing the course
for the mid-term examination and also starting with the revisions soon. The
examinations will begin from 7th October. The students are also very excited about the
upcoming festivals Dussera and Navratra.

The extreme humid temperature was taking a toll and we decided to change the fans of
two of our classrooms which were old. We replaced them with new fans which brought
in a lot of respite to the students. Thanks to available funds we could acquire a new
inverter, an electricity producing device for time periods where electricity from the
municipality is not available.

Our organization is looking for an English teacher for our primary classes 1st-5th grade.
Please let us know if you know anyone who could help us. We also welcome
volunteers!
We would also love to know if anyone could teach the students Qi Gong or Knitting.
We would already like to inform you that we are indenting to change the corrugated iron
roof of about 6 classrooms to replace it with a cemented roof. The base of the building
will have to be stabilized as well in this process. We would be very grateful for any
support in this.
We will get back to you with more updates about it.

If you have been following our blogs and would want to know anything particular about
the school or activities happening around there, do write to us on office@widervision.org
It would be great to hear from you!

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July-August 2017

At Naveen School, the festivities have already begun as July and August marks the beginning of celebration and festivals according to the Indian lunar calendar. These months bring in a lot of festivities and joys to the children as well as the adults.

It started with Raksha Bandhan this time, which was on 7th August 2017. Rakshabandhan is a festival of bonding with your siblings. At Naveen School, Raksha Bandhan turned out to be a fun activity where kids were seen making rakhis and posters. They were left to explore making rakhis and all of them turned out to be really good! Apart from the Rakhi making sessions, they were told about the significance of this festival in the form of stories from Hindu mythology. It is important for the children to know why these festivals are celebrated. 

It was then followed by Janmashtami and Independence Day. Janmashtami marks the birth of Lord Krishna. However, there was a school holiday on that day. The students in the school were told the stories about Lord Krishna and later as a fun activity, they made drawings of the stories they heard.

This year India celebrated seventy years of Independence. It is marked as one of the most historical days in India. Every year at Naveen School, we celebrate Independence day by hoisting the national flag, singing our national anthem and telling the children about the fight and struggle which led to this day. We also distribute sweets and snacks amongst children. The preparations begin way early at the school where kids are seen making flags and posters for the celebration on the day. They then decorate their classrooms and school with the things they have made. There is a great amount of enthusiasm, which goes into it, and it is so lovely to see the kids with a huge big smile! 

Special supervision is given to our teachers after the school hours by Vandana where teachers are explained how we want them to approach the children which mean basically in an encouraging and loving manner.

Naveen School is in need of a good teacher who can teach English and Science. We also would love to introduce subjects like Qi Gong or innovative arts&crafts methods. Please help us in spreading this news. If you can be of any help regarding this we are glad to hear from you. Thank you!

We will get back to you with more updates and happenings at the Naveen School next month! Hope you have been enjoying our latest posts from Varanasi!!

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June-July 2017

Hello, Everyone! Welcome back. Naveen Nursery School has reopened after its summer break. The school reopened on the 3rd July whereas the school officially opened a bit earlier on the 28th June.  It is a great delight to once again see the kids in the school with their happy faces.  It is a good sign as it shows that they like to be back in Naveen School and are fresh from the summer break!

In Varanasi, the monsoon knocked on the door right when the summer break ended for the Naveen Nursery School. The rains are such a respite from the scorching and sweltering heat that was there in the past three months. The rains have brought much relief to everyone as the weather is a bit more pleasant now. Especially, the children seem to be enjoying the rains and are doing fun activities like making and playing with paper boats and paper fishes.

Most of our fifth class students, who had to leave our school because their term ended, have now joined other Government Schools as this is mostly a cheaper option for them to be able to continue their studies ahead.

The school has resumed its normal activities and the classes are in full swing now. New admissions have also begun. Enrollment of children especially for the Nursery classes is taking place simultaneously. There is a new teacher in our school. We welcomed Pooja, who joined us this July and teaches the Nursery classes.

We all are looking forward to the start of the school again 

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May – June 2017

As you already know, Naveen School’s summer holidays are taking place at the moment. It is still very hot in Varanasi with temperatures soaring up to 46 degrees on a daily basis. Monsoon has not set in yet, but everyone is looking forward to the release that the rains will bring.

During this long holiday time, many families usually move to their extended family
relatives in the nearby villages. However, the fathers are often staying in the city to
ensure for their family’s living. In the meantime, the mothers are taking their children
to the countryside, where they are spending their time playing in open fields with all
the other children in the village. Few children are also spending time with their grandparents and other family members. The countryside provides fresh air and allows being in a quiet,

noise free environment, which is a very welcome change to the lives of the children.

Living in the countryside exposes them naturally to the work in the fields, working with animals like cows, goats and chicken, basket and pottery making and all other small handworks. Moving from Varanasi to their villages is often the only traveling that these families are undertaking. Our schoolteachers will meet again at the end of June to prepare for the new school session. Meanwhile, all the walls of the building are being white washed and a carpenter is still finishing repairs of old benches.

As a major aim, we are planning to extend the school building by an additional room and to replace the existing temporary roof of the school building by a proper- cemented roof. It is an urgently needed requirement and we are very much hoping to get sufficient funding for it.

Let us get back to you with more school updates when the Naveen School re-opens soon again in July. Stay tuned!

Meanwhile have a nice summer!

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April 2017 – May 2017

It is that time of the year again! The excitement of long holidays amongst children was very evident. There was a different excitement in the air. The gleaming faces and non-stop smiles could not tell more that the vacations were starting from 10th May 2017.

The scorching heat has started to take a toll as the temperature is reaching a sweltering 42 degrees on a daily basis. Everyone is looking forward to relax at home and beat the heat.  They are glad not to have to leave their homes during the hot times of the day for the duration of the summer holidays because the heat becomes unbearable during this time of the year.

Many children have their relatives living in the villages. They often visit the relatives during this summer break. It is a good change for the children, away from the fact paced city life, away from the city ho-hum. They love to spend time amidst nature and enjoy the vacation to the fullest!

The school reopens on 3rd July 2017 for the school children whereas the office is opening for teachers on 28th June 2017.

Wishing you great summer too! 

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March – April 2017

As soon as the annual exams got over, teachers got busy with corrections of exam papers written by the students and prepared the results. The result distribution took place on 31st March and the new session of the school commenced on 3rd April.

The new books and stationery brought happy smiles to the children’s faces. April is a month of transition where the newly admitted children become familiar with their class mates, teachers and the school environment whereas the old students find their place in a new class room with usually a new class teacher. There is a different vibe in the school during this time; little excitement and slight anxiousness in the air. The positivity keeps everyone motivated and start a eventful year ahead.

Teachers are slowly introducing new lessons so that the children can adjust comfortably to the new beginning. Moreover, the scorching heat in Benaras right now has made everyone drenched out and a bit low on energy, therefore the teachers try to get the attention and keep the energy level high of the children through games and other fun activities.

Outside on the school ground, some repair work is taking place – school benches are being fixed and new chairs for the teachers are also being made by our carpenter!

Since in the last year we were not able to have any outing with our staff, our teachers requested Vandana for a small treat. We love to do this for them, because it strengthens their spirit as a team and their love to be a part of our school staff, and also it is a nice recognition towards their hard work as well. So on 23rd March all of the staff went to a South Indian small, but very busy restaurant in the city to have a “Masala Dosa” and “Cold Coffee with Ice-cream”. Everyone enjoyed it a lot, because it is a real highlight in the lives of our teachers who also come from families where they cannot afford such outings. It was also a good-bye celebration for our volunteer, Leon. We are grateful for the service he gave to our school children and us by teaching English!

March 2017

The stage was set, arrangements were made and the audience gathered around for the much awaited function of the year.  The backstage was bustling with the ho-hums to fix and get together everything last minute.  Painted hands and faces, fancy dresses and the gleaming eyes of the participants made the wait even more enthralling. As few people quote it, the idea of waiting for something makes it even more exciting. So was the case on 25th February when Naveen School celebrated its Annual Celebration Day.  This function was much looked forward to as the entire school comes together and works together to put up a grand show! The enthusiasm and excitement of the teacher as well as the students is what makes the annual day a great success. The preparations for the function had begun well in advance and the immense amount of effort was put to organize, develop and construct each and every performance in great detail. Everything was thought about and planned properly.  This year’s theme revolved around environmental cleanliness and celebrating Indian culture.

The performances were very engaging and the students really enjoyed participating as well as viewing them. As soon as the performances began, the crowd cheered and appreciated all the hard work with huge rounds of applause. As the events came to an end, the teacher concluded the function and distributed “ladoos”(indian sweet) amongst the children. Nothing was more joyous than seeing an ear to ear smile on the children’s face as they happily went home enjoying the snack with a lot of learning that the function gave indirectly. 

After the Annual Celebration Day, students and teachers started preparing for the upcoming annual examinations. Revisions were in full swing and the students were actively participating in the revision sessions as it helped prepare for the exams. The exams started from 4th March and concluded on 18th March.  

There was a three days gap because of  the Indian color festival “Holi” on which people throw colors at each other, to enjoy with each other, laugh, dance and have fun.

Hope you enjoyed the glimpses from Naveen School :) :) :)