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NIRMAN

Education · Research · Arts
Welcome to our monthly newsletter. This newsletter features stories from our different projects and activities, and hopefully gives you a taste of what life is like on our campuses - a new adventure every day!

Here's a quick glance at the last month...

Art Classes 

Days at NIRMAN are filled with art. Our students are exposed to different kinds of fine arts. It starts from preschool where "colour between the lines" is focused on to develop fine motor skills in our young ones. As the children grow up, they learn about famous artists, folk art and also take part in art competitions. The school also actively invites artists and illustrators to conduct workshops with our students. 

Last month our children learnt about Jamini Roy and S. H. Raza and with the help of illustrator Suvidha Mistry, they learnt about dinosaurs through art. If you are artist who would like to conduct workshops with school students, do contact us
Shankar's Fairies 
A NIRMAN Theatre and Film Studios Project

A NIRMAN production, this film takes us to two utterly divided worlds of city and village, modern education and illiteracy, master and servant, adult and child. This is a film about the relationship between a little girl and a man from a village who is their family servant. Dive in to the behind the scenes here!

The film is scripted and produced by Nita Kumar (Director, Nirman) and directed by Irfana Majumdar, (Director of Nirman Theatre and Film Studios) and Gaurav Saini (Resident Artist). Check our Facebook Page for regular updates. 

Shankar's Fairies is one in four debut feature films to be selected for the Work-in-Progress Lab of the NFDC Film Bazaar.

In the Work-in-Progress (WIP) Lab, filmmakers are mentored by internationally-renowned producers, writers, editors, or film festival heads to fine-tune their ongoing projects. The co-production market enables them to seek national and international producers, distributors, sales agents, and financiers.

We had enrolled Ishaan in South Point Pre School in August 2017 after an extensive survey of various schools in Varanasi. We were looking for a place which allowed children the space and time to adapt to a new environment. The reason for giving so much time in choosing the right place for Ishaan was that he had developed very high levels of separation anxiety due to my job during his younger years. The other reason was that he had never interacted with any children of his age before school. He was (and still is) an introvert with rather high intelligence- something which made it crucial that he had involved, efficient and patient teachers.

The first three months at school were very difficult- both for him and me. As his father was in a different city, it became twice as challenging for me to see my son experience the kind of anxiety that he did. But the approach of the school was extremely cooperative. The Director, Dr. Nita Kumar, allowed me to stay with him in the class until he became comfortable with the environment. While Ishaan did well in individual activities (writing, counting, drawing, etc.), he refused to participate in group activities (rhymes, games, etc.). I am still grateful to the teachers who never forced him into anything and waited till he himself started participating (this was after seven months!).

Today, I can say that while I am more than satisfied with his academic learning (he knows how to add and subtract large numbers, write small sentences and read short stories in both English and Hindi), I feel the proudest about the fact that he is learning to interact with the world outside home. Despite being such an introverted child, he goes to school without any pressure or inhibitions. He is much more comfortable in new places and with new people.

I am so glad to have chosen South Point as I honestly feel that there are a very few places left which allow every child to grow and develop in his/her own unique way.

Dr. Shweta Singh
(Ward: Ishaan Pandey, K.G.)
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NIRMAN's upcoming projects...
 

Varanasi Children’s Arts Festival
 
The Southpoint School brings its Varanasi Children’s Arts Festival on 15th and 22nd December. It promises workshops, performances, stalls, exhibitions, all for children. It covers fine arts, crafts and artisanship, theatre, dance, food, music, farming, storytelling, writing books! We have collaborated with the experts in the field to give an enriching experience to all children.

VIDYASHRAM—The South Point School has been marking its work in Education and the Arts with an Annual Fair for 29 years, each year with a different theme. Our work extends beyond our own school children to all children, all schools and educators, and all families who are interested in the enrichment of children’s lives. Come with your children to VCAF!
 

NIRMAN Research Centre
 
Margot Chirayath and Grace Anderson, students from Lewis and Clark College, U.S.A, are working on their research project ‘Invisible but Invaluable: Exploring Banarasi sweepers within waste management systems.’ These students shall live on campus in December 2019 and will do their research with the help of NIRMAN. This project is a follow up to an initial project they did on their study abroad trip at NIRMAN last month. They want to gain an insight on sweepers’ lives and how they contribute to the waste management system in Banaras.
 
Sponsor-a-meal for our students!
 
A good percent of our students come from rural and urban low-income backgrounds. Lack of nutrition can act as a roadblock in students' education.  We hope to provide a well balanced, hot, nutritious meal to all our students and we need your help in this mission. You can opt to sponsor a child's meal for a year or longer. Do send us a mail if you would like to sponsor-a-meal, and help us achieve our dream. Do reach out to us to know more about our Sponsor-a-Child Programme
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