Deepastambha Charitable Trust – Skoolसंसद 2020
Skoolसंसद is a mock parliament. It is a platform for recreating the experience of parliamentary procedures for students from various schools. A platform where social issues, Nation development ideas, Problems associated to mankind, innovative projects and vision for betterment will all be discussed by Students- “The Members of parliament”.
Students come together and form a council where the social issues are raised, discussed and are also expected to be resolved by them.
This is an annual event, where hundreds of schools are communicated and each year depending on the commitment and approach few schools are shortlisted for performance.
It has been created and conducted aiming to give the students as many opportunities to engage with the information, judge its reliability, form an opinion and take inclusive decisions.
First Skoolसंसद was conducted in Year 2013, the journey was started from 14 schools and now there are thousands of aluminas of this unique event.
Let me share my journey of Skoolसंसद, I started it as a participant and completed the circle by becoming a project manager for this research based event this year.
After successful completion of a big project like Skoolसंसद 2020, when I look back to all the roles that I’ve played, it makes me immensely grateful and proud for being associated with a distinctive project.
When I was in School year 2013, 2014, I use to love participating in co-curricular activities, especially Skoolसंसद, found it very interesting to think about different social
topics and giving speech on it.
After my schooling I was in touch with Deepastambha for its various activities. In December 2018, I got a message that there is mentors meeting for Skoolसंसद 2019 and
with that I got reconnected to Deepastambha . Mentoring kids was a fantastic experience, I had to manage my schedule but it was all worth it! I feel being a mentor is one of the best roles Skoolसंसद has to offer!
After attending Skoolसंसद 2019 I became very curious about how this project is planned and managed. I had already liked this concept and so decided to be project manager for Skoolसंसद 2020 with my co-mentor.
According to me Skoolसंसद is a very good platform for school going children which makes them think practically and generates awareness regrading problems faced by the society at such an early age.
The meetings and brainstorming sessions started in August i.e. 6 months prior to the event. These meetings taught me the importance of punctuality and planning. As the time progressed and intermingling sessions began it was a pleasure to see kids from different schools working together on their topics with full energy and enthusiasm while their mentors were directing their development on right track.
When very few days were left for the event and preparations at Deepastambha office were at full swing, then and there I realized that, it is all about the people you work with! I remember when there were only 2 days left for Skoolसंसद……………
And we had to print ID cards for all the student MP's but due to some mistake many ID cards and the attendance sheet was wrong. At that time I was really panicked because we got to know that at night and so there was only one day left for the event. I had to go home as it was late but couldn't relax and sleep at all, but then around 2 am I received a mail of revised attendance sheet and a photo on WhatsApp. Five Deepastambha members were working in the office till 2 am to get things done in time!
At that moment, I felt so grateful and blessed to be backed by such dedicated people.
Next day we got the prints in time and everything was sorted.
I think this incidence made my co- project manager to say “अगदी घरचं कार्य असल्यासारखं सगळ्यांनी पुढाकार घेऊन Skoolसंसद साठी काम केलं “ in her speech at the end of the event.
After many such experiences, I consider that Deepastambha member and their systematic and disciplined execution of the activity is the greatest asset of Skoolसंसद.The healthy atmosphere here with constant appreciation and encouragement has always motivated me throughout the journey!
The most important aspect after any project is the lesson learned. I had many take away and they are worth sharing. I learnt dealing with a situation with a systematic approach and due to that my habit of advance worrying has changed to advance thinking and planning.
Skoolसंसद 2020 gave me many unforgettable moments in the journey and has helped me to improve many aspects of my personality. I will always remember this experience in my life and will use it in all my future endeavors and projects.
– Mrunal Nikam
A Student MP, Skoolसंसद 2013,2014,2015
A Mentor , Skoolसंसद 2019
A Project Manager ,Skoolसंसद 2020