Five schools from Golapur, Bhoyegaon, Nandappa, Punagada and Markgondi in Chandrapur kick-started their Children's Day celebration with a month-long series of handicraft workshops.
Students learnt to make artistic artefacts out of waste material, allowing them to express their creativity, whilst also instilling the message of utilising sustainable alternatives to plastic in their day to day lives. The workshop was specially designed for rural students harnessing resources native to the respective villages.
Along with different kinds of handicraft activities, students learnt to uniformly cut and bind bamboo sticks to create different shapes. They also collaborated to make sky lamps which were showcased at the exhibition at the end of the workshop. They also propagated the message of avoiding plastic use to parents who showed up for the exhibition.
Manisha Raju, who trained the students opined, "Craft allows children to express their thoughts and perceptions. By engaging students into handicraft we give them an opportunity to explore their inner self. I always give them space to visualise and create something of their own. The only help they receive from my end is to execute their ideas. Each one has a mind unique to its own and deserves to be portrayed as it wants. I was astonished to see how each one played with colours and aesthetic sense to create objects with paper mache and ceramics."
Celebrations took place not only in Chandrapur but across all locations of ACF. Ambuja Manovikas Kendra enlightened the students about the history of Children's Day and Jawaharlal Nehru through a cultural event. Mantaj Singh, one of the most enthusiastic souls at AMK was dressed as Chacha Nehru and interacted with students by shaking hands and handing them with candies. Students recited poems, sang songs and danced their heart out.