Celebrating education

To give children a platform to share their ideas on different dimensions of education, the National Bal Bhavan in the Capital organised a three-day “Education For All Week” programme this past week. It was attended by children from member-schools of the Bal Bhavan including government and public schools, institutes catering to children with special needs such as slow learners, visually impaired, physically challenged, deaf and dumb, spastics and children from rural areas of the country.

On the first day, the children took part in dance, drama, music, debate, declamation, slogan-writing, elocution, poster-making, creative writing, banner-making and photography. The activities revolved round the theme “Quality education for all: End exclusion now”.

The second day began with a rally from the National Bal Bhavan to Kulhar Basti during which the children spread the message of education for all through placards and slogans with a special focus on the inclusive education.

The third and final day started with creative sports based on education in which children comprehended and realised the importance of reading and writing. An exhibition showcasing the activities of children was also put up the same day.

The valedictory function was graced by eminent educationists in which children presented drama, debate, elocution and poetry. Later, prizes and mementos were presented to children.

“Education For All Week” is celebrated every year to mark the anniversary of World Education Forum. It takes stock of advances made towards the stipulated goal of education for all by 2015.

Madhur Tankha

Confused attempts

Taking one step forward and two steps backward is something that can easily be associated with civic agencies when it comes to putting things on the ground. But the case of beautification of the Akshardham flyover is getting curiouser by the day.

Several months ago, the authorities concerned with the greening of the central verge of the flyover put up big pots in which they were apparently trying to grow some plants.

But thanks to the unruly traffic, the pots were often found lying broken on the road with one or the other vehicle knocking them down.

Over a period of time, the authorities realised that it was not working. So they decided to put up much bigger pots that would apparently be strong enough to bear the brunt of “vehicular attacks”.

The “unshakeable” pots were then filled with mud and even fertilisers.

They were also interspersed with the old, smaller pots.

It is not yet clear what led to rollback of this plan too as now all of these have disappeared.

The mud which lay on the central verge for a couple of days has also been cleared.

Whatever may be the arguments in its favour or against it, the authorities concerned would do well to plant trees along the road on that particular stretch once the Delhi Metro’s construction work in the area is over rather than making confused attempts to “beautify” the flyover.

Prashant Pandey

A special atlas

To promote public awareness about harmful effects of alcohol consumption, the Indian Alcohol Policy Alliance is releasing a special atlas at India Habitat Centre in the Capital this Tuesday.

Described as a guide for policy makers, professionals, national and international organisations and institutions engaged in alcohol-related issues, “Alcohol Atlas of India” traces the history of alcohol, current patterns and trends of alcohol use, impact of alcohol consumption on health and society and an overview of policy trends and interventions to reduce alcohol harms.

Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Anbumani Ramadoss, who is greatly concerned about the harmful effects of alcohol consumption, is expected to be the chief guest on the occasion.

Affiliated to Global Alcohol Policy Alliances and supported by FORUT, Norway, the Indian Alcohol Policy Alliance is committed to anti-alcohol campaigns through evidence-based policy intervention, advocacy and capacity-building.

Staff Reporter