"All of us do not have equal talents. But all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talents."
A.P.J Abdul Kalam
Nikhiya also received a personal invitation from the G20 Presidency to participate at the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion Forum for a global dialogue on the promises of Financial Inclusion and its role in achieving Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda. Nikhiya had the opportunity to interact with several senior policy makers and regulators from G20 and non-G20 countries, academia and think tanks.
Winner of The Diana Legacy Award 2017
9th Grade Student
“We now understand the importance of a Math Lab”
ways. And with initiatives like Nikhiya has taken, it shows that you don’t need to really become an industrialist, you don’t need to become old or retire to try and do social good. You can try and do good even when you are young and when you are also personally dependent on others. Because it’s the idea that is more important than material. I think it’s very important for schools like us to teach our children that they can become change agents, wherever they are however old they are. So it is imp for us to create a movement of becoming aware about what is required and try and do something about it. Thank you”
My School Principal, Aloysius D'Mello Sir, Greenwood High School
Global Winner of the Outstanding Youth Economic Citizenship Award 2017
9th Grade Student
“I thank all of you for the Science and Math Labs. Without the Science Lab it would have been very difficult for us to teach the children. Just all theoretical knowledge would be very boring for the children and it would be difficult for them to grasp everything. Now with the Physics, Chemistry, Biology Labs the children will really enjoy it. They will understand the abstract concepts better as they will experience it first hand in these labs. And we as teachers also will be very happy to train the children in this lab”
“It is necessary for every school to have the latest & high quality Science lab these days. Teaching of science involves seeing, handling and manipulating real objects & materials. Lab experiments that are conducted in front of the children help them to retain knowledge for longer time”
As a ‘National Honoree’, Nikhiya was invited to Washington D.C to visit U.S Senators on Capitol Hill and share her experiences and ideas with the Spirit Honorees from other countries. She was awarded a Certificate of Excellence at the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in May 2016. She was honored at a gala event at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
Mr. M. Sathiaseelan, Director and Chief Mentor of Sukrupa Foundation presenting a hand made painting to the Yearn to Learn team. The beautifulpainting was done by a student of Sukrupa.
The Rotary Club of Bangalore Junction presented the Youth Excellence Award 2017 to Nikhiya for transforming the lives
of thousands of needy children at schools through her initiatives. Inspired by her yeoman services to the community, the members of Rotary Bangalore Junction donated Rs. 51000 towards her noble cause.
Won a Gold Medal at the Pramerica Spirit of Community Award
Nikhiya Shamsher was awarded a Gold Medal and the stature of ‘National Honoree’ at the Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards 2016 held at New Delhi. She also received a Certificate of Excellence and a cash prize of Rs. 50,000. Nikhiya was chosen amongst 4000 applicants.
Mrs. Vijayalakshmi, Principal, Parikrma Centre for Learning, Sahakar Nagar
Parikrma decides to share its Science Lab with many other children from the government schools
“Math lab provides an opportunity for students to discover through doing”
“Each time I enter the class, I overhear the children saying “Oh! He has come”. Math is a boring subject. It is an abstract subject and lacks tangibility because of the way it is taught. Without a lab or without instruments or practicals, Science is incomplete. You have to touch, feel, sense and you have to understand the concept. If you are good in Math, you will be good in logical thinking, critical thinking and problem solving. I am grateful to Nikhiya and her team for providing Math and Science lab for our students. I along with other teachers in this school will take it forward and make the best use of it for our students”
Mrs. Lakshmi, Science Teacher, Divine Mercy School
8th Grade Student
“When we began we did with practically empty hands. And as this new year begins, you are all angels of mercy. The almighty has inspired you to do something really meaningful and worthwhile for these children who do not have the opportunity for education. If not for education these children would have done menial tasks. You have made a great impression. It will brighten the life of these children. The Science and Math laboratories are a state of art facility that you have given to the children. Definitely they will make good use of it and progress”
“I am Kalpana and I head the Parikrma Junior College. I think this is a wonderful initiative that Nikhiya has done. She is an inspiration to so many other children. It all goes to say that you don’t have to wait till you are about 30 or 40 or till retirement to start doing good. The thought can begin right from the time when you are in school. It takes a different kind of perception to actually consider looking at the other side, how the other side lives, how the children from the other side struggle to come up. And when you can lend a helping hand, this is the
Youth Excellence Award 2017
10th Grade Student
“The labs will be very helpful to us. Without the labs Science and Math subjects are very dull. Now that we have a good Math and Science Lab, we will enjoy it and study well”
Student - Junior College, Parikrma Centre for Learning, Sahakar Nagar
Mr. Hegde, Math Teacher, Sukrupa Foundation
10th Grade Student
Mrs. Kalpana Singh, Head of Junior College, Parikrma Centre for Learning
“Science is different from any other subject. To understand it one has to look beyond the conventional classroom teaching. The equipments in a Science lab enables a student to interact directly with the data which is gathered. By touching and feeling things we can remember things longer”
“Greenwood High is one such school that believes in giving back to society. Great job. I feel proud that you are a student of Greenwood High”.
8th Grade Student
“Mathematic lab is a place where we can experiment and explore ideas, patterns and find answers to the problems”
Father Gerard, Founder & Chief Mentor, Divine Mercy School
5th Grade Student
Divine Mercy School
“Scientific theory can be better understood when they are taught by using models and equipments. Children develop interest when they observe various things in front of their eyes.”
Mrs. Shukla Bose, Founder and CEO of Parikrma Humanity Foundation
For her entrepreneurial skills, Nikhiya was chosen as the Global Winner of the Outstanding Youth Economic Citizenship Award 2017. She was invited to attend The Global Inclusion Awards Ceremony hosted by the German G20 Presidency and Child and Youth Finance International at Berlin, Germany on 3rd May 2017. This award highlights the activities of children and youth to raise awareness of the importance of financial education for young people in school and community settings.
“Now that we have a Math lab in our school, we can solve Math problems easily. We thank kind hearts for their support”
is the way you go about it. How is this lab going to help us? We could have as well also functioned without the lab and without the basic necessities of the lab. But we at Parikrma believe that there should be experiential children learning and students should learn beyond the textbooks. And this initiative of Nikhiya is really going to help our students do very well across school and college. Thank you very much Nikhiya for this initiative.”
“First of all I would like to thank you for this great work that you are doing. This has been one of our best gifts for children’s day. It is an important feat in Parikrma what you have done because we believe experiential learning is the way a child must learn and without the science lab, half the science concepts would be just theory. This is a wonderful opportunity for our children to have experienced this gift that you have given us."
Awarded the stature of National Honoree at the Prudential Spirit of Community Award
7th Grade Student
“Thank you for this wonderful lab for us. For a Science student a lab is very useful. It makes us understand practically, it is very helpful. We can learn many things through models, experiments and it is beyond books. It is very good to learn things like this. We’ll really enjoy it.”
“My name is Shukla Bose. I am the founder and CEO of Parikrma Humanity Foundation which is an NGO that has been running now for 12 years, that tries to give absolutely high quality equal education to children from marginalized homes, from the streets, slums and orphanages in Bangalore. We have 4 schools, a Junior College and a Teacher Training Centre for Government School Teachers. I think this journey has been possible because we have had friends like Nikhiya who has supported us in various
Nikhiya Shamsher wins The Diana Legacy Award 2017. The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry invited Nikhiya to St. James Palace, London on 18th May 2017 and presented the award to her. Nikhiya’s photo with information on her projects and services have been hosted at an exhibition at Althorp House, the family Home of the Spencer’s and the final place of resting of Princess Diana. The Diana Legacy Award celebrates the achievements of outstanding young leaders, visionaries and role models from across the world who are selflessly transforming the lives of others. Nikhiya was the only Indian who won The Diana Legacy Award from amongst 12000 nominations received from all over the world.
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