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Ekya / December 06, 2021 Posted by : administrator

What is social wellness?  It is about nurturing ourselves, others and our relationships. Social wellness consists of not only balancing our own physical, mental, and emotional health, but also actively participating as an interdependent piece of the bigger puzzle. As facilitators we are not only responsible to care for our personal connections, we also care about the greater good of society, including our communities and the environment. A larger part of them are our pupils.

We may openly communicate the needs, feelings, and thoughts of the learners to trust us and actively listen with empathy when they share with us.  It involves engaging in and enjoying positive interactions with them while learning to make it leisure. Building and maintaining meaningful friendships and connections for them to propagate it further in their other spheres of life.

To cultivate social wellness the following habits are inevitable. We as facilitators must practice it before we preach.

*We should practice self care.

*We should introspect and get to know ourselves, knowing who you are, who you want to be helps —identify your needs, preferences and values and communicate them to the people around you.

*We should take responsibility for both the good and the bad and not push the blame on others.

*We should maintain friendships with individuals who respect, love, and accept us for who we are.

*We should appreciate ourselves and others.

“Lead by example. Practice what you preach or don’t preach at all. Walk the talk. Learners watch what you do more than they listen to what you say. Inspire, challenge, and encourage them to do their best by doing YOUR best!” —- Unknown

The pandemic has given us enough reason to create an environment where every individual (teachers, pupils, parents) contributed in their own way. They kept a message that one must cherish – mutual relationships, empathy, belonging, hard work, kindness, respect and taking care of health, a healthy lifestyle, and nutrition.

Online learning had the greatest impact on the quality of the learning experience and students’ mental as well as physical health. A physically active lifestyle is the need of the hour. We as facilitators must imbibe in the learners the importance of physical activities along with a healthy diet to have sustainable growth both mentally and physically. It is our responsibility as social beings to contribute to sustained social wellness. We must inculcate the habit of a healthy lifestyle which includes taking care of one’s health by indulging in physical activities, mental awareness, and a well-nourished diet.

Finally, I would like to conclude that the purpose of this mutual collaboration and helping one another is to encourage social wellness and a healthy way of life because social wellness is more vitally important to our overall health.

Healthy Mind. Healthy Body. Healthy Life.

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Ekya / October 10, 2023

The Truth of Time

The Truth of Time

The mountain tops shiver As the snow begins to shower The water flows to cover The secrets of the river.

The birds trill near the lake As the morning sun awake The lion cub to take The crown for the sake.

The windows patter The things clatter The world scatter As our deeds matter

Isana G K
Grade 7
Ekya Schools, ITPL

Ekya / October 10, 2023

Financial literacy from an early age

It’s Jan 2022, I am in grade 6 as a substitute teacher. I ask the students to introduce themselves. They also get curious to know about me. As soon as I tell them that I am a senior grade teacher and I teach Accounts and Business studies, they are intrigued. The word Business catches their attention and some of them express their interest in Finance.
Now, I was fascinated to hear the word finance from such young children. Particularly fascinated by a young student Ms Ahaana Shetty, who explained how she manages her pocket money, as taught to her by her father. She had a clear understanding of creating a balance between saving and spending.
This was not the case in the earlier times. We can quote examples of celebrities who, despite having earned a fortune, burnt their hands at poor financing decisions. Amitabh Bachan’s ABCL took on more than it could handle, like the Miss World pageant, and exhausted all money. Then it took bank loans which it couldn't repay. Mr. Bachchan had retired, so there was no income and no savings. The moral of the story is, that even if people earn astronomical sums, they need to invest it so that it keeps growing.
Having said that, it boils down to the fact that financial literacy at an early age is pivotal for building a strong foundation for financial well-being throughout life. Teaching children about money, budgeting, savings and investments from a young age will help them make informed financial decisions. They can avoid the financial perils faced commonly by people.
The challenge in educating young children about finance would be the financial jargon which they may find overwhelming and difficult to understand. Hence it becomes important to use age-appropriate terminology.
As parents, we can give a reasonable amount of allowance to our children and ask them to use it wisely for needs, and wants and also save a part of it. This will help them to understand the concept of budgeting. We must also encourage them to make informed purchasing decisions, look for discounts and become a smart shopper.
A simple step like opening a savings bank account for the child and making them understand how a bank account works will introduce them to the importance of keeping money safe. They will understand how regular savings will grow over some time due to the compounding of interest.
Children must be taught about loans too. They need to understand that loans should not be borrowed if one is not sure of financial ability to repay. Also, they need to be taught that loans must be repaid timely, or else they will keep becoming bigger due to accumulating interest.
Older children can be introduced to the concepts of stocks and mutual funds. They can be encouraged to follow investments over time and learn about the dynamics of stock markets.
Schools can introduce financial literacy programs and take initiatives to incorporate financial education as part of the curriculum.
I would like to conclude by saying that it is essential for everyone to be financially literate and wisely invest money to grow it. It is equally important to keep track of investments. One should not spend more than what one earns, even if the earnings are enormous, otherwise, the money will not last very long. Remember, it is your money.

Ekya / October 10, 2023

A Guide To Navigating Academic Stress

Academic pressure and impending board exams can feel like an overwhelming storm, but as a 10th-grade student who's been through the burnout ringer, I've discovered effective strategies to stay afloat. When stress creeps in, I lean on a toolbox of coping mechanisms that help me maintain balance and clarity.

Understanding my panic patterns has been key. I've learnt that giving my all is important, but the outcome isn't a mirror of my worth. I remind myself of this and reframe my perspective. To escape my study-clogged mind, I turn to books – they whisk me away to new worlds, however briefly. Music acts as a soothing balm; I limit panic to 5 minutes and then channel my energy into finding solutions.

Engaging in physical activities is another lifesaver. Running or spending time outdoors channels my pent-up energy, allowing my mind to reset. Moreover, taking up hobbies like painting or playing a musical instrument provides a welcome distraction and cultivates a sense of accomplishment beyond academics.

Remember, you're more than your grades. Embrace your unique strengths, employ these strategies, and watch stress lose its grip. With determination, self-awareness, and a dash of escapism, you'll breeze through the academic whirlwind.

Written By: Ahaana Singhal Student of Grade 10

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#StudentBlogger: The Beauty of Nature By, Avika Pushpa S Grade 5, Ekya BTM

Nature, nature everywhere, 

Trees and flowers here and there Vines and creepers all around  

Leaves are falling on the ground 

I hear crunches when I walk 

Leaves have fallen across the block I talk to nature, she hears me 

She responds through a tree 

Its leaves rustle, Its branches sway She is passing on day-by-day 

Don’t chop the trees, don’t pluck the leaves It’s nature that we need to see 

Take a breath and smell the rose A sweet aroma you get up your nose This is nature all around 

We mustn’t lose it, it's our standing ground

- By Avika Pushpa S-Grade 5

#TeacherBlogger: Our Animal Friends By, Manu Kakkar, Ekya ITPL

 Our Animal friends

“Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals, cannot be a good man”

Wow! what a wonderful quote. I am sure, all ardent animal lovers will agree with me. Animals lovers are the best people to be around because no one else understands care and compassion better than them. Don’t we just love to be with our pet friends after returning from school or work? The relation that you develop with an animal is lifelong and firm. Animals respond back with all their love and affection and will always protect us. Adopting or taking a pet requires a lot of patience and love. It takes some time to build a trusting relationship but once this bond is formed, nothing can stop or change this friendship which only deepens with time. If there is one thing animals teach us is unconditional, selfless love. They comfort us and wait for us for hours when we are gone for some time.

Whether the animal is a dog or cat or guinea pig, caring for them has a magical impact. Children should be encouraged to be kind and compassionate towards animals. Kids naturally are attracted to animals. They have a desire to care for them. This not only benefits the animals but also builds character and helps our children develop into empathetic human beings. So let us make a promise to always be kind and compassionate to our animal friends. Let us understand them.

“Lots of people talk to animals, not very many listen though, that is the problem.

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