ADBU Disaster Response Team reaches out to Assam Flood Victims

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Women collecting their food packet

Tepesia Gardens: The Assam Don Bosco University, Disaster Response Team comprising of the faculty, staff and students organised a relief material distribution programme to victims of the Assam Floods in the Morigaon district of Assam here today 10th September (Sunday), some 120 kms away from the University Campus.

The team mobilised resources from within the university campus – Sonapur and Azara and was able to arrange food packets for 500 families and books, pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners and biscuits for 300 children of the schools that have been washed away by the recent Assam floods. The villagers are living in the camps as their villages have been eroded and now lie about 100 meters deep within the river Brahmaputra.

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The Relief Materials Transferred by a hand cart as the vehicle could not reach the Camp site. The water is part of the river Brahmaputra

The team members comprising of students and faculty from ADBU  – Social Work, Psychology and Life Sciences started at 8.15 am from ADBU Sonapur and arrived at the site at about 12.00 noon. It was a slow dive through flood eroded roads and half washed away bridges.

The distribution of books, pens, pencils, erasers and biscuits for the children was organised in a school ground near the main road. While the food packets were carried with the help of three hand carts to the camp site for distribution.

The programme was planned in consultation with the flood victims which was done through a planning visit in the month of August by an ADBU team. The staff of Morigaon Mahila Mefil, a local NGO guided the team in identifying the beneficiaries.

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ADBU Senior Students Welcome Freshers

Fresher.jpgTapesia: The post-graduate students of ADBU organised Freshers Social to welcome the post-graduate fresher students who joined this year, 2017. The programme had a colourful line up of items- dance, songs, instrumentals and of course a colourful ramp walk to select the Miss and Mr. Fresher 2017. It was organised at the atrium of the main academic building.

The objective of the programme is to make the new students feel welcomed and know know one another. This year the university is growing in number . There are about 250 students in the various first year post-graduate programmes of Social Sciences, Humanities and Life Sciences. Besides them there are also about another 250 undergraduate students who have just joined for BA – English, Psychology, Media and Education degree in ADBU, Sonapur campus this year.

Workshop Series on ‘Understanding Child Growth and Development’ begins in ADBU

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The participants of the workshop

ADBU (Tapesia Gardens):  A series of workshop on ‘Understanding Child Growth and Development’ begins today at Tapesia Campus of the University.

This workshop, unlike other workshops is a series of capacity building workshop for Anganwadi Workers and Helpers of Sonapur, Assam. Apart from 33 Anganwadi Workers and Helpers, the Child Development Project Officer of Dimoria Block and 3 Anganwadi Supervisors attended today’s workshop which focus on ‘Education – importance –Child and Society’.

Organized under the International Student Volunteer Exchange 2017 between the Department of Social Work and University College Dublin Volunteers Overseas, the workshop will spread over 4 months, covering topics as given:

Dates Theme
06/08/17 Education – importance – Child and Society 27/08/17 Physical Development
10/09/17 Emotional/Psychological Development
15/10/17 Social Development and Needs
05/11/17 Special Needs – Focus on Special Education

ADBU organises Free English and Personality Development Summer School Programme

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ADBU Volunteers engaging the students

ADBU (Tapesia Gardens): Assam Don Bosco University started its free Summer School Programme at its Sonapur Campus here today 24th July 2017. The programme is attended by 59 students of Classes/Standard IX and X from the neighbouring villages of Tapesia, Mahilipara, Jargaon, Sagoligaon, Naziraghat, Jugdhol, Upper Tapesia, Gariaghuli, Patarkuchi and Hathimurah. The programme is for a week, 24-29 July 2017.

 

The rationale of the programme is to enhance and build the English language capacity of the school students who go the government and vernacular medium schools so that they can also compete in the world out there where English is taken to be a medium of communication according to the programme note.

The programme besides aiming at English language improvement aims also at personality development and career building as can be seen from the objectives below.

  • To enhance the command of English Grammar among the students of high schools
  • To increase their academic performance in relation to the language.
  • To develop their self esteem and emotional well-being.
  • To augment their resilience i
  • n their pursuit for successful careers.

The initiative is taken by Center for Development Studies and Initiative assisted by the Department of Social Work, Department of English and Department of Psychology

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.