Community Service is an integral part of a scholar’s life at Mayo College Girls’ School.
Our aim is nurture sensitive and ethical leaders of tomorrow along with extending a helping hand to the various underprivileged sections of society in and around the city of Ajmer.
Community service at MCGS is based on five pillars namely
- Prayas – Service which focuses on developing a symbiotic association with village “Sarana” which the school has been associated since February,2019.
- Khushi- Service with the speech and hearing students of “Badhir Vidyalaya”
- Jagriti – School literacy service which focuses on the skill and educational development of the women class IV employees of the school.
- Sparsh- Service with the Mentally challenged students of “Meenu Mano Vikas Kendra, Chachiawas”.
- Asha – Service with the destitute and abandoned children who have a home called , “Bal Prakash”
“Sankalp, 2019- Service week” was organized from 1st – 7th August, 2019. During the week long celebrations, each day was dedicated to addressing different aspects of the challenges faced by the different pillars of Community Service at Mayo College Girls’ School and along the way we hoped to bring together the entire community as one.
Day 1 – 1st August, 2019
On the auspicious occasion of our Founder’s day, the concept of Sankalp was introduced to the school following which the appointed student officials for each pillar of community service was awarded badges.
Mr. Aarti Kothari, School Captain, 1999, awarded the badges to the Society Presidents.
Day 2- 2nd , August, 2019
Second day of the Sankalp , 2019 was dedicated to coming together of the various pillars of MCGS Community Service through games and sports.
Day 3- 3rd , August, 2019
MCGS had hosted skill development workshops for our various partners on day 3 of Sankalp,2019.
Prayas : Soap Making workshop was conducted by Mrs Rekha Karnawat and Ritu Golechha. Mrs. Golechha and Mrs. Karnawat those have enormous experience in art and craft for more than a decade. The workshop was attended by 15 ladies from Sarana village who learnt how to make five different types of soap . The soap bases used were of two categories namely: glycerin and goat milk base. The types of soap made were: Honey, Charcoal, Kesar and Milk, Neem , Tulsi and Aloe vera.
Jagriti : Beautician training workshop
Khushi : Workshop to recycle discarded containers into planters
Sparsh : Cooking workshop – It was an enriching day for the students of the ‘Sparsh’ community service as they learnt how to make Cake Pops and Papdi Chaat with the students of the Meeno Mano Vikas Kendriya Vidyalaya. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience of cooking and eating with the students from the guest school. The workshop was conducted by Mrs. Deepti Rae, a member of MCGS faculty.
Asha : Art workshop was conducted by Mrs. Madhabi Gopalan, a member of MCGS faculty. The students of Bal Prakash wing of the community service organised a drawing, colouring and artificial flowers making activity for the kids from Bal Prakash. The little kids enjoyed the engaging exercise and explored creativity through the colourful medium of art and craft. Their faces lit up as they created beautiful flowers.
Day 4- 4th , August, 2019
MCGS organized a tree plantation drive in Pushkar where our students and their community service partners planted almost 100 saplings. Tree plantation drive was followed by lunch which allowed us to spend quality time with our special friends in an informal atmosphere. It gave them a sense of purpose by allowing them to be in the role of enablers and care providers.
Day 5- 5th , August, 2019
On the 5th of July, 2019, our girls had the privilege to attend a workshop conducted by Ms. Jesselina Rana, alumni MCGS Batch of 2013. Jasselina Rana who completed her graduation from NLU, Delhi became the founder of a social enterprise called ‘Pad2Go‘, a sanitary pad vending machine distributor in Nepal along with her co-founder.She talked about the importance of creating awareness of mensuration and its hygiene. We had an interactive session about the menstrual issues, myths and taboos.She also enlightened us with the necessity of the involvement of men for spreading awareness about such an import issue in today’s era.
Ma’am was successful in seeding within us a sense of responsibility towards our community and the art of giving.
Day 6- 6th , August, 2019
MCGS Students from different Service groups visited different Social Service organisations which they do not visit regularly. This was done with the aim of sensitizing them to the plight of people with many other difficulties. We also hope that they were inspired and motivated by the individuals and organisations who are care givers to the underprivileged.
Prayas– 16 of class IX girls got opportunity of visiting ‘SHUBHDA’ , a centre for children with special needs.‘Shubhda’ is a school for intellectually disabled children providing them with special education and vocational training. Specifically dealing with children suffering through Cerebral Palsy, Autism and Multiple Disabilities. They have students from the chronicle age group of 4-41 but with a minimum mental age. The school teaches students to do their daily chores , sit, eat, speak etc provide them therapies including physiotherapy, speech therapy and behavioural therapy to enable them to be a part of society.
Jagriti- visited Dayanand Bal Sadan for an interactive session with the girls there. The girls from our school distributed food packets to them. They sang songs for each other and even danced with them. The students enquired about their daily routine and shared their routine with them. It was a fun-filled interaction with a lot of learning for our students.
Khushi– A batch consisting of 20 students went to visit the MISSION GIRLS SCHOOL on 4th of august. We had a great time interacting with these girls. It was an eye opening experience for us to know about their lives. We performed several activities like tree plantation, magic box , talk on sex education, a drill performance, painting the classroom walls.
Sparsh- ‘Sparsh’ community service took its students to the Government Senior Secondary School for the Blind as a part of the Happy Week ‘Sankalp’ 2019.
Our students had the opportunity to learn about the life of the students there. They learnt about Braille and various such things that facilitate the life of blind students. On their visit, they also were fortunate to witness the talented students of the school playing instruments and singing various songs.
The experience was beautiful and humbling as our students learnt about gratitude and privilege. They learnt that life is not what you are given; rather it is what you make of it.
The students returned feeling overwhelmed and grateful, having learnt the value of hard work and perseverance. The support and enthusiasm of all the students and teachers was appreciated and we look forward to many such inspiring visits.
Day 7- 7th , August, 2019
On the last day, we invited our community service partners for an evening of dance and music where they could showcase their talents which made us realize that physical, emotional or mental disabilities are no barriers to a happy and contended life.