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Our Days at Samarthanam Trust- Inventure Speaks Ou...

[caption id="attachment_3956" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Inventure Academy students with with students of Samarthanam Trust  and other members of the Bridge India Foundation Inventure Academy students with with students of Samarthanam Trust and other members of the Bridge India Foundation[/caption] Inventure Academy’s Community Outreach program is committed towards making a difference in the world they live in and are ready to explore any opportunities that arise for sensitizing our students. Bridge India Foundation’s values of sensitizing youth for inclusive growth was in sync with our own core value of ‘Encouraging Sensitivity’. Thus started our relation with them and the Samarthanam Trust which supports the visually impaired, disabled, and underprivileged to keep in pace with the rest of the society by providing quality education, accommodation, nutritious food, vocational training, placement based rehabilitation and achieve personal independence. Senior students of Grades 11 & 12 are engaged in a year-long interaction with students of Samarthanam Trust helped by Mr. Rao, Mr. Ahluwallia and other members of the Bridge India Foundation. They help them understand some of the concepts in their curriculum and talk to them about banking services, railway travel etc. Recently, our Middle & Senior school students, who were not part of the Outbound Trip, had a week long interaction with students of Samarthanam Trust. Some of our students were profoundly moved by their experiences at Samarthanam. Here are a few of the experiences shared by the students of Inventure Academy. [gallery ids="3957,3958,3959,3960,3961,3962,3963,3964,3965,3966,3967,3968"] Going to Samarthanam was a very humbling experience for me. What made it so different is that it was small instances in my trip that impacted me deeply, not the fact that it was a school for disabled children. The children of Samarthanam were so curious, and smart that it was almost easy to slink into their world, to be their peers and their mentors. But, there were moments in my three-day trip that truly humbled me, that revealed to me that there was indeed a world of difference between them and us - and it had nothing to do with being physically, or mentally challenged. For instance, when we handed out small packets of Parle-G biscuits, the children thanked us profusely - some even tried to shake my hand. Or even when we taught them lessons, they listened to us with rapt attention, even enjoying them! The difference lies in the fact that these children are grateful for even the smallest of things - whereas we overlook such things, as being insignificant. And, seeing that really changes you, and how you view even the most mundane parts of your daily routine. Who ever thought that handing out Parle G biscuits could change your outlook on life?  - Namrata Ramesh, Grade 11AS B When I first went there, I found that even though most of the children had disabilities, they still had the strength and energy took keep going and keep learning. They only knew Kannada, and very little English, but they still made their best effort to understand us. They were so happy after we had taught them. It made me think, if they can be happy even with their disabilities, why can't we? We have a lot more than them. They have lost so much already and yet they continue to give all they have. It made me think how blessed we are and that we should never take anything in life for granted and be happy with what have. - Nandika Mishra, Grade 6C I had a great time at the Samarthanam Trust. We taught them meanings of certain words in English. We also taught them Origami and they taught us how to make paper roses. It was really fun helping them to learn and watching them grow as we shared our ‘Joy of learning’ with them. We all left with smiles on our faces and it was really hard leaving them on the last day as we all became very close with all the children. I felt that I had given them something in return for this wonderful experience. It was an exciting, fun and fantastic experience and I can’t wait to go again next time.      - Amisha Deb, Grade 6C                                               I am new to Inventure Academy and an exciting 1st week has passed by at Inventure Academy mainly due to the exciting experience at Samarthanan trust. I have thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this trust and recommend others to do the same. Meeting less privileged students is a worthwhile experience. Even though there was a communication problem we had a few eloquent Kannada speakers which filled the barrier. We played many games with them and also taught them various concepts from the subjects of science, math and English. Seeing them learn and gain knowledge is heartwarming. I do hope I can experience the moments I shared with these children again. They have taught me to be content with life and also to be patient. - Pranay Bhootra, Grade 9 IG A I really enjoyed the experience at the Samarthanan as I got to interact with the children there. We found out about their lives such as their parents occupations on the first day we really enjoyed Chechu’s stamp collection. On the second day we visited the Samarthanam School. Over there Chechu gave us a lecture on leadership and we played a game based on leadership. We played many games on the second day with the children of the Samarthanam trust. On the third and fourth day we taught the students’ subjects like Math and English. We however had difficulties communicating with the children. Luckily some of us could speak Kannada and therefore helped us communicate with them. Over all we all really enjoyed the experience at Samarthanam and on the behalf of all my fellow students; I thank Samarthanam trust and Bridge India foundation for giving this opportunity to help the underprivileged students of the Samarthanam trust. - Hamza Ali, Grade 7B Honestly in the beginning we weren’t expecting this trip to be fun at all, in fact we were about to miss school but we’re glad our parents forced us into going. In those few days we encountered kids who we thought we would teach but instead they taught us a lot. The first day wasn’t too fun as after a certain point we got a little bored playing activities, but during the free times we met lots of kids who were exceedingly adorable, kind and happy. We overheard many people mentioning about how dull the paints were but we really think that the happiness in those kids lit up the school. Those kids taught us that being happy don’t need material, you don’t need to be the richest person, and you just need to feel blessed that there is always someone there for you. - Anchita Aurora and Ishita Gupta, Grade 7A & 7C We went and taught various subjects such as Biology where we taught the students about  the Digestive System, Physics where we taught about electricity and atoms and with the help of one of our classmates all of this was translated in Kannada. It was comical the way we were teaching – we would move our hands up and down trying to explain a concept and they would just nod, though it was obvious they didn’t understand much. In the end, we got things pretty fluid and managed to teach them a fair few concepts. The kids were nice and were encouraged to learn. They are as capable as us but do not have the opportunities to fulfill their potential. Their living conditions are appalling – I gagged when I saw the state of their restrooms - and it amazes me how they are still content and happy, they are always courteous and polite.At the end of the day we distributed Diwali diyas to all of the kids. This put a smile on their faces. We waved our final goodbyes as we boarded the bus. You never know one of these kids might end up being the prime minister of India – such is the potential within them. - Paul Francis, Kunal Anand & Ashwin Nair, Grade 7C & 7B I am actually very happy that I got the fantastic opportunity to go to Samarthanam trust on the 15th, 16th and 17th of October. It was loads of fun and I felt like I came back from Samarthanam trust on Friday being a better person Firstly, I got an insight on how less privileged and differentially abled kids are living and how we should be grateful and mostly happy about all that we have and the great life we have. Secondly it was such a pleasure knowing that we got to put a smile on these children's faces and I can't wait to do it again. Teaching the kids was so much fun and I felt that even though there were a few issues everything went super well and we learnt that the kids are actually very intelligent and smart. We learnt many life skills and this has been a beneficial experience on our part. We were happy to donate resources, books, stationery etc to those kids and cannot wait to go again. I would like to thank everyone who arranged this trip and made it possible. We really enjoyed!!!!! - Divya Viswanath, Grade 6B When I chose not to go to INME camp, I was told that we’d be doing Community Service for a school named Samarthanam. I felt very nervous, but that’s just me. When we reached we were introduced to a teacher and a man named Chechu. He told us we  would be playing games. All of us were happy to oblige. The feeling was mutual amongst the Samarthanam kids. I actually didn’t expect that. I saw that many of the kids over there were different, some were disabled too. Still they were happy to meet and greet us. We played a game based on luck; smiles all around when they weren’t out. And then pass-the-ball-over-the-head-and-underneath-the-legs; that was where they all got extremely excited. All of us were determined to make the passing chain complete, so it was a frantic rush to finish, full of happiness. Then was some group drawing; they were humored by some, and awed at some. When it was all over I thought “Wow, that was fun”. - Siddharth Sharma, Grade 6A On October 16, unlike the previous visit, we planned the activities and arranged for the resources. There is a feeling no one can describe when I saw the brightness in their faces. They were so excited to fold and maneuver with a piece of paper to create a piece of art. After we had some fun with Origami, we decided to do some academics. Here was the twist: We were the teachers! We taught them a few English words related to environment, which was part of their syllabus and even sang a few songs with them. A few of the Inventure girls were nurturing the younger children who were severally disabled, which was nice to see. Overall the trip was very enjoyable. We saw how happy these children are with what they have, we realized how fun yet how tough it is to be a teacher, and at the end of the day, everyone had a smile on their face. - Gokul Balaji, Grade 7C Samarthanam is a home for children with special needs but when I looked at those children I did not see any difference between us. Over there, we created strong bonds of friendship which would last forever. Teaching them was a great experience and opportunity for us to learn. I also loved all the leadership activities which were really helpful. The way we helped the kids, young and old, through their less fortunate lives was great. It brought smiles to all of our faces- the kids from Samarthanam and the kids from Inventure Academy. This was an eye-opening adventure and it was absolutely incredible. - Aditi Raju, Grade 6C

Inventure Academy has given me…

The team at Inventure has recently been working on our new brochure, and we asked a few of our students & teachers to write some personal thoughts about their experiences at Inventure Academy, so that we could include some of their words in the content. One of our students from the Class of 2013 recently stopped by our office, just days before she departed for Grinnell College in the USA, and she sat down and wrote this reflection that we'd like to share with you. Inventure Academy has given me the most intimate and personal high school experience I can imagine.  Growing up I often imagined high school to be a time where I'd be lost in a sea of thousands, fighting to stay on my own two feet, having to figure everything out on my own.  But as soon as I joined Inventure, all those fears were wiped clean.  Inventure never made me feel like just another faceless student.  I have always been known by name; a day wouldn't go by without getting smiled at in the halls. More importantly though, I was recognized for the very specific things that made me an individual.  Inventure has always kept an eye on my passions, the things that make me happy.  And because Inventure made me feel like an important member of its community, I was more than glad to share my passions with them. Whatever it was I wanted to do, Inventure was one step ahead of me - when I took an interest in theatre, a school production was just around the corner; when creative writing caught my eye, word of a poetry competition would emerge.  I'm still not quite sure how they do it, but Inventure has a way of knowing what makes each student tick.  I've seen this school grow for the last 6 years, and Inventure's ability to nurture individuality seems ever-expanding. Radhika Malaviya, Class of 2013

The HMUN 2014 Experience by Anusha Ramji

[caption id="attachment_3846" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Inventure Academy students at HMUN 2014 Inventure Academy students at HMUN 2014[/caption] “It was that time of year again, 15 of our school’s best MUNers were chosen to represent Inventure Academy at Harvard Model United Nations 2014 – one of the most prestigious Model UN’s in the country.  With 4 days of intense debate, delicious food, amazing people from all over the world, and crazy social events – HMUN had it all!  But what was the best part about HMUN, you might ask?  Above all, was the fact that it brought the 15 of us that much closer.  Although we ranged from grades 9 to 12, our mutual love for MUN brought us together. In the end, we did so well because we learned from each other.  Namrata Ramesh and Tejas Rao unsurprisingly won Outstanding Delegates, and a lot of us also came very close.  Experiences like HMUN are incredibly valuable because they teach us to be independent, and most importantly, to stand up for what you believe.  In today’s world, belief is of the utmost importance.”  - Anusha Ramji, Grade 11   

Inventure Academy students featured in Going To Sc...

Inventure Scrappy News 6 Recently two of our Inventure students, Shivjeet, Grade 9 and Driti, Grade 11 were chosen as part of the first round of young journalists to launch Going To School’s “Children’s Scrappy News” series in Karnataka, for a segment called “Meet Hero Entrepreneur”. Going to School is a creative not-for-profit education trust working to reach children in India for 11 years. They create role models for children, stories to inspire children to learn entrepreneurial skills at school, and provide support for under-privileged young people to start businesses that solve local social problems. As an extension to this program, Going to School seeks out student journalists & correspondents, from schools throughout India, to interview entrepreneur heroes & role models for their news series called “Children’s Scrappy News”.  This weekly 7 minute news program airs on YouTube for a global children’s audience. Inventure Scrappy News 4 Our Inventure student correspondents, Shivjeet & Driti learned about social business ideas that solve problems for entire communities, and had the opportunity to spend a whole day with real life young entrepreneurs and learn new skills, as well as take a fast-track training course in journalism. Their work was based in Tumkur, but their news coverage took them on location for 2 days in Gubbi and 2 days in Kunigal.  They and their parent chaperones were taken aback with the professionalism of the shoot, and found the experience quite exciting.  The Go To School team thought they were "an amazing bunch of kids!" Now read about Shivjeet & Driti’s experiences in their own words: My Discovery Of The Real India Life in the cities is so much different from life in the villages. The villagers face so many hardships and many of the things we take for granted, are gifts to them. Over the course of these four days, my eyes have been opened and my attitude towards life has changed. The purpose of the trip was to make documentaries on our rural heroes- Entrepreneurs who have changed life in their villages.  The agenda for the first two days was to go to a small village just on the outskirts of Tumkur. There we met a man who is considered the Water God of the village. Sripal, an engineer, fixes borewells and  brings water to people’s farms, solving their problems during a drought. He doesn’t know English, he doesn’t use computers and yet he is considered a hero by the farmers. The second two days were the real fun days. We got an inside look at the growth of the vegetables we eat for our meals. Bhanuprakash, a man who runs a greenhouse, told us why he creates saplings and about his passion for his job. He says that by giving farmers saplings it reduces the time it takes for them to grow crops from scratch. They are able to get their produce much faster. By the end of this four day period, I learnt how a borewell works, how it is dug and repaired, how to plant seeds and how to manage a greenhouse. More importantly, we got an insight into how hard and strenuous life in the village is. But, that is the villager’s life and that’s how they like it. This is the Real India to me. By Shivjeet Parthasarathy, Grade 9 Inventure Scrappy News 1 My Experience with Scrappy News!! Scrappy News, as the name suggests, was just as scrappy and fun as it could be. It was a wonderful experience for me as I want to pursue journalism. My days with Scrappy News team at Gubbi and Kunigal were filled with cameras, mike, action, fun, retakes, scrappy dances, extra shots, hunger, speaking, crowd and what not. Scrappy News is basically a platform to showcase how a farmer or a person who fixes a borewell can become an entrepreneur, a HERO to his fellow mates and the people in his village or town. It was a program shot in Kannada particularly. We interviewed a man named Sripal who repairs borewells and helped farmers and another man called Banu Prakash, who set up a nursery (green house) to grow plants which needs a certain temperature to promote growth. For example, chillies, egg plant, pumpkins etc. This was an opportunity that helped me understand 3 different kinds of professions: an engineer (Mr.Sripal), a farmer (Mr.Banu Prakash) and a news reporter, that was me (Driti Prasad), Shivjeet and four other students from a school called Parikrma. During the process I learned that there would be small disputes among each other, maybe for roles or stating opinions or for various other things, but what matters is how you work through it to make your video the best - ‘UNITY IN DIVERSITY‘.  It also taught me how it would be to stand there in the hot sun or in the rain, however your setting is, and do your best to finish it in one shot as the more time you take the longer you have to stay out there in the open. For example, in one of the scenes we had to go to a market and interview the vegetable sellers, and as we know markets have many people and too much noise, so we had to finish it as fast as possible so we could leave the place because there were many people standing around us, and the roads were not empty so we had to clear them as they were getting supplies. In the end, I learned to live together, work together, have fun together and give it your BEST!! It was a remarkable experience as there were so many new things to learn and explore. It has made a big difference in my life as it helped me decide my career and helped me understand this field of news reporting thoroughly. Lastly, I would like to thank our Principal, Mallika Ma’am and Nooraine Ma’am for creating  this wonderful opportunity, Lavanya Ma’am for helping me throughout the process, Shivjeet for being my companion from Inventure, my mother for supporting me and coming to the place with me, and lastly the entire crew of SCRAPPY NEWS (director, cameraman, sound check, translators, organizers and the other student reporters). By Driti Prasad, Grade 11

Inventure Academy & Going To School takes edu...

In a recent collaboration between Inventure Academy and the Going To School program, our students had the opportunity to teach entrepreneurship skills to less privileged students at a government school in nearby, Gunjur. With this program, education goes beyond the classroom, and teaches students to be better citizens. Through learning and teaching these entrepreneurial skills, these young people are inspired to see their world differently, and to identify & solve problems. "Be bold! Entrepreneurs solve the biggest problems."  Learn more about this inspiring program in our video.

“I owe every happy memory of my student life...

"There has never been a day when I have dreaded coming to school, even when a test result is to be announced. Inventure really is like a second home to me. Teachers always take the time to listen to our issues and address them. The things I love the most about the school are the atmosphere of happiness, the 5 PE classes a week (even in 12th grade) and the opportunity to experience academics and more. Much more! I remember reading Harry Potter and wishing I could go to a magical school like Hogwarts, and then going to school the next day and realising my dream had already come true! I owe every happy memory of my student life to Inventure Academy!" - Alisha Kalyanpur, Grade 12 A

Inventuring 2014- Senior School

The Senior School students came back to fun and music at Inventuring 2014, yes, but they also spent a few hours each day teaching the children of government schools, vocabulary, language, and numbers in English. Another group of Seniors brought a class full of students into Inventure Academy to produce teaching charts and visual aids together for them to take back and put up in their school. Here are some heartwarming scenes from the interactions that left our kids wiser, more content, and with a feeling of empathy and gratitude.

Inventuring 2014- Middle School

At Inventure Academy we welcome our students to a new academic year with activities, projects, and learning outside the classroom before we begin formal studies. Watch Nooraine Fazal, Managing Trustee and Co-Founder of Inventure Academy, explain what the seed idea is for Inventuring at Inventure Academy. Snippets of the Middle School Inventuring -  this year the theme was reliving the past, where the students discovered textiles, vedic math, toy making, folk dance, street theatre, beat boxing, and Indian sport ! Zeeshan Ali, founder of the Zeeshan Ali Tennis Academy, ZATA@Inventure, and a parent at our school says this is the one week where he doesn't need to coax the kids out of bed to board the bus. Find out why...

Inventuring 2014- Primary School

School at Inventure Academy starts with a week of Inventuring, which includes a week of activities & projects shared between students and teachers to start the new academic year in an informal, open environment where learning is organic. Glimpses of our Inventuring Primary School artists, performers.  Applaud the recycling efforts of our young environmentalists.

Creating the Magic of Inventure- Leadership &...

  At Inventure, we work hard all through the month of May to get us, management & teachers, ready for the new academic year. Training and learning, building a vision for the future of the school and making our students' future ready in keeping with our core values - we focus on our tasks right through the year. Catch a glimpse of the management undergoing leadership training and the CERTAD second batch in an intense training workshop. From no holds barred discussions, SWOT analysis on the running of the school, to aids and tools of learning and teaching...we covered it all over two weeks. In this video, watch the faculty speak of their vision.