This is the story of million unfortunate girl children like Sarita Jaiswal who are denied admission to schools due to fixed student intake and various other reasons. There are no schools in her vicinity and the town is very far off making it impossible for her to attend school. Having seen the state of the girl child, the school principal initiates to establish Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) Technology for distance education by the school. The student intake for the school gets increased many times and Sarita gets admitted at a remote center. This technology breaks all social and economic barriers to reach out to many children from distant rural and slum areas. The girl’s dream of studying begins to realize and she comes out with flying colors when “The Best Student Award” is presented to her by the principal at the annual day celebrations of the school. So, a simple technology (VOIP) gave opportunities and fulfilled many dreams along with eliminating the problems hindering us in achieving universal primary education and gender equality like fixed student intake, school fees, distant location, social restrictions of girl child, unavailability of resources etc. Given this opportunity, the girl child becomes a winner in life.
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Interview sponcored by Absolute Rentals – www.absoluterentals.com & http Interview with Filmmaker Declan Cassidy about his film What Ever Turns You On @ the Los Angeles Short Film Festival…….. Aspen Short Win for Declan Cassidy 09 Apr 2009 | Whatever Turns You On Declan Cassidys short film Whatever Turns You On has scooped the Best Short Award at the Aspen Shortsfest in the US. The filmmaker has also revealed plans for two new shorts. As an Oscar Qualifier festival, the Aspen Shortsfest sees Whatever Turns You On now eligible for entry to the Academy Awards next year. Having qualified from more than 2500 entries into the Short category, the film (whose submission into Aspen was supported by Culture Ireland) was selected as the winner from the 60 finalists. Seeing as the short was up against top films including a Sundance winner, Declan told IFTN of his utter surprise at the win: When I got there and saw the quality of the films, I was just happy to be there and really wasnt expecting to get anything. It was a total shock. The judging panel for the award included Robert B. Weide, the director of Curb Your Enthusiasm and How To Loose Friends and Alienate People. Along with this latest accolade Whatever Turns You On has also been chosen to screen in US high schools, as Declan explains: Theres a very healthy programme coming out of Aspen for a long time with schools. I got a request from Aspen, who felt that the message in the film about the sense of belonging and about …
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