Whenever KViK needs to recruit a new staff member, we first look at our own alumni. Often we find the right, promising candidate. Megha is one such trainee who completed her Computer Basics and Tally course recently and joined KViK as a Administrative Assistant-cum-Trainer! She is a commerce graduate and has fluency in 4 languages, including English. We wish her best of success!
KViK completed 5 years of training in vocational skills on 15th Sept. To commemorate this milestone, KViK management, staff, students, ex.students, friends and well-wishers joined in big number on 19th Sept at its training centre at Weavers colony main road, off Bannerghatta road in Bengaluru.
The function started with melodious Ganesha Vandana prayer by our trainer Mrs. Janet and her student Chandana. A 5 minute film on KViK was released on the occasion. Mr. Subbu Hegde explained the past 5 years eventful journey of KViK with a ppp. Many guests likened the trained students of KViK to blossoming lotus in the pond nearby!
It was an emotional moment for Tharashree, who was finding going difficult 2 years ago but found comfort and security of sustainable earning after the training in KViK. Bharathi remembers fondly the homely atmosphere in KViK. Shailendra recounted how he was not getting a good job after a Diploma in Electrical, but got a good job immediately after training in KViK 4 years ago. He said he started his own business of CCTV installation 2 years ago and is a very happy entrepreneur today. He is giving employment to others now!
Our Advisory Board member Dr. Surendra Kulkarni addressed the students and their parents and highlighted the role they should play in enrolling other boys and girls needing sustainable livelihood in to vocational training in KViK. Our trainer Mrs. Janet spoke how fulfilling it is to create livelihood for women who are in desperate need of it. Many alumni of KViK spoke eloquently of the role played by KViK in their life. The atmosphere was surely one of gratitude.
The occasion was used to issue certificates to students who had completed their training. All of them are already placed in lucrative jobs! Mrs. Vijaya and Mr. Ramakrishna, founders of Sahasra Ddeepika, were special guests. They lauded the efforts of KViK management in empowering women and wished the institution glorious future.
The occasion was also used to give away prizes to winners of various talent contests in the Ethnic Day, concluded the same morning.
Students showed their talent yet again by entertaining the audience with variety of dances and songs.
Mrs. Veena Hegde proposed vote of thanks and invited every one for a sumptuous high tea.
KViK celebrated Ethnic day for all the students, which was a fun filled day with lot of fun and enthusiasm. Students sportively participated in various activities and competitions conducted by the staff members by showcasing their talents and won prizes. Students were gorgeously dressed and flaunted about in their ethnic wear. Students who completed their course received certificates too. The day’s activity was closed by serving refreshment to all of them. Few glimpse captured during the event.
KViK conducted a 1 month Summer Camp for SSLC students of Kethamaranahalli and Uttarahalli schools in Bengaluru, from 9th April to 11th May. The camp was initiated and coordinated by our long time partner NGO Dream Path foundation, led by Mrs. Krupa Chakravarty and Mrs. Veena Prasad. The full time Residential camp was attended by 9 boys. The purpose of the camp was to create awareness about career opportunities in vocational skills and introduce the kids to various skills, and let them spend their summer vacation in a fruitful way. The cost of the training and dormitory was sponsored by 8 public spirited and socially conscieous citizens.
Students enjoyed their training at KViK availing the dormitory facility with food and stay. They loved the training methodology at KViK of “Learning by doing” which makes learning a fun. For example, in Electrical training, they installed and serviced household appliances like fan, iron box, mixer, etc. By working on Plumbing, they learnt how to instal a wash basin, lay pipes, fix water leakages and blockages. In Basic Computer session, they learnt operating laptops, MS Word, Excel, Power Point, email, Google search, Letter writing etc. Spoken English sessions helped them to brush up grammar and learn story telling, self Introduction and simple conversation. Apart from these skills kids had additional classes for Yoga and soft skills on communication skills, life skills and group discussions.
In the concluding ceremony on 11th may, the boys were handed out certificates at the hands of Sponsors and mentors of Dreampath foundation. Parents and family members of boys also attended the function. They were delighted to see the boys speak confidently and sharing their learning experience at KViK. A few excerpts:
“I thought this summer camp would be another class room learning. I was surprised and delighted when I found that 90% training was learning by actually doing troubleshooting of electrical or plumbing problems. Now I am confident of repairing many household gadgets when they break down” – Abhijit.
“I enjoyed learning various skills in KViK. The group activity, staying together in dormitory, watching TV in the evening, were all fun. The food in the dorm was good too!” – Ranjit
” The training was fun and useful. Trainers Ms. Kavitha and Mr. Ningaraj made learning easy and enjoyable. Visit to Sir Vishweshwaraiah science museum was a bouns”. – Ambarish
The sponsors Mrs. Kamala , Dr. Madhavi, Mrs. Madhushree, Mr. Ningaraj and mentors of Dream path foundation Mrs. Veena Prasad, Mrs. Annam and Mrs. Jyothi Shanbhag expressed their deep satisfaction on the outcome of training and assured that they would support more such camps in the future. They also gave some tips to the boys on how they should utilise their newly learnt skills in their lives and career. Mrs. Kamala narrated how the she decided to sponsor training the moment she heard the word “skill training” and emphasised the need for more such programmes for all school and colleges to make the youth employable.
Some of the family members also spoke eloquently about the new competencies their wards have acquired by the summer camp and the thanked KViK, Dream path foundation and the sponsors. The function was also graced by KViK core team attended by members of KViK core team Mrs. Vaishali and Mrs. Vandana and director Veena Hegde. The CEO Mr. Subbu Hegde thanked the Dream path foundation, sponors, trainers and the staff for making the camp a phenomenal success. He requested students and their family members to spread the word and motivate more youngsters to take up vocational training as a career option.