Times Foundation collaborates with schools, universities and NGOs to educate India's under-privileged. The entire knowledge base is improved through soft skills training workshops for teachers, career guidance programs, awards for best teachers, and innovative methods in teaching. In honing better teachers, there is hope for better education and future nation builders.
Under project Masoom (Good Touch & Bad Touch), a Teachers Training programme was organised by Vasundhara Foundation, Chalisgaon Maharashtra. The training was conducted by Times Foundation, Ahmedabad and attended by 400 school teachers. Taking this project a step ahead, the teachers groomed through this session will train students of their school in due course of time.
Project Masoom, which deals with child abuse, has been working over the years in conducting Good Touch Bad Touch sessions for children. This time, the project has widened its scope by organising ‘Train the Trainer’ programme which aims at coaching school teachers about child abuse. On 5th March, the programme was conducted for 68 Taluka School Teachers of Dholka Taluka under Ahmedabad district at Girls School, Dholka and 47 Taluka School Teachers of Bavla Taluka under Ahmedabad district at Bavla.
The Teacher Awards for Innovative Teaching was open to all teachers across Karnataka, who were teaching from classes 6 to 10. The innovative methods used in class along with lesson plans, and the effectiveness of that method was the primary focus for the selection of teachers for the award. A total of 14 awards for winners and runners up were presented by Deeksha, the sponsoring partner for TAFIT. The supporting partners also included Christ University.
Month: January, 2019 As a joint initiative by Bennett Touch & Times Foundation, Joy of Giving week was celebrated by employees at Ahmedabad office from 14th January 2019 to 21st January 2019. Employees generously donated school stationeries which were gifted to children of SHWAAS NGO for their educational betterment.
The Times Foundation, Bangalore, organized Teacher Awards for innovative teaching known as 'TAFIT', as an initiative to recognize and appreciated teachers across both rural and urban Karnataka. The initiative is part of Times Foundation's four year noble work. The TAFIT comprised of its panel jury including experts from the field of education, Deputy Director- education cell, Professor- education cell and our senior editor pondering over the aspect of inclusivity of education. The panel further conducted a final round of interview on 22nd of January, 2017 shortlisting a number of fifty teachers to bring forth their innovative and creative methods and their assessment. The TAFIT organized award felicitating ceremony on 28th of January, 2017 with the commissioner-education department in Karnataka as the chief guest. The chief guest presented awards to the final five winners and five runners up.
The Times Foundation, Ahemdabad in collaboration with Times Foundation and NIE launched third phase of education campaign famously known as ''Pasti ki Masti''. The event requested the readers and school students to donate paper waste. In the month of January, the Times Foundation collected 17830 kg of paper waste from its readers. The beneficiaries from the proceeds was utilized to put twenty three drop out girls back to school.
The Times Foundation, Bangalore, in collaboration with Banjara Academy organized a career counseling program bringing forth different students and helping them to select prudential career options. The program aimed for providing the students the methods of selecting careers, and means to assess one's capabilities. The experts from Banjara academy advocated on new and exciting career opportunities and the courses that have come up recently. There were discussions with every participant on future prospects of what they were already pursuing. There were many in the workshop that had already chosen careers, however, expressed concerns and thus, willed for a career change. While there was a question and answer session the students were presented to take a leaf out of the books of experience from their respective elders and set their long term goals accordingly. The techniques were listed out for better study skills, improving concentration and focus, and reducing exam related stress. The participants expressed immense contentment at the end of the program and went back with the reassurance from Banjara academy to contact them for future issues and concerns as a free service.
Date: 27th November, 2018 Times Foundation along with the Department of Public Libraries, Department of Education, Karnataka, undertook a one month programme on Interactive Library for 180 Government school students at its e-library at Jayanagar, Bangalore. Times Foundation launched this programme with the help of its trainer, who is a specialist in education, to impart knowledge about the programme to the school students of class 6-7.The enthusiastic students were exposed to interactive learning by writing their own short stories, creating books and illustrating them. The sessions were designed to motivate children to visit the city libraries and acquaint them with the resources available. The young authors composed stories with a conflict, a climax and a resolution. They learned how to write dialogues and add descriptive language. Students worked hard at learning these new concepts and incorporating them in their stories. They worked in groups, and each group produced a book. This first effort at authorship from these students is a varied collection of original short stories with colourful illustrations made by the young artists in the group. While this is clearly a first effort, including missteps and errors, it is also a first step towards the possibility of becoming an author as an adult.
Phir Likhega India Date: 23rd January, 2018 Location: Mumbai On the occasion of National Handwriting Day and as a part of our ongoing campaign ‘Phir Likhega India’, Times Foundation along with Times NIE (Newspaper in Education) organised ‘National Handwriting Day’ at Municipal School, Navi Mumbai. More than 250 students from classes V to IX participated in the event that was conducted in association with Education Department, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation. Mr. Jayawant Sutar, Mayor, Navi Mumbai, was the chief guest at the event. Prizes were given away to the best three students as part of the competition. Additionally, a special workshop on handwriting: its benefits and ways to improve handwriting was conducted by an expert from the Institute of Graphology. The Head of Education Department, Navi-Mumbai had welcomed the initiative wholeheartedly and provided immense support which greatly helped us make it successful.
The Times Foundation, Bangalore, organised a brief session on Discipline and responsibility. A number of activities were undertaken to practically impart learning to the staff. The interactive sessions comprised of some live experiences to motivate the participants. The second session began with a chain game and continued with a similar module followed in previous sessions. A similar process of conversation and dialogue was followed int his session imparting the importance of being positive and knowing one's responsibilities in life.
The Times of India in collaboration with Times Foundation and NIE launched the third phase of education campaign, namely, "Pasti Ki Masti", at Ahmedabad and Vadodara. The readers and school students dedicatedly donated the paper waste. The benefits achieved were utilized in putting a number of one hundred and fifty underprivileged dropout girls back to school.
Times Foundation has initiated a noble program to provide a safe haven for health care, education and other services for the children of labourers at the construction sites. The program ran its first day care centre along with Aide-et-Action in Delhi at NBCC site for the children of labourers. For this program, the Times Foundation has collaborated with NBCC and its contractors providing meal, healthcare support and education for a number of fifty children. This collaboration aided in order to provide fresh, clean, healthy, nutritious mid-day meals, education and healthcare to the children residing at the construction sites.