Summer holidays and exam results

The summer has hit Vrindavan with the usual high temperatures and Sandipani Muni School has been closed for the yearly summer holidays since the middle of May. It will reopen at the beginning of July. In the meantime our students are taking some well deserved time off their studies, getting ready for the next term or for those who have graduated, to begin College or University.

Meanwhile, we have received the students results and have started compiling their progress reports which we have also started sending to each sponsor. Amongst the finest students this year we would like to introduce you to five of these students. Two of them have passed the 10th Grade exams and are now promoted to their 11th Grade, while three of them have passed their 12th grade exams and completed their tenure at Sandipani Muni School and are now ready to enter higher education.

We would like to wish them best of luck with the continuation of their studies and would like to say how proud they made their teachers and their sponsors. Well done girls!

Sharin Qureshi,promoted to 11th Grade, scored 85% in her state exams. She has expressed the desire to become a Police Officer once her studies are completed.

Sharin Qureshi, promoted to 11th Grade, scored 85% in her state exams. She has expressed the desire to become a Police Officer once her studies are completed.

Madhupriya,the daughter of a local astrologer,scored 72% in her exams and graduated in her final year at Sandipani Muni School. She found the exams difficult at times but exciting as a challenge. She now wants to study to become a doctor.

Madhupriya, the daughter of a local astrologer, scored 72% in her exams and graduated in her final year at Sandipani Muni School.   She now wants to study to become a doctor.

Sharda has graduated from Sandipani Muni school with a score of 72%. She did not find the exams difficult and she is now ready to enter University.She has expressed the ambition of becoming a Indian Police Officer.

Sharda has graduated from Sandipani Muni school with a score of 72%. She did not find the exams difficult and she is now ready to enter University. She has expressed the ambition of becoming a Indian Police Officer.

Chavi has been promoted to 11th Grade standard and scored 80% in her exams. She joined Sandipani Muni School at Nursery level and she has two years left to complete her studies.She is aspiring to become a doctor.

Chavi has been promoted to 11th Grade standard and scored 80% in her exams. She joined Sandipani Muni School at Nursery level and she has two years left to complete her studies. She is aspiring to become a doctor.

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Patanjali Yoga at Sandipani Muni School

Recently a series of Yoga lessons was organized  at Sandipani Muni School after the morning programme. This was based on 8 types of Pranayama and Sukhshma Yoga. The classes were taken for five days. Raj Kumar Singh, the Yoga Acharya came to Vrindavan to present these lessons the the children. Raj Kumar works in conjunction with the famous Ayurveda Company from Haridwar named Patanjali, founded by Baba Ramdev.

Acharya Raj Kumar Singh with a few students from the FFLV Yoga group.

Acharya Raj Kumar Singh with a few students from the SMS Yoga group.

The sessions lasted approximately 40 min each and dealt with an introduction to Yoga, the benefits of practicing it and how it helps to prevent and cure ailments such as asthma, tuberculosis, diabetes, low and high blood pressure and arthritis, let alone improving meditation and focusing of the mind.

The students not only received theoretical advice but also practiced various types of pranayamas (breathing exercises) and yoga exercises guided by Acharya Raj Kumar who directed the lessons from the school stage.IMG_1948

These kind of programs and school initiatives have been supported and encouraged by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is a keen Yoga practitioner for many years. Seven classes of students ranging from the 6th to 12th Grade standard took part in the yoga sessions and participated with enthusiasm.

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Women in India: An Inspirational Video

Women in IndiaIf we have the conviction and enough inspiration, we can turn any opportunity into something meaningful and beneficial for others. And Radhika, a student from Switzerland has set this example.

Radhika first visited Vrindavan in February 2015. When she was at FFLV, she talked to some girls and their perception on getting an education. She felt really inspired and wanted to learn more on the subject about how education can give people a new sense of self confidence.

In Switzerland, to graduate school one needs to write a research paper about a topic of ones choosing. Radhika, 18, who is also doing her graduation from Switzerland took this opportunity and decided to do her research paper on Education and what it can do for an individual. She made a small movie where she has portrayed this and covered life story of girls like Laxmi and Shanti who are students of Sandipani Muni School.

The video shows how important education is for them and what their life could be without it. According to a UN report, India has second-highest number of child marriages. In India, more than 13 million girls under 19 years of age are married. This accounts to 3.8 percent of total married women in the country. Radhika has compared how things are changing with time and FFLV’s education program is not only transforming lives of these girls, but also the thinking of the new generation. In the theory part of the paper, She researched the status of the woman in India since the Vedic age to where it is in rural areas of India today.

Radhika has very successfully portrayed the importance of education in the life of a girl. Here is a link to this very inspirational video: Women in India

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A time for new beginnings and a time for farewells.

Spring 2016 at Sandipani Muni School. A time for new beginnings and a time for farewells. A time for results and a time for promotions when it comes to our students progressing to the next level of studying.

12th A students Farewell party portrait.

12th A students Farewell party portrait.

A time for the 12th Grade girls who have been with us since their kindergarten or nursery days to enter a new stage of higher education and to start to consolidate their life plans regarding a career or a vocation . A time to say goodbye to a School which has shaped their personalities ,a school which has guided, sheltered and fed them all these years,a place in which they will always be welcome to be part of and contribute towards the development and educational process of many other girls who will follow their example and follow in their footsteps. A place that will not be easy to forget.

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Madhupriya (12th Grade) welcomed to the Farewell party from the 11th Grade students.

The 2015-2016 school term has now come to an end and the new term has started from the 1st of April. We had two celebrations that have marked these rites of passage: The first was the 12th grade farewell part hosted by the 11th Grade students and the second was the Prize giving ceremony for all the students from the Prep Classes to the 11th Grade based on the best 4 students for each class based on the quality of their studies,behavior and attendance.

Maya(12th Grade),one of our older students receiving a prize from SMS teacher Krishna Dutta.

Maya(12th Grade),one of our older students receiving a prize from SMS teacher Krishna Dutta.

These few images are a record of both events which has marked the transition our girls are going through and the mood of celebration of achievement.

You might recognize some of your students amongst the faces in the photos.You might also see how they have blossomed and developed themselves into fine individuals whose past was of uncertainty and bleakness regarding their future, Only thanks to your ongoing support we have been able to achieve the goal of educating these girls and providing an environment in which they could be safe and able to escape the cycle of poverty and bleak hopelessness which their parents had to deal with for generations.

Sangam,our student promoted to 12th Grade and visibly moved to tears upon being called on stage to receive First Prize in her Class for having excelled in her studies,her conduct and attendance.

Sangam,our student promoted to 12th Grade and visibly moved to tears upon being called on stage to receive First Prize in her Class for having excelled in her studies,her conduct and attendance.

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“Beti Bachao Beti Padhao”Legal awareness cultural Programme

IMG_7509Recently at Sandipani Muni School Vrindavan,the Principals in collaboration with several teachers and the students from various classes organized a programme of legal awareness by the name of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao(Translated from the Hindi means Save daughters and educate them). We had a similar programme in 2014 ,aimed at informing our young girls regarding the still present issues of Child marriage,protection of women, the importance of education and general advice in case any of these issues are there to be confronted.

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SMS Management invited several guests from different Government organizations and Local Legal Entities. Respected guests such as Mr.Pavan Srivatsav(Judge and Secretary District Legal Service Authority of Mathura),Mukesh Gautam(Chairman of Vrindavan Municipal Board),Mukesh Saraswat(Head of Village Panchayat),Pratibha Sharma(Child Welfare Committe Mathura District),Uma Shankar Sharma(Social Welfare officer of Mathura),Shyam Nishad ,Vinita Sharma ,Deepika Singh and Sheil Kishori(Bhagavatam Priest).

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Following a scheduled programme which started with the Welcome song to the Guests,the girls from different classes began their range of performances which varied,from Odissi Dances to Yoga Acrobatics and Martial arts(Karate),Patriotic or Devotional songs and dance numbers with a Bollywood twist to it,and the essential Stage Drama with the theme of the Programme.

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Towards the end of the program,several of our respected guests were invited on stage where they addressed the students giving them general advice regarding Child marriage,who to contact in case they have to deal with either parents or relatives who are trying to arrange for them to be married while in their puberty ,the existence of laws towards their protection,etc.

Such cases are becoming rarer nowadays due to these programs taking place and due to the level of education and support available to these girls.

Sandipani Muni school and Food for Life Vrindavan have always been and will always be at the forefront dealing with the Protection of women and girls in particular.

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