In’tl Exchange Programme, 2017 – Community Day Celebrations and Conclusion Ceremony Schedule

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The Renovated Anganwadi in Upper Tapesia

ADBU (Sonapur): Greetings from International Student Volunteer Exchange Programme, 2017 Team, ADBU, Sonapur.

This is in continuation of the updates that we have been sharing with you all on the International Student Volunteer Exchange Programme 2017 which is being collaboratively implemented by Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU), India and University College Dublin Volunteers Overseas (UCDVO), Ireland in the villages of Sonapur. The programme started on 9th June and will conclude on 8th July 2017.

The programme comprises of 15 Indian and 16 Irish volunteers accompanied by team leaders and faculty members.

The objectives are –

  1. To channel the skills, energy and enthusiasm of university students into projects which enhance the development of marginalised and underprivileged communities.
  2. To create space and opportunity for university students from ADBU, India and University College Dublin (UCD) Ireland to share learning and experience in the areas of participatory community development and social outreach.
  3. To enhance intercultural awareness between students and communities for the purpose of increasing global solidarity and interconnectedness.
  4. To promote attitude of appreciation for other cultures, practices, and traditions.

As we are in the last week of the programme I would like to give out the schedule an invite you all for the village community days that the student volunteers are going to organise in different villages on different days and also for the closing ceremony on 7th July 2017 in ADBU, Sonapur Campus. The programme details are given below –

Community Day Celebrations (respective villages)

  1. Patarkuchi , 4th July 2017, at 10.00 am (near Club House)
  2. Upper Tapesia, 4th July 2017, at 2.00 pm (in LP School)
  3. Hatimurah, 6th July 2017, at 10 am (near Anganwadi Center)
  4. Goriyaguli, 6th July 2017, at 10 am (in LP School)

Closing Ceremony at ADBU Sonapur Campus

7th July 2017, at 1.30 pm, (Academic Building, ADBU, Sonapur)

*Kindly note that the community programmes in villages are generally flexible in time.

Some activities carried out till date (2nd July 2017)

  1. Renovated four anganwadi centers
  2. Installation of a drinking water pump
  3. Workshops on – education, health & hygiene, language enhancement, adult literacy, women empowerment, domestic violence etc…
  4. Staged street plays – education, health, domestic violence and land issues
  5. Workshops on street play and grassroots comics for volunteers etc….
  6. Games and sports – children, women and youth

 

Student Volunteers stage Street Play

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A screen shot of the Street Play in satellite channel DY365

Sonapur (ADBU): A team of 30 student volunteers from Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) and University College Dublin Volunteers Overseas (UCDVO) staged a street play in Sonapur market here today 17th June 2017 on themes of education, alcoholism, education, land issues and sale of property leading to impoverishment. The play was watched by a huge gathering of market goers – men, women, children and youth. ‘The students did a wonderful play which portrayed a reality in our villages’ according to Ms. Rongpipi of Sonapur.

The play got a huge media coverage and was also telecast in News Live, Dy365, Protidin, and Prag News between 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm news hours. The team are having an intercultural exchange programme between the two institutions. It is a month long programme. It began on 9th June and will conclude on 8th July.

ADBU-UCDVO begin Volunteering Programme 2017

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Children of Goriyaguli village dancing during inauguration

ADBU (Soapur): ADBU and UCDVO have commenced the international student volunteering exchange programme 2017 here today 11th June 2017 with colourful opening ceremonies in the villages of Hatimurah, Patarkuchi, Goriyaguli and Upper Tapesia. The opening ceremonies were participated in large numbers by villagers, well wishers and ADBU staff members.

The Exchange Programme 2017 is the fourth year of collaboration between ADBU and UCDVO. It began in 2014 with a team of 23 members and today the team comprise of 33 members.

The Exchange Programme aims –

  1. To channel the skills, energy and enthusiasm of university students into projects
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    Children of Patarkuchi village dancing Assamese and Karbi mixed dance

    which enhance the development of marginalised and underprivileged communities.

  2. To create space and opportunity for university students from ADBU, India and University College Dublin (UCD) Ireland to share learning and experience in the areas of participatory community development and social outreach.
  3. To enhance intercultural awareness between students and communities for the purpose of increasing global solidarity and interconnectedness.
  4. To promote attitude of appreciation for other cultures, practices, and traditions.

Final Year Social Work Students begin Final Block Placement

ADBU, Sonapur: The 2015-2017 batch of 57 students of Master of Social Work, ADBU have began their final one month Block Placement – a requirement for academic accomplishment for the degree of Social Work today, 1st June in different organisations across the country.

The Master of Social Work programme in ADBU requires the students to carry out concurrent fieldwork in the first two semesters, two continuous placements of one month each in the third and fourth semesters, and a final Block Placement after the end semester examination of the fourth semester. The students are placed in different ogranisations and trusts – working in the areas of education, health, mental health, livelihoods, child protection, women development … to name a few.

The students report to the faculty in charge on a regular basis and mentoring is provided by the faculty on a daily basis.

JDP recognised as a space for academic writing

Guwahati: The Journal of Development Practice (International) anchored by the department of Social Work, Assam Don Bosco University, India has been recognised and listed by the University Grants Commission (UGC), India as a space for academic writing followed by related rights of authors for claims of Academic Professional Index (API) for promotion in academic career.

According to the editor of the Journal, Jacob Islary ‘what began in a humble way with young scholars will remain to be so with its elements of endeavour for rigourous academic and professional writing.’

For more about the Journal follow the link http://journals.dbuniversity.ac.in/ojs/index.php/jdp/index

Partners visit from UCDVO

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The Logos of Participating Institutions

Sonapur: Partners from University College Dublin Volunteers Overseas (UCDVO) Emily and Orlagh visited Department of Social Work, Assam Don Bosco University for a planning trip for the forth coming International Student Volunteer Exchange Programme June 9th to July 9 2017. It is project that is carried out between Department of Social Work, ADBU, India and UCDVO, Ireland in the villages of rural Assam. This year the project will be implemented in Kamarkuchi panchayat of Sonapur, Assam.

This is the second phase of the project. The first phase was from 2014 to 2016. In 2014 it was implemented in Azara panchayat of Kamrup district, in 2015 in Borkhat panchayat of Sonapur, in 2016 in Tapesia area of Kamarkuchi panchayat.

The objectives of the Programme are –

  1. To channel the skills, energy and enthusiasm of university students into projects which enhance the development of marginalised and underprivileged communities.
  2. To create space and opportunity for university students from ADBU, India and University College Dublin (UCD) Ireland to share learning and experience in the areas of participatory community development and social outreach.
  3. To enhance intercultural awareness between students and communities for the purpose of increasing global solidarity and interconnectedness.
  4. To promote attitude of appreciation for other cultures, practices, and traditions.

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