Don Bosco school, Matunga, held the first Achieve Together conference (ATC) in Mumbai on Sunday, aimed at teaching students from city schools a variety of skills and values to lead a healthier and more socially responsible life.
The conference was attended by 132 students, all between 12 and 14 years old, from 30 schools. The children were treated to a storytelling session and workshops on drama, art, scientific thinking, healthy eating habits, gardening, butterfly breeding and studying effectively.
"The main objective of this conference was to bring kids from varied backgrounds together to interact with other students, and motivate them to adopt the right values," Fiona Vaz, founder, ATC said. She added that this was an opportunity for students to meet experts in various fields who could inspire them.
"I was waiting for the event as it promised an opportunity to meet new people and make friends," Ansita Yadav, 13, a student of Class 7 at Divine School, Malad, said.
It was not just students who praised the event. Ameetha Singh, who conducted the story telling session said, "I was amazed to see the kids' creativity.It was good to see them take part in teamwork exercises." Dipika Chordia, an environmentalist and one of the speakers, said, "Kids are more receptive to new ideas than adults," adding she was overwhelmed when kids called her a role model.