From the Editor's pen
The whole world is fighting the worst trouble, that is the coronavirus pandemic. We still hope to beat it and are ready to welcome 2021 to enjoy our favourite upcoming event that is the New Year Celebration. Other events are the World Hindi Day, Army Day ,Makar Sankranti, Pongal festival, Republic Day and Martyr's Day. However, the situation is likely to be quite different I hope , as it was in the previous years when there were be no SOPS to follow while celebrating the events .
Let me first wish you a Happy New Year 2021!!!
*World Hindi day or Vishwa Hindi Diwas is being celebrated on January 10. The day comemorates the anniversary of the first World Hindi Conference held in Nagpur on 10 January 1975, which saw 122 delegates from 30 countries participating in it . * Another important day is the Army Day which is observed on 15 January every year in India, in recognition of Field Marshal K. M .Cariappa taking over as the first commander -in -chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British commander- in -chief. The day is celebrated with parades and other military shows in New Delhi as well as in all headquarters. This day marks a day to salute the valliant soldiers who sacrificed their lives to protect the country and its citizens.
*Lohri,Makar Sankranti and Pongal-- the harvest festival is observed on 13 and 14 January in different states of India such as-Punjab, Uttar Pradesh,Gujarat,, Andhra Pradesh and Tamilnadu with great pomp and show.* Lohri is celebrated a day before Makar Sankranti as it marks the end of the winter season. Pongal is celebrated in Andhra Pradesh and lasts for 3 days. It is a four day festival-- Bhogi --cleaning and cleansing houses.,Pongal-- to mark good harvest ,Mattu Pongal-- to offer thanks to cows and oxen and Kanum Pongal in Tamil Nadu ---to thank family and friends who have helped in the farming season and the harvest. *National Girl Child Day is celebrated every year on January 24. The day was started by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in 2008 with the purpose to spread awareness among people about all the inequalities girls face in the Indian society.
*Republic Day- our national festival is celebrated on January 26,to mark the day when the constitution of India came into effect on January 26, 1950. This completed India's transition towards becoming an independent Republic with a democratic government system. However schools celebrate the day with patriotic zeal, students and teachers organise programs and performances to mark the day.* India celebrates Martyr's Day or Shahid Divas every year on January 30 On this day ,the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948 by Nathuram Godse took place.
Now- a- days everything has become digital and we can't go outside to party and chill due to the threat of the new strain of covid-19. So send the new year wishes digitally, safely, virtully… that I guess is the best way to wish everyone. Stay home and be safe. Best wishes for a happy new year to all.
Mrs. Savita Saxena, Senior Editor, AMI
The year 2020 has been very unpredictable and very challenging for all of us as we faced an unknown enemy in the form of Covid-19. We all wish if it had never occurred. But until the troubles come then how will we have the courage to get out of them. The life was at a standstill and we had to quickly adapt to the new normal. But despite all the challenges, Covid-19 couldn’t stop us. The education sector rose to the challenge.
The mode of education shifted from chalk-talk teaching method to online classes. Schools and educational institutions took the challenges and discovered the opportunities that were in demand for the present and the future. The pandemic has become a game changer in education sector. Now-a-days digital learning is leading the charge. New techniques, new methods and new trends of teaching are picking up the momentum. It’s true that there is always a silver lining. In post pandemic times, we will witness the wonderful blend of e-learning and traditional methods of teaching in our education system.
I remember the famous line of Percy Bysshe Shelley “If winter comes can spring be far behind!” Keeping this in our mind, let’s welcome the year 2021. The dawn of this new year is very special and hopeful. The new year will bring forth new possibilities and new opportunities. Hopefully this year will mark a pavement for new beginnings for many.
One of the most awaited thing in 2021 is the arrival and availability of the vaccine. If sources are to be believed, we all will be fortunate to have vaccine available in the market in the first quarter of the year. The students are missing the school badly and the schools without children seem to be lifeless. With the arrival of the vaccine, the probability of the reopening of the schools can be expected. But till then an unwavering adherence to safety protocols is required to be followed. Sometimes a year has been so disastrous and so terrible that entering a new year will automatically mean entering a wonderful year. I hope that every day of the new year will be like a fresh start for us all. Let us all welcome this new year with a gratitude in heart for a new chance to create and fulfil the dreams. With these lines of William Arthur Ward, wishing you all a very happy new year
“Another fresh year is here
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt and fear,
To love and laugh and give!
This bright new year is given to me
To live each day with zest . . ..
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!
I have the opportunity to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!”
By - Miss Poornima Gangele, Editor, AMI
नववर्ष की शुभकामना
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (NRI Day)
Road Safety Week
National Youth Day
National Girl child Day
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Creation of AMI Students
He want to share his experience of "TANSEN SAMAROH" with school. He not only sang in Tansen Samaroh but won first pirze in music compitition held by "Government of India ( Ministry of Sports and Youth affairs ). He shared his experience with school "I was very excited when I came to know about my selection. From the childhood , I am fond of music. I got "KALARATNA" the 8 years diploma from Music University along with school education. My mother always supports me , I am guided by different gurus Dr.Smita Sahasrabuddhe was my first guru , then Shri Sanjay Deve , Prof.Rajana Tonpay . At present I am learning under the guidance of Pt.Umesh Kampoowale , a well known face of Gwalior.
At school my all respected teachers and Principal mam encouraged me to sing. I won many music competitions of school , especially "AMI IDOL".
I am very thankful to Pricinpal Mam , all my teachers fir these achievements who blessed me and encouraged me. Thanks to all my friends for the support.
- HEMANG KOLHATKAR
नववर्ष की शुभकामना
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (NRI Day)
Road Safety Week
Road safety is very important during the road and must be well known by all because the main reasons for death are becoming a road accident. Everyone should know about the traffic rules and safety rules from their early days. So that, they can adopt protective behavior in later life. Here are some road safety rules:
1) Never drink & drive.
2) Always wear the seat belt.
3) Keep a Safe Distance from the vehicle ahead.
4) Always avoid distractions.
5) Never break the red signal.
6) Always drive within the speed limit.
7) Avoid the drowsiness while driving.
8) Always cross the road on the Zebra Crossing.
9) All those walking on the road should walk towards their left, especially the driver coming from the other side and the vehicle coming from the other side.
10) The driver should keep the speed slow while driving on the road.
11) Be more careful while moving on more busy roads and road junctions.
12) Two-wheeler drivers should wear good quality helmets or they should not come on the road without a helmet.
13) Keep the speed of the carriage up to the prescribed limits, especially in schools, hospitals, colonies etc.
14) All vehicles must be fixed distance from other vehicles.
15) All the people walking on roads are well aware of the signs and rules on the road.
16) Keep the rules and regulations of road safety in mind during the journey.
Road accidents have become very common due to the vehicle collisions and ignorance of proper road safety measures. The number of deaths are increasing due to the motor vehicle collisions by the people ignoring road safety rules. Under these conditions it is very important for everyone to be safe on roads and to follow all the traffic rules and regulations.
Everyone should undergo a complete driving course under the guidance of an authorized instructor before starting to drive on the roads. Road safety measures should be added in the school curriculum so that students can get complete knowledge on traffic regulation. Most of the road accidents occur because of incomplete knowledge about operating vehicles and lack of road safety measures.
Drivers should thoroughly check their vehicles daily before the start of any trip and if any issue is found it has to be rectified immediately. Everyone should strictly follow the traffic rules and should always drive safely with respecting the other people and vehicles on the road. One must avoid rash driving, drunken driving and jumping red lights. Wearing helmets and seat belts could highly reduce the number of casualties during an accident. A union effort from each and every one will definitely reduce the number of accidents and make roads safer.
By- Miss Diksha Sharma
National Youth Day
Keys to Become a Voice of Youth
As Youth Voice becomes more accepted throughout our communities, there are forces that will try to deceive, tokenize, or otherwise manipulate young people. While youth are often concerned with “keeping it real,” a growing number of people are calling for authentic Youth Voice. Following are important points to keep in mind.
Key 1: Don’t fool the youth.
The old saying, “You can’t fool all the people all the time” applies to young people, too. Using Youth Voice as a “rubber stamp” or as a “decoration” for adult actions is not acceptable to many young people or adults. Youth Voice activities should always avoid manipulating or tokenizing young people. Engage as many young people as meaningfully in as many functions of a project as possible. While it seems daunting, there are several ways that activities can be equitably led by young people.
Key 2: Work with youth – not for youth.
Don’t do for children and youth what they can do with you. Engage, encourage, and empower young people to take appropriate, purposeful, effective, and sustainable leadership for their own activities by providing training and coaching throughout every activity. Work to be an active, engaged ally to young people every time you can – not just when it is convenient. Children and youth need critical coaches throughout their lives, not just when they are in your class or program. Recognize the youth you work with throughout your community.
Key 3: Make having fun powerful.
The days of “pizza box youth engagement” are over. You can’t just throw a bunch of “fun food” into a room and expect young people to come and learn something meaningful. If the goal is recreation, then have young people plan the activity, lead it, and reflect on it afterwards. But why offer just recreation? Combine fun and learning, and change a young person’s life. Use active learning techniques throughout your program or class. Young people have diverse learning styles that can powerfully engage them in your program.
Key 4: Embrace change.
So you wanted to paint a mural in the park, but couldn’t get the funding. Along the way you learned about community history, recreation funding, gathering community donations, and planning a project. What was the greater lesson here – that you can’t just do anything you want to anytime you want to, or that you learned about the process for neighborhood change that you can use throughout the rest of your life? Plan for setbacks and be ready to find the benefits to any challenges. Be adaptable. Planning today is not as rigid as it used to be, and young people today are more flexible than ever. Teach the benefits of change by “going with the flow” and striving to be calm in the center of chaos.
Key 5: Don’t talk about “youth problems” anymore.
Young people are part of larger communities, and when they have a problem, their communities have a problem. Adults must quit referring to “youth violence” or “childhood obesity” as if youth and children are the only people in our society that are violent or obese. Community problems should be addressed by communities, and not foisted on the shoulders young people working alone. Encourage young people to critically reflect on their experiences throughout their community. By examining media, attitudes, and the structures around them young people can connect with broad struggles for social change throughout their communities.
Key 6: Teach youth about adultism when they are young.
When youth say demeaning things about other young people they are reflecting society’s larger perspectives towards youth, as well as their own opinions. Sometimes youth workers and teachers dismiss these comments with statements like, “It’s just a phase,” or “Don’t worry about it now – now’s for having fun!” While this may be well-meaning, the attitudes represented by these comments may be hurting the people Youth Voice seeks to empower. Examine everyday prejudice and uncover the bias against youth among youth. Challenge discrimination against children and youth in front of children and youth, as well as separately. By being a responsible advocate for Youth Voice you can illustrate the practice and possibilities of being an active ally to young people. Call out adults and young people who discriminate against children and youth. Challenge youth to identify and explore their own biases against their peers. Model anti-adultism perspectives towards young people whenever possible.
Key 7: Acknowledge young people in significant ways.
Patting someone on the back or giving them a certificate can only go so far. Despite adults’ outward expressions of support for Youth Voice, young people sometimes have very little actual authentic support from adults. The activities where Youth Voice is amplified can provide a lens to examine that reality. There are many ways to show authentic commitment to Youth Voice. A school might give students credit for participating in Youth Voice activities; organizations might provide all youth a cash stipend, and; individual adult allies may give young people letters of support, encouragement, and acknowledgement as they move along in life. Those are all tangible ways to show real dedication to engaging young people.
Key 8: Engage young people in something greater than themselves.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote that living nonviolence requires us to, “rise above the narrow confines of our individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” When applied to Youth Voice this means that simply encouraging or allowing young people to advocate for themselves is not enough. Responsible adults who are committed to authentic Youth Voice must seek to engage young people throughout our communities in issues affecting others. This way young people can see more than their own self-interest, actually becoming whole-community members. Recognizing the broad influences in the lives of children and youth is important; helping them identify allies throughout those different areas is vital, as well. Make community mapping, outside speakers, and field trips throughout your community a part of your program.
By - Mrs. Monika Verma
National Girl child Day
“We can not all succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave – to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potential.” - Malala Yousafzai
We always celebrate a great woman. But to be great, the girl child needs to be encouraged to excel from an early age. For the fortitude and accomplishment of every girl child, to end discrimination against our girls and to empower them with equal opportunities, the Ministry of Women and Child Development started celebrating National Girl Child Day every year on 24th January.
This day is celebrated to raise awareness about the rights of girls. The main objective behind is to highlight the inequalities faced by girls, to promote awareness including the rights of a girl child, the importance of education, health and nutrition. It also provides support and opportunities to the girls of India. In India, gender inequality is one of the major issues that is needed to be focused on and it exists in several areas including legal rights, education, medical care, marriage, etc. Various schemes are mentioned by the government of India to make the living status of the girl child better. Some of the schemes are-
• The determination of sex in clinics during pregnancy has been blocked by the government.
• Child marriages of the girls are restricted now.
• To save a girl child a scheme namely "Save The Girl Child" has been introduced by the government.
• Free and compulsory education for both boys and girls till 14 years of age has improved the education of girl child.
• To fight with malnutrition, high illiteracy, poverty and infant mortality in the society, and antenatal care has been made necessary for all pregnant women.
• Many laws are made by the Government like Anti- Sati, Anti-MTP to make women get employment and status in the society.
Also, the Government of India organizes several campaigns to increase the consciousness among the people regarding girl children in Indian society. Through this campaign, the Government of India highlights the inequalities and problems related to the girl child. Several advertisements are run by the government on TV channels, local newspapers, and radio stations by giving the message "Save the Girl Child". Even NGOs or non-government organizations take part in the celebration and spread awareness among society to treat girl children equally and educate them etc.
The government of India celebrated this day with various themes such as - "Empowering Girls for a Brighter Tomorrow" and “ Beti Bachao - Beti Padhao”.
No doubt, the step of the Government of India to celebrate the National Girl Child Day is an improvement mission for the young girls. Now-a-days the increased participation of women in society is the proof of their claimed victory. But still there is much more to achieve. With barbaric incidents of rape and orthodox practices of female infanticide still in play, the women of India have miles to go before the picture changes for better.
By. Mrs. Taruna Singh
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