Social Work students mentored by UN termed ‘symbol of women Empowerment’

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ADBU, Social Work intents with Ms. Sunita Kashyap

Sonapur/Ranikhet: A team of six senior students from the department of Social Work, ADBU who are on fieldwork/internship with Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation (Grassroots), Ranikhet, Uttrakhand have been closely mentored and guided by Ms. Sunita Kashyap, who has been termed by the UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak, as a symbol and example of women empowering themselves and coming up with solutions to their problems, Monday, 12th March 2018.

While women face challenges, “rural women act as a major source of innovation, and ideas,” he told the inaugural session of the UN Commission on Status of Women (CSW) meeting on Monday.

“Take, for example, a woman named Sunita Kashyap. Her organisation supports 3,000 women farmers in India to grow and sell their own crops… These kinds of women do not need our help, in finding solutions” he added. “What they need is our support, in turning their ideas into reality.”

Kashyap founded Mahila Umang Producers Co., an organisation in Uttarkhand run by women farmers and producers. Besides marketing their products, it runs a micro-credit programme. Umang works closely with Grassroots, Ranikhet.

The interns are also staying in her house during the period of the fieldwork placement.

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UCDVO and ADBU plan – Int’l Student Volunteer Exchange Programme, 2018

Sonapur: The department of Social Work, ADBU and University College Dublin Volunteers Overseas (UCDVO) recently (5-10 March) held its planning meeting for International Student Volunteer Exchange Programme 2018 (June-July). The programme brings together students from University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland thorough its volunteering agency UCDVO and the Social Work students of ADBU for a period of one month inter-cultural and development experience in the villages of rural Assam. The exchange programme involves a process of one year planning, implementation and reflection.

The Programme envisages the following objectives

  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.

The programme started in 2014.

Celebrating Int’l Women’s Day 2000 miles away in the Himalayas

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ADBU students

Guwahati/Ranikhet: Six senior students of Social Work, ADBU, Guwahati who are on internship with Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation (Grassroots), Uttrakhand celebrated the International Women’s Day 2018 (March 8) in a little hill top Peace Park in the village of Talli Marai in the Alomra regions of Uttrakhand India with theme – “Press For Progress”  sub theme – “WOMEN, The Real Architect Of The Society, Educate Them To Educate The Future Generation.”  The celebration focused on the acts of courage of Kumaoni women in the history of their community. The event was participate by 270 students and women of the locality.

The event was marked by colorful dances and melodious songs that echoed through the hills and valleys of the Kumaoni hills. The celebration also had educative value as there were sessions on menstrual hygiene, reproductive health, environment, sanitation and waste management and a street play on issues of female infanticide.

The ADBU students performed a fusion Khasi, Jaintia, Garo, Assamese and Kumaoni dance.

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Celebrating Int’l Women’s Day 2018, Kumaon, Uttrakhand

Dept of Social Work wish Women Students and Colleagues on International Women’s Day

From – Department of Social Work, ADBU: The department of Social Work, ADBU wish all its women (students, staff and faculty) of the department and the university on this occasion of International Women’s Day – 2018, and resolve to uphold our commitment for gender equality, rights and justice. While, we acknowledge that there is injustice in the world, we resolve to affirm our belief that a world where men and women are treated equally – work, politics, education, society … is possible. Let society transform.

Theme of 2018: “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”.

Junior Social Work Students present a Puppet Show

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The Puppetry Stage

Sonapur: The junior students of Social Work, ADBU presented a puppet show to the university community here today 7th March 2018 on the theme of Social Commitment projects of Assam Don Bosco University, India. The show was a part of the Development Support Communication workshop that they have been undergoing for the past three days. It is an academic skill expected of every Social Work student of ADBU.

 

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ADBU organises Workshop for School Teachers

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Participants and of the Workshop

Sonapur: The department of Social Work, Assam Don Bosco University, Assam (ADBU) organised a two days national workshop on Understanding Child Growth and Development in Schools for school teachers on 1-2 March 2018. The workshop package aims at enhancing the effectiveness of a school as an institution of education through strengthening the capacity and ability of school teachers by understanding the child in the context of society, polity, economics, culture, physical, psychological, and special needs, thus making the teaching – learning process effective and child friendly within school in relation to larger socio-cultural milieu.

The workshop covered the following modules: Child – Society, Polity, Economy and Culture; Child – Education and Methodology of Education; Child – Sex, Gender and Gender Roles; Child – Growth and Development: Physical, Psychological, Social, and Special Need; Child – Rights in the context of education and discipline.

The workshop arises out of the need to realise the the importance of understanding the child in the context of his or her location, background and orientation by teachers in order that education becomes effective.

The workshop was attended  by teachers of Society for Youth Development and Educational Services which runs a semi-residential school called St. John Bosco School, Patgaon in Kokrajhar district of Assam, India. The School has a wide pool of teachers from the states of Assam, Odisha, Sikkim and West Bengal. It has a strength of 368 students from class I to X, and 22 staff members. Majority of the students come from families and villages that have been victims of ethnic conflict and violence of lower Assam.

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A Group presentation on Positive Disciplining

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.