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SANAWAR EMPOWERMENT & WELFARE ASSOCIATION [SEWA]

Sanawarians are actively engaged in Socially Useful & Productive Work.Social service has been an integral part of The Lawrence School, Sanawar since its inception as the idea of establishing Sanawar has roots in social cause. The members of Sanawar family have displayed aristocracy of service inspired by ideas of unselfishness, not one of privilege, wealth or position.” The structured Socially Useful Productive Work (S.U.P.W) is an ancillary, but mandatory part of Sanawar’s curriculum. The Sanawarians have always lent their helping hands, across India, to people affected by the worst hit earthquakes, landslides and floods.
All students of the school complete mandatory hours of social service. The School has, over the years, started adopting villages and working with the villagers by facilitating them in the areas like community centers, school buildings and furniture and construction of sanitation systems.
The Lawrence School, Sanawar is one of the regional spearheads of the Round Square Group of Schools and regularly participates and hosts international service projects. The IAYP programme run by the school is a further incentive for the boys to whole-heartedly take to service projects.

Aims and Objectives:

  • To develop in a child the core educational values such as compassion, social responsibility, charity and empathy for the poor and the disadvantaged section of the society.
  • To generate awareness on socio-developmental issues and empower the neighboring population to improve their life and livelihood through specific intervention in the areas of health, education, sanitation and conservation of natural resources.
  • To support and promote the work of other NGOs working for the welfare and empowerment of the poor and the deprived section of society.
  • To undertake need based development work in collaboration with the neighboring rural communities and panchayati raj Institutions.

Strategies & Activities:

More than one hundred fifty students of The Lawrence School, Sanawar belonging to class eleven and twelve, are actively engaged in the socially useful productive work supported by 14 staff members guided by a common social work Moto-‘we care’.

 

Community Service
As part of its cleanliness drive and the community outreach programme, The SUPW wing of Sanawar adopted a village located near Kasauli, Nanda Ka Thada, and has constructed three public toilets there that will benefit the villagers who had hitherto been defecating in the open. The three newly constructed toilets were inaugurated in the presence of the school authorities and villagers on 7th November, 2014. In continuation of its pro poor and pro-development efforts, The SUPW team intends to take up new projects of constructing of new toilets, repair of the water tank and opening of a pre nursery school.

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“No hand is holier than the hand given to help for the needy!”- Mehmet Murat ildan
Inspired by these words;16 students, two staff visited Adopted village Nanda kaThada on Nov 02, 2014. It was the day of laying linter on the toilet block being constructed at Nanda kaThada, where students did “Shramdaan”.
The students took part in the manual work and helped shifting gravel, sand etc., mixing up the material and then putting it up on top.

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Community Service

VISIT TO DAGSHAI ORPHANAGE(SUPW)

Round Square On Sunday, 17 August 2014, a group of around 25 - L6 students from Sanawar went to do some Social Useful Productive work at the Children’s Home at Dagshai. Under the expert guidance of Dr.S. Khan and Mr. R. P. Gautam, the Sanawar students interacted with the boys of the orphanage on three different levels:

  • One group helped the boys in teaching them how to use and operate some computers that they have available. Some of these computers had been donated to the Orphanage by the Lawrence School ,Sanawar.
  • Another group played football and other games with the boys, which was greatly enjoyed by all concerned.
  • The students from Sanawar brought eatables and each boy received a banana and a snack to supplement their daily meals.

For us, the two visiting teachers from South Africa, this was an unforgettable experience. We were pleased to see how well the Sanawar students interacted with the boys from the Orphanage, and it was inspiring to see the students giving back something to the community. The boys really enjoyed the day and it was a privilege for us to be part of this experience.

MARTIN PEROLD [Exchange Teacher]

St. Stithians College, Johannesburg; South Africa


Round Square On Sunday, 17 August 2014, Martin and I (exchange teachers from St. Stithians College, South Africa) joined the Social Work group on the SUPW outing to Dagshai orphanage for boys. The learners from Sanawar played games of soccer and sports with the children, conducted computer lessons, and prepared care packs for each child (giving each child a blanket and food items).

I was most impressed by the kind and caring manner in which the Sanawar learners conducted themselves. They interacted with the children in a compassionate manner showing patience and humility. The staff accompanying the learners had clearly established relationship with the orphanage staff and the process ran smoothly in a relaxed and open manner.

This is an important part of maintaining a working relationship with the community and ensures the success of such outreach programs. This was a most enjoyable experience and I am certainly impressed with the work by Sanawar students and staff in their local communities.

MegnDu Toit [Exchange Teacher]

St. Stithians College, Johannesburg; South Africa

Community Service at Shantiniketan, Dagshai- Solan

Round Square A Group of 40 students from classes XI & XII, along with two teachers visited Shantiniketan Ashram at Dagshai. Shantiniketan Ashram is a Children’s home fororphansand poor children.Our Students interacted with the children for about three hours and gave them daily need items like Tooth Brush, Tooth paste, hand Towel, Soap etcincluding some eatables. The students contributed the eatables by donating their pocket money whereas the other gift items were purchased from theschool’s SUPW fund. Our children were sensitized about the needs and difficulties faced by the needy children.Our Students experienced the true “joy of giving”.

Independence Day Celebrations


Independence Day was celebrated with great fervor, zeal and enthusiasm by one and all.The feeling of patriotism combined with a sense of social responsibility was evident across the campus. Near about five hundred people including women and children from neighboring villages attended the community lunch in the Central Dining Hall (CDH) at Sanawarand were served by about 150 students with deep sense of humility.

 

The students and staff interacted and played games with support staff and their children. While senior girls played a variety of games in the SomDutt sports centre (SSC) with the smaller children, our school soccer team played a friendlymatch (an annual affair) with the team comprising of support staff and young boys from the surrounding villages. The Headmaster gave away the souvenirs to the players.

SOCIALLY USEFUL PRODUCTIVE WORK AT SANAWAR


With the ultimate aim of SUPW such as to develop in a child the core educational values such as compassion, social responsibility, charity and empathy for the poor and the disadvantaged section of the society, to generate awareness on socio-developmental issues and empower the neighboring population to improve their life and livelihood through specific intervention in the area of health, education, sanitation and conservation of natural resources, to work with other NGOs working for the welfare and empowerment of the poor and the deprived section of society, to undertake need based development work in collaboration with the neighboring rural communities and panchayati raj Institutions.

In this endeavormore than one hundred fifty students of The Lawrence School, Sanawarfrom to classes eleven and twelve, are actively engaged supported by 14 staff members guided by a common social work moto-we care. The different groups engaged in this are Health club, Nature club, Child education, Save environment club and Social Welfare group.

The various activities being carried out are Village Adoption-Basic Health care camp, construction of Toilets, Community library, Khud cleaning (on campus), Land Erosion Management, Tree plantation, visits to leprosarium, Dagshai&Subathu orphanages and First Aid training programs in surrounding villages and schools

Another Step Forward towards Swachh BharatAbhiyan


Nineteen students of The Lawrence School Sanawar visited areas of Garkhal Panchayat on March 5, 2017 carrying forward their SUPW work. Pledging their support to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and dedicating themselves to the clean and green India, the motivated students cleaned up the roads and the khud sides. In addition to six dustbins installed by the Social welfare wing of SUPW, another six dustbins were installed in the Garkhal market as demanded by the community. Garkhal market area used to wear a dirty look with litter strewn all over, but now we hope that these twelve dustbins will be helpful in keeping the area clean. The Gram Panchayat Pradhan Mr. Rajendra Sharma lauded the contribution of the school and hard work of the students. He said that various social welfare activities undertaken by the school has indeed improved the quality of life in Garkhal community and people of the community hope for more of these initiatives in future.

Extra Curricular Activities

Children at Sanawar select a number of 'hobby' activities, which they pursue at different times of the year.

These activities include:
Weaving Art Sculpture
Ceramics Carpentry Computers
Fashion Designing Photography Paper Recycling
Indian Classical Music & Dance Bugle and Brass Bands

At certain times of the year, children are involved in a wide variety of social activities ranging from fire fighting to working in the Rural Centre of the School. Tree Planting has been an annual activity over the decades. Other major projects are Adult & Child Education, a Crafts Centre, and annual International Village Development Camps (organized for the Round Square International Service).

Membership of the Round Square International Service gives children an opportunity to take part in a Student Exchange Programme with other member schools throughout the world. During a visit of two month duration, they study at the host school, staying either with families or in the school's dormitory, playing a full part in the life of the school and community which they are visiting. Dramatics, Debating, Elocution and Quiz contests are a regular feature.

Each House produces a House Show each year, giving children of all ages a chance to perform on stage or learn the art of stage management and production. Membership of SPICMACAY ensures that artists of repute visit the School on a regular basis for a lecture demonstration on classical Dance and Music. The North Zone Cultural Centre organizes folk and classical performances to give an exposure to the students.

Visiting the School Museum is an educational experience. It includes Sanawar's Colours, photographic and printed records, awards, mementos, teaching instruments, musical instruments and one of the world's oldest operational printing presses.

National Group Song Singing Competition Oraganized by Bharat Vikas Parishad at Shimla

Total of 46 schools from various districts of the state participated in district level competition held on 23rd August,2014.
Out of these school's the topper of Solan , Nahan , Sirmour & Shimla districts were selected for stste level competition at Nagan, and THE LAWRENCE SCHOOL SANAWAR got 1st position in the competition held on 19-10-2014.

DREAM WORLD INDIA - All India Maths Scholarship Exam 2013-14


Extra Curricular Activities A total of 160 students from our school participated in the ALL INDIA MATHS SCHOLARSHIP EXAM- 2013-14. While 50 students were placed in top fifty ranks in their respective age groups, four were placed in the top 10 ranks at the All India Level. Satvik Narula finally bagged 3rd Rank in all India (after being tied at 2nd Rank) to earn the trophy and Scholarship Bonds worth Rs. 5 lacs. DhruvBhutani, Raghav Gupta and BhavarthVerma were the other significant achievers.

 
 
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