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English learning

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Hi guys, it’s been sometime since we met. Let’s do something really interesting.  Let’s learn to weave /make a story.  First of all let’s believe we all love stories and can tell stories to others.  Hmmm!  here is an interesting group activity.  Take an old newspaper/magazine and cut 10 to 12 pictures – just any picture. Now exchange your collections; on the other hand you can also collect pictures of all the members of the group, shuffle and distribute equally.  Now linking all the pictures,  weave/ make a story with 3 minimum characters, 3 locations, 3 incidents/happenings (the the first one for the setting, second one as a problem which the main characters face; and the third one as the climax-the most interesting part of the story with which you want to end the story. Add descriptions  for the character, location and the incidents with the help of pictures.  Your picture story is ready.  Read it out to your friends. Take help from your elders and teachers. Make corrections. Give your pictures a defined look by your colourful strokes with crayons or markers . Collect the stories of all the members of the group and make a story book.  Don’t you think you can attempt this during this vacation?

 

Rajyasri

 

 

 

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Social causes

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Friends, Earth Day , that is April 22nd falls on this Sunday.  Let us all be united in one thing; let us pledge earnestly to do a minimum of 3 green acts/eco friendly acts on everyday basis besides urging persuading others to change to eco friendly life style. Let us do our part for the sake of our children, our children’s children…..Check out everyday before going to bed what green acts you have done for the day and what you can do the next day(keep two back up plans also). If on a day you feel you haven’t done anything, question yourself what went wrong; plan the green acts for the next day in such a way you won’t give them a miss.  After all a commitment is a commitment .

 

Rajyasri

Social Causes

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Friends I am just copying  a mail I got with the heading ‘Is Delhi the child slave capital?’  Please read what follows and react; get connected; show support.

Rajyasri

Dear friends across India,

A 13 year old girl, sold by her uncle and trafficked across the country as a maid, was found locked inside a Delhi apartment while her employers holidayed abroad. She’s one of millions of children sold into a life of slavery — call Home Minister P. Chidambaram to give India’s Anti-Human Trafficking Units real teeth by forming a special task force devoted to child exploitation. Sign the urgent petition now.

Sign the petition

A 13-year-old girl, sold by her uncle and trafficked across the country as a maid, was found locked inside a Delhi apartment while her affluent employers holidayed abroad. It’s time for us to end the shame of child slavery in India.

This young victim is one of millions of India’s children who are sold from poor villages to huge cities, to find themselves enslaved as prostitutes or unpaid domestic servants. The police usually turn a blind eye to breaches of our laws on trafficking and slavery, but together we can push our Home Affairs Minister P. Chidambaram to punish those who profit from the heinous mistreatment of our children.

Let’s stop ignoring the plight of India’s invisible children and call on Minister P. Chidambaram to set up a special task force that will examine how to stop all forms of child trafficking and exploitation, and ensure that the new Anti-Human Trafficking Units get the resources and power they need to act. Sign the petition now and forward widely:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/indias_invisible_children/?vl

The 13-year old’s story reads like a scene from a horror film. After being sold by her uncle to an agency then to the Delhi couple, she was only fed two chapatis a day, was routinely beaten by her employers and had to endure CCTV camera surveillance monitoring her behaviour at all times. But she’s not alone — India holds the shameful record of having more slaves than all other countries in the world combined, with at least 12.6 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 forced to work, often with little to no pay.

The Indian government recently set up Anti-Human Trafficking Units in over 87 cities, but they widely ignore children being sold into bonded labour. Politicians think the public believes child servitude is normal for a country like India in the process of development, and this complacency makes children prime targets for exploitation. Only by correcting this myth can we ensure that child exploitation of all forms is recognised as a serious crime, andproper resources and attention are given to eradicating cruelty to India’s invisible children.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/indias_invisible_children/?vl

We came together to fight for a less corrupt India — and we are winning. Now is our chance to fight for those who have no voice and bring justice for the children of India.

With hope and determination,

Alex, Jamie, Emma, Ricken, Diego, Marie, Kya and the whole the Avaaz team

More information:

Couple arrested for maid abuse (Times of India)
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Couple-jailed-for-abusing-minor-maid/articleshow/12525413.cms

Maid’s Cries Cast Light on Child Labor in India (NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/05/world/asia/india-shaken-by-plight-of-13-year-old-maid.html

Plight of the domestic help in India (Times of India)
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/people/Plight-of-the-domestic-help-in-India/articleshow/12636361.cms

Delhi’s ‘child maid’ story is a chance to address deeper problems in India (The Guardian)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/12/delhi-child-maid-india-child-labour

2011 Trafficking in Persons Report – India (US State Department)
http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/country,,USDOS,,IND,,4e12ee7427,0.html

No to social apartheid (Hindustan Times)
http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/SagarikaGhose/No-to-social-apartheid/Article1-838612.aspx

Another failure in protecting kids (First Post)
http://www.firstpost.com/india/delhi-child-maids-trauma-just-another-failure-in-protecting-kids-264201.html

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English Learning

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More on improving your vocabulary:  We all have played the game of finding the words hidden inside a grid.  Our next tip has everything to do with the grid!!.  Instead of finding the words inside the grid, Why don’t you create one?  Choose a topic and write down the possible tags associated with that topic.  Let the list include words of 3,4,5,6,7,8,9 or 10 letters. Now decide on how big (No. of cells)you want the puzzle to be.  Then write the words- horizontally , vertically or diagonally. Then fill in all the  other cells of the grid with   letters.  Exchange your sheet with  the grids from your friends,  Give/take the topic of the grid and solve the puzzle.. It really works!!

Rajyasri

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This is for English Learning: More on improving your vocabulary:  We all have played the game of finding the words hidden inside a grid.  Your next tip has everything to do with the grid!!.  Instead of finding the words inside the grid, Why don’t you create one?  Choose a topic and write down the possible tags associated with that topic.  Let the list include words of  3,4,5,6,7,8,9 &10 letters. Now decide on how big (No. of cells)you want the puzzle to be.  Then write the words- horizontally , vertically or diagonally. Then fill in all the  other cells of the grid with   letters.  Exchange your sheet with  the grids from your friends,  Give/take the topic of the grid and solve the puzzle.. It really works!!

Rajyasri

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