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A one week Life Skills Education Camp was organized for underprivileged children in slums of Udyog Nagar from 24 March 2015 to 30 March 2015 by the Lakshay Child and Welfare Association with the support of NGO We For People, funded by Nehru Yuva Kendra, Ministry of Youth Affairs. Students above 12 years of age including boys and girls from weak economic background were the part of the camp. The project was undertaken by Akshay Tyagi, Project Director ‘AARAMBH’ to develop and enhance life skills of underprivileged children by creating opportunities for improving status of health, education and participation in public life. For each day, different resource persons were invited to deliver special lectures on various topics including Adolescent, Problems in adolescence, Communication barriers, Why education is important, brief on different professions they need work hard to achieve and from basic tips to stay healthy and fit to how to be a good human being. Positive thinking, personality development and building self-confidence were some of the topics discussed. The participants were also provided food.
“Their quality of life is rather low, and have no other opportunity to attend similar workshops,” said Shobha Chaudhary, President, Lakshay child and women welfare association. The basic idea of the camp was to provide the students something more than classroom education. The resource persons made the students enact plays, sing and recite stories with messages of the need to have discipline in life.
Making the students aware of the importance for having ethical values in life was underlined, Vani kumar,BJMC student,VIPS said. Education is the best gift an individual can receive! Provide the unprivileged with this gift worth a fortune. There are seven students of Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies pursuing Journalism and Mass Communication who on every Saturday and Sunday visit slums and orphanages to promote education and impart moral values in the children.


Figure 2 Guests delivering lectures on various topics

‘‘Telling children about what bad can happen and is happening around the world is good, but telling them about what good has been done and can be done is more important to shape a bright tomorrow’’ said Akshay Tyagi. Instead of making questions against illiteracy, health, poverty, we ourselves started working on these sectors for the betterment of the society. We are playing our roles as citizen of this nation and definitely when we all will start working for people in need the change will come.


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