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  1. 1. Community SupportCommunity plays an important part in the education system. Students, teachers, and parents agree thatcommunity support is vital to the success of schools and individual students. The students participatingon Students Speak Out discussed how communities can positively or negatively affect their individualexperiences with school and schooling. Many students were encouraged by individual communitymembers, but at the same time felt let down by their elected community leaders. In this brief, readerswill notice that students take responsibility for their own education, but recognize their dependence onthe community to help them achieve their goals. Navodaya schools are intimately linked with communities. They serve as centers of learning. Theyemploy residents, and they connect neighbors with one another. As place-based institutions, they arepart of a neighborhood’s physical fabric, impacting local housing markets and influencing the aestheticcharacter of a community. Moreover, public schools have access to a myriad of local resources includingfunding, land, and political goodwill. Given the central role that public schools play in communities,community development practitioners are beginning to consciously include them in neighborhoodbuilding and economic development efforts. Every school needs more community support. Researchhas proven that schools with a greater support entity thrive compared to those who do not have suchsupport. School support comes from a variety of places both internally and externally. An effectiveschool leader will find ways to get the entire community to support the school. We focus on a fewstrategies designed to promote your school and gain more community support. Our school also givesTop priority for community up-liftment and support by following methodsPartnershipsThe following list reflects community resources that currently partner with our school:  County Agencies and Bodies (Departments of Health, Mental Health, Children & Family Services, Public Social Services, Office of Education, Police & Fire Departments, Planning Area Councils, Recreation & Parks, Library, Housing Authority, etc.)  Municipal Agencies and Bodies (Parks & Recreation, library, courts, civic event units)  Service Clubs & Philanthropic Organizations (Lions Club, Rotary Club, veterans groups, Woods Charitable Fund, Lincoln Community Foundation, Southeast Community Foundation, Cooper Foundation, Community Services Fund, etc.)  Youth Agencies & Groups (Boys & Girls Clubs, scouts, 4-H, Cedars Youth Services, Child Advocacy Center, etc.)  Sports/Health/Fitness/Outdoor Groups (YMCA, athletic leagues, local gyms, conservation associations, etc.)  Community-Based Organizations (Neighborhood and homeowners associations, Neighborhood Watch/Patrol, block clubs, housing project associations, economic development groups, community development corporations, civic associations)  Artists and Cultural Institutions (Museums, art galleries, zoo, theater groups, TV & radio stations, literary clubs, art groups, writers organizations, collectors groups)
  2. 2.  Businesses/Corporations/Unions (Neighborhood business associations, Chamber of Commerce, Goodwill Industries, local shops, restaurants, banks, AAA, school employee unions)  Media (Local newspapers, TV & radio, local access cable)  Family Members, Local Residents, Senior Citizens GroupsActivitiesThere are a variety of activities in which JNV Vizianagaram can get involved to build/improve school-communitypartnerships; below are some suggestions:  Encourage Community Use of School Facilities: Often the school buildings sit empty after the end of the normal school day. Encouraging non-profit community groups to use the facilities is not only good use of resources but also provides opportunities for the school to get involved in community projects.  Senior Citizens Banquet: At least once a year, perhaps around the time of music concerts, invite senior citizens to a luncheon banquet at the school; banquet can be sponsored by a school service organization, by non-profit corporation, or by private industry. Usually, parents are willing to come in to assist in the preparation of the meal.  Back to School Week: Choose a week during the school year to invite parents and community members to your school. Make a special effort to personally invite community and business leaders to attend school for the day, or part of the day.  Career Day: Hold annual career days; this is not only good educational experience for the students, but also helps local business people to learn more about the school and schools needs. In addition, it helps to understand the employment needs in the area.  News Releases: News releases mailed to local media could be a good strategy for public relations and community outreach programs.  Newsletters: Provide periodic newsletters not only to the families of the students, but also to board members, business leaders and other community members. A simple database can be used to include new people; encourage members of the school community to suggest other folks who might be included in the mailing list.
  3. 3.  Honor Roll: In the local media, publish a list of students who made significant accomplishment during the school year.  Gold Cards: Give students who earn a place on the Honor Roll a Gold card which is sponsored by participating businesses who provide discounts to those students for marking period. Some businesses provide reduced prices on items in their stores, while others allow students to have something for free, for example, a free video rental, etc.Steps to Uplift CommunityWhat use are information and communication technologies (ICTs) to a community grappling withproblems of daily life? Can technology enhance their daily lives and provide them with a decent living?Sceptics constantly stress that the provision of basic human needs must take precedence over theintroduction of ICTs to rural and disadvantaged communities. However, the Information &Communications Technology has clearly proven that technology can play a major role in improving thelives of remote and marginalized villages. One such example is Addatiga a small village situated on theoutskirts of the National Park that has come alive with the introduction of ICTs. The village school, whichfor years suffered poor attendance now boasts of a near 100% attendance - all on account of the adventof Information Technology.ICTs can also illuminate the lives of the visually handicapped - bringing about greater opportunities inour society. JNV Vizianagaram is already working with the Aasa Foundation in producing a collection ofdigital talking books which would be invaluable to the print disabled. How can an organization be a partyto these efforts and assist in bringing the dividends of ICTs to communities who know so little about it?How can a successful business enterprise share its expertise with a rural or disadvantaged communityand thereby contribute to its wellbeing?InitiativesThe Community Schools Partnership Initiative is a part of pacesetting activity of Navodaya Schools,especially those located in remote areas. Navodaya schools can act as a hub for a broad range ofservices, supports and opportunities that strengthen and support schools, families and communities.The main goal of JNV Schools is to help Communities achieve a new level of success, by encouraging theinvolvement of parents, community leaders, and community agencies as “partners” — providing a rangeof services and supports that any given community needs.In doing this, JNV Vizianagaram offer a new centre of activity in a neighbourhood. The communityschools provide gathering places where adults and children can get together for educational, social,recreational and cultural activities.When communities are strong, with parents and teachers involved in learning, the School help:  Children start their school day alert and healthy with their basic needs met.
  4. 4.  School staff draws on the community’s resources to help students succeed academically and socially.  Health, recreational, cultural, and social services that students need are available in the school.  Parents and community partners provide direction to the school and support its activities. The school is a resource for the whole community. By keeping in the mind JNV Vizianagaram has set Millennium Development Goals by the end of 2020 in the nearby hamlets of Vizianagaram district. Under this projects, students accompanied with teachers visited few of the villages with the following Goals:  Adolescence and Reproductive Sex Education  Literacy program to neighboring schools  Literacy program to neighboring schools  Gender equality and empower women  Spread awareness for HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases  ICT usage for sustainable agricultural practices for tribals.ICT for sustainable AgricultureIntroduction:We believe that ICT in agriculture is an emerging field focusing on the enhancement of agricultural andrural development in India. It involves application of innovative ways to use Information &Communication Technologies (ICT) in the rural domain.There is a need to understand as to how far the ICT initiatives are able to address the farmers need sothat better solutions can be developed to address those unmet needs. The teachers and students ofJNV Vizianagaram initiated a research project to study the past and present major ICT initiatives inagriculture in India, the extent of their success, the factors affecting the success as well as failure of suchinitiatives. Based on this study, the project developed and suggested appropriate ICT models to meetfarmer’s information needs for different selected scenarios considering the infrastructural and social-economic constraints with some field testing within the existing infrastructure. The ICT modelsgenerated in this project can be expected to provide a framework for various stakeholders in agriculturein design and implementation of effective ICT based solutions for agriculture.Objectives:  Assessment of the major ICT initiatives in agriculture vis-à-vis the need of the farmer in various agro socio-economic situations.  Suggest a set of alternative ICT models based on the assessment for the major situations.  Limited validation of some of the models based on the infrastructure that is already available wiki was made for this project. Three Teachers and 15 students are involved. The need of ICT for Modern agriculture and agricultural practices for the future generation was emphasized upon.
  5. 5. Initiatives taken by JNV, Vizianagaram in Adolescence and Reproductive Sex Education:ADOLESCENCE EDUCATION PROGRAMME Adolescents (10-19 years) in India represent almost one-third of the total country’s population. Alarge number of them are out of school, get married early, work in vulnerable situations, aresexually active, and are exposed to peer pressure. These factors have serious social, economic andpublic health implications. Adolescents are not a homogenous group. Their situation varies by age,sex, marital status, class, region and cultural context. This calls for interventions that are flexible andresponsive to their disparate needs. Some of the public health challenges for adolescents includepregnancy, excess risk of maternal and infant mortality, sexually transmitted infections andreproductive tract infections in adolescence, and the rapidly rising incidence of HIV in this agegroup. Thus it is important to influence the health-seeking behaviour of adolescents as theirsituation will be central in determining India’s health, mortality and morbidity; and the populationgrowth scenario.A meeting was conducted by the team of teachers comprising of Mr.R.V.Raghavendra Rao, PGTBiology, Mr.K. C. Suresh, TGT Science, Mr.N. C. Kesav,TGT Music, Ms.K.Annie Rose, TGT SUPW andMrs. L. Nagamani, Staff Nurse. The following agenda points were discussed for the conduction ofAdolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH) program in vidyalaya and community level.1. Selection of student trainees (40 Members)2. Fixing the dates for Training the students by the ARSH program teachers of the Vidyalaya.3. Invitation of Experts for conducting seminars/workshops/speeches on Adolescence problems.4. Training the students about AIDS education drama to perform in nearby villages.5. Conduction of Debates, Elocution, Essay Writing, Slogan writing, Painting competition etc.,
  6. 6. Selection of Student Trainees: As a part of spreading awareness about Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH), themembers of the ARSH committee of the Vidyalaya selected a group of forty student trainees fromclasses IX and XI.20 Boys and 20 girls were selected.A pre-test on Adolescent Reproductive andSexual Health (ARSH) is conducted for onehour duration from 3:30 P.M. to 4:30 P.M forall the trainees. It is aimed at evaluating theiractual knowledge regarding ARSH before thecommencement of training.A painting competition is conducted on thetopic ‘AIDS Transmission and Prevention’. Thecharts, paints and other materials requiredfor the competition were provided by the school. Students from all the classes had activelyparticipated in the program.Training programme for the 40 selectedgroup of students started. The Coordinatorsof the program Mr.R.V.Ragahvendra Rao, PGTBiology, Mr. K. C. Suresh, TGT Science, Mr. N.C. Kesav, TGT Music and Ms. Annie Rose, TGTSUPW were present for the inauguration ofAEP workshop.Introduction about the AEP workshop was given by Sri.N.C.kesav, Music Teacher of the Vidyalaya. Tomake the program more effective the class was started with a few brainstorming exercises. Theimportance of Life Skills for empowering adolescents was discussed. NCERT has identified threecomponents that are important for Adolescent Reproductive and sexual Health for school students.The three components are:i)Process of growing up ii) HIV/AIDS iii) Drug abuse.Any human being needs workmanship and skill to reach the top most position. The definition of lifeskill was given in the class. Skill is defined as the ability to do something well, usually gained bytraining or experience. All the participants were divided into 8 groups composing of 5 members ineach group. So that they can perform some group activities.
  7. 7. As a part of ARSH program a seminarwas arranged on AIDS and AdolescentProblems. Famous Medical OfficerDr.Bhagavanlu was invited for giving aseminar on this subject. He gave awonderful speech on the Adolescentproblems and how one should adjust tothese problems. He kept thechildren in pin drop silence by his awe-inspiring speech that was highly beneficial for the students. He briefed the students AIDS, itstransmission and prevention. He clarified the dos and don’ts to lead a healthy life. A query sessionwas also arranged. Students came up with lot of questions. He clarified various doubts of thestudents associated with general and reproductive health.Mr. N. C. Kesav, TGT Music continued hislecture for the third day. He briefed thechildren about the definition of adolescence,Physical, emotional, intellectual andbehavioral changes in adolescence, parentalexpectations and about the strengthening ofrelationship. A mass Rangoli competition wasarranged for students on the topic AIDS.Students actively participated in thecompetition and exhibited their ideas throughcolors. The winners were given prizes.The ARSH team also continuing the AIDSawareness program in nearby villages andsoon planning to invite and conduct a demonstration cum training on life saving skills to thestudents.HIV/AIDS Project: “Stop AIDS Keep the Promise”JNV, Vizianagaram students took yet another brave and sensitive issue to spread awareness on AIDSamong the local community.As a part of the initiative students with the help of few teachers, took out the rally, created bannersin both English and local dialect and approached local community members to spread the awarness.
  8. 8. To go step ahead, a wiki was also created.Wiki url: Other glimpses of posters and newspaper coverage attached
  9. 9. ICT for Upliftment of Tribal PeopleThe project “ICT for Upliftment of Tribal People” highlightsthe contribution of ICT in developing the tribal life. Aninterview with those village heads, Sarpanch, Social Activist,Doctor & Teacher gave an opportunity to know about theproblems & condition of the people as well as actions taken by the government. By this a great deal ofinformation was collected which tells about the present day condition of tribal people. With the dataavailable a power point & poster presentation on ICT for uplift of tribal people was received readily byour peers & teachers. The presentation was showcased in the nearby hamlets to bring about awareness.An online community was also created by placing information on wikis. Our efforts had borne fruits asmany of the people who have witnessed our project came to know about the use of ICT, value ofeducation & health in daily life and the effects of unemployment. And also took a decision to supportthe tribal people as much they can.To Sandhigoodem – A small village located on the foot of a hill ,midway between Andhra and Orissa,which looks like a piece of land fallen from heaven ,with a pleasant and eco-friendly environment.
  10. 10. Interaction with local villagers Students examining the cropsTo Thattavalasa - A beautiful tribal village located on the slope of a hill on the bank of river GOSTHANI,with a pleasant and eco-friendly environment.Spreading Health awareness and computer literacy programsLocal Newspaper coverage
  11. 11. Another project “WONDER COCONUT” was taken up by the students of JNV, Vizianagaram whichprimarily highlights the essence of drinking tender coconut water vs soft drinks. An interview with acoconut vender, soft drink dealer, teacher, dietician and Physician gave an opportunity to know aboutthe pros and cons of consuming soft drinks as well tender coconut water. By this a great deal ofinformation was collected which speaks volumes of the immense value of coconut water. With the dataavailable a power point presentation on wonder coconut was received readily by our peers. Thepresentation was showcased in the near by hamlets to bring about awareness. An online communitywas also created by placing information on wikis, blogs and e-magazines. Our efforts bore fruits as manyof the people who have witnessed our project are strongly convinced of the invaluable use of coconutwater.Glimpses of the Project in pictures: