Monday, November 19, 2018

In the wake of the “Gaja” cyclone, trees were uprooted, crops were destroyed, buildings collapsed making many people homeless.

"Gaja" Collapsed coastal fishermen belongings 
In the wake of the “Gaja” cyclone, trees were uprooted, crops were destroyed, buildings collapsed making many people homeless. Cyclone “Gaja” has left a trail of destruction in Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry, claiming the lives of at-least 48 people Around 250,000 people have been evacuated in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, where wind speeds reached 120kmph when the storm made landfall on Nov. 16. Last week, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued red warning, the highest category, for the eastern coastal states, telling locals to watch out for
Roof collapsed SEVAI Centre in kadambadi Nagapatinam 
heavy rains and strong winds. Fishermen were also asked not to go out to sea.
Now, local governments are scrambling to provide relief following extensive damage to houses, infrastructure, and crops. The State Government has estimated that the cyclone uprooted over 170,000 and damaged about 117,000 houses. Farmers have seen acres of their coconut farms and banana plantations ruined. The impact of the cyclone also damaged and power lines, cutting off electricity in several districts including the
Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, and Nagapattinam districts. Indian Navy personnel joined the State Authorities,  and civil populace to clear public buildings and roads in Nagapattinam.Two naval ships Chetlat and Cheriyam arrived at Karaikal
this morning carrying relief food material. The system has now become a depression and has entered land area of through Dindigul, Trichy and Theni
Gaja Cyclone devastation
districts. The power supply has been suspended since Thursday evening in Nagapattinam district. Traffic remains disrupted in most parts of Nagapattinam and Karaikal, Tiruvarur, Pudukottai and Thanjavur
cyclone devastated village-Villthamavadi
districts.SEVAI centre in Nagapatinam has been severely damaged and the renovation activities are to be undertaken.
Over 100000 Electricity poles may be damaged and over hundred of transformers were damaged. Tamilnadu Electricity Board was hard hit. Almost the entire stretch of the road between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam was strewn with uprooted poles. Gaja also
Rescued children 
took a heavy toll on the wildlife in Kodiyakarai sanctuary. A herd of deer which escaped from the sanctuary was found dead on the shores. The deer had bleeding noses, indicating they died due to a possible heart failure considering their fragile sensibility. A few horses were also found dead on the shores of Arukatuthurai.Stray animals had a hard time finding shelters. Seawater intrusion was reported in fishing villages and hamlets including Akkaraipettai, Keechankuppam, Seruthur, and Velankanni. People had a hard time finding firm ground as the water level was around waist height. Fishing boats were spotted deep in the woods in Kodiyakkarai, indicating they had tossed into the air by the brute force of the cyclone. More than 3000 boats were damaged due to the cyclone in the past one day. Over 2900 suffered engine
Sheltered people.
failure as the engines seized with the excessive intrusion of Waters. The damage has extended the grounding of fishers at least temporarily in Vedaranyam, salt pans took a hit as the coconut and palm frond thatches used to cover salt stood no chance against the cyclone. The thatches were blown away by the winds and dozens of salt pans on hundreds of acres were reportedly dissolved.  The Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health in Velankanni was among the places that were affected the most. Schools were also damaged in several Districts and children lost their learning materials and dresses. Senior citizens suffer for want of medicine and blankets etc.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

South Zone Board of Continuing Education honours Dr.Nagender Swamy, Ph.D, Dr.S.Jayaraman,M.Sc.,(Agri)Ph.D and Dr.M.A.Aleem, M.D.D.M (Neuro)

South Zone Board of Continuing Education honours Dr.Nagender Swamy, Ph.D, Dr.S.Jayaraman,M.Sc.,(Agri)Ph.D and Dr.M.A.Aleem, M.D.D.M (Neuro) with Kalam Awards -2018 on 18,Nov.2018 and also organise Seminar on Continuing Education and Inclusive Development.Dr.K.Meena,Former Vice Chancellor of Bharathidassan University presides.The South Zone Board of Continuing Education was established in 2011 in tune to the motto Excellence in Action and it keeps before it the vision of excellence in all spheres of education. Literacy is the backbone of a progressive and the heartbeat of a developing nation. A literate nation is free from any kind of slavery and open to varied arenas of progress. Ever since the Continuing Education has been  implemented by the South Zone Board of Continuing Education’ Training Programmes, Continuing Education Courses, Population Education Programmes, vocational skill development programmes and other comprehensive rural/urban development special activities with the collaboration of Voluntary agencies situated in Tamilnadu. The Continuing Education Scheme is multi-faceted and is postulated on the principles of treating basic literacy, post literacy and later continuing education. Above all the scheme aims at addressing the socio-economic situations of the community to provide infrastructure for larger development initiatives. The South Zone Board of Continuing Education has been playing a significant role in creating an environment where women themselves demand knowledge and study to empower themselves. Development programmes in each and every sphere of life cannot be the sole responsibility of the Government. This reality necessitates the active participation of non-government organisations (NGOs) in social development projects. Continuing education is such a field where NGOs have some very positive and significant contributions. The South Zone Board of Continuing Education is supposed to provide academic and technical resource support to continuing education. This has to be achieved through organising training programmes, material development and production, publication, extension activities, innovative projects and evaluations. Development of teaching-learning and training materials for literacy programmes. The South Zone Board of Continuing Education proposes the Production and dissemination for Continuing education,Training Continuing Education functionaries, Undertaking motivational and environment building activities for continuing  education, Multimedia works,Running of field programmes and Undertaking innovative projects to identify future need of continuing Education programmes.The South Zone Board of Continuing Education has carried out and had the facilities such as: community support services to help community people to develop their life skills with self sufficiency and ensure the quality of life. Career guidance and counseling South Zone Board of Continuing Education provides career oriented assistance to the community people of several districts of Tamilnadu.The South Zone Board of Continuing Education has connection with NGOs those work for the promotion of Health, Animal Husbandry, Hearty Culture, Agriculture, Social Forestry, Rural Development, Social Welfare and Information and Education. The South Zone Board of Continuing Education has proposed to carry out the extension programmes during current year such as dissemination of technology to the community people, sensitization programme on social and economic issues, improvement of slow learners, enhancing employability of the youth from non-formal sector, guidance and counseling to rural youth and imbibing vocational skills to neo-literates for self sufficiency. The South Zone Board of Continuing Education, is to inter & Intra NGO collaboration programmes to raise the Human Development Index of the community through appropriate intervention programmes and Networking with Community based organization. The South Zone Board of Continuing Education strength lies in its vertical and horizontal mobility in achieving Inter and Intra Development activities. The South Zone Board of Continuing Education offers course in the field of Adult and Continuing Education.The South Zone Board of Continuing Education proposes to link the Community College system of Tamilnau Open University for offering a curriculum fitted to the needs of the local community. In the developing countries like India the Community College refers to an alternative system of Education, which is aimed at the empowerment of the disadvantaged groups and the underprivileged groups through appropriate skills development leading to gainful employment in collaboration with local industry and local community and achieves skills for employment and self employability of the disadvantaged and underprivileged group of people.  The system is ‘of’ the community, ‘for’ the community and ‘by’ the community to produce responsible citizens. The proposed Community College will promote job-oriented, work related, skill-based and life-coping education. It provides education for a livelihood. It responds to the challenges of exclusion and elimination from the formal system, mismatch between education and employment capability, poverty and problems of unemployment, under-employment, unemployability and school dropouts.  The Proposed Community College promotes job oriented, work related, skill - based and life coping education, including Life Coping Skills and Communication Skills. OZONE instituted I. Knowledge Connectivity KALAM Award, 2.Quality of life Improvement KALAM Award, 3.Community Outreach KALAM Award and 4.Equalancey Education KALAM Award.   The award carries a citation and Poonadai and will be honoured by Celebrities.
K.Govindaraju, Chairman, OZONE

Thottiyapatty watershed has vermi- compost yards.

Vermi compost yard.

Watershed project is very conducive for organic farming with the application of organic farming measures. Thottiyapatty watershed is model farming has a huge vermin compost yard. Vermi- compost containing water-soluble nutrients, vermicompost is an excellent, nutrient-rich organic fertilizer and soil conditioner. Those microbes eat organic matter in the soil and release available plant nutrients. Fungi in the castings form symbiotic relationships to transport water and nutrients to the roots. Organic farming is a method of crop that involves much more than choosing not to use pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics and growth hormones. Organic production is a holistic system designed to optimize the productivity and fitness of diverse communities within the agro-ecosystem, including soil organisms, plants, livestock and people. The principal goal of organic production is to develop enterprises that are sustainable and harmonious with the environment. The general principles of organic production is to protect the environment, minimize soil degradation and erosion, decrease pollution, optimize biological productivity and promote a sound state of health ,maintain long-term soil fertility by optimizing conditions for biological activity within the soil, maintain biological diversity within the system, recycle materials and resources to the greatest extent possible within the enterprise ,provide attentive care that promotes the health, prepare organic products, emphasizing careful processing, and handling methods in order to maintain the organic integrity and vital qualities of the products at all stages of production  and rely on renewable resources in locally organized agricultural systems. Organic farming promotes the use of crop rotations and cover crops, and encourages balanced host/predator relationships. Organic residues and nutrients produced on the farm are recycled back to the soil. Cover crops and composted manure are used to maintain soil organic matter and fertility. Preventative insect and disease control methods are practiced, including crop rotation, improved genetics and resistant varieties. Integrated pest and weed management, and soil conservation systems are valuable tools on an organic
Watershed project components.
farm. The organic standards generally prohibit products of genetic engineering and animal cloning, synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, synthetic drugs, synthetic food processing aids and ingredients, and ionizing radiation. Prohibited products and practices must not be used on certified organic farms for at least three years prior to harvest of the certified organic products. Organic farming presents many challenges. Some crops are more challenging than others to grow organically; however, nearly every commodity can be produced organically. The main reasons farmers state for wanting to farm organically are their concerns for the environment and about working with agricultural chemicals in conventional farming systems. There is also an issue with the amount of energy used in agriculture, since many farm chemicals require energy intensive manufacturing processes that rely heavily on fossil fuels. Organic farmers find their method of farming to be profitable and personally rewarding.Vermicomposting is a popular way of getting rid of kitchen scraps and proponents of this form of composting make all kinds of claims. Vermicomposting can be defined as the biological decomposition of organic wastes, via the joint action of (specialized) earthworms and microorganisms. It is a term that can be used interchangeably with worm composting.Vermicompost is the materiel left behind after worms eat and digest kitchen scraps and other types of organic matter. This type of composting is a combination of digestion by the worms as well as a decomposition process that takes place after the material exits the worm. -Kris

Thursday, November 15, 2018

OZONE: Continuing Education provides the updated skills for income generation for Inclusive Development process.

Updating skills as part of Continuing Education for inclusive development
South Zone Board of Continuing Education (OZONE) aims to be Liaison quality resource unit providing quality liaison support for anyone seeking Continuing Education skills, work skills and life skills through the process of Continuing Education programmes. Continuing Education is the use of use of both formal and informal learning opportunities throughout people's lives in order to foster the Inclusive development and improvement of the knowledge and skills needed for employment and personal fulfillment. Continuing Education is defined as "all learning activity undertaken with the aim of improving knowledge, skills and competences within a personal, civic, social and/or employment-related perspective”. OZONE  encourages continuing Education as  lifelong learning as a kind of independent and creative learning experience that helps learners survive in a rapidly changing society. The essential characteristic of Continuing Education focus on learner is social, individually motivated, and spanning across the natural life as per the need for the livelihood. Continuing Education measures are adopted to make continuing education as Development result-oriented, time-bound and cost-effective. Continuing Education and Inclusive development is a pro-poor approach that equally values and incorporates the contributions of all stakeholders, including marginalized groups, in addressing development issues ensuring benefit for all poor. It promotes transparency and accountability, and enhances development cooperation outcomes through collaboration between civil society, governments and private sector actors Inclusive Development means economic growth that creates employment opportunities and helps in reducing overty. Continuing Education is fundamental to inclusive development and growth because growthdevelopment, and poverty reduction depend on the knowledge and skills that people acquire, not the number of years that they sit in a classroom, we must transform our call to action from Education for All to Learning for All. It means having access to essential services in health and education by the poor. Inclusive development consists of ensuring that all marginalized and excluded groups are stakeholders in development processes. It includes providing equality of opportunity, empowering people through education and skill development. Development initiatives are more effective for poverty reduction when all stakeholders, especially citizens and marginalized communities, are actively involved in the planning, execution and monitoring of development programs. The inclusive development will make every sector's growth viable and sustainable. By this inclusive development financial health of each and every individual will be improved as there will be no gap left between the sectors of economy. We come across that many groups are excluded from development because of their gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability or poverty. The effects of such exclusion are raising levels of inequality around the world. Development cannot effectively reduce poverty unless all groups contribute to the creation of opportunities, share the benefits of development and participate in decision-making. The goal of inclusive development is to achieve an inclusive society, able to accommodate differences and to value diversity. Inclusive Development should ensure that all phases of the development cycle, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation include a disability dimension and those persons with disabilities are meaningfully and effectively participating in development processes and policies. Inclusive development also implies a rights-based approach to development, understood in terms of a framework for human development as a process firmly grounded in international human rights standards and focused on the promotion and protection of human rights. The term inclusive development has emerged in the 21st century and its roots, however, can be traced to
Continuing Education program promotion
different concepts in different disciplines. While some see inclusive development as only combining social aspects with economic growth through political approaches, we define inclusive development instead as focusing on social well-being and protecting the eco system services   of nature through redefining political priorities. This term can potentially bridge different disciplines together. 
Education in every sense is one of the fundamental factors of development. Education raises people's productivity and creativity and promotes entrepreneurship and technological
Women Masonry program
advances. In addition it 
plays a very crucial role in securing economic and social progress and improving income distribution. Inclusive Development and Continuing education in youth work aims to support young people to increase their awareness and understanding of the interdependent and unequal world, through a process of interactive learning, debate, action and reflection. It challenges perceptions of the world and encourages young people to act for a more just and equal society at a national and an international level.-Kris.

SEVAI-RCI–CCRS project celebrated Children’s day-2018 in Trichy Railway Junction.

Children sign in the signature campaign for Child protection
SEVAI-Railway Children India organized Children’s day in Trichy Railway
Children's Day function in Trichy Railway Station 
Junction with the collaboration of Southern Railways, Trichirapalli on 14th Nov.2018. A signature campaign for care and protection children had also been organized as awareness on the occasion of Children’s day. A Rally had also been conducted in Trichy Railway Junction demonstrating with placards and making slogans with children day focus on  Children rights such as
Right to Survival to life, Right to Development having access to education, care, leisure, recreation, cultural activities, Right to Protection from exploitation, abuse, neglect and Right to Participation to expression. Hundreds of students, Railway employees, SEVAI-RCI staff functionaries and volunteers and stake holders took part in the rally. The Senior Station Manager of Trichy Railway Junction,Shri.N.Muthukumar activated the signature campaign and Ms.Suda, Associated Director of SEVAI flagged off the Children’s’ day rally. Sweets were distributed in Child
Rally on Child care and protection
Assistance booth run by SEVAI-RCI to the Children. The Project Coordinator of SEVAI-RCI –Project Shri.Babu Ezhil Dasan thanked DCM, SMR and other officials of Trichy Railway Junction for according permission for the conduct of children’s day in Trichy Railway Junction jurisdiction and for their support and guidance. Ms.Suda, Associated Director of SEVAI said that
Child care and protection is necessary and several the kids those face violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect are at risk of death, poor physical and mental health, HIV/AIDS infection, educational problems, displacement, homelessness and several other concerns. A large number of run-aways, unaccompanied and trafficked children travel to different parts of the country. The Railways carry significantly large proportion of such children and many use railway premises for shelter and livelihood. So far in 2018, over 650 children have been rescued by SEVAI-RCI CCRS Project in Trichy. These children are highly vulnerable to all forms of abuse, violence, neglect and exploitation.  With the aim to prevent the plight of such children, who lose their way and get separated from their parents in Railway stations SEVAI-RCI assists  Railway officials, Railway Protection Force and General Police serving in Railways in Trichy Railway Junction to prevent trafficking of children and take appropriate action to rehabilitate destitute children found in Railway areas and hand them over to the safe and secure
Senior Station Manager,Trichy Railway Junction signs in poster campaign
hands of their parents, through Child Welfare Committees established by Law and follow it up for reuniting these children with the parents as per the interest of the child. This CCRS Project is being implemented by SEVAI-RCI as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Railways to ensure care and protection of children in contact with Railways jointly developed by Ministry of Railways, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights  and Ministry of Women and Child Development. The Associate Director of SEVAI also thanked Railway children India, SEVAI-RCI Staff members, Railway Authorities and stake holders and public and students those participated in Rally and children and their parents those participated in signature campaign and other associated children’s day celebrations. Out reach Coordinator,Murali Kumar made arrangements for in Child Assistance Booth
.Earlier, Children Day celebration was organised in Open Shelter run by SEVAI-RCI near Central Bus stand.- Kris.
Sweets distributed in Children assistance Book