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Four years of learning

Habitat Learning Centre, the social wing of India Habitat Centre, on Sunday, celebrated its fourth anniversary on Sunday. Close to 350 underprivileged children from the centre?s 45 partner NGOs put up some brilliant performances for the occasion.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 11:48 IST

Habitat Learning Centre (HLC), the social wing of India Habitat Centre, on Sunday, celebrated its fourth anniversary on Sunday. Close to 350 underprivileged children from the centre’s 45 partner NGOs put up some brilliant performances for the occasion.

The event commenced with a puppet show put up by Search Years, an NGO that trained 10 children from Literacy India for the same. Titled Call of the Tiger, the puppet theatre told the story of a jungle, with innovative characters talking about the destruction of our jungles.

The ghost of the jungle held all the other characters responsible for replacing green forests with concrete jungles. Subtly, they incited the children to think about conserving nature and take responsibility for their actions.

The thought-provoking show instigated one to think of ways to put an end to such hideous acts such as poaching of national symbols of beauty the tiger for its skin, elephants for their tusks and bears for entertainment.

Search Years aims to harness the power of children’s creativity through innovative approaches like this puppet show. Various other acts followed this performance with dances and songs by children from the various NGOs. HLC runs a wide variety of programmes working towards the upliftment of underprivileged children, especially in the slums of Delhi.

They help the underprivileged keep pace with changing times through their programmes like computer literacy, English conversation classes and theatre workshops.