Help A Child’s School Initiative
Help A Child of India launched its very first school initiative on November 2011 in Union Christian School (Chetpet, Chennai).
The aim was to
To promote awareness on social issues
To make children socially responsible
Empowering children to care for lesser fortunate children
To develop talent and leadership in children
We had the school program in four sessions .Each session was for an hour and took place once a week for four consecutive weeks.
We had started off with the topic of poverty for the first week. In this session we screened a video that dealt with the topic of poverty and hunger. There was a short introduction to the topic followed by an activity. The activity focused on creatively interpreting poverty and hunger using modelling clay, sketches/crayons and chart. The children were divided into ten groups of 12 each. The activity brought out the creativity in the children besides helping to focus on the lesser privileged children.
The second week focused on education for all. We helped children understand that there were many remote pockets in our country where education is still inaccessible. We also focused on issues as child labour, illiteracy, poverty that was preventing children from accessing quality education. We had a show n tell session where children came prepared with essays, quotes, skits that focused on this topic. We wound up the session with a real life story of Bobbi Naik, a child from Orissa.
The third session focused on the topic of abuse awareness. We spoke about the vulnerability of children who were underprivileged. There was a game where the children got to list down different types of abuse as child labour etc and stick it on a chart. We had a video screening of statistics of child labour, gender inequality, poverty etc. The children were made aware of the four major rights as
- Right to survival
- Right to develop and grow
- Right to expression
- Right to education
The final session was where we had a recap of our learning’s from the previous sessions and a puzzle where we helped children to guess the name of ‘Help A Child’. We ended the session by distributing pamphlets which spoke of our mission, vision, core values and also about our work.
The school initiative helped us to sensitize children on social issues besides making them socially responsible. We look forward to launching this initiative in other schools.