Founders Awarded Karmaveer Global Fellowship

Founders Awarded Karmaveer Global Fellowship

T.V. and Vijaya Ramakrishna, founders of Sahasra Deepika International for Education, were awarded the  Rex Karmaveer Global Fellowship at the REX Conclive held at Delhi Public School, Gurgaon, on November 25th – 27th, 2016.  “REX KARMAVEER GLOBAL FELLOWS are people who have the intent to make a difference and are already making a difference by being voices of conscience and trying to make a difference in our world with their significant actions to be the change. We firmly believe at RKGF that to change the world we must first change ourselves and then help inspire the change with everyone we meet, know, work and live with. This is the bedrock of the fellowships and is based on this thought by REX founder Jeroninio Almeida: ‘I believe that everyone is a hero, a leader, a volunteer, a teacher and a champion of change. All we need to do is acknowledge and understand this and then help others to also understand the same. That’s all it takes to be a hero, a leader, a volunteer, a teacher and a champion of change. The whole idea of the REX KARMAVEER GLOBAL FELLOWSHIP (RKGF) is to recognize people who have the courage of conviction to think differently and walk the path less trodden and to act on alternative/ innovative ideas which may make a difference in our world.'”  RKGF helps life-changing innovators from around the globe to integrate within the REX and Karmaveer community. It helps them share their impactful ideas for action with a million audiences and transform lives through projects and ideas of hope. The idea is to bring together like minded,...
“Suma’s Story” to be Shown at DC SAFF

“Suma’s Story” to be Shown at DC SAFF

“Suma’s Story,” A moving short film about one of Sahasra Deepika’s first students, will be screened at the DC South Asian Film Festival on Sunday, September 11th. The film, produced and directed by Ms. Media Productions, shows the impact of Sahasra Deepika on the life of a young girl who was left at Sahasra Deepika by her mother–a mother who never returned. On September 10th, Sahasra Deepika Foundation for Education President Sarva Rajendra will participate in a panel discussion on human trafficking after a screening of SOLD the movie. All events will be held at the Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center in Rockville,...
7th Annual Spelling Bee

7th Annual Spelling Bee

Every year, Sahasra Deepika volunteers and staff go into 9th standard classrooms in the community. The visit disadvantaged government high schools around Bangalore where children are taught in the state language, Kannada. Without English proficiency, their chances of getting a job in such a cosmopolitan city are severely curtailed. The English tutoring done through our Outreach Program helps students gain confidence, and better understanding of the language. The program culminates annually in a Spelling Bee Contest, in which the top spellers at each school vie for a scholarship, prizes, and most of all, recognition for their talents. This year, nearly 2500 students from 26 schools participated in the program. On January 24th, 95 finalists took the stage at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. This was the longest Spelling Bee ever–35 rounds, ending in a dramatic tiebreaker between classmates Priyanka and Chandan from Honnaganna Hatti High School. Priyanka emerged the winner, saying, “Each year our school has won a prize. This year, that we won 1st prize makes me very happy. I’ve learned so many words. In the future, speaking English will be easier.” Many thanks to all of the sponsors, volunteers, judges, moderator Dr. G. Sridhar, and most especially to the children and their teachers for this amazing...
Sahasra Deepika Girls Win 1st Prize at Bhumi Nakshatra

Sahasra Deepika Girls Win 1st Prize at Bhumi Nakshatra

On August 2nd, the Sahasra Deepika girls participated in Bangalore’s Bhumi Nakshatra, a talent fest and sports competition for students from children’s homes and NGOs. The contest, held at New Horizon College, gave kids of all ages an opportunity to compete in dance, drama, clay modeling, sketching, rangoli design, sports and many other categories. At the end of the events, Sahasra Deepika was best of show, winning the 1st place...
6th Annual Spelling Bee Contest

6th Annual Spelling Bee Contest

Sahasra Deepika’s 6th Annual Spelling Bee, featuring 92 finalists from 23 Kannada medium, government high schools, was held on January 24, 2015 at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Bangalore. Archana, a student from S.V. Krishna Iyer Government High School, won the contest after 15 rounds of competition, by spelling “decipher.” Thanks to the leadership of Salma Khader, Program Coordinator, Sahasra Deepika trustees and staff, and the volunteers from Societe Generale in Bangalore, the event was our biggest and most successful to date. The program was moderated by Dr. G. Sridhar of Deeksha Network, and presided over by Chief Guest Justice Ram Mohan Reddy of the Karnataka High Court. Throughout the school year, volunteers and staff visit participating high schools around Bangalore, focusing on 9th standard students. The children are tutored in English, and the top students from each school are represented at the Spelling Bee. This year’s top 3 winners, Archana, Bindu Shree and Sandhya (from Honnagana Hatti High School), won laptops. Archana also won a college scholarship. Many thanks to all who made this year’s program possible!...
Women’s Empowerment Conference Held

Women’s Empowerment Conference Held

Women teachers from Bangalore area government schools gathered at Sahasra Deepika on August 30th for our first ever Women’s Empowerment Programme. The vision of Sahasra Deepika’s co-founder, Mrs. Vijaya Ramakrishna, the conference featured prominent guests including Divya Narayanappa, DCPO (District Child Protection Officer), Bangalore; Dr. Sapna Mohan, Bangalore Institute of Legal Studies, and Professor Parvathi, Principal, Vasavi Educational Trust. They brought valuable perspectives to the issue of empowering women teachers to better motivate their students, all of whom come from disadvantaged...