Where There is a Will, There is a Way
Children learn from their surroundings and their learning shapes their behavior and attitude. Teaching children about Social-Emotional Learning develops emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills among them. Inculcating emotional intelligence will give children a better perspective to look at the world.
In August, Let Start Art sessions were conducted on the topic ‘Where There is a Way, There is a Will' (concerning disabled persons). The theme was chosen with the perspective of developing social intellect among the students. Our focus was on developing a greater understanding among the students so that they could contribute to an inclusive and compassionate society. By actively engaging in artistic activities, children can learn to contribute towards the journey of specially-abled persons in becoming self-dependent. Our art sessions were conducted in 25 Government schools in Varanasi.
These skills will enable students to discover creative and adaptive solutions to address these challenges. Through artistic learning, children better learn and apply these concepts in their daily lives.
The art sessions were conducted by Chandan Kumar, Kavita Kumari, Moni Gupta, Harshita Gupta, Radha Gupta, Muskan Gupta in Government Primary Schools at Kabir Nagar, Aditya Nagar, Orderly Bazar, Durgakund-1, Sundarpur-1, Sundarpur-2,Bhagwanpur, Bhadaini, Kodai Chowki, Nayi Sadak, Chittupur, Lolark Kund, Nariya, Bhikharipur, Lahartara , Sankul Dhara Pokhara, Ganesh Mahal, Bajardiha, Sant Ravidas, Sonarpura , Chittaipur, Chittaipur Bhu, Sonia, Shivpurva.
Students shared their viewpoints on the theme. “In today's drawing, I have drawn that if a disabled child comes to our school or class, we should befriend them and help them in their studies. Like - If someone cannot hear and they want to listen to the song, then I can dance and tell them which song and dance it is. I want to be an artist when I grow up.” - Sonam, a class 5 student said.
Another student of class 3, Golu said “ When I grow up, I will get married and if my children are disabled, I will get both stairs and ramps made for them in my house so that they do not have trouble going to the terrace. I will play with my children on the terrace. I want to become a doctor when I grow up”.