The habit of reading is one of the best qualities that a student can possess, it helps a great deal in building your confidence, reduce the stress and puts you in a better mood. With the same aim, a great session called ‘Kitabshala’ conducted on January 16, 2020, at VTC Sanjay Colony.
Kitabshala is an initiative to connect youth with books. It was organized to encourage youth to develop the habit of reading books. A session started at 11 am in the morning with the multiple objectives to give benefit to the students of Vocation raining Centre, Sanjay colony.
The session started with the first activity, ‘Develop Reading Habit’, where they were told that reading is one of the most fundamental skills a student’s needs to learn to get success in life. It is vital to our future not just academically, but in daily life as well. During the activity, one of our students asked to share his views on and added that reading allows for exposure to words and phrases that we might not use as part of normal speech.
Youth awareness and exposure:
In this activity they were told that reading habits make us a better communicator in context of improving our vocabulary, reading enhances our language skills and develops fluency, allowing us to express our thoughts and ideas better.
Breaking the monotonous way of introducing each other, interesting activity started in which students were made to mingle each other and show care, affection and love without uttering any words, they were free to use creative energies and emotional capability to introduce themselves in their own way.
A session was taken by Mr Pradeep (Instructor at Sanjay Colony), he explained the purpose and importance of having a habit of reading book. He selected a book ‘You Can Win’ to start a session, as it talks about ‘practical and common sense approach’ that will take students to ancient wisdom to contemporary thinking and clarify the values.
Thereafter a group activity was organized, where they were divided into teams and given 15 minutes to prepare themselves for explaining their topics and its relevance to today’s session in front of everyone. They narrated their stories by explaining the positive attitudes like through books we learn about how things work, understand different cultures, learn new languages and also right books are full of useful information that helps us become smarter, sharper, more skilled and open to new ideas.
After these activities students had sufficient understanding of having this habit and they promised to apply all the steps in their daily life. The students also interacted with the instructor, as some students came up with the problems they face while reading books and understand the concepts.
Development can take place at every stage, it depends upon us how we are going to adopt it and at what age, in the same context an event organized at Deepalaya School Kalkaji, where we got the opportunity to meet child prodigies ‘Tanishq and Tiara’ who have achieved many milestones at a very young age; they are the members of the renowned MENSA organization – which admits members only when a person gets more than 98 percentile on any recognized intelligence quotient test.
These two prodigies visited Deepalaya School, Kalkaji Extension to address our students. The Chief guests were Tanishq, 16, a TEDx speaker and Tiara, 13, an amazing singer who has performed in several countries. They were accompanied by Taji Abraham and Bijou Abraham, their parents. Amongst others present were founder member Mr T M Abraham, Dr Sagtkhi John our board member, our secretary & Chief Executive Mr A.J Philip and our Executive Director, Mrs Jaswant Kaur.
All the guests were welcomed with a warm welcome and lighting the lamp ceremony and welcome song by school Choir. Thereafter our Executive Director, Mrs Jaswant Kaur, gave the welcome speech in which she appreciated the efforts of Tanishq and Tiara, also mentioned whatever they are going to talk will inspire our students and would be grateful to hear your struggle from your words only.
Our secretary and Chief Executive, A.J Philip inspired the audience with his motivational words followed by a short performance by the School choir. Everyone was curious to listen to Tanishq, who told the students his story, the struggle he had to face for getting admission in various universities and colleges. His mantra for success is his curiosity to know new things. Tanishq is right now pursuing his PhD. at US Davis. He expressed his desire to become the US president one day.
On the other hand, Tiara enthralled the audience with her mesmerizing voice. She sang English and a German song so beautifully even with a sore throat. There was pin-drop silence in the hall. She can sing in 9 different languages.
Mr C.P Davis, principal of Deepalaya School Kalkaji, proposed the Vote of thanks that in a short span of them they accepted our invitations for interacting with our students, appreciated the performances of both students and followed by National Anthem.
Thereafter, students and teachers asked a lot of questions to Tanishq and Tiara about their journey and their lifestyle and they answered all the questions very patiently.
The event proved to be very useful for our students, teachers who were immensely benefitted by the vast experience and knowledge sharing of these two prodigies ‘Tanishq and Tiara’. It was a day of joy as they motivated our students in so many ways.