Let there be light this International Book Giving Day


“You cannot open a book without learning something.” – Confucius

Eating, shopping, exercising and what not, times have changed the ways we do most of our daily activities. The role of books in our lives remains undiminished, nevertheless. A trustworthy guide and a fun companion, books can play a myriad of parts in an individual’s life. Besides building minds, they are the shapers of the society.

In order to make sure that no child is deprived of the nourishment of reading, 14th February is celebrated worldwide as the International Book Giving Day. The aim was to have the written word reach out to even those who are not fortunate enough to access them. A symbolic day, it’s a great occasion to promote the necessity of books in one’s life.

Although it’s celebrated just one day, the season of books lasts all year long. With the right amount of push and encouragement, the healthy habit of reading can be garnered in a child. Most of us consider textbooks as the only books apt for children. The fact, however, is that the more one reads, the more one learns and grows.

When it comes to inculcating the enthusiasm for books in children, some of us get bogged down by their fleeting attention spans. The code is to not force a book on a child. From what theory and practice have taught us, children learn faster when they are constantly exposed to something. The idea is to raise children in a space surrounded by books. Plus, the more they see their parents or grown ups read, the more their intrigue will be piqued. The key, therefore, is to lead by example and steady exposure to books.

Another important aspect of the day lies in advocating the access to books. In our country, a child who has never got to lay his/her hands on a book isn’t a rarity. The spirit of International Book Giving Day is incomplete without attempting to make books universal. Therefore, let’s participate in this grand cause with full enthusiasm and make someone’s life rich with books and learning.


Youth Empowerment Through Education

Youth Empowerment Through EducationYouth empowerment is the axis on which empowerment of the nation revolves. The youth without education is like a weapon without the necessary ammo. It goes without saying, that education is instrumental for the realization of one’s innate self and fulfillment of goals. Education is so necessary and essential that its absence may lead one onto wrong paths.

The youth must be equipped with relevant skills and must possess an educated mind so as to be an asset to the community and be active contributors for the upliftment of the society. Self-development of the youth is directly tied with that of the society. Therefore, it is essential to provide the youth with the right opportunities, which can harness their potential. Also, in order to enable the youth with the right skill set and knowledge,  it is imperative to improve the quality of the education system. By doing so, we ensure that the products of our educational institutions become critical thinkers, problem solvers and accomplished leaders of tomorrow.

A few unstoppable and empowered Youth Icons

Youth Empowerment Through EducationMalala Yousafzai 

The youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate, Malala Yousafzai is the face many activists, who fight for the right to education.



Youth Empowerment Through EducationMark Zuckerberg

This young and super successful entrepreneur’s story is what dreams are made of.




Youth Empowerment Through Education

Sunder Pichai

Born without a silver spoon in his mouth, Google’s CEO has achieved this coveted position on the basis of sheer hard work.



Youth Empowerment Through Education

Justin Trudeau, Canada

The Canadian PM is one of the most admired world leaders because of his compassionate nature and liberal policies.



Youth Empowerment Through EducationTanmay Bakshi

The 12-year old whizkid is a pro at programming!




Skill India

In order to remove obstacles and make education accessible to the marginalized sections of our society, various measures are being taken by the government. This includes a dedicated Skill India mission which aims to train over 400 million Indians in different skill sets by 2022.

Various initiatives under this campaign are:

  • National Skill Development Mission
  • National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
  • Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY)
  • Skill Loan scheme
  • Rural India Skill

Taking inspiration from these initiatives, the Ponty Chadha Foundation’s Skills Academy is imparting job-related skills to the underprivileged youth, which makes them financially independent. Here’s a glimpse of their relentless efforts:

Youth Empowerment Through Education

Values and Teachings by Nelson Mandela

Values and Teachings by Nelson Mandela

No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. —Nelson Mandela

An activist, a leader, a nobel laureate, a president and moreover a good human being—Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is remembered as one of the greatest men who ever lived. Very few people have had as much an impact on history as he did. Mandela was an incredibly selfless man who rewrote the history of many South Africans the world over.

Even though we recognize him today as a liberal who fought for the rights of people, Mandela’s teachings have found a way into our hearts, and have taught us countless lessons, which are incomparable to that of any textbook.

If there is one major life lesson that Mandela taught us, it was to sacrifice for something or someone greater than oneself. Besides this, he also taught us to forgive, to love one another and the nation we’re born in, and to accept each other despite the flaws and scars.

During his lifetime, Mandela inspired us with his numerous acts of benevolence. Even in the face of brutality, his compassion for his people remain unaltered.

Let us celebrate his life by remembering some of the greatest words of wisdom shared by him!


● Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice their all for the freedom of their people.
● Lead from the back, and let others believe they are in the front.
● A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.
● Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated, and passionate about what they do.


● Freedom can never be taken for granted. Each generation must safeguard it and learn to value it. Use this precious right to ensure that the darkness of the past never returns.
● As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest.
● As I walked out the door towards the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.
● Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.


● When people are determined they can overcome anything.
● It always seems impossible until it’s done.
● A winner is a dreamer who never gives up
● I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.


● Forgiveness liberates the soul. It removes fear. That is why it is such a powerful weapon.
● To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.
● What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is about the differences we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.
● A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
● There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.
● If you want the cooperation of humans around you, you must make them feel they are important – and you do that by being genuine and humble.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/inspiration/values-and-teachings-by-nelson-mandela-2/

How to get your kids to open up about school

Parenting is easier said than done. Ask parents of an infant, and they might tell you about the sleepless nights they have to endure. Ask parents of toddlers and they will tell you about being on their toes 24×7. Ask parents of teens, and they will tell you a hundred more things they have to worry about regarding their child’s future. No matter what age, sometimes it’s impossible for parents to get their children to talk. This situation is the most distressing part of parenting, where you sense something is wrong, but can’t put your finger on it. Children have a way of shutting themselves out and just zone out. Therefore, it’s important for parents to be open and talk to their kids in a non-judge-mental manner. This approach helps the kids open up, feel safe and share their deepest of thoughts.

Here are a few parenting tips on how you can get your kids to open up about school

1. Don’t become an interrogator the moment your child comes back from school

No matter how strong the urge to know about your kid’s day at school may be, refrain from throwing a volley of questions at them. Instead, just say ‘Hi! Welcome home! I’d love to hear about your day whenever you feel like talking’. This shows the child that you are there for them whenever they need you. Also, it puts the pressure off the kid to give a detailed account of what happened at school.

2. If the child looks bothered, ask more open-ended questions.

Rather than simply asking “How was school today?” and getting a close-ended answer like “Fine” or “I don’t know”, try this!

– “What did you work on in your art class today?”
– “What do the kids actually do during recess?”
– “Did anyone get in trouble or do anything funny today?”
– “What was the worst thing about today and what was the best?”

But remember, don’t push too hard. Be patient and give your child some time to ponder and get back to you.

3. Resist the need to become a problem-solver.

When your child finally decides to talk, don’t overreact and jump to offer solutions. Instead just listen reassuringly without being judge-mental. Make them feel understood, and show them you know how it feels being in their shoes.

Follow these simple techniques and you’ll be making some success in getting your kid to open up and communicate with you constructively.

Source http://www.mbcnschool.org/blog/how-to-get-your-kids-to-open-up-about-school/

Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan: A Special School for Children with Special Needs

With cutting edge education and facilities, the Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan (MBCN) school for children with special needs is now providing great services for young people who have physical and mental challenges. This special school for children with special needs provides a wholesome, scientific, and welcoming education for these children. Its program is specifically designed to help these youth achieve independence in three areas: physical, social, and financial.

The MBCN school is run by the esteemed Ponty Chadha Foundation. This is one of the few schools which is funded by generous donors, meaning there is no charge for the services given to the special children who attend the school.

MBCN was established in 1999 and features an incredible facility. It comes equipped with 35 classrooms, speech therapy facilities, and much more. In addition, it was constructed specifically as a special school for children with special needs. For this reason, it has ramps for wheelchairs, guiding tiles for students with vision disabilities, and many other features which make it ideal for any student with a physical or mental disability.

The school also has an incredible staff who are highly trained to help children with special needs become self-dependent. The staff at MBCN offer a wide range of services, as they are trained in a number of disciplines. There are certified counsellors, physiotherapists, speech therapists, special educators, and occupational therapists.

Children with special needs deserve an education that is tailored to help them succeed in society. MBCN offers programs which can help children with any physical or mental disability become more independent and confident. Every student enrolled at the school has an Individual Education Plan (IEP). These plans allow the staff to use specific techniques to address the student’s needs. The programs at MBCN follow proven strategies to help children with special needs develop motor skills, social skills, academic abilities, and even recreational skills.

In addition to helping the child learn and become self-dependent, MBCN also works with parents to provide support and ensure they understand the strategies being used in their child’s education. The school is geared towards inclusion and building a network of cooperative and supportive people around each child.

With few options available for children with disabilities, this special school for children with special needs provides much-needed support. Its facilities, staff, and education plans are all geared towards helping these children flourish and become the best versions of themselves.


Skills Academy’s newly launched course – Housekeeping service

The Ponty Chadha Foundation works in an array of directions to bring a revolutionary change in the overall ecosystem of the society. Be it education, healthcare, nutrition or security, the sole objective here is to foster the underprivileged for a better tomorrow.

This foundation has been running a skill academy course which supports the less fortunate  in skill development and makes them professionally qualified for the post of Security guards,  fire-fighters etc. They have now come up with a newly launched  Housekeeping service course in their on going initiative under the WAVE skill Academy. The main objective here is to boost the potential of the youth, coming from less privileged families. It is an endeavour to impart training to such candidates, thereby honing them with specialized skills , which would help them get employment.

House Keeping Service

Thousands of people migrate from rural, underdeveloped areas, to cities in order to find work. But this has not been very fruitful for them due to the lack of employment opportunities. This positive initiative by the Ponty Chadha foundation will help in bridging the gap between the rural and urban divide in India. The Ponty Chadha Foundation’s ongoing project, the Wave Skills Academy in Ghaziabad is an initiative to conduct skill development, and the idea is to specialize them in different skills and give them an opportunity to work and earn.

The Ponty Chadha Skills Academy helps young people realize their full productive potential through its skill and job placement programme in different sectors, such as security services, facilities management, fire-fighting, real estate and Housekeeping.

There are very good In-campus Facilities which have been initiated as well. The WAVE skill academy is spread over a 6 acre land in Dasna, Ghaziabad and has the capacity to train 120 to 150 trainees per training programme. The campus includes a residential accommodation, mess, kitchen, washrooms, training/lecture rooms, labs/simulation rooms, administrative block and stores. The institution will initially impart training programs in Housekeeping and facilities management/hospitality training.

The teachers here are in the ratio of 1:30 and the idea here is to impart training to multiple batches at a time. The training syllabus and curriculum will be according to the industry standards. Initially, candidates will be selected from rural areas. The candidate’s economic and educational profile followed by his or her willingness to take up employment will be the criteria for their selection.

While the curriculum will include technical aspects, soft skills and basic computer literacy, the methodology will encompass lectures, group work, peer learning, learning through audio-visual aids, practical sessions and real time on job training. To ensure the flow of an impeccable skills program, an advisory board inclusive of industry experts and senior in-house management of the WAVE Group will be formed.

This initiative by the Ponty Chadha Foundation will not only help in more employment opportunities for the rural, but will also help them in polishing their skills and motivating them.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/education/skills-academys-newly-launched-course-housekeeping-service/