A program was organised at Muthati on 2nd June on backyard farming and sowing seeds, along with the distribution of saplings for the participants/villagers. The program was attended by Mr.Ashwini Ranjan (Founder Trustee, Pratham Mysore), Ms. Shashi Ranjan, Coordinator of Pratham Poshan Abhiyana Ms. Ratna Rajayya, COO Mr. Jagadeesh. The event was also attended by resource persons Mr. Manjunath and Ms. Netravathi from JSS Agricultural University, and elected representatives of the village, Saraswati, Satish and SDMC members and the school Headmaster participated in the program. The interaction also involved talking with the parents about the importance of consuming natural and unadulterated food, and encouraging the children to stay away from food with additives.
An orientation regarding the Students Mentoring Program (SMP) was organised for graduates pursuing their Education at Sharada Vilas College on Saturday, 14th May. While Mr. Jagadeesh (COO, Pratham Mysore) spoke on Model villages and their impact, Ms. Rashmi (Coordinator, SMP) explained to the students the benefits of being mentors, the nature of work and the dashboard which includes the list of topics which can be discussed.
Around 60 students participated in the program, from both the 1st and 2nd year of the course and signed up to become mentors for the program.
The SMP is an initiative by Pratham Mysore to help students in rural areas of Karnataka have access to mentors, who can guide them not only in their homework, but also through general knowledge topics, or issues affecting their environment and the world around them.
A career guidance program was held simultaneously across the four Model Villages on 14th May. The program focussed on providing information to students on course options after the 10th grade and what careers they would lead to. A video was shown to children at the LearningSpaces centres located in these villages, followed by dividing the students into groups and organizing a discussion. The questions posed by the students were collected and answered by resource person present at the centres. Science, Commerce, Arts and other diploma courses were talked about, and the pros and cons of each option were presented to the children.
A training and interaction for SDMC members was held at Sujjalur village on 5th March. This is part of the long term objectives of the Model Village program to enable the community to take over the running of the various initiatives, in a phased manner over three years.
The training was given by Mr. Rachiah and was attended by Mr. Ashwini Ranjan, Founder Trustee of Pratham Mysore, along with Mr. Ashok Rao, Managing Trustee, Mr.Sheshadri, CEO of Pratham Mysore and Mr.Jagadeesh, Head of Programs.
Under the College Outreach Program, a study tour for students from St.Philomena’s college was conducted to two of our Model Villages, at Sujjlur and Hykanuru. The visit included a study of Pratham Mysore’s programs in the school, which include remedial education, Learning Spaces and a visit to the Anganwadis in the village, where additional teachers have been provided.
A cultural program was presented by the students of St.Philomena’s, along with engaging the students in games, quiz and other competitions. They also distributed prizes and gifts to the children.
The visit was followed by an interaction, and options for internships at Pratham Mysore.
Under the Global Grant Project GGGG1990476, English kits and tablets were distributed to the Headmistress and teachers from selected Government schools. These schools are located in Coorg district, which is a also a part of the Global Grant projects. The event was attended by Mr. Ravi Appaji, Past Governor, District 3181 and Sister Anthony, Coordinator, St.Jospeph’s Convent, Madikeri, where the event was held.
The initiative is part of the project’s efforts to support more schools in remedial education in English, along with sustainability of the project.
On March 5th at Mavinahalli, one of the four Model Villages, a LearningSpaces centre was inaugurated. The centre was established to cater to the digital needs of the Government Primary School, and the High School located nearby. The ceremony was attended by Mr. Ashok Rao, Managing Trustee of Pratham Mysore and Mr. Ashwini Ranjan, Founder Trustee. With this, three out of the four Model Villages have been equipped with LearningSpaces, which aims to bridge the gap in digital education in rural villages.
The inauguration was later followed up with an interaction with the villagers, the school authorities and the village panchayat.
A health camp was conducted by Mysore’s AIISH (All India Institute of Speech and Hearing) at Muthati on 4th March, 2022. Close to 20 personnel, which included students and doctors, addressed the needs and concerns of the villagers for two days. Along with children of the school, the parents and elders also availed the benefits of the health camp. The AIISH team conducted tests for hearing and speech impairments and they distributed free hearing aids to those who needed it, along with referring to further consultation and guidance on how to avail them at their campus in Mysore.
More of such camps will be conducted in the remaining three Model villages in the coming months.
To create awareness on cleanliness and hygiene among the community and children, street plays were organised at the Model Villages.
The topics included categorization of waste in wet and dry, recycling, reducing plastic usage and manure from kitchen waste. Multiple plays were organised throughout the day, and the community related to the topics. For the children it not only a chance to express their creative talents, it is also a learning and character building experience, and to mould conversations with their parents on important issues. Another topic was on hygienic practices while eating street food. Children were advised to avoid it in the first place and to choose home cooked meals and delicacies, and to lend a hand to their parents while preparing them.
The College Outreach Program takes the learnings from the projects of Pratham Mysore to the young graduates pursuing higher education in the professional courses in the city. Students are shown how projects such as Model Villages, Student Mentoring Program, Skill courses for women and Learning Spaces address topics such as community development at the grassroots level, access to STEM, women empowerment, and mentoring. The students are also given options to devote their time and resources through volunteering in different programs of Pratham Mysore. These presentations are done free of cost and a certificate is given to the college.
Place : Mysore College of Engineering and Management, Mysore