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T. Nagar, Chennai - 600 017, India.

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S. MANJUBHASHINI MEMORIAL (SMM) SEMINAR SERIES

Smt. Manjubhashini was born on September 24, 1906 into a conservative, illustrious and affluent family. Since her childhood, Manjubhashini was an ardent follower of Gandhiji and his call for freedom, and upon turning 24, ‘Manjumma’ gave up the comforts of home, to throw herself into India’s freedom struggle, bravely courting imprisonment during the Quit India Movement in 1942.

After her release from jail in 1943, she decided to take up constructive social service, under Mahatma Gandhi’s advice. She had long felt the need for a home for destitute and abandoned children, which at that time, were very scarce in Tamil Nadu.

Encouraged by Shri. K. Kamaraj, she registered Bala Mandir in 1949, starting out with two children, in two cottages in the Congress Grounds. By enlisting the patronage of other prominent persons, she formed the first working committee, headed by Shri. Kamaraj. She also inspired many social workers to devote their time to Bala Mandir.

Manjubhashini was a pillar of Bala Mandir, a guiding spirit under whose leadership, Bala Mandir has grown into a premier welfare organisation, sheltering and caring for thousands of children in need.

The happiness of all the Bala Mandir children, whose parents failed to, or could not bring them up, is testimony to what a good cause could achieve in the hands of a capable and devoted administrator.

In commemoration of Smt. Manjubhashini’s memory, BMRF, since 1999, conducts a topical seminar every year relating to the welfare of the child.

1999: Enriching the Life of the Institutionalised Child

Title: Enriching the Life of the Institutionalised Child

Introduction: The inaugural S. Manjubhashini Memorial (SMM) Seminar was held on 24 September 1999 at the Bala Mandir German Hall. This was followed by a workshop on the Hincks-Dellcrest ‘Learning Through Play’ Calendars (LTPC).

Participants: The participants included various NGOs working in childcare, Government representatives, professionals, parents, and teachers.

Topics & Speakers:

  • Understanding the Background of Children Who Come to Us’ – Ms Githa Viswanathan, Secretary, Guild of Service Institutions
  • Every Child is Potentially Divine’ – Ms Maya Gaitonde, Honorary General Secretary, Bala Mandir
  • From Home to Home’ – Ms Uma Narayan, Secretary, SOS Villages, Tamil Nadu
  • Resistance – Acceptance – Resignation or – Rejuvenation’ – Ms Girija Kumarababu, Consultant, Indian Council for Child Welfare
  • Understanding the Needs of the Child’ – Ms K. Vedam

Programme Highlights: Participants gained hands-on knowledge on the use of the ‘Learning Through Play’ Calendars – Birth to 3 Years, and 3 to 6 Years.

2000: Parenting the Young Child (Birth to 3 Years)
2001: Child Rights & ECCD
2002: Adoption – Creating a Nurturing Environment
2003: Kindergarten – Learning Through Play (3 to 6 Years)
2004: Network for Information on Parenting
2005: Dynamic Inclusion – Accepting Diversity
2006: Every Child Needs Parenting
2007: Adolescence – Journey into Adulthood
2008: TAO of Schooling – School Readiness
2009: Parenting the Primary School Child
2010: Values for Everyday Living
2011: Education as Parenting – Insights from Gandhi, Tagore, and Aurobindo
2012 – 2014: Children’s Rights and Responsibilities – A Trilogy
2015: Parents Have Rights Too!
2017: COMPETITION: NOT THE BEST STRATEGY FOR CHILDREN
2018: INCLUSION BEYOND BARRIERS
2019: LEARNING THROUGH PLAY IN MY OWN WAY
2020: IMPLEMENTING INCLUSIVE EDUCATION IN MAINSTREAM SCHOOLS



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