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Uma Sridhar
Focal Point for LVE in India

india@livingvalues.net
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2015
India: LVE Workshops in Bangalore, Gadag and Jaipur

“A two-day workshop in late January was held at Inventure Academy, a prestigious school in Bangalore, with 25 primary school teachers,” reported Uma Sridhar, the Focal Point for LVE in India. “It was great fun and a creative learning experience. Rekindling the dream exercises brought out some fantastic imaginative dream schools with very good sharing on best teaching practices. Active listening was an eye opener for many and was very well received. The participants reflected honestly about their own listening skills and were determined to work on it. The teachers were also keen on creating a kindness culture in the classrooms and school after a session conducted on bullying. The school is contemplating including values sessions in its curriculum.”

Another LVE Workshop was held the 11th and 12th of April at Bala Vinayaka Vidhyaniketan in Gadag, Karnataka State. Mrs. Sridhar reported, “The workshop was at a small upcoming school with very enthusiastic teachers intent on learning how to create a loving and nurturing learning environment. The teachers started off a bit inhibited to speak due to being unfamiliar with expressing themselves in English, but soon overcame this by combining English with Kannada, the local language, once a fun, encouraging and non-judgmental atmosphere was established.

Games were played, stories and experiences were shared followed by reflections. What really impressed me was the beautiful and convincing way value activities were undertaken by the participants. Each group came up with historical stories to enact a value. New skills and insights were the take away. The workshop days were two happy, fun-filled learning days with the teachers determined to make their classroom learning a joyful experience.”


  

A creative four-hour workshop with the theme "Empowering Ourselves to Empower the Youth” was organised on the 11th of April for TAABAR with the support of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation in Jaipur. Ms Shahina Parveen, the Project Director of TAABAR, spoke of the work of the organization in the field of effective child care services. Participants from the organization included teachers who teach at Day Care Centres being run for deprived children in various urban and suburban areas of Jaipur, counsellors and day wardens who are engaged in institutional care services for children in need of care and protection and children in conflict with law and project officers and project coordinators who shoulder responsibilities of implementing and managing the project as well as human resource. Facilitated by Helen Sayers, an LVE International Trainer, and Indu Gupta, an LVE Facilitator in India, they engaged participants in an introduction to LVE, a value awareness session, and an active listening skill-building session as a precursor to conflict resolution. Participants were also asked to reflect on one of the key constructs of LVE’s Theoretical Model, that is, when we create an environment in which each young person is loved, respected, valued, understood and safe, we are empowering them to move toward their potential. Thank you TAABAR and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for your work for young people and your love for values.





Read the full report of this workshop with TAABAR
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2014
LVE Workshop in Tuticorin Uses Theater of the Oppresseds
In Tuticorin, 30 educators from ten schools participated with great enthusiasm during a two-day LVE workshop, 23 and 24 August. They were open to learning and contributed with their experience. Inspiring stories were shared and the teachers were highly motivated to bring about positive changes in their classrooms.

Uma Sridhar, the Focal Point for LVE in India, reported, “We tried out the Forum Theater from Theater of the Oppressed for the first time to address the issue of bullying in schools and found it to be very effective. Many teachers are seeing it in their schools and were eager to try it out in their respective schools. The LVE skill-building segments were found to be very useful and were much appreciated. The rekindling the dream exercise was a lot of fun for the participants who turned child-like to draw and color.”


   
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2013
LVE Workshop at the Podar International School in Bangalore, December 2013


An LVE workshop, led by Uma Sridhar, was held on 23 and 24 December 2013 at the Podar International School in Bangalore. It is an upcoming school with about 550 students.Twenty teachers participated in the workshop.

The teachers took part in the workshop with great interest and participated in the activities with zest and enthusiasm. The values activities served as good bonding exercises and also helped the teachers to interact well with each other at a different level. Some of the issues the teachers were facing were addressed and solutions suggested.

Interestingly, the workshop made the teachers aware of their behavior at home and how they could better deal with family concerns, especially with their own children. After the skills segment on the first day, many of them went home and tried out a different behavior which was very positively accepted. The teachers returned a happy bunch the next day! Theystated that they would continue to make positive changes and be more appreciative of the family.

The workshop ended in high spirits with an exchange of Christmas gifts, appreciation of each other and warm hugs. It was a lovely beginning to the Christmas holiday.

 



Joy and Practicality – LVE Workshops in Bangalore and Indore, September 2013

"We had an amazing LVE Workshop on the 24th and 25th of May at Bright Beginnings at Whitefield, Bangalore," wrote Uma Sridhar, the Focal Point for LVE in India. "It was an invocation for the teachers before the start of school year. The energy was astounding, with teachers participating with enthusiasm and zest. There was lots of sharing and exploration of individual values. The teachers were given value activities to do in the form of skits, mind mapping and using hands to demonstrate the values of Love, Respect and Honesty for children aged 3-6. These highly motivated, creative teachers were interested in learning how to inculcate values into the little ones with fun, laughter, music, skills and all the tools LVE has to offer.

The conflict resolution methodology was well received and tested. The teachers felt it could work well with children to diffuse tension. The Active Listening segment made the teachers reflect on their own behavior. They realized how involuntarily they use the blockers and stoppers which affect active listening. There was so much love and bonding for the new and existing teachers by the end of the workshop. Solutions and some changes for the school were discussed and will be tried out. We created a LUVRS (loved, understood, values, respected and safe) environment and went home happy and in high spirits."

The Indore LVE training was held from June 3-5th with 28 participants, including teachers, parents and youth, and was organized by the Submission Society, a social welfare organization.

It was a fabulous experience with lots of sharing, bonding and learning. There were youth stepping into work life and some just graduating from school. The age was no barrier for them to actively participate and interact with the older participants, settled in life and work. Some of the parents were surprised at how articulate the youth were and confident about their values.

One mother tried out the conflict resolution with her children and shared with us at how well it worked on the last day of the workshop. Some found active listening sessions to be an eye opener as they reflected about their own way of responding and listening. Others found the sharing immensely satisfying as it gave them the opportunity to talk and listen in a value based environment.

The workshop ended on a high note with lots of laughter and joy with the promise of implementing it in their daily lives and work.

A wonderful experience!

Chandigarh LVE Workshop, August 2013
An LVE workshop was held at St. John School for all the teachers of Junior and Senior School with the total number of participants over 90. The school has an impressive values program in place with very dedicated and motivated teachers.

The Values exploration session was very interactive with teachers actively sharing their views along with the activities undertaken at various levels at school. Active listening segment was well received. The Tower building activity showed the enthusiasm of the teachers and the fun they had at it. 

The teachers went back from the workshop a happy lot and with appreciation for each other. It was a great opportunity for the Junior and Senior school teachers to get to know each other and bond. It was a lovely experience for the facilitator as well. 
LVE Training Bangalore, May 2013

"We had an amazing LVE Workshop on the 24th and 25th of May at Bright Beginnings at Whitefield, Bangalore," wrote Uma Sridhar. "It was an invocation for the teachers before the start of school year. The energy was astounding with teachers participating with enthusiasm and zest. There was lots of sharing and exploration of individual values. The teachers were given value activities to do in the form of skit, mind mapping and using hands to demonstrate the value of Love, Respect and Honesty for children aged 3-6. These highly motivated, creative teachers were interested in learning how to inculcate values into the little ones with fun, laughter, music, skills and all the tools LVE has to offer.


The conflict resolution methodology was well received and tried out. The teachers felt it could work well with children to diffuse tension. The Active Listening segment made the teachers reflect on their own behavior. They realized how involuntarily they use the blockers and stoppers which effects active listening. There was so much love and bonding for the new and existing teachers by the end of the workshop. Solutions and some changes for the school were discussed and will be tried out. We created a LUVRS (loved, understood, values, respected and safe) environment and went home happy in high spirits."

LVE Training Indore, June 2013

An LVE training in Indore was held the 3rd, 4thand 5th of June with 28 participants. Organized by the Submission Society, a social welfare organization, the workshop included teachers, parents and youth. Mrs. Sridhar wrote: “It was a fabulous experience with lots of sharing, bonding and learning. There were youth stepping into work life and some just graduating from school. Age was no barrier for them to actively participate and interact with the older participants, settled in life and work. Some of the parents were surprised at how articulate the youth were and how confident they were about their values.

One mother tried out the conflict resolution with her children and shared with us at how well it worked on the last day of the workshop. Some found active listening session to be an eye opener as they reflected about their own way of responding and listening. Others found the sharing immensely satisfying as it gave them the opportunity to talk and listen in a value based environment.

The workshop ended in a high note with lots of laughter and joy with the promise of implementing it in their daily lives and work.

A wonderful experience!

An LVE Workshop in Lucknow brings skills, insights and happiness

“We wove the magic of LVE during the workshop that left us warm, happy and glowing by the end,” wrote Uma Sridhar, LVE’s Focal Point for India.  “The training was held at a lovely place with lush green gardens filled with all kinds of trees and flowers. I also spotted peacocks!

Twenty mentors, caretakers and teachersof the organization COME took part in the training. They were from Delhi, Lucknow and Ghorakpur Homes. Most of them had rural backgrounds and were not sure what to expect. Initially they were reticent to share their views, as women culturally do not speak up especially in front of men and strangers, but by the end of the first day, they had dropped their inhibitions and were actively taking part. There was much laughter and amusement at the games we played which they felt turned them into kids again!

Rekindling the dream with the visualization of a dream school was wonderful and also touching. Most of them drew schools with big playgrounds and lots of greenery and teachers being attentive and caring. One of the young teachers from a village drew toilets! A basic facility which is taken for granted and yet a luxury for a village school. 

The active listening exercise brought about considerable

awareness of one's own behavior and the participants practiced the communication skills with great interest. The tower-building challenge was a big hit; they were very enthusiastic and went all out, demonstrating fantastic team work and cooperation.

The conflict resolution model was new to them and they were eager to try it. They felt it would help children calm down and try to resolve issues peacefully. Mind mapping was seen as very useful for bringing clarity about values and anti-values and its effects on self and other others. It was found to be simple and effective for children to understand.

Many specific questions related to the current problems faced by the Homes were discussed. Many new measures are going to be put in place.

The workshop was a wonderful success and I am truly blessed to be a part of LVE. I would like to add one comment from a young participant after the Rekindle the dream visualization. She said she was surprised how she could reproduce her dream in a drawing. If said that if she could do it on paper, she could do it in her life too! It gave her so much confidence in herself. It was a wonderful moment!”

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