Our community learning centre at Moolakothalam (Old Washermanpet, Chennai, supported by our corporate partner L&T) celebrated Independence Day with 35 enthusiastic children and 20 equally participative parents!
Drawing, oratory, and sports competitions kept the children’s energy high, as the parents broke out of their comfort zone and played some basketball. For many, in their words, the day brought back fond childhood memories and we could feel the pride and joy in the room when prizes were given to the winners.
Super Mom Contest: After a few games for the parents, we recorded children’s responses to questions like favorite colour, food, goal in life, expectations from their parents, what they like and dislike about their parents etc. Some common responses were that their parents often fight a lot, have alcohol issues, or that working parents don’t spend enough time with the children. When the parents were asked the same set of questions, most of them were surprised to know their child’s perspective and feelings and thanked us for giving them an opportunity to understand their own children, deeming it a learning experience.
Supportive Super Seniors: What can be more gratifying than alumni actively participating in center-level events? While the children, now in grades 9 and 10, supported by conducting the events, their parents were very involved guests and judges.
Such days of relevance help us bring together the community, its people and most importantly, the children who are India’s future. Collaboration is what they begin to experience and over time, they collectively start working towards building a nurturing community for themselves!
Contributor: Pradeepa A, Changedriver
Bhumi’s Ignite Programme in urban slums, supported by corporates like L&T, DXC Technology, and Maveric, looks at building sustainable communities with education as the focal point.