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Recent events • Lal Bazaar Mock Exams & Essay Writing Contest  RCC Essay Writing Contest

"I saw few die of hunger; of eating, a hundred thousand." Benjamin Franklin

This picture was taken in 1994 during the Sudan Famine. The picture depicts a famine stricken child crawling towards as United Nations food camp, located a kilometer away. The vulture is waiting for the child to die so that it can eat it. Every day, almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes--one child every five seconds. When was the last time you truly felt hungry?

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Lal Bazaar – Mock Exams and Essay Writing Contest 28 All-in-One books containing To meet our goal to achieve 75% th

passing ratio amongst the 10 grade students at Lal Bazaar Government Social Welfare Hostel, Annapurna volunteers have kickstarted the mock exam sessions.

the question papers from previous academic years have been distributed to the 10th grade students on Nov 1, 2008. Mock exams were conducted on:  Nov 1 – Mathematics  Nov 15 – English  Nov 22 – Physics & Chemistry

On Nov 8th, the volunteers organized a round table discussion of the English question paper from year 2006. And, an exam was conducted on the same question paper on Nov 15th. As a result, the children have scored quite well in English. The scores in Mathematics were not that good.

Place: Lal Bazaar Government Social Welfare Hostel Location: Lal Bazaar, Secunderabad Date: Nov 15, 2008 Event: Mock Exam session

The good part is that now the 10th grade students understand our goals. They have been watching us from last 2 years on how we have tried to help the 10th grade students in the past. And, they are

demonstrating a lot of enthusiasm and showing their support by willing to participate in the mock exams. There is a new wave of energy within Annapurna volunteers to make a difference. Volunteers are helping out from their homes if they can’t make it to the location. Our volunteer, Sudha Parimala, has created and corrected exam papers in Mathematics and Physical Sciences from home for the 10th grade students at Lal Bazaar. An essay writing contest was also held on Nov 15th amongst the 8th and 9th graders. M. Kumar from 9th grade won the 1st prize for an essay on Newspapers. Essay is available on page 3. Approximately 8 EnglishTelugu dictionaries were awarded to students who wrote good essays.

RCC – Essay Writing Contest No major activity was held at RCC except for the essay writing contest. Four students had written the essays on various topics such as science and environment, child labor, education system, and student unrest in colleges. Amongst these, the essay on the education system by Pratap Reddy has been awarded the first prize. Prizes are yet to be distributed at RCC. Annapurna has sponsored the monthly tutor fees of Rs. 1000/for the RCC students.

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Newspapers Essay that won the first prize at Lal Bazaar

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.” – Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Written by M. Kumar in Telugu and translated in English by Ganesh Arcot. For us to know what happens in the world, the activities and events from all corners come through the newspapers. NEWS stands for North East West South. In ancient days, birds were used to communicate news. In 1665 A.D., in India, the first newspaper was published called “India Gazette” also known as “Bengal Gazzette”. In our state of Andhra Pradesh, there are many Hindi and English newspapers such as Enaadu, Andhra Jyothi, Andhra Prabha, Andhra Bhoomi, Vaarta, Sakshi, Deccan Chronicle, Times of India, The Hindu, etc. News covers sports, politics, accidents, obituaries, etc. in various sections. When one reads newspapers, one can understand what happens across the world. You can also find stories and articles by different writers. They also write about mathematics, science, etc. By reading newspapers, one gains knowledge and satisfaction.

System of Education Essay that won the first prize at RCC Written by Pratap Reddy In this short essay, we discuss about the present day education and also the Tagore’s views on education. It is true that education today is full of stress, problems and worries. The teaching at the school, colleges and universities does not develop the moral character of the students. More over the system of education does not include the teachings of social responsibilities. It is delinked from the society and remains passive. The present day youth are the most confused and restless. They indulge in mindless violence and they are anxious and unable to think clearly due to influence of political parties over them. They are easily affected by emotions. They do things in a hurry using a lot of energy but their efforts are not organized. They have strong desire to be successful but the teachers and the system of education doesn’t inspire them. Good education should guide us act and react within ourselves. The system of education should provide solution to the troubles of the world. Good education expects a student to be at one with nature. Tagore strongly feels that new school should be founded to meet the needs of the present day student. The courses should be lively and varied. They should be taught moral values in addition to intellectual training. It should help the youth unites. Education should not become a burden for the pupils. Annapurna Committee Hyderabad, AP, INDIA Page 3

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