They attended a life skill training programme for girl students
TAMBARAM: For all the 54 girls who stayed away from home, their parents and school for three days last week it was a mini jamboree.
At the end they did not want to leave the premises of Christ King Middle School, a government-aided institution, inside East Tambaram Railway Colony.
They had attended the first-ever life skill training programme for girl students conducted in the St. Thomas Mount Panchayat Union under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). While similar programmes have been conducted in the past, they were only for middle school boys belonging to the scheduled castes and tribes.
This year, the scheme was extended to include middle school girls as part of a State-wide programme. "We were taught the important qualities in life, and we have learnt to be more confident," said B. Bhavani, a Standard VIII student of the Government High School in Chitlapakkam. V. Annapoorni of the same class from Jaigopal Garodia School, Nanganallur, said they learnt the importance of time management and a positive attitude and also to handle failure and criticism. Teachers and officials said the programme aimed at improving the confidence level of students in government and aided schools and to motivate them to perform better in academics and in all aspects of life.
Though the Government aimed at conducting the programme for girl students of all middle schools, it was not possible and hence they covered as many students as they could in this continuous programme.
During the course of the three-day training programme, the students are first involved in an ice breaking session, which helped them get to know each other better.
They are then given insights into positive thinking, goal setting, problem solving, decision making, time management, and coping with loneliness, failure and criticism. In the evening, the students are given ample time to play before they retire for the day on the school premises, said M. Nalluraj, Block Resource Centre Supervisor, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan.
The students were given wholesome food during the three days, said Jaya Mary, headmistress, Christ King Middle School.
M. Monisha of St. Theresa School in Pallavaram, said, "We enjoyed each moment during the three days and we do not want to leave now," summing up the mood of the rest of the girls.