'Chinnari', stories book authored by the students during 'School Radio Workshop' was released on 22 October 2019 at SMS Sanskrit High School, Kovvuru.
A three day School Radio workshop was held at SMS Sanskrit High School, Kovvuru, West Godavari District, from 12 to 14 August 2019. 45 students and two teachers have participated in the workshop. The participants have learnt the basics of Radio Production. They learnt script writing, editing and recording.
'Pipeelike Pipeelike Kimartham Damshasi' is the Sanskrit version of the Telugu book 'Cheema Cheema Yenduku Kuttavu?' published by School Radio. All the stories were translated into Sanskrit by the students of 'Sri Mavuleti Somaraju Sanskrit High School, Kovvuru'. The book was released on 11 February 2020.
Participatory Methods were used in the workshop. Games, audio visuals, activities, team building exercises and Small Group Discussions were used. School Radio workshop focused on hands on learning processes. In School Radio workshop, students and teachers have learnt together. Students took the initiative to select the topic out of the themes identified by School Radio under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Teachers’ role was minimal in identification and selection of content, and in writing scripts. After writing the script by students, on their request, teachers took part in supporting the students if there was any requirement of correction to the scripts they had created. Introduction to story arch, how to write a story, audio recording and editing were taught. Students formed into four teams. Two groups developed script on Waste Management, and other two groups developed scripts about their school, and about their home town. Later, on third day, stories in Telugu were developed using story cards by students of sixth to tenth standard. Two of the teachers took the responsibility to anchor the programme.
Children worked on story cards and had created beautiful stories and there was no limit to their imagination and they weaved beautiful stories by participating first time in creating stories. They were given one hour time to complete their own story. Stories were displayed on the screen, and students made to listen to their recorded voice.
School Radio team introduced Modulation to students, and made them practice their script with modulation by shedding their fear and shyness, and encouraged children to enact for Radio. Rameshbabu Gubbla, the Chief Sub Editor of Sakshi, a leading Telugu daily newspaper, gave inputs on writing for media and especially to print media. He explained the importance of learning language and his experience with children.
The School Radio programme at SMS Sanskrit High School is supported by Ms.Madhavi Medi. Madhavi Medi, is the South West Administrator for APNRT (Andhra Pradesh Non Resident Telugu Society), USA. During her five years of service, she oversaw operations and helped in planning of non-resident Telugu dispora to facilitate services, help improve schools and villages and bring investments to the state. Her passion for providing health care in rural settings led her to sponsor Arrogya Raksha , health coverage for her native villagers in Peddapulipaka, Krishna district, AP. With this initiative, Peddapulipaka became the first 100% fully insured village in India. Further, Eleven other villages were sponsored by NRIs AP. Besides this role, she works as the office manager for Permian Psychiatry. Madhavi holds a BS degree in business management from Appalachian State University, NC, She is a passionate Bharathanatyam dancer. In her spare time she enjoys arts, gourmet cooking and reading.
In 2018, Madhavi an NRI, residing in Texas, adopted SMS Sanskrit High School with an aim to provide resources and collaborate to unfold the revitalization efforts to promote Sanskrit. There are about 320 poor students from 6th to 10th classes. After the adoption, this government aided has made great strides. The Principal and staff have impacted in ensuring 100% graduation rate and top ranks this academic year, the kids are being taught values based education like character building, team work, self- reliance and leadership to name a few. She also sponsored the School Radio, a note- worthy program that supports her values based education model for the school. School Radio enabled Sanskrit to be heard and appreciated by the larger younger audience!
Madhavi is also embarking on a new chapter with Rising Women@Period. This is an extension of the work being done by Nadya Okamoto, Oscar winner for the documentary Period. and founder of Period. Organization, which strives to educate and end period poverty among economically marginalized girls and women. She successfully conducted a pilot program at all Tenali Municipal Girls High Schools with support from Menstrual Hygiene Day organization.
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‘ I learnt a lot in these three days. School Radio team made children to participate and learn within three days of time. They made our children able to write their own stories, able to translate and participate with confidence. The credit goes to School Radio team for making children confident and made them learn by participating in group work, games and fun activities with hands on learning. This is amazing’.