"You don't just teach a kid to read, you don't educate a kid for employment alone, these are mere activities! What you do is leave an impression on a life and in the process you create a gem of character”
During your stay at the SIC campus, you must have seen young kids in the evening playing in the atrium, as some of your batchmates cajoled them to the classes and then the learning started for the day. Let us introduce you then, to Prayatna !!
Prayatna is a registered non-profit Non-Government Organization run by students of three colleges: Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development (SCMHRD), Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB) and Symbiosis Centre for Information Technology (SCIT) at the Symbiosis InfotechCampus(SIC), Hinjewadi, Pune. Since its inception in year 2008 by Mr. NareshPoonia, Prayatna has shown a commendable expansion in a short span. It focuses on quality education of children from poor sections of the society, giving them guidance and inculcating moral values with special attention towards developing their overall personality. Apart from that, we work on creating awareness amongst parents with respect to Education and Hygiene and make them a responsible stakeholder in their child’s development."
VISION – “Setting a trend of imparting education among future generations of economically humble families where it has not been deemed essential”
Prayatna identifies kids who have not received the benefits of education and gets them admitted to an English medium school. We take care of the complete educational needs of the kids, which includes, paying their monthly fees, incurring expenses like uniform, shoes,school bags,books,monthly stationery, etc. Apart from this, daily evening tutoring is providedwhere insistence is not just on Text book knowledge but engaging them into activities like football, cricket, painting workshops, clay modeling workshops, Educational Movie which help to explore the creativity of child and channel them at tender age.
Prayatna in collaboration with Bhoomi NGO conducted the “Right to Education” Campaign in various slum areas of Pune. The areas covered by the team Prayatna and the volunteers from SCMHRD were Gokhale Nagar and Wadarwadi.
EVENT DATE: March 4th to 6th 2016 (3 Days)
Event details: Drive started at 7:00 PM with a brief from Mr Jeetu, one of the Volunteers. Subsequently team was divided into two groups hitting upon the localities of Wadarwadi & Gokhlenagar. Volunteers included from that of various corporate space like Capegemini, Cognizant, Forbes Marshall, Cummins, and Students fraternity from Symbiosis Campus & also from NGO s like Lokayat, socialist party.
People were quite moved by the contribution from the volunteer team.
The learning experience being mutual – our volunteers were better able to gain perspective on the realities at the grass root level in terms of their aspirations , challenges , current level of policy deployment & impact of corruption on the society which would enable them to be moulded as better leaders of tomorrow.
Activity ended with Experience sharing & reflection towards improving the effectiveness of the activity
EVENING CLASSES @ PRAYATNA:
The team Prayatna Organizes daily Evening classes for underprivileged children from the surrounding locality. Usually the subject schedule for the each week will be shared with the children much in advance. This initiative is taken forward by the core members of Prayatna along with the support of the active volunteers from the (15-17) batch of SCMHRD.
Everyday nearly 20 children are getting benefitted by this initiative of Prayatna.
Prayatna is run with a properly structured set up where the focus is on achieving the Vision through engagement of kids in various activities. Also, the organization endeavours to ensure sustainability and constant expansion, in order to engage more families under the Prayatna umbrella. It reaches out to the general public through the various events as under –
Joyfest coincides with the ‘Joy of Giving Week’ and is celebrated with great fanfare at the Symbiosis Infotech Campus. Last year, Joyfest witnessed participation of over 40kids along with other NGO’s like The Sneh Foundation and Kshitiz. The joy of giving week had many activities planned so that the kids would have a chance to interact with the students at SIC. Students at SIC came forward in huge numbers to contribute to the “Wish-Tree” and “Donate a Book” events. Also, games and movie screening was planned for the kids. The main event had the kids from the participating NGO’s performing cultural events, like dance, songs and skits, followed bydelicious dinner. This time we wish to enhance the scale and include some more esteem NGO’s on board and have panel discussions.
Career Guidance Seminar
Last year, we had TFI fellow Mr. Manoj coming to the campus with the students of standard 10th. A career Guidance session was organized by Prayatna where we told the students the various career options in different streams. Also, a one-on-one counseling session was held for the kids, taken by the Prayatna members to clear any specific doubts. Also Prayatna Kids interacted with these students and were thrilled to share the dreams of these students.
Prayatna for the first time launched Tatva- A social Challenge. It is a social case study competition organized as a part of Neev2013, that demanded teams to work for providing solutions to the problems raised in the case study. It received tremendous response from around 50 B-Schools and Great lakes emerged out to be the winner of this competition.
Fund Raising Events
1. “Tambola” Night
A game of housie was organized by team for entire SIC campus; which saw a magnificent participation from all the three colleges. We raised a significant amount which will be used towards the fees payment of 3 new students.
2. Rock Show
Organised every year, Rockshow is the flagship event of Prayatna. It has the participation of the rock-bands from the three colleges in the SIC campus, and students turning put in huge numbers to enthrall in the music as the melody and voices echo throughout the campus. The funds raised from the event is channeled towards the payment of fees for the kids and their other needs.
3. Support from Alumni
Prayatna initiated ‘Sponsor a Child’ programme- where it partners with individuals and corporate who wish to be a part of this noble initiative by sponsoring the education of a child for the yearly/half yearly/ Quarterly period. The sponsorship amount covers the school admission fees, monthly study fees, salary, stationery and uniform expenses.