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Community Outreach- A beautiful, and special exper...

When our bus pulled up along the jagged, uneven sidewalk of the TC Halli Government school- for our first day of Community Outreach- my mind was swirling with curiosity. What would the children be like? Would they like me? Would it be difficult to communicate with them? I quickly pushed my thoughts away, as I spotted a crowd of giggling kids enthusiastically waving at us- bright, happy smiles spread across their eager faces. I found myself smile as I noticed their genuine eagerness and excitement as they grabbed our hands and pulled us inside- chattering happily. Honestly…I was really surprised and a bit overwhelmed by their friendly and happy attitude. I had never done anything like this before, and I had always wanted to do something to help our community. I was curious to see what this experience had to offer me. I set my bag on the table, and pulled out a colorful picture book, choosing to sit in front of a young girl in fourth grade. She beamed as I opened the book, and I noticed her eyes widening at the sight of the colorful pictures. Her bright eyes were filled with curiosity as I flipped the pages, listening attentively. As I glanced at the gray walls, and dull environment- I knew how she must have been feeling. She lifted her hand and slowly traced the picture as if she couldn’t believe what she was seeing- and it seemed like she had drifted into her own world. But then- as if just remembering that I was there, she glanced at me cautiously. I smiled encouragingly, and she replied with a shy smile. I spent the next hour flipping through the colorful pages, and watching her enthusiastic expressions, as she tried to pronounce each word. We came to a page filled with a bright scene- with various animals scattered around. I spotted a cat, and she peered at it carefully. Recognition flashed in her eyes, and she looked like she was trying to remember its name. I decided to test my Kannada- to test my general knowledge- and to see if remembered anything from all those third language classes. I pointed at the cat. “Biku.” I told her, confidently. She giggled, clamping a hand over her mouth. “No- Bekku.” She corrected, smiling. I blushed, and decided to stick to the English. The time I spent teaching and reading to the children left such a deep impact on me. At the end of the visit, I felt emotionally attached to them, and so moved. I really wanted to do something for them, and I guess the best thing I could do was, teach them English. I was so touched by how sweet and affectionate they were, and I don’t think I’ve ever met a batch of kids so excited to learn something new. I think this is a truly a great step Inventure is taking – extending a hand to the rural community, and encouraging us all to help these kids. Looking at the conditions there, and their simple way of living- you can’t help but admire their strength. You can’t help but feel a sense of determination- a need to help the ones less fortunate than us. I think there’s actually a lot we can learn from them. Community Outreach is a beautiful, and special experience that all of us can learn from, and remember forever. It was like breaking out of the cushioned surroundings we live in, and experiencing the conditions of those less privileged than us- which opened up a new perspective on the life and people around me. More than the feeling of knowing I was doing something to help the society was the sense of pride and happiness I felt after the visit. Making others happy really make you happy. No matter how cliché it sounds- it’s true! We sixth graders really enjoyed the experience, especially because it was an entirely new experience for all of us. Here’s what we have to say: “I feel that the community outreach is a great experience for us to learn about our community and conditions. But what’s more important than just social awareness is the pride and joy after helping less privileged children. It’s been an amazing experience for me and my classmates. The bright smiling face of the children as we left was one of the happiest moments of my life!”
  • Mahika
“I found community outreach an enjoyable experience. We met other kids who spoke a different language and thought in a different way. It was such an amazing experience and the kids were so sweet. We found it a two-way learning session. They taught us some things, and we taught them some things!”
  • Akriti
“I loved the experience as it gave me an opportunity to connect with slightly less privileged children. I enjoyed teaching them as it gave me a chance and a hearty feeling that I was helping and making a difference in my society.”
  • Divya
“I think getting to visit a government school to make kids happy and have fun- and also to interact with them; it’s just so special and touching. I hope we spend all our SUPW periods this way!”      -    Siya By - Mitali (6B)

Math Magic!

Nooraine Fazal, Math Magic at Inventure Academy What do you get when you put 18 Kannada speaking 5th graders from a government school in front of PCs with access to Khan Academy? Magic! These kids had been bussed in from their school in Ramagondanahalli and were seated in Inventure Academy’s Computer lab on a bright sunny morning. We had a bunch of dedicated volunteers, 11th grade students from Inventure Academy and staff ready to help them if they needed help. We had planned the experiment to last an hour. At the end of the hour, we asked each child, should we stop the session and each of them said – “Please, can we have 5 more minutes?” We told them there was a yummy snack waiting for them when the session ended and that didn’t budge them either. These are kids who don’t necessarily get any breakfast when they come in to school and yet they were all glued into learning Math and couldn’t have enough of it. Several wished they knew what was being said in an American accented English, wished they understood what ‘Acorns’ or a ‘Ladybug’ meant but that didn’t deter them from learning. They asked for help, they asked for online hints, they watched videos and they all loved the smiley faces on the screen when they figured out how to solve a problem! They learnt shapes, how to tell time, add and subtract and did lots of word problems in a language they barely followed. And they never gave up. Not one of them threw up their hands in despair, not one of them said I don’t want to continue. Even the children who were weak in math said they would like to do it again because they love math! This experimental pilot was conceived and led by Nooraine Fazal CEO, Inventure Academy, Mallika Sen, Principal,  Inventure Academy & Lavanya Vimla, Teacher & Community Service Lead at Inventure Academy and Sumedha Rao of Whitefield Rising to understand how much of a barrier language was in the learning of math through Khan Academy. Our experiment clearly shows that even  though language was a constraint for some, it did not stop the learning process. In our feedback, each and every one of these children said that they would like to continue this type of self-paced learning and had fun doing so. In order to give these children an opportunity to continue to learn using Khan Academy in their own schools, we need your help – we need techies who can work with us in providing:
  • Affordable Solar powered UPS systems for these schools to ensure that they have uninterrupted power supply and
  • Reliable, affordable Internet connectivity and PCs
  • Setting up networking, security and firewalls for these PCs
Do you want to be part of this Math Magic? Please email Viji Vennelakanti at viji.vennelakanti@gmail.com

A few words from our Co Founder & Managing Tr...

Dear Members of the Inventure Community, When I last wrote to you, in the interest of brevity, I restrained myself from sending you more than a two - three page letter! In hindsight, that was a wise decision, since the numerous ideas that had crystallized from my trip to the U.S. last year, have slowly but surely, begun to take root from the "drawing board‟ into tangible, achievable and highly relevant projects here at Inventure Academy. This is "part two" of the letter I had committed to send you with more on the "Future of Education and Inventure". With so many exciting developments in the future of our partnership in education, I will be sending one more letter following this one, focused on the initiatives, and opportunities for you to participate in them. Please do read, and share in the excitement ahead! In the last letter, I had also written about Inventure's remarkable ten year journey in the field of education, where we now find ourselves placed among the top ten co-ed day schools in the country, two years in a row. There is no time or place for complacency, however. Education is an ever-evolving endeavor and our children are of course, at the core of this dynamic process. India and the world at large, face tremendous challenges and opportunities. It's up to us to build / re-design the present educational system, to make it more effective – both in the here and now as well as for the future. In my previous correspondence, I had shared the story on Gandhi's wisdom through a story (please refer to the first letter, which has also been sent along with this one). David Perkins, Harvard Professor, used to ask, what our "second sandal" is … i.e., what do we need to let go of to do the good we want / need to do in education? I would like you to set aside some time over the next day or two, to think back to your own time at school. Think back and write down what was the most useful thing you learnt at school, in hindsight. Now compare this with what you were tested on in your high school exam (err if you can remember this at all!). Is there a discrepancy that is apparent? Please feel free to share this with us by mail, and what you think your “second sandal” is. As Neil Postman (1995) said in the “End of Education”, “In considering how to conduct the schooling of our young, adults have two problems to solve: one is the engineering problem (method of teaching); the other, a metaphysical one (what learning matters and what is ultimately important?).” The future of Inventure is in the making, even as I write this. These developments, slated to begin from the Academic Year 2015 – 2016, are based on our responses to the following questions: 1. “What is the purpose of life, education and going to school?” Our belief is that we are all born with inherent talents; that we each have our unique dreams, learning preferences, and strengths. Education, therefore, should help each student figure out their passions and maximize their inherent potential. It should enable them to be the best version of themselves that they can be, while contributing to society to make the world a better place. 2. What will the world be like over the period of our students lives? What kind of learning truly matters for the kind of lives that our children will live in the future? What are the trends impacting the future of education? Here are some key ones to consider: - Improved communications and computerization – The new iPhones, reportedly have 25 times more computing power than the whole world had at its disposal in 1995! (source - the Economist). Our world is getting increasingly digitised. Think for example the tremendous impact of Wikileaks on our world, or even the potential impact of MOOCS on both society and education. Google our Prime Minister, Mr. Modi. Notice the summary which appears on the right hand side? My friends at Google tell me it‟s done by algorithms and not by a human being directly. - Globalization - The world is becoming increasingly small, more complex, global in every sense and interdependent. This brings both good ( as in the spread of peoples‟ movements for more democracy, i.e. the Arab Spring in the Middle East, Anti Corruption movement in India, etc) and bad manifestations of progress (where consumption patterns in one country can impact our globe‟s fragile balance and put more pressure on our natural resources including for food and water). And of course, for those of us who live in Bangalore, you know that despite us being the virtual back office to corporations all over the world, our physical infrastructure has crumbled. - Inequity with concentration of power and wealth in fewer hands, thereby increasing the divide between the "haves and have nots". Oxfam recently reported that 1% of the world‟s population accounts for almost 50% of the entire planet's wealth! For all the talk of India‟s demographic dividend, we are projected to have 200 million unemployed youth by 2020, further exacerbating the problem. - Development of the “on-demand economy”- According to a recent article in the Economist, (excerpted): “The future of work, the on-demand economy will inevitably exacerbate the trend towards enforced self-reliance that has been gathering pace since the 1970‟s. Workers who want to progress will have to keep their formal skills up to date, rather than on relying on the firm to train them (or push them up the ladder regardless).” This means accepting more challenging assignments or, if they are locked into a more routine job, taking responsibility for themselves. They will also have to learn how to drum up new business and make decisions between spending and investment. - More research has led to a better understanding of how the human brain has evolved and functions as man has evolved from a hunter-gatherer, agriculturist to a knowledge worker. We will be sharing the details of the initiatives being developed at Inventure in response to these points in my next mail to you. We at Inventure are fascinated by the future yet unknown. It is a future that needs to be shaped by our children. They need a relevant and purposeful education in order for them to fulfill their potential and excel anywhere in the world, and to be fit for life. We invite you join us in that collective quest, so that we may have a meaningful impact on the lives of our children in a new world. Yours faithfully, Nooraine Fazal Co Founder & Managing Trustee

Just Can’t Wait To Be Me Rehearsals

Lights! Camera! Action! And it unfolds, the dancers taking their places, choir trilling a note or two, actors ready to take the stage by storm and artists adding the finishing touches to the props. And cut! The primary block is brimming with excitement in anticipation for their school production - Just Can’t Wait To Be Me. A hilarious tale about a young girl who’s stuffed animals want to join her on her trip and will do whatever it takes. With only 2 days till the big show hits the stage, each and every performer, crew member and teacher is preparing for a dazzling and unforgettable show, where each line is spoken with clarity, each song in tune, each hand movement coordinated with elegant grace and each painting an amalgam of colours. But under all the seriousness is both a feeling of pride and anxiety. And the kids have every right to feel this way. Months of practice have been put in, hidden talents discovered and new friends made. The entire journey has been magical. The kids have worked tirelessly, determination and passion being powerful motivators. “One individual is not the most important thing in something so grand” says Miss Preet Aarons, our Primary School Head. Teamwork is the key to pulling off every show of this production. And this teamwork is one of the key lessons that the children have learnt during their time rehearsing. Hundreds of kids working as one unit however is not always easy. “It was really fun working together with new people, but a lot of the times co-ordination was hard”, commented 5th grade dancers Guhar and Vanshika. Upon being asked about other hardships, Kiara, an artist in the prop making team, told us about the difficulties they had with certain props, but also how in the end, their hard work and immense effort payed off. No one wants to let the whole crew down, so every member is working tirelessly to get everything that needs to be done finished and ready to perfection for the big day. We for one, can’t wait to see the glorious spectacle that awaits us. Hopefully we’ll see you all there to appreciate the amazing work these kids have done. Let’s go Juniors! We know for sure it’ll be a hit. By Prerna, Namrata and Anish, Grade 11AS

Words of Encouragement for ‘Our Safety Our V...

[caption id="attachment_4061" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Nooraine Fazal, Inventure Academy at the Our Safety Our Voice 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 Saksena
Founder, Enfold Proactive Health Trust
Thank 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    

Inventure Academy delegates awarded at BMUN 2014

Inventure Academy delegates at BMUNBMUN 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.

Working towards holistic solutions to keep childre...

The objective of this post is to address our continued concern over incidents of crimes against children at schools, which have been reported in the news. We would like to assure you that we have each and every Inventurer's best interest at heart. Needless to say, the safety of children is our top priority. And given the recent implementation of the "Goonda Act" at our educational institutions, so is ‘educator’s safety’! Our response to these concerns necessitates a delicate and collaborative balancing act.  Parents and schools must work together to give everyone the respect and justice deserved in order to maintain the safety, privacy, and dignity of all the members of our learning community.  Of course, this needs to be the commitment of the government, NGOs, and the media, as well. Please be assured that Inventure has a zero tolerance policy on any form of harassment of our students or faculty and any incident brought to our notice, even verbally, will be addressed by the school management independently and stringent action will be taken.  We follow all relevant laws and our school's strict internal policies most fastidiously.  Inventure has a Complaints Committee established under the POSH Act (Prevention of Sexual Harassment Act 2013-14). Our policy in fact goes beyond POSH and covers everyone, irrespective of gender. We are also working on a child protection policy and will be designating a children's ombudsman assisted by a team that will include student representatives for peer-to-peer support.  Such matters require diplomatic and thoughtful responses, and therefore we must use great caution in igniting discussions with regard to any sensitive issues, on social media or offline. Only holistic solutions - those that are emphasized at school, at home, and outside - will keep our children safe.   We are therefore, committed to working as a community to enforce these solutions in collaboration with all stakeholders, including our parent body. We recently invited a parent to join our POSH committee. We will be in touch with you regarding this and other opportunities to collaborate, when we have finalized the documentation and found appropriate organizations to work with. We are also working with other school and community leaders to create an ecosystem which will ensure children’s protection. Please find below, two news article links: - Deccan Chronicle in which my personal views on safety in schools have been highlighted. http://epaper.deccanchronicle.com/articledetailpage.aspx?id=1299703 - Bangalore Mirror where safety measures we have implemented and are work in progress have been highlighted http://www.bangaloremirror.com/bangalore/others/Schools-that-have-taken-steps-to-ensure-kids-safety/articleshow/44999489.cms? Thank you very much for your continued support and partnership. Best Regards, Nooraine Fazal Managing Trustee / CEO

Student Council at Inventure

“Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity.”  - Reed Markham InventureAcademyInvestitureCeremony2014Our student council is one which is sure of upholding the true meaning of this quote. Now that the council is in full swing and elections have long past, it is evident that the council is learning about leadership. As a senior school student, I usually make it a point not to make role models out of my peers- the closeness in age is quite awkward, but seeing the change in the attitude of many of my friends has made me see that responsibility really does change you. It is awe inspiring to see the amount of patience and ability to control that a council member has. "It’s a crazy responsibility; you have to be the perfect role model.” says Aahika, School Sports Captain. Maybe leadership isn’t for the weak willed, but it clearly earns you respect, and admiration. The enthusiasm with which the student council approaches every event is commendable as well. Whether it may be last period BA meeting or the Inter-school Swimming Competition, the Captains are always supportive of the house members, urging them to participate- even if the students themselves are less than enthusiastic. “Two years on the Student Council as both School Captain and House Captain have impacted my life tremendously. I've learnt how to be more disciplined, focused and organized. The responsibility you are given is enormous, but the reward makes the experience worth it.” says Ex-Captain, Tejas Rao. As a regular citizen in the wide world of the high school political system, it’s impossible not to be tempted by the sunny glow that surrounds captaincy. On the other hand, I laugh as I think of myself trying to control and motivate a room filled with chatty kids and bored friends. Now that we’re really into the school year, let’s see what our Captains have to offer. As students, we should give them time and second chances (if they ever mess up). Because, being a Captain? It’s not that easy. ~ Mahima Srikanth, 11AS-A