All on Board
The Sanskriti school has displayed tremendous dedication towards growth and development of not just their students but everyone involved in the functioning of the school. By inviting Pravah to conduct a workshop with their support staff, the school sent out a clear message that they had not forgotten persons who formed the foundation for the smooth running of the school.
Pravah has had a long standing association with Sanskriti School, Chankyapuri. FUN Camps and CCE workshops have been run in partnership with them for over a decade.
This two day workshop was conducted by Ruchika Saharan and Monisha Vemavarapu from Pravah for the bus drivers, gardeners, nursery school helps, lab assistants, electricians and library assistants of the Sanskriti school.
Sessions at the workshop were held around the self, their sense of connect to their work and the school, their work as a team, their strengths and weaknesses, and also around reflections on their own lives. The participants prepared acts about their daily routine at work, exploring areas where they could support and help each other ahead. They talked and discussed the common issues they faced in their work space and came up with solutions as a team to resolve these conflicts.
The second day of the workshop saw the proud participants display their work based on the previous day’s interventions. They drew portraits of each other, illustrated snippets from their work lives, and also communicated their stories. Some of them went on to write poems close to their heart, from which they drew connections to their lives today.
Ambika Ma’am, the coordinator of this workshop from Sanskriti School, got the teachers of the school to compose notes of appreciation for the support staff a day before the workshop. These cards were presented by the principal, Mrs. Abha Sehgal, at the closing of the workshop on the second day. The principal read aloud the appreciation letters for each of the participants while handing them out, a gesture that the participants treasured; many were seen wiping away tears of joy and pride.
The workshop was successful in creating a great team spirit among the participants. They were grateful to the school for organising such an experience for their growth and wished for more such workshops. Taking this forward, a second level workshop is planned for the participants after six months.