We had our first Parents meeting at the Maruthinagar Government school this month. This school will be our first Parikrma Way school. The school already sports the Parikrma colours. We have started giving the students of this school a slice of what we consider a very important part of the Parikrma Education Philosophy... giving exposure.
We invited the Grade 7 students to the Parikrma Festival of Science and some students were invited to speak at the British Council event held on March 9 2017 to celebrate International Women's Day. One student was trained to speak in English and the other in Kannada on what they thought about women's place in society.
We believe in giving our children the opportunity to express themselves and that spirit is slowly being inculcated in this school that we have adopted.
The best thing yet? We saw a full attendance of partents at the meet - the first at this government school. We are thrilled!
The Festival of Science 2017
Bharat Ratna awardee, eminent scientist and Head of the Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India, Professor C.N.R. Rao along with Stanford University professor and Nobel Laureate for Signature Award in Graduate Education, Richard Zarewill inaugurated the Festival. The 3-day festival saw participation of over 200 children from across 40 different schools, ranging from international to government schools.
Parikrma Festival of Science has always been based on a contemporary topic within the field of science. Keeping this in mind, the theme of this year’s festival was Soil & Agriculture .Soil is the life and pillar of agriculture and maintaining a healthy soil demands intense care and effort from farmers. Agriculture is the backbone of the Indian economy. The aim of this year’s festival was to create awareness and cultivate an interest in the field of agriculture. We hope to revive the ‘cool- factor’ in being a farmer and cultivate an interest in young minds to consider a career path in agriculture.
The program included interactions with eminent scientists like Professor Balakrishna Gowda, Professor at University of Agricultural Sciences, Dr. Ranganath Navalgund, Professor at ISRO, Bangalore and Ms. Audrey Kitagawa, former assistant to the Secretary General of Children and Armed conflict in the United Nations among others.
This year we have also tried to include more interactive hands-on activities for the students such as a Food & Soil Audit where children understood the connection between the food they eat and its impact on their health and health of the soil. Children were also engaged in Soil Testing experiments. What was special this year was the Parikrma Mandi, where entrepreneurs in the field of agriculture displayed their products and spoke about their venture. Stalls by Daily Dump, Black Baza Coffee, Organic fruits and vegetables and a Millet stall were a few among others. The students visited the University of Agricultural Sciences at GVK and a quaint little organic farm called ‘My Organic Farm’ in Jakkur which grows purely organic vegetables right from corn to dill.
The Parikrma Festival of Science has been created with the vision of fostering collaborative rather than competitive discovery among school children and to help them explore the role of science in everyday life in a fun way. In the regular school environment, children can ask questions but only within the limitations of time and resources that school curriculums permit. What sets the Parikrma Festival of Science apart is our aim at creating a platform for larger discussions on science and society. The primary purpose is to create not just in-house scientists but socially engaged scientists.
The third edition of the ‘Parikrma Festival of Science’ was conducted at the Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bengaluru, between February 14th -16th 2017.
Qimpro Award for Shukla Bose
We are thrilled to announce that Parikrma founder and CEO, Shukla Bose won the Qimpro Award in the education category in the month of November, 2016. The Qimpro Platinum Standard award in education is conferred to individuals, who are statesmen for excellence in education through quality practices.
Recognized as the country’s premier quality citations, Qimpro Awards was conceptualized in 1989 by Dr. J. M. Juran, the Quality Guru, to recognize individual excellence in quality management.
The journey so far
The article was published in The Times of India
Seven years ago when Shukla Bose rang up a couple of elite schools in Bengaluru to ask them allow to Parikrma Hu manity Foundation -a free school for underprivileged children -to participate in their inter-school tournaments, she was left stunned by their response.
``They didn't want my kids,'' Shukla recalled, speaking about her wards, some orphans and others born into homes of labourers, cobblers and maids. ``That's when I decided, enough is enough. I'm going to start my own football tournament.'' T h e fo l l ow i n g ye a r, S h u k l a launched Parikr ma Champions League, an inter-school football tournament and aptly named the trophy the `Equality Cup'. This week, the nonprofit organization will host the sixth edition of the annual tournament, which will feature some of the city's top schools such as DPS, Vidyashilp Academy, Indus International and Inventure Academy among others.
``People don't expect quality from the marginalized and we wanted to prove we are also capable of hosting tournaments. And we've shown we can do it,'' the Parikrma CEO said. Parikrma's success isn't limited to its annual league. Seeing the growing love for football among the youngsters at the foundation, Shukla helped Parikrma form a football team to compete in the Bangalore District Football Association (BDFA) `C' Division league.
Young boys who, until then, had never played in a stadium before, showed great tenacity by winning the 2014-15 `C' Division title and earning promotion to the `B' Division league. And in May this year, Parikrma added a glorious chapter to their dream run by winning the B' Division title as well.
For Shukla, seeing her wards, from broken homes and slums in the city, rising as champions both in football and their personal lives is her biggest victory. “I look at football not just as a game, it is an expression of self-esteem and confidence. For their families and people in their community, these boys are heroes who can inspire many more,“ she said.
CHANGING CORPORATE LIVES
The Parikrma Champions League also serves as a life-changing experience for leading corporates. CGI, a Canadian IT company that is sponsoring the tournament, is using the event as a leadership platform for their own employees.
“We assign 25 of our top-performing, first-line managers to run the tournament for a week. The opportunity to go and meet these children and their families in slums and know their stories is a life-changing experience for them,“ CGI vice president (human resources) Pradipta Banerjee said.
“By exposing them to such a sce nario, they learn to take ownership of their responsibilities. How to delegate work effectively, the ability to think on your feet... this in turn helps their professional and personal development,“ he added.
COACHES ACROSS CONTINENTS
This year, Parikrma has signed up with Coaches Across Continents (CAC), an international organization that uses football as a social impact tool to give underprivileged kids life lessons and develop leaders.
“Through some of the football drills that we do, we teach these kids about issues such as conflict resolution, child rights, woman empowerment and other problems that are prevalent in their community ,“ CAC chief executive strategist Brian Suskiewicz explained.
A drill named after Cristiano Ronaldo, for example, sees the youngsters execute slick stepovers like the Real Madrid star, all while shouting out the name of the move. “This makes the kids comfortable in using their voice. When you give a child a voice, you give them a choice in their future,“ Brian said.
Over the course of the next three years, CAC will educate Parikrma coaches and educators with their social impact methodology and eventually hope that the latter will take over and train future coaches and create their own curriculum games.
“This training has been really unique compared to all other football training I've had,“ Rajesh, a Parikrma footballer said. “Everything we learnt was related to making a change in the society through football drills. They focused a lot on equality for girls in football. One of my favorite drills was when we had to act like Brazilian footballer Marta De Silva and dribble like her and score goals like her. They made us imagine we were in her shoes. I can use these drills when I play football with my friends,“ he added.