P. Samuel Jonathan

GUNTUR: Seated amidst a group of boys, Nagaraju is a picture of concentration as he gives the finishing touches to a portrait of Lord Ganesha. The other children of his age take a cue from him and dabble intently in water colours of various hues.

At another corner, a group of boys and girls let their creativity run riot on pieces of glass in a session on glass painting, while at another place the children are seen all ears as the teacher explains them the nuances of making jute handicrafts.

The children are part of a crafts workshop being conducted by Plan International, a global organisation working in areas of child development and child rights in association with two NGOs – Tirupati- based Academy of Gandhian Studies and Vijayawada-based CADME. “We have around 400 children here being trained in painting, collage making, glass painting, weaving, paper clay model making, handicrafts etc.

The objective

Each child is given an opportunity to learn two crafts in eight days in this workshop, the first-of-its-kind in the Andhra Pradesh.

The enthusiasm shown by the children is amazing,” Prasanthi, a New Delhi- based consultant told The Hindu.

The workshop was being held in line with Plan International’s objective of providing opportunities for children from developing countries to realise their full potential and contribute to the welfare of their families.

Apart from training in crafts, the workshop would also address issues of child labour, HIV/ AIDS etc inculcating positive attitude among the children.