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.
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.
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.