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Avabai Petit School

Children are inherently eager, energetic and enterprising. All they need to expand their horizons and enhance their skills is an invigorating environment and appropriate hand holding.
Once they know that they are respected as partners in their own learning, the results are not only immediate and magical but also trigger off a process of life-long learning. An extremely intensive and in depth, yet fun metamorphosis workshop was conducted at one of the most prestigious schools in Mumbai.

Second batch, grade 6-8
Metamorphosis yet again:
When children are made partners in the process of learning, they imbibe and change faster. Our stint with a group girls from grades 6-8 at one of the most disciplined and elite schools in Mumbai (Avabai Petit)


Shree Swami Vivekanand School

A huge crowd of parents at a school (SSVS) listening in rapt attention, soaking in the nuances of education, understanding the basic pillars or dimensions of learning for the 21st Century.
There were opportunities created within the workshop/seminar, whence in the two and half hour session, there was an expanse and depth of exploration and a close examination of the relationship between a parent-child and school.
Kudos to the parents who interacted and expressed their views and especially for the children who participated too.

BHS workshop, Danteshwar

BHS student workshop, Danteshwar

Routine and regimentation play a significant role in the process of learning, however, neither would have an impact or bring about a change if the purpose involved in each is not understood. Students have to be meaningfully engaged as well as understand the importance of routine tasks. 
All they require is proper stimuli to trigger the process of life long independent learning...


Schooling is all about the above two factors, but rarely is the aspect of logic, responsibility and accountability factored in on a regular basis: end result,  gaps in learning of end user (student), lack of understanding of the specific gap (teacher); to address these and many such issues a six day workshop was conducted at BHS, Danteshwar.

Children flourish in an environment that challenges, intrigues and interests them. An environment that respects them and allows them to sustain their urge to learn. More often than not there is a tendency to impose rather than invite dialogue and encourage dissent. Once children realize they are partners in the entire process they would go to any lengths to ensure independent learning. All we need to do as facilitators is ignite a spark and kindle their inherent desire to learn.  


BHS Parents workshop - Danteshwar

Parents as Partners: A two day seminar was conducted at BHS, Danteshwar, Vadodara on the crucial topic, Parents as partners, addressing the fears and concerns of parents of students of classes nine and ten.

An initiative of the school, under the able stewardship of the principal, ensured a large turnout. Since the entire seminar was pivoted on interaction they all got an opportunity to discuss, opine and question. They realized through the intensive session that there could be some things well within their control that they may not be doing right and how early identification of the same could lead to better results and a better big picture!
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One World Junior School

Nature-nurture: know yourself, guide your child:
 Many a time we are at a loss to resolve simple problems or issues in our daily lives, especially to do with parenting. Even though one may want to believe that one is fairly well equipped to handle everything to do with bringing up children and or handling them in any capacity as teachers, friends or guides, the truth is, it is a hugely challenging task and a lifelong one at that !

Seminar at One World Junior School explored the nuances, the glitches and the dynamic nature of this task, making it increasingly important to remain abreast with means of making it a beautiful and meaningful experience...

United Public School, Chota Udepur

Whenever the environment is conducive & work is learner centred, relevant & open ended... there's a unique fulfilment & exchange, leading to better assimilation & empowerment.

A two-day workshop for teachers in Chota Udepur on 7 & 8 June 2016. The workshop was a big hit in spite of the heat & fasting & many of them including the co-trainer being off water too.
A two way learning experience.

Ebrahim Bawany Industrial Training Institute (TEB)

As a part of its commitment to society and special endeavor to give back to it, in every which way, particularly to the weaker economic strata Intelliscape EdVentures,  launched a 50 hour Corporate Readiness Programme, in the Ebrahim Bawany Industrial Training Institute (TEB), in Ajwa Vadodara. 
Counted amongst the best in the country, providing vocational skills to people from marginalized sections of society, the programme was a huge success. Nearly 75 students of the first year TEB course were exposed to the basics of corporate readiness.
Most of the students were able to put down their ideas on paper very concretely and some of the main points that came up in their answers are: 
  • There is a marked change in our understanding of ourselves.
  • We were exposed to the finer aspects of social behavior and etiquette and the need to be aware of our and others competencies and attitudes.  
  • Learned that we are capable and competent and feel the change.
  • Trainers addressed us with respect.
  • Trainers were patient, explained well, repeatedly if necessary and used simple clear language driving a point home.
  • Learned that it is important to listen to others.
  • It is important to think before we speak.
  • Necessary to weigh our words well and then express with proper pauses and intonation.
  • The institute through this traning has helped to show a new direction in moving forward.
  • It has helped to understand the method and importance of goal setting and follow ups.
  • There is a change in the way we dress up, greet others older and younger.
  • There is an improvement in our understanding of punctuality and routine.
  • There was also an introduction to posture, body language grooming and basic personal hygiene and presentation.
  • There was a lot of learning about sanitation and cleanliness and upkeep of our own environment and public places too
  • Stage fear has been overcome by many as opportunities were provided for speaking and discussing.
  • There is an improvement in our ability to interact with each other as interpersonal skills were well explained.
  • Some of us who were afraid to express ourselves feel empowered enough to put across our point.
  • There is an increase in confidence levels and self-esteem.
  • There is more clarity on how to reach our destination how to define short term ad long term goals.
  • Apart from our vocational skills this has added value to who we are.

Teacher's Training Malpi International School, Nepal

Malpi International School, Panauti, Nepal is making significant contributions by providing world class education to students. 
Ms Suverchala Kashyap conducted 6-day teachers' training workshop focusing on :

- Dimensions of learning
- Recognizing inner potential
- Tending caring and setting them free
- Conjuring up a dream

Teachers' Training @ Nepal
Cradled in the lap of nature, far from the maddening crowds, verdant hillsides flank the huge residential school, Malpi International School, Panauti, Nepal, providing world class education to its students. In these pristine and serene environs, a four day workshop was conducted by Ms. Suverchala Kashyap, International Associate, India Aspire Trust (www.aspire-trust.org) and CEO & academic head Intelliscape EdVentures, Vadodara, India.
The interactive workshop was sprinkled with fun and activities as well as silent solitude time. It delved into the why and how of education and why it was extremely essential for educators to know who they are and why they are doing what they are doing. It questioned the age-old maxim of academics being a passport to a better life and juxtaposed the current world scenario with local, global as well as individual needs and explored the aspect of turning out children and young adults who were academically sound but cold, callous and closeted, to preparing life-long learners who were, creative, compassionate and courageous.

The broad topics under which these ideas were debated were:
  • Recognizing inner potential, journey of a dreamrevolving around how to discover one’s own potential in order to rub it off on students or vice-versa, therefore leading to manifesting shared dreams.
  • Tending, caring and setting them free: Understanding the principle of differentiation. This aspect explored the necessity of understanding how and why people differ and therefore tailoring or customising strategies for optimal results by tweaking or adding to the practice of teaching learning, by balancing content, process and product.
  • Dimensions of learning: a philosophical as well as practical aspect of enduring understanding, talked of understanding the need to know how to take the learning process to one of formulating habits of the mind and transforming it from acquiring and integrating knowledge alone to refining andc extending it to finally be able to sustain it life-long. 
  • In the lap of nature: conjuring up a dream. The last day of the workshop was devoted to about 30 teachers from community schools being supported in some ways by Malpi and it was an extremely interactive session that talked about coexistence being the norm and how taking up challenges in a developing world leads to creating new forms. It also talked of the need to learn English and the how of it by making it more relevant, novel and creative.
 It was an extremely successful and fruitful exchange, forging ties for the future.

Inner Potential Events

Snap out of it : Take Mental Charge ( at Sharda Mandir School )

Snap out of it: take mental charge...continuing the campaign of mental health, this time for a group of people, especially parents at Sharda Mandir School, clinical psychologist & team member Mahrooq Shamsi touched upon crucial aspects of mental health, it's impact on daily life & the need to raise awareness about it...

Snap out of it : Take Mental Charge( at Ebrahim Bawany ITI )

Snap out of it: take mental charge, the first of the mental health series was launched on a quiet Sunday morning, at Ebrahim Bawany ITI, Ajwa road.
A vast, intricate & nuanced topic was addressed with expertise & aplomb by Kinnari Bhatt. Teachers, special educators were in full attendance to absorb & enhance their understanding of a very real & often ignored issue of mental health, behaviour & the consequences thereof..
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ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis)

Adding to our repertoire of work in the field of education, at Intelliscape EdVentures, an invigorating full day workshop was conducted by Ms. Kinnari Bhatt BCBA, from Bengaluru, on Applied Behaviour Analysis and it's relevance & significance in our daily lives. 


Apart from learning new aspects the workshop also touched upon unlearning & creating new behaviour patterns...some more glimpses...                                                                                                                               




Beyond the Lens: Memories begin

We bring to you yet again a unique opportunity...explore through photography...five day (15 hour) workshop...come join the fun & learn, 'Beyond the lens: memories begin.' 

Beyond the lens: memories begin, day one of the five day workshop on the nuances of photography and the sleight of hand and eye of a photographer rolled off with guest faculty Aman Gada and a tightly knit group of diverse people at Intelliscape EdVentures...
'Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn'. What Benjamin Franklin said years ago seems to hold true in every field and to experience it in totality, on day two of the photography workshop, the participants panned out, literally and otherwise, to observe and absorb the rhythm and pulse of a balmy afternoon with their mentor for the five day span.

When one decides to explore there's a lot one is up against: its both challenging & unnerving, pushing one almost to the depth of ones inner being, testing ones resilience & just when one decides to give up, a tiny sliver may take ones breath away. This & much more was experienced on day 4 as the participants juxtaposed themselves on the labyrinthine outdoors, inundated by the tyranny of existence & the beauty of the unknown..
It is said that child is the father of man, this rang true when things came full circle in more ways than one. There was joy and triumph, 'Beyond the lens: memories begin,' concluded on a note of déjà vu, flashbacks and real time present. Keep learning & growing ...
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Bal Bhavan Creating Writing Workshop

A group of eager kids from different schools, gathered to dedicate three hours of their weekend to round one of creative writing, at Bal Bhavan..

Day 1:The idea was to shake them out of their stupor, help them churn & learn.
As they put pen to paper making their grey cells groan, they surprised themselves as they came up with ideas they didn't know they owned. In anticipation & pain, in triumph without a complaint, they sat tight taking in every note... nuanced & deep, profound & for keeps, many of them perhaps found a new whispering willow...

Day 2: It was a pleasure indeed to see them transform from unsure skeptical creatures into slightly better beings (with reference to writing). Some were engrossed, some a little lost, some way beyond, almost ready with a new post. We often hold the wrong end of the stick when we talk about the creative device, it's not about wrong or right, it's more about the ability to ignite, kindle a fire or stoke the embers of a long forgotten desire, it's all about discovering ourselves every moment & making sense of the world around us rather than in futile activities be mired. Keep yearning, keep aspiring, keep tweaking & keep writing...@Bal Bhavan with a bunch of eager youngsters & one & only me 

 

Recharge, Reignite...Be yourself

Candid moments from recharge, reignite...be yourself, be you...

 Recharge, reignite...exploring the innumerable possibilities that either act as a trigger or spark to get one going or act as a fuel to sustain one through highs & lows, bends & detours, were some of the aspects dealt with in an interesting workshop on motivation & self direction. There was a remarkable exchange of energy & loads of unlearning & relearning as everyone went through the paces trying to understand the nuances of motivation & self direction. All this in context with being oneself... 

Discover your Inner Potential

Another step forward in Mumbai. After a successful stint with schools in the financial capital, the first phase of our personalised learning programme, 'Discover your inner potential,' was launched. 

This is an intensive module delving into & identifying aspects of self. Ideally suited to a group of 4 to 5 participants. 
Designed by astute academicians it is conducted by experienced & efficient trainers.


Celebrate Womenhood

Sometimes we need to just rejoice, sometimes we need to reaffirm... sometimes we pick up nuances and learn from the most unlikely sources...sometimes we learn from each other & sometimes from random others...

Rejoice, revive and reaffirm... was the theme for the three hour sojourn, a break from routine, a journey of self-discovery and learning...reassessing our hidden and sometimes lost potential...painting a picture...reflecting with a strong tree, moving from abstract to concrete...Intelliscape & Swayam came together to create a mix of magic and mystery and just a little bit of history as a part of Women's Day celebration...

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Diwali Dhoom

Hello world, a gentle reminder to come and be a part of our dual celebration on 3 & 4 November from 11 am to 7.30 pm...Diwali Dhoom and Book drive/Book Daan...A humble start to the day...spread happiness and the word....

Change your thoughts, transform your life

From wrestling matches in the head to trying to fend off ungainly thoughts, more often than not, one is faced with simple to intriguing dilemmas. 
Some are seemingly resolved in the blink of an eye, or so it appears, till a tsunami of consequences unfolds, forcing one to examine the primary thought! 
Dealing with many such issues, a five day journey of ‘Change your thoughts, transform your life’, culminated in dialogue, debate and delving into the deepest recesses of one’s mind, looking for not what others want, but searching for appropriate answers that help one choose mechanisms of response and handle the after effects of the choices made.  
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Metamorphosis

There is nothing more potent than the power of the self. In the mad rush of daily existence children are losing their abilities to slow down and explore for themselves. They are occupied from morning till evening in tasks that seem to be getting them nowhere.

There’s a race against time and the routine as mechanical as clockwork: end result tiny little packages of clockwork, ticking away relentlessly, approaching even the simplest of activities in a mechanical way, hardly using their immense potential to think and maneuver…our ongoing metamorphosis programme ensures that they get opportunities to delve into who they are, identify where they are headed and most importantly why. 

This programme brings out the best in the students, 

allowing them to delve deep into their own abilities and recognizing their limitations. 

Looking at new possibilities on a daily basis, helps them to become more independent and confident. This further urges them to take up fresh challenges. It also encourages them to deal with routine tasks with a better perspective and better efficiency.

We often focus on the outside rather than the inside to effect a change. Once children are made aware of their immense inner potential, all they need to do is harness and hone their distinct abilities. This is a process and concrete results are a given, if the journey is traversed with the right zeal and adequate pauses, the destination becomes worth the effort. 



Creative Writing Workshop

The creative writing module put them through the paces. Tightening the knots, as it were, as they danced on the waves of being astute explorers and thinkers. 

Along the way they discovered intricate and quirky sides to themselves. Picked up the nuances of sloganeering and questioning. Dabbled in the slightly more philosophical, I think therefore I am, I am therefore I think...and a twist in the tail/tale helped them spin many a stupendous yarn!

It was also about visages and facades, of creating picturesque images with words, conjuring up minute details, tweaking a scene, interspersing it with nuanced emotions and the like. It was about gleaning and completing, of juggling up surprises and serving a platter of dreams.

There was a focus on transitions and realizations, delving and shelving: sifting and sieving. Most of the young writers are finding their feet and coming into their own by experimenting, either subtly and hesitatingly or confidently and blatantly: finally reveling in their ability to create and string together magical spells and themes, churn up effervescent bubbles from frozen memories and dreams...

This was a ten day module. 

Mystery Tour

A few glimpses: The whole nine yards, season one : The power of a story is only realized when children are able to recreate their own tales from the zillions they may have heard.

The period of growth in the pupa, is the most crucial for the caterpillar, it has ingested enough to last it the entire period; it is only now that the jigsaw puzzle will be complete. The time is then to reflect and let those experiences unfurl at ease, at different speeds. Children in their formative years are very similar: we must immerse them in a variety of experiences but wait for their own interpretations of each moment and help them juxtapose it in the real world. 

Little globe trotters, set off on a journey visiting different countries! Complete with immigration check and the works. Curious young minds are hooked and engaged when there is a dash of adventure, a sprinkling of mystery and enough to explore. They try to unravel and make sense of the things around them. They learn to observe, absorb and relate to what they know reaching new milestones everyday...

Season two of the mystery tour began on an interesting note with the tiny enthusiasts all geared up for a 16-week journey of discovery and self-awareness. At the end of three sessions they found a twist, at every bend something new to learn through unending frolic and fun.

Candid capers: delightful and magical, that's the world of children, and it becomes more so when they are immersed in the right experiences...they learn better when allowed to dabble in pros and cons, they recall better when they see it the way they want, all in all we spin a yarn and they have a ball ! 


Redefine Bachpan Program

Medals are symbolic of heroism, consistency bravery and the like; they are akin to badges of honour. 

One gets several medals throughout one’s life in different events. But there are six value medals that we all must earn and use to better the lives of those around us.

We often underestimate the ability, capacity and integrity of little children and hence rarely give them opportunities to show they are responsible and hence accountable. Day three revolved around the theme of simplicity, creativity and innovation...and they came up with some awesome surprises that could and would flummox adults. As usual there was fun and laughter, sharing and caring and of course music and merriment. And sheer delight at seeing their efforts bearing roots and shoots and therefore fruits of labour.


Communication Skills Workshop (seniors)

Does a skill, especially communication, have anything to do with chronological age? Well essentially no, but contextually yes; therefore the distinct division between the workshop for kids and adults.

The first day of the workshop for adults, was awkwardly interesting. How could anything that is awkward be interesting? Well precisely because, once one is aware of the impediments that cause one to hesitate, fumble, stutter or even refrain from making eye contact, one is better equipped to either take a detour and still manage or catch the bull by the horns and face the music. A web was gradually woven, ensconcing and/or entrapping one and all forcing them to take charge of who they are, where they come from and where they are headed. Coming together of a

 diverse group of people always generates a certain energy that is productive and simultaneously infectious, effecting a positive change. It becomes easier and more interesting when opportunities to learn from one another are specifically woven in. The five day journey culminated on a similar note with the reserved and the reluctant having the spunk to open up, the open ones discovering a new dimension to themselves and the best being the ability to just be and become an effective and attentive listener. We had a special guest to give away the certificates.

Communication Skills Workshop (Juniors)

We often think we know and based on such knowledge we act: right or wrong only the actions or reactions spell out. 

Do we wait enough to listen or do we listen enough to wait ? Do we jump to conclusions based on preconceived notions? Whatever the case, sometimes one is spellbound and sometimes the same thing spells disaster. Therefore, either way, it is extremely necessary to understand the nuances and shades of communication.

The word itself is derived from two beautiful words, the roots of which are from Latin: Com as in together and muni from munus or gift...the gift of sharing through togetherness.

The participants were engrossed, challenged and in modes or moods of deep thinking too as they took on day one with complete aplomb.If you thought you were a cut above the rest just because you had the gift of the gab, it is high time you did a reality check. Sometimes just a look is more eloquent than a thousand words and sometimes a picture says more than any number of words could. Of course you need to know how to express yourself through language, but it is just one of the mediums through which you can convey your thoughts or feelings. Many found new dimensions to themselves; there was a heightened sense of camaraderie and comfort. There was a mix of discovery, realization and loads of sharing. Pun and laughter marked the session, assignments were interestingly done and well things fell into place like a perfect jigsaw. The scope and horizons of anything tend to widen the moment one begins from the starting point of self-awareness. This holds more water when we refer to communication, as it is more or less akin to an echo. It is as if one is seeing a mirror image of oneself.

Humans are perhaps the only species endowed with a plethora of ways of communicating as compared to other living beings. This and much more unfolded on day three with a lot of contemplation, self-realization and sharing. There was an indirect prodding whence everyone felt challenged enough to reach higher benchmarks. Another significant aspect that played out was one of empathy and its impact on communication. Several activities and interactions, both individual and group led to a better understanding of the nuances of communication.

It was a five day workshop.

Managing Exam Stress

The first step to enlightenment is awareness, it is said. In our daily routines, however, we tend to play hide and seek, not only with ourselves, but with our near and dear ones and kids too.

This leads to lack of clarity and a complete disorientation with an intermittent lack of direction. It causes unnecessary and unwarranted changes in our behaviour: a manifestation of not being in control. In turn we pass this stress/anxiety on to our kids, especially during exam time making things more difficult than they already may be. Deliberations with two separate batches over two days helped the participants to get insights into their understanding of stress creators and stress busters and how to use them every day rather than as a last resort during exams.

Memory Skills

There are several theories and myths regarding the power of the brain; many aspects about how to use it, some about how underused it really is, but the interesting fact is that thinking is a skill that can be acquired and memory skills form a huge part of this phenomenon, something we need in our daily lives... 

Train your brain: Day one of the Memory Skills Workshop (8-10 Jan) was all about unleashing the infinite power of the brain, of thinking crazy, thinking bizarre, about linking and making patterns, ...it was about a coming together of different minds and of the jigsaw pieces of individual minds falling in place, almost like a freshly written rhyme...



Ignite a spark, your brain makes a mark: Day two of the Memory Skills Workshop, very clearly showcased the fact that diligence and honest effort are the two ingredients that ensure success. However, human nature being what it is, we desist from challenging ourselves and therefore are unable to achieve higher benchmarks. But once we begin to focus and internalize the fact that we can do the toughest task all on our own, it is an enlightening moment with spectacular results...




Train, ignite, loosen up your mind; connect, imagine, make your own design! Day three of the Memory Skills Workshop, was a culmination of energies and a testing individual limits. There were challenging moments and flashes of revelation, but the crux lay in uncovering one's potential and taking it to a higher level.


There was  a special guest to give away the certificates. She inspired children to challenge themselves. She mentioned that once we begin to focus and internalize the fact that we can do the toughest task all on our own, it will bring enlightening moments with spectacular results.

Study Skills

IntelliScape is conducting a workshop on Study Skills.

Day one, two sprightly groups of kids, different yet similar. Some skeptical, some unsure, some cool, some raw...came together to explore 

Day two, Senses sharpened, skills honed: day two was a roller coaster ride with a slew of exercises and activities that needed one to think on one's feet, analyze, absorb and rehash...there was loads of fun and invigorating surprises woven in, sometimes catching them unawares.the nuances of listening and examine the dramatics of seeing on the first day of the three day study skills workshop.

Three days of fun and frolic, interspersed with intensive learning:stopping to think, learning to consciously blink; making connections--connecting the dots and dotting the connects! All in all opening up the mind and discerning. All good things though, they say, must come to an end and so did the three day workshop, but it will manifest again very soon in another avatar! 

  


Inspiring Talks

IntelliScape is hosting an 'inspiring talk' with a difference. As part of this session we bring you an interaction with three outstanding professionals who overcame all odds & followed their passion. Be there to listen to their stories and take a first step to create your own. 

Limitations exist only in the mind and no goal is unachievable or destination unreachable, once one sets one’s mind to it: a mesmerizing evening, layered by nuanced surprises and anecdotes of sheer courage and determination, had the audience completely transfixed.

A talk show to launch our new  service, WisH Now (Wellness is Here Now), was an eye opener in more ways than one. Three versatile and diversely different, yet similar people, slowly unfolded their motivational tips, trials and tribulations, kindling the atmosphere with their zeal and love for what they do, who they are and where they are headed. From the graceful and accomplished danseuse Ayswaria Wariar to the gritty Darpan Inani and the resolute triathelete Dr. Preeti Kamat there was one common link: infectious humility, pure and focused determination and a strong urge to follow their dreams, but, with a small rider, ‘Do it at your own pace, with complete ease’. An impromptu performance, on the audience’s request,  by Ms Wariar was a treat to watch. Darpan, all of 20 years, shared a vision that perhaps even the sighted lack and Preeti through her tete-a-tete proved that if you think you can: you will. Ms. Wariar touched upon the liberating aspect of pursuing a passion and how the strict discipline of dance helps overcome real life obstacles. 
The talk show aptly capped a six day long happening travel writing and photography workshop and heralded the Diwali break with just the right spirit enthusing everyone to take up new challenges and make a Wish, not anyhow just WisH Now!

Photography & writing 

At IntelliScape, we encourage everyone to find his/her passion & develop multiple intelligences. We bring you a workshop to explore travel through 'photography & writing'.

Phenomenal, astonishing, happening, intriguing: these are just few words that sum up the impact of children/people getting the right stimuli and/or exposure and how their entire perspective to things big or small, trivial or vital shifts focus!

How the right amount of stimulation, peels off layers of oblivion; how the process becomes more important than the product, how the journey suddenly seems too short, whence in the beginning it intimidates, how one realizes that collaboration opens many a closed door, how solitude adds to the clamour, how the ostentatious pales before the stark and the Spartan...just how things change when we look at the world with 'new eyes'.

Your Child and You

People today are grappling with a fast changing world order, trying to keep pace and balance its consequences on relationships. The relationship that is taking a huge beating is the parent child and student-teacher one. To address these issues, Intelliscape EdVentures, rolled out the first in a series of sessions it intends to conduct on sensitization and training for creating a healthier society. The workshop was called, ‘Your child and you: a special relationship’.

The workshop was conducted by well-known Clinical Psychologist Ms. Mahrooq Shamsi and senior Educationist Ms. Suverchala Kashyap. 

The first day of the workshop, saw enthusiastic and hesitant participants making sense of the innumerable dimensions of this special relationship, one often takes for granted. There was a deliberate attempt to keep the number of participants limited in order to have better interaction. In the well planned one and a half hour session, spread over five days, there was a lot of laughter and learning—a learning that comes from recognizing who we are, where we are headed and why.  

Day two of the workshop saw the participants arriving with renewed vigor and enthusiasm, ready to explore the infinitely intriguing and complex dimensions of an adult-child relationship: a relationship that is put through tests of all kinds, prodding one to think up newer ways of making it, as harmonious as possible. The session provided for deep introspection, discussions amongst the participants and ended being an extremely intense experience in many ways for all, where they found a platform to talk about their deepest fears, anxieties and triumphs. “I didn’t know that a workshop can be so interesting and interactive, I am really benefitting from it and look forward to next three days,” said an enthusiastic participant. 

Science is empirical: therefore a combination of ingredients, in the same proportion, when put through a process consistently, lead to the same results. Life, however, is not that simple. It is dynamic and the only constant is change. What does one then do to elicit the same response time and again? It may sound impossible but, it is certainly achievable: consistent inputs, rather than erratic responses to the same stimuli, lead to consistent results.

Day four of the workshop, ‘Your child and you,’ or more importantly you and your child: a special relationship had the participants firmly in its grip. There were moments of reflection, sharing and trying out new ways of being there for one another. Getting down to the simple brass tacks of ‘meaning what we say’ and not just speaking for the heck of speaking: Using words, gestures and body language with great care and ensuring that one is understood. Special handmade hand outs were given to reiterate the point that there is no replacement for effort and time.

The concluding day of the five day workshop was an enriching experience for the participants, wherein they were given more opportunities to experiment with what they had imbibed in the last four days. The highlight of the session was the courage shown by those who were reticent in the beginning but due to the privacy, confidentiality and conducive environment, were able to voice what they felt but hadn't got the opportunity to express. The icing on the cake was the celebration at the end and the giving away of certificates by Dr. Priyanka Behrani, to all the participants making this a special teachers' day. 

The concerns that were addressed in the workshop also talk about the following points: If you are in any way involved with children, particularly as parents, or as guardians, teachers and adults in any capacity there will be moments when :

You are at a complete loss to deal with simple things in their lives.

You feel that even tried and tested methods seem to be failing.

You think that your expectations are too high.

 If yes these could also be your concerns:

  • Is academic proficiency of any use, if children are not empowered to face life in the real world?
  • Are we nurturing them in the right manner or are we pushing them to the brink?
  • What is leading to a sudden decline in values in the lives of children?
  • Where is the missing link?
  • What has changed that needs immediate attention and immediate is, like just now! 

People today are grappling with a fast changing world order, trying to keep pace and balance its consequences on relationships. The relationship that is taking a huge beating is the parent child and student-teacher one. To address these issues, Intelliscape EdVentures, rolled out the first in a series of sessions it intends to conduct on sensitization and training for creating a healthier society. The workshop was called, ‘Your child and you: a special relationship’.

The workshop was conducted by well-known Clinical Psychologist Ms. Mahrooq Shamsi and senior Educationist Ms. Suverchala Kashyap. The first day of the workshop, saw enthusiastic and hesitant participants making sense of the innumerable dimensions of this special relationship, one often takes for granted. There was a deliberate attempt to keep the number of participants limited in order to have better interaction. In the well planned one and a half hour session, spread over five days, there was a lot of laughter and learning—a learning that comes from recognizing who we are, where we are headed and why.  

Day two of the workshop saw the participants arriving with renewed vigor and enthusiasm, ready to explore the infinitely intriguing and complex dimensions of an adult-child relationship: a relationship that is put through tests of all kinds, prodding one to think up newer ways of making it, as harmonious as possible. The session provided for deep introspection, discussions amongst the participants and ended being an extremely intense experience in many ways for all, where they found a platform to talk about their deepest fears, anxieties and triumphs. “I didn’t know that a workshop can be so interesting and interactive, I am really benefitting from it and look forward to next three days,” said an enthusiastic participant. 

Science is empirical: therefore a combination of ingredients, in the same proportion, when put through a process consistently, lead to the same results. Life, however, is not that simple. It is dynamic and the only constant is change. What does one then do to elicit the same response time and again? It may sound impossible but, it is certainly achievable: consistent inputs, rather than erratic responses to the same stimuli, lead to consistent results.

Day four of the workshop, ‘Your child and you,’ or more importantly you and your child: a special relationship had the participants firmly in its grip. There were moments of reflection, sharing and trying out new ways of being there for one another. Getting down to the simple brass tacks of ‘meaning what we say’ and not just speaking for the heck of speaking: Using words, gestures and body language with great care and ensuring that one is understood. Special handmade hand outs were given to reiterate the point that there is no replacement for effort and time.

The concluding day of the five day workshop was an enriching experience for the participants, wherein they were given more opportunities to experiment with what they had imbibed in the last four days. The highlight of the session was the courage shown by those who were reticent in the beginning but due to the privacy, confidentiality and conducive environment, were able to voice what they felt but hadn't got the opportunity to express. The icing on the cake was the celebration at the end and the giving away of certificates by Dr. Priyanka Behrani, to all the participants making this a special teachers' day. 

The concerns that were addressed in the workshop also talk about the following points: If you are in any way involved with children, particularly as parents, or as guardians, teachers and adults in any capacity there will be moments when :

You are at a complete loss to deal with simple things in their lives.

You feel that even tried and tested methods seem to be failing.

You think that your expectations are too high.

 If yes these could also be your concerns:

  • Is academic proficiency of any use, if children are not empowered to face life in the real world?
  • Are we nurturing them in the right manner or are we pushing them to the brink?
  • What is leading to a sudden decline in values in the lives of children?
  • Where is the missing link?
  • What has changed that needs immediate attention and immediate is, like just now!