For Aditya (name changed) evenings were never so much fun. An inmate of the government shelter home at the Prag Narain Road, the boy is now engaged in drawing, singing rhymes, dancing and other group activities -- all of which are a different experience for him. He says, “I love singing and it feels great when I am given a mike and allowed to sing. Being in the playground with my friends is also amusing.”
The 60-odd children (up to 10 years) of the government home have been a part of the month-long workshop on skill development organised by the Circle for Child and Youth Research Cooperation in India (CCYRCI). The workshop that started on June 1 would culminate will a cultural evening where the children would display their skills learnt during the workshop.
The workshop, which engaged children in play activities apart from teaching them about basic hygiene and etiquettes, has been enriching. Vinod Chandra, member, Child Welfare Committee, under whose guidance the workshop was held, said: “After assessing the need of the children, we realised that these children need skills which are useful in day-to-day challenges of life. So, we decided to teach them about health, hygiene and friendly behaviour.”
A young student group comprising Shambhavi and Shruti (who are students of Delhi University) and Malivika and Preeti (students of psychology at National PG College) conducted the workshop.
“The response of children has been great. If all goes well, we would make it a regular practice. Girls from degree colleges of Lucknow, who volunteer for the cause, would be allowed to come and spend time with the children every evening. The girls would be required to teach values and engage children in fun activities,” said Chandra.