The Parikrma Humanity Foundation, which has an aggregate enrollment of 1,600 children in its four free-of-charge schools in Bangalore and over the past 12 years has enabled 146 slum children to enter university and placed 52 alumni in well-paid jobs, instituted its annual Health Awards for schools in Bangalore this year. “Over the past 11 years that we have been running our schools, we have learnt that good health is an important prerequisite of children’s achievement in academics, sports and social spheres. Schools need to give it adequate attention,” stated Shukla Bose, founder-CEO of PHF.
The Parikrma Address School Health Awards conferred 12 awards to schools at a well-attended awards ceremony on February 7, 2015 at the Le Méridien Hotel in Bangalore. The awards were given to schools who displayed excellence through an active program for counseling and mental health; an innovative health education curriculum; ‘physical activity for healthy living’ program; encouraging good nutrition and personal hygiene practices; substance abuse, tobacco and alcohol use prevention; innovative child safety program; timely health check-ups; health and sanitation community programs, promoting the health of staff; innovating to deliver in-school health services; and fostering a healthy school environment.
Almost 70 schools participated in the event and had submitted extensive application portfolios, along with pictorial evidence. Shortlisted schools were called for an interview and questioned by a jury of eminent doctors and educationists. Inventure Academy Vice Principal, Ramesh Hariharan and Psychology teacher / Personal Counselor Venmal Elango, represented the school at the interview.
Inventure Academy bagged top honors in the following categories:
* Best School for Innovative Child Safety Program
* Best school for Counseling & Mental Health Program