“The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.” ― Thomas Paine
In today’s time, education and learning have surpassed the four walls of a classroom. The core aim in students gaining knowledge should be to foster holistic development. Co-curricular activities supplement the academic curriculum and help students to develop problem-solving, reasoning, critical thinking, creative thinking, communication and collaborative abilities. Students participating in such activities experience the development of various domains of mind and personality such as intellectual, emotional, social, moral, aesthetic development and overall personality development. Manthan Sampoorna Vikas Kendra (SVK) flourishes and thrives under the divine inspiration of His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji. His Holiness words embolden the spirit of Manthan to work on the holistic development of children and prepare them to become socially and morally responsible youth of the nation.
In the month of August 2022, more than 879 students including new students from offline classes from various Manthan SVKs across the country participated in these virtual and offline workshops. The online workshops that were conducted are such as -
Sangeetshala imparted learning Sanskrit songs, shlokas and storytelling sessions.
नींव-Nurturing Strong Future a session on understanding the ‘real meaning of Independence day’ was facilitated by Mr. Mithilesh Kumar Singh who has been conferred Best Orator from DM Jaunpur and Ghaziabad. Children learnt that independence came to us after a lot of sacrifice and patience. Each one must take the ownership of their deeds i.e., exercise freedom of thought, expression, etc. with much caution and purpose. As this, reflects upon character and personality of the individual.
Naitik Shiksha Satr preceding the celebrations of Janmashtami and Friendship Day, Manthan volunteers conducted sessions on the lessons to learn from the life of Lord Krishna. Even though His life was full of challenges, this demonstrates, no matter how many obstacles He had to face, the smile on Lord Krishna’s face never faded. That is what He wants everyone to implement in life. Lord Krishna and Sudama's friendship was something to learn from. He taught us that respect and love are the important elements of good friendship. Surround yourself with good friends and always be a good friend in return.
Jeevan Kaushal Karyashala workshops were facilitated by Sadhvi Aneesha Bharti Ji, one session was on how the strength of togetherness augments ‘unity’ as a resourceful asset. The other session was on ‘memory improvement skills’ wherein it was emphasized to children that brain training is essential. To enhance this treasury, learning new skills and continuously practicing them is an excellent way to strengthen brain’s memory.
Niyamit Sanskarshala sessions organized by Manthan volunteers guided children to follow regular habits and make it a routine in their lifestyle.
Bharat Gaurav Gatha Aao Karein Bharat Ki Sair illustrated a virtual tour about the majestic state of Gujarat, starting from its geographical area, reminiscent of the historic battles, cultural values inclusively like festivals, cuisine, folk music, dance forms, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, heritage places, eminent heroes and state contributors were showcased to the students.
Skill Development Workshop, Manthan time to time ensures to provide learning opportunities to both teachers and volunteers. One such upskilling session on how to capture screenshots and screen recordings for virtual classes were imparted as part of the trainings.
Independence Day celebrations were organized by Manthan volunteers at the offline SVKs, students participated with great zeal in the fun-filled activities such as hosting the Indian flag, learning how to draw etc. Students were taught the importance of celebrating Independence Day and they took a pledge to initiate the change by improving themselves and making India one of the biggest examples of humanity, diversity, unity, endurance, and capacity. Also, to take the responsibility of protecting and taking forward the country’s culture and ethics.
When theoretical curriculum and co-curricular activities are integrated, the chance of students learning more and exploring their strengths, interests and abilities becomes elevated. Therein lies the immense importance of co-curricular activities. Children engaged in such activities show better academic results, stronger relationships and are more likely to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.