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Ekya / April 10, 2019 Posted by : administrator

Every student has a professional goal, and at Ekya we give our students every opportunity to explore the professional world before making their career choices. The knowledge gained in a classroom is quite different from the knowledge gained from real-life experiences. From expert talks to outbound learning we ensure that our students get best of knowledge, and Work Exposure Program (WEP) is one such effort from Ekya.

The WEP of Ekya Schools places the students of grade 9 -12 in reputed organizations for the summer internships to get a brief understanding of the work environment. It gives them an opportunity to network with professionals, gain professional feedback, and make informed decisions about their career path. The WEP 2019 has just started and our students are busy being professionals in organizations such as; Advance Education & Computer Services, XLR8, Olive Planet, Play Arena, The Green Pocket, Goobes Book Republic, Vita Beans Neural Solutions, Arius Holidays, Photomojo, Reap Benefit, Bengaluru FC, Lodestar, Crazy Holidays.

During this period our students will get familiarized with various functions of an organization. Get hands-on experience in marketing activities such as sales, digital marketing, social media campaigns, eCommerce, writing blogs, data management, etc. They will learn about basic designing and animation, designing and validation of new products. They will be involved in administrative activities such as; taking and tracking orders, guiding and preparing activities for summer camp, assist with the running of the store, inventory, stock taking, selection of books for purchase, reading and learning to map a bookstore for the local citizens, etc. They will also be coaching students, officiating at tournaments, learn the basics of photography, understanding customer requirements, figuring out new ways to do digital marketing, build online communities, and learn accounts function.

Many NGOs such as; U&I, Sandesh, Avasar Foundation, Key Education Foundation, Diya Foundation, Indus Action, Udhyam Learning Foundation, CRY-Child Rights and You and Reap Benefit have accepted our students for summer internships. NGO experience will introduce the students to Field/Community work, content writing, fundraising, database management, curriculum development, vocational/daycare activities, RTE applications, online crowdfunding, surveys, social campaigns, etc.

With so much to learn we are sure that our students will have loads of things to talk about the WEP of this summer. We will soon share their experiences at WEP 2019 in our blog section.

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Ekya / April 03, 2024

The Power of Learning with Intent: A Guide to Purposeful Education

In a world brimming with information, the art of learning has evolved beyond the mere acquisition of facts. Learning with intent, a deliberate approach to education emphasises quality over quantity, depth over breadth, and purpose over passive absorption. It’s about cultivating a mindset that transforms knowledge into meaningful action and empowers individuals to navigate the complexities of the modern age effectively.

At its core, learning with intent involves setting clear objectives and actively engaging with the subject matter. Whether exploring a new language, delving into scientific principles, or honing a creative skill, intentionality infuses each learning endeavour with purpose and direction. As Albert Einstein aptly said, "The only source of knowledge is experience." This quote amplifies the importance of active participation and hands-on learning, highlighting that true understanding arises from deliberate engagement with the material.

Furthermore, engaging actively with the material is paramount. Embrace challenges and embrace mistakes as opportunities for growth. This proactive approach not only deepens your understanding but also cultivates critical thinking and problem-solving skills essential for success in any field.

Moreover, learning with intent emphasises relevance and applicability. Seek out opportunities to apply newfound knowledge in real-world scenarios, bridging the gap between theory and practice. By contextualising learning within your personal or professional sphere, you enhance its significance and utility, making it more likely to stick.

In conclusion, learning with intent is a transformative approach that transcends traditional notions of education. By setting clear objectives, engaging actively, prioritising relevance, and fostering a growth mindset, individuals can harness the full potential of learning to achieve their goals and thrive in an ever-changing world. So, embark on your learning journey with purpose, and let each lesson propel you towards a brighter, more fulfilling future.

By Sweta Pradeep Rao

Senior English Educator

Ekya School JP Nagar

Ekya / April 02, 2024

Gadget-free Summer Break

With summer vacation around, I urge parents to explore various ways to facilitate children to make healthy choices during their vacation time.

Last week, when we asked our Early Years to visualise their characters and create a story, most of them came up with stories about ghosts and monsters attacking others.  When we had conversations about what gave them this idea, we understood that these story ideas emanated from their online games. While gaming per se develops specific skills and requires focus, it also stifles the imagination of young children. Since it is visually appealing, children tend to remember those images in their heads all the time.

I often see parents providing very young children (1 year to 3 year olds)  with gadgets as the means to keep children engaged and entertained. I see children watching phones in the waiting areas of clinics, hospitals, school lobbies and banks.

This brings us to a fundamental question “ Should children be engaged by parents all the time?” Not necessarily. What is likely to happen if children were not handed over gadgets at the waiting lounges? What would they do? Some of them may cry, some may throw a loud tantrum, and some may crib. If parents show resilience and allow children to settle down themselves, they will soon find ways to keep themselves engaged. Likewise, during summer vacation. What if this is a “no gadget” vacation and parents do not take up the responsibility to engage their children? What would children do? How can parents show resilience here and facilitate children to make healthy choices? I leave the readers with this thought for this summer vacation.

Mathangi R,

Head of School,

Ekya NICE Road.

Ekya / April 02, 2024

The Eye of the Storm

In the hushed embrace of an Indian evening, our journey began, a symphony of anticipation orchestrated by the hum of jet engines and the flutter of boarding passes. The promise of adventure beckoned from distant shores as we boarded our flight bound for the United Kingdom, our hearts aflutter with dreams of far-off lands and newfound horizons. But as we soared through the velvet sky, a foreboding shadow loomed on the horizon, a harbinger of the chaos that was soon to unfold. In the blink of an eye, the tranquil serenity of our airborne sanctuary was shattered by a deafening crack, a burst of purple lightning that danced across the heavens with an otherworldly fervour. The air crackled with electricity as the plane shuddered beneath the force of the storm, its metal frame quivering in defiance against the tempestuous onslaught. And then, in a heart-stopping moment of sheer terror, the heavens unleashed their fury upon us, casting our fragile vessel into a maelstrom of chaos and uncertainty. The sky darkened to a shade of ominous charcoal as the winds howled with a primal ferocity, tearing at the wings of our faltering craft with savage intent. The cabin was awash with panicked cries and frantic prayers as we clung to our seats with white-knuckled desperation, each passing moment stretching into eternity.

And then, as if mocking our feeble attempts at control, the plane tilted almost 180 degrees, its nose plummeting towards the earth with a sickening lurch. Time seemed to stand still as we hurtled towards the ground, our fate hanging in the balance as the world spun wildly out of control. But just when all hope seemed lost, a glimmer of salvation emerged from the chaos, a beacon of light amidst the encroaching darkness. With a mighty roar, the engines surged to life once more, their thunderous symphony drowning out the cacophony of the storm as we clawed our way back from the brink of oblivion. As the storm clouds parted and the sun cast its golden rays upon the horizon, we emerged battered but unbroken, our spirits buoyed by the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity. And though our journey had been fraught with peril and uncertainty, we emerged from the crucible of the skies stronger and more resilient than ever before. For in the crucible of adversity, we discovered the true measure of our strength, our courage, and our unwavering determination to defy the odds and chart our course through the tempestuous seas of life. As we touched down on solid ground once more, I couldn't help but marvel at the beauty of the world around us, a testament to the indomitable spirit of the human soul.

Arjun Narasimhan Kuppuswamy

Grade 8C

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Tips for a productive summer vacation

Summer vacation is the happiest time for a student. Four to six weeks of holidays from school after a busy academic year is no doubt the best time to unwind. There are a whole of things for a student to catch up on, in the summer break; movies in the watch list, the social media updates that were missed during exams, a new cafe that opened recently, chatting with friends, a long pending trip, a video game, and the list goes on. In the midst of it all, there is boredom that is bound to creep in after a couple of weeks of relaxation. Here are a few productive things that can make your summer break rewarding and memorable; 1. Read a book: If you are looking for entertainment and information at the same time, books are the best. There are numerous benefits of reading, and it's the best way to spend some meaningful time during the summer holidays. There is a book for everyone, whatever your interest may be. Pick one of your choices and see how it stimulates your mind, improves your concentration and memory, and offers free entertainment. 2. Get involved in social service; Summer holidays are the best time to learn a few lessons that require your involvement to influence the lives of the needy. Spending a day in an orphanage, old age home, pet shelter, etc. will not only make their inhabitants happy but also help you develop empathy towards others and their problems. An important life lesson that can go a long way in making you a good human being. 3. Indulge in a hobby. There can't be a better way to unwind than being involved in a hobby, the creative stress busters. Learn to play a new musical instrument, paint as much as you like, learn to sing, learn to cook or bake, and enjoy gaining perfection in a hobby of your choice. 4. Learn a new language; With the world shrinking to a global village, it is always better to learn a new language which is actually a new medium of acquiring knowledge. It broadens our perspectives and helps us understand different cultures better. 5. Learn a sport; Physical activities are good for the mind and body. With so much time in hand and it would be a nice idea to learn a sport that you are fond of. Swimming, tennis, basketball, football, cricket, etc. are sports activities that are offered in most summer camps and one must use the opportunity to learn a new sport. 6. Connect with nature; Take a walk or go play in the nearby park. Breathe in some fresh air and give yourself the much-required energy boost. Do yoga and meditation for a peaceful and happy vacation. 7. Participate in household chores & spend more time with your family members. If you have neglected home all through the year, well this is the time to make up for it. Help your parents in their chores. Have some sibling time, spend time with your grandparents and play with your pet. These activities will never let you get bored. 8. Sleep well and eat right; Relaxation is the agenda for the summer holidays so catch up with all the sleep that you missed during your exams. Avoid junk and learn to relish some healthy food this summer break. 9. Don't forget school assignments; In all the fun don't completely ignore your school assignments. Spend some time understanding the gaps in the previous year and learning briefly about the subjects in the next academic year. It is better to start the year with some insights into all subjects and be prepared for the challenges. Now that you know what to do, create your list of activities for this summer vacation. We wish you all a very happy and productive vacation.
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