springdales school, pusa road SPRINGDALES SCHOOL
Pusa Road - Upper Ridge Road Junction,
New Delhi 110 005, India

Community Development

Springdales provides an environment in which we learn from one another and believe that by sharing of resources we can serve the most vulnerable members of our society.

Our Adopt a Gran Project is in its 19th year. The grans enjoyed the interactions and excursions with Springdalians specially the trip to Birla Mandir.

Students partner with and regularly visit Non - Govern mental Organisations - Amarjyoti, National Blind School, Tamanna Special School, Goonj and Akshay Pratishthan as part of the SUPW Program. This year we continued our collaboration with the NGO Saksham, in editing digitalized books for the visually challenged.

We regularly participate in the cause of promoting literacy through the Delhi School Literacy Project and have made thousands literate. We were honored for our efforts at the DSLP valedictory with the M.L. Kapoor Memorial Trophy for making 3673 learners literate and the Henry Selz Memorial trophy for outstanding work done during the year.

Springdalians were lauded for their special contribution for making a large number of learners literate under the Each One Teach One Project.

Our Sports Teacher, Mr. Surya Nath was awarded the Certificate of Commendation for his outstanding work in the field of literacy. During the literacy week Celebrations, our school stood 1st in their Street Theatre presentation- Emotional Atyachar at New Era School; the students enthusiastically participated in the Recitation, Song and Story / Script- Writing at Gyan Mandir School.

We also hosted Sports Events, the Poster / Slogan and Cartoon Making Competitions for the North- West Zone during the Literacy Week. We were delighted that our learners from our community and Swashakti Vocational Centre received scholarships. They also participated in the Song Competition, and attained the 2ndposition along with bagging prizes in creative competitions like Rangoli,mehndi,and hairstyling.

We continue to mentor our adopted neighborhood Government schools, Swami Dayananad Secondary and NP Girls Senior Secondary School in their progress, both infrastructural as well as operational. Over the years we have helped organize Athletic Meets and Christmas carnivals, set up a Library Corner created for them and initiated a Green Diwali drive. Their participation at school programmes has been greatly appreciated. Their enthusiasm and discipline at their regular sessions and the Community Day at the Atal Lab is heartening.

Through our initiative 'Spread the Warmth', we collected woollens for the underprivileged and helped many to face the harsh winters. Our Annual Blood Donation camp in collaboration with the Red Cross and Health Camps in the community, as well as for our School Helpers were a huge success. This year we conducted awareness drives for the Government Welfare Schemes, Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao and Education for all Campaigns. We also held workshops on creating awareness for organ donation, self-defense and prevention of drug abuse. The women of the Old Age Home appreciated the Diwali greetings and gifts, and enjoyed the Musical and Street play organized for them.

This year we organized vocational workshops on Financial and Legal Literacy; Beauty Culture, Food Preservation, English Conversation and Computer Application in the community and at Swashakti helping our learners to find sustainable livelihoods. The Swashakti stall at the Winter Carnival was a huge success!

Dignitaries and Guests, national and International, also visit the community and appreciate the endeavors and interact both with the students and community. One of our interactors, Diya Bhandari was appointed as the Zonal Interact Representative by the Rotary Club of India. Our students from std. IX and XI volunteer as scribes for the visually challenged and special needs students in the Public Examination.

Quality and inclusive education have been major priorities for Springdales. Our Principal has been appointed Convener of a National Advisory Committee on Inclusive Education constituted by the Centre for Disabilities Studies and Action, Tata Institute, Mumbai. She deliberated on 'Ways to Better Inclusive Practices in National Level Meet' organized at our school. The School Inclusive Education Development Committee aims at 100% Inclusion for Children with Special Needs. Sharing our best practices and advocacy empowered our learners. The school received the Best Inclusive School Award from The British Institute of Inclusion and Disability Studies, London and has taken its own inclusive practices forward with a sense of commitment.

The department for Inclusive Education in our school works to assist nearly 200 students who are physically and mentally challenged and those with specific learning disabilities -both at the Primary and Secondary school level. The Social Work and Inclusive Education Department regularly organizes Orientation Sessions and workshops for parents and awareness campaigns for students.