Showcasing life skills at the Ignite Fest 2020

Life skills are abilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable every individual to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of life. This concept is also termed as psychosocial competency. Life skills equip children to thrive in the classroom and in the world beyond. Mentoring is when a person shares knowledge, skills, and experience to assist others to progress in their own lives and careers. The primary purpose is to drive personal growth; building skills, knowledge, and understanding.

In regular sessions, Bhumi’s program focuses on the skill-building of children. Mentors meet mentees for two hours every week and assist them with school or homework, listen to their problems and support them in the challenges they encounter. In the process, mentors instill self-confidence and the ability to solve one’s own problem in the children. But, children should also be aware of what’s happening around us in various aspects and fields like government, politics and social issues, economic condition, and environmental concerns, etc..

Ignite Fest is Bhumi’s annual inter-learning centre festival for children to exhibit their year-long learning through experiments, activities, and stage-work. This year, life skills put up what was very engaging for the children who walked in.

The stall on Right to Information (RTI) Act summarised the online process of filing an RTI. Whatever is crossing your mind and bothering you for days, speak up through an RTI! This is your right and you must utilize it. Filing an RTI is your basic right!. Kids were really excited and wrote down the questions on a piece of paper – answers to which will be sent to them.

The Bank ATM setup gave a general overview of the banking process (deposit challan, online payments, debit cards) and inculcate the savings habit among children was conveyed.

“Words have incredible power”
The public speaking workshop was taken by a Toastmaster member Frankeline along with his colleagues. Communication is the backbone of our society. It allows us to form connections, influence decisions, and motivate change. Without communication skills, the ability to progress in the working world and in life, itself, would be nearly impossible. Public speaking is one of the most important and most dreaded forms of communication. Glossophobia or speech anxiety is the most common fear. We have noticed that most of our center kids aren’t confident enough to converse in English. There are various barriers for kids to communicate. Thus, this session was helpful and boost their self-esteem.

Overall, the day was a lot of fun, and we believe the children took away valuable triggers that they can build and learn more on.

WordSmith: Shruthi Varadharajan (Volunteer, Chennai)

Bhumi’s Ignite Programme at shelter homes, supported by corporates like Oracle, BNP Paribas, Flex, and IM Gears Pvt. Ltd., provides supplementary education through weekend volunteering.

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