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Ekya / June 13, 2019 Posted by : administrator

I am Roshan Nair, a student from Ekya ITPL 10th grade. When I was offered an internship by Indus Action, all I could think was the fact that this would be a wonderful opportunity to get out into the real world and learn something. I knew it would be a chance to broaden my knowledge, meet new people and acquaintances. The experience was bound to put me out of my comfort zone, help me expand, learn the best possible ways to communicate effectively. The internship would expose me to what the world wanted from a speaker and how to put forward the most concise and eloquent content.

Despite all these expectations I had gathered, my experience at Indus Action was a memorable one. I had an opportunity to know how office work is done, communicate and be independent.

The first day I walked into the office, I was completely enraptured by the aesthetic of the office and not to mention filled with excitement. I met my fellow interns and we all bonded over our first day. Enough though I was the only intern of the three of us for blogging, I never felt left out.

Mahua ma’am was an amazing person to have as a mentor over the course of my internship. Although she had a busy schedule, she was ever patient with all of us and explained everything we needed to know about communication. She was the one who gave me pointers on how to capture my listener’s attention and not lose them halfway through.

I learnt so much over these past few weeks. I learnt things from how scripting works, to what goes into designing a blog post and the behind the scenes of a voice call.  I also learnt to be independent by booking a cab and travelling by myself. Sitting through a business call and learning about all the adjustments and negotiations that go into a call, was an eye-opener.

These four weeks made my summer of 2019 the most memorable one I have ever had. I am truly grateful to all those who extended this opportunity towards me. Looking forward to my next WEP.

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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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Environment Day at Ekya School Byrathi

The environment is everything that determines the life of us, the human beings on this earth. World Environment Day is celebrated on 5th June every year, as declared by the UN General Assembly in 1972. The main aim of observing this day is to change the attitude towards the environment and advocate partnership between each human being and society to ensure a safe future.

Ekya School Byrathi celebrated the world environment day on 04/06/19 Tuesday with full vigor and enthusiasm.

The celebration started with a special morning assembly dedicated to the environment day. The event was followed by showing a short film on Global warming, pollution, and solution for the same. Teachers interacted with the students on how they can become an active citizen to help and change our environment. As a part of this celebration, the students participated in a group activity where they contributed their ideas for change as a Slogan.

This was strengthened further by a short film on Reuse, Recycle and Reduce. The students then reflected upon their new learnings and shared the five changes that they will bring about at an individual level for the welfare of the environment.

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WEP 2019 Experience/ Learnings – Diya Baid and Aashmika Varma, Grade 10 Ekya School ITPL

Internship at Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled Name: Diya Baid and Aashmika Varma Internship duration: 4 weeks Spending 4 weeks at Samarthanam was a wonderful experience and has taught me a lot. I got t to meet many different people. On my first day at Samarthanam, we were sent to the ‘vocational and counseling unit’ where we made paper bags. Over here, we also met Baba Jaan who helped us with our paper bags. In addition to making paper bags, we met our fellow interns Kamro, Sandra and Abhishek. Kamro instructed us about what we have to do daily. She was very friendly and also very hardworking. Towards the end of the day, we went to the recording studio where we recorded books for the visually impaired. Recording books was a completely new experience for us and we had a lot of fun doing this. From our next day onwards we got very different work. We were sent to organize a summer camp for children from grade 4 - 10. This summer camp was sponsored by ANZ so each day a few volunteers from ANZ would also come. All the children were divided into 2 groups- 4th to 7th and 8th to 10th. On our first day, we went to higher school kids. Our topic for the day was indoor games and we enjoyed talking to all the students and we were truly surprised to see their positive and happy attitude. The summer camp lasted for 2 weeks and we enjoyed each and every moment with all the children even though sometimes the language barrier made communication difficult. Once the summer camp ended we had work involving computers and data entry. We did a lot of data entry for Parisara in the field of dry waste collection. In addition to data entry, we worked with Mr. Subash (centerhead). We helped in developing content for a dictionary for rural kids who have little to no access to modern education and English. During this time we also met many different interns who had very pleasant personalities. Every single day we would record books as it was one of the most fun things to do. We also saw a few ‘speech and hearing’ impaired people who were communicating through sign language. This really fascinated us. We spent the next two weeks of our internship doing data entry, preparing dictionary content and recording. On the last day of our internship, we got field work. We did gardening. We started by loosening the soil, then adding manure, watering the soil, planting the seeds and then watering the seeds once again. We also got to learn about the composting setup Samarthanam has. They prepare manure by using kitchen waste. We also got to see their STP, where they reuse and recycle water. This recycled water is used in the washrooms. With this, our internship at Samarthanam came to an end. We enjoyed our internship very much and also learned a lot. Lastly, I would like to thank our school and the authorities at Samarthanam for giving us this opportunity. To make our internship more memorable, my friend Aashmika and I have prepared a blog. Here is the link for the same: aashmikav502.wixsite.com/samarthanam
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