Let's Start Art: January 2019
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is celebrated once in every two years to strengthen the engagement of the overseas Indian community with the Government of India and reconnect them with their roots. The 15th PBD Convention was held on 21-23 January 2019 in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Before the convention, all the primary schools of Varanasi were assigned with different countries and the students were supposed to learn about the country and present a rally during the commencement of the event. We conducted the Let's Start Art sessions around the same theme.
Government Primary School, Bhadaini was assigned to teach the students about the country Zambia.
So, we asked the students to draw the flag of Zambia. While all the students easily copied the flag in their drawings, Sarita, a student of class-2 was confused about its alignment. Our instructor Neelam tried to tell her about how to correct it, but she said she liked it better this way.
"They must have hoisted their flags on January 26th as we did, so I've made the flag-hoisting event in my drawing", said Pooja, a student of class-4 at Govt. Primary School, Sunderpur(1). 26th January is celebrated as Republic day in India, the school conducts flag hoisting and cultural events on the same day. When we asked the students to draw the national flag of Jordan, Pooja made this adorable drawing.
Since the schools re-opened late after the winter vacations, we conducted one set of Let's Start Art sessions for the month. Around 135 students from 8 schools attended these workshops. The art sessions at Govt. Primary Schools at Bhadaini, Nagwa, and Orderly Bazaar were conducted by Neelam Gupta (Student Artist) and the sessions at Govt. Primary Schools at Sonarpura, Naria, Nayi Sarak, and Sunderpur were conducted by Ajay Prakash (Student Artist).