The 12th State Inter-school Star Track Athletic Club meet concluded on Saturday at Sree Kanteerava Stadium. The participation was in large numbers which witnessed many schools from Bangalore and out station schools who took part in the event. Inventure Academy had a good run at the meet. Please find the results below. Sr. Girls Shotput: Armani Vikram - Gold She set a New Meet Record with a throw of 9.01m. Sr. Girls Relay: Rivka Aarons Armani Vikram Anika Desai Tanya Thatha They won the Silver medal with a timing of 57.00 sec. Congratulations Inventurers!
Inventure Academy's Primary School Production: Nurturing Individuality & Teamwork
Nooraine Fazal, Managing Trustee of Inventure Academy, at the 'Our Safety Our Voice' pledge signing[/caption]
Congratulations!"Our Safety Our Voice" was the first of its kind, Intra school event in Bangalore. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to be associated with this event.The commitment of your school to provide a safe childhood is commendable. Involving students and making them a party to this process is a new and important approach.Kudos to you and your team at Inventure for coming up with this unique concept and pulling it off perfectly at such short notice.At Enfold, post such public awareness event, we analyze to assess the likely impact on the target audiences. This helps us maximize the impact of similar programs that will be held in the future. We identify the points of value of the program, the points of inadequacy and redundancy, and more importantly, the points which we feel will cause a shift in attitude and behaviour, with respect to creating personal safety and safe spaces.We will be happy to share our analysis with your team. We would also appreciate if we can receive some feedback on the nature and extent of Enfold's involvement in yesterday's event. We would also like to hear from the students.Your concern for the safety of the under privileged children and your school's support for the project "Laksha Makkalu Suraksha" is touching. What could be better than children of means enabling the empowerment of under privileged children to have a safe child hood!Enfold Team joins me in thanking you, Mallika maam, the teachers and all your staff members,for the cordial hospitality extended to us at the event. We look forward to continuing a meaningful relationship with your school and engaging in the process of creating safe spaces for children.Dr Sangeeta SaksenaFounder, Enfold Proactive Health TrustThank you for inviting us to be part of the event today. It is an enormous privilege & a wonderful experience to be part of such a platform. Many thanks to all of you at Inventure Academy for the lovely hospitality. The Charter student committee did a great job. Team Enfold, as always real nice meeting all of you .... . you guys are doing a awesome job. Susmitha Alva, Children's Movement for Civic Awareness
July 2, 2014, saw Bengaluru City reeling under the shock of a heinous crime – a rape of a six year old girl in the campus of one of the city’s well-known schools. Reports of a swathe of similar incidents have gripped the city in the ensuing months and all schools, as well as their stakeholders, have been called to action to review the safety / security guidelines in place at all schools and to put into effect a policy on sexual harassment, along with instituting a Child Protection Policy reflecting 360 degree representation from all concerned: government, school management, faculty, parents and the police. The media, government officials, the police department, school authorities, educationists and even politicians have weighed-in on every imaginable public forum and stringent safety guidelines have been formulated for schools to comply with. TV news channels are awash with debates on child safety and sexual harassment issues at schools and the city’s newspapers continue to carry story after story on the topic, underscoring the heightened awareness and the need for increased safety for our children. However, ironically, one important segment of the population has been left out of the discussions – the children, themselves. To mark the “World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse, Inventure Academy, a Pre K – 12 school located on Whitefield-Sarjapur Road, in association with Enfold Proactive Health Trust, Children’s Movement for Civic Awareness (CMCA) and Mundkur Law Partners (MLP) held an event titled: “Our Safety, Our Voice – By the Children, for the Children and of the Children.” The event commenced at the Inventure Academy campus at 8:00 a.m., with the children themselves, as the Chief Guests. Over 200 children of varied ages and diverse socio-economic backgrounds (Grades 4 – 12) from government, private aided and unaided English, Kannada and Urdu medium schools, came together to share experiences, create campaigns, slogans and a children’s charter. At the end of the day, opinions on personal safety were eloquently expressed through the mediums of words, music, drama, mime and music. A few of the suggestions made were that parents should be more approachable, open, non-judgmental, that justice to victims must be speedy with a suitable punishment to the perpetrator, a zero tolerance policy should be in effect to curb bullying, teasing and promote gender equality at home and in schools. Some of the specific points mentioned in the children’s charter include:
- Parents and schools must teach kids how to react in problematic situations
- Children should be encouraged to learn self-defense
- Children should not be shamed or judged
- Security in all schools to be improved
- Conduct workshops for child safety regularly for all stakeholders at schools
- A zero tolerance policy must be implemented in all schools for bullying and sexual harassment
- Cyber security measures must be strengthened
- Institute better laws to protect the rights of children
- Provide an accessible helpline for children
- Speedy justice for victims
On the occasion of ‘World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse’, Inventure Academy is hosting a unique event, ‘Our Safety, Our Voice’ - By The Children, For the Children, Of The Children. Bengaluru is awash with policies and guidelines issued by different stakeholders on how schools can be made safe for children. However, students’ views have, largely, not been taken into consideration. What makes this initiative a truly unique one is that the children, probably for the first time, are being given an opportunity to voice their feelings and concerns about this unnerving situation. This event is being organized by Inventure Academy in association with CMCA (Children’s Movement for Civic Awareness) & Enfold Proactive Health Trust.
http://www.schooleducation.kar.nic.in/ for the draft Guidelines, Policy and Checklist. Ms Rao is the co-author of this document. School management, faculty and parents, are welcome to attend the session. RSVP is required. Please confirm your attendance with Jason Basker – Jason@inventureacademy.com - by 18th November - 5:00 pm.
BMUN 2014 We all set out to the Bangalore Model United Nations conference with big expectations and quite a bit of excitement. I waited at the bus stop anxiously, it was my fifth MUN and I was in a particularly difficult committee – the Security Council. The first day was tough for me, I didn’t speak much and the level of competition in my committee was very high. Regardless of the circumstances, I was thoroughly intrigued by the intensity and complexity of debate in the Security Council. Although I didn’t fare too well, I was happy to hear my fellow members of the delegation performed very well. The second day was the game changer, this was when a considerable portion of debating occurred and delegates got to work to form blocs and write up resolutions. I managed to reverse the previous day’s misfortunes and I got off to a good start. Committee session was hectic and frenzied but it was very productive and a truly enjoyable experience. I ended the day on a high as I was satisfied by my progress and effort. [gallery columns="2" ids="4003,4004"] The third and final day was devoted to finishing and passing resolutions, our council managed to pass two resolutions unanimously – the first Security Council in ten years of the BMUN conference to do so. Soon after, we were seated for the awards ceremony waiting for the respective awards to be announced. Much to our joy, the Inventure delegation ended up winning several awards in the conference and we were extremely happy to have accomplished this wonderful task. Personally the fact that I managed to achieve my goal of getting an award was heartening for me. Overall BMUN 2014 was an interesting and enjoyable experience for every delegate and for me it was an invaluable learning experience that I will always remember. - Arincheyan G, 11AS Bangalore Model United Nations conference awards: Siddharth, 12 ISC won Commendable Delegate Aahika, 11 AS won Commendable Delegate Arin, 11AS won Best Position Paper Rhea, 9 IC won Best Position paper.
Artwork by Inventurer, Manasi B. - Grade 5[/caption]