SALEM: The excitement was palpable among the children who sat at the mini hall of Gokulanatha Hindu Mahajana Higher Secondary School looking, with their eyes wide, at the all new ‘Young World’, a supplement of The Hindu, here on Tuesday.
The children read and discussed its contents with social and child activist Ruby Thiagarajan introducing the salient features of the supplement.
“Newspapers give access to a pool of knowledge and they are effective tools to improve reading skills. You will soon discover that learning through newspapers can be fun. Reading is a joyous activity and publications like Young World make it more interesting,” she told them.
Stressing on the importance of developing the habit of reading, she said it would ensure positive development in the society and help shape the character of a person.
She said the Salem YWCA would supply 10 copies of The Hindu with ‘Young World’ supplement to the school every Tuesday.
“Reading should become a daily habit. Students should start developing the habit at an early stage and devote at least two to three hours to it everyday, which is vital to build a knowledge society,” School Correspondent S. Sriraaman said, while presiding over the programme.
Child Line City Co-ordinator Padmini Samuel made the session livelier by involving the students in a game that demonstrated their leadership qualities and also underlined the significance of cultivating good habits.
Student leaders were asked to come forward.
While a student cited recent bombings as a threat to the society, others highlighted the day-to-day violations.
Students viewed the signal jumping and disrespect to the teachers and parents as serious concerns.
Summing up their opinions, Ms. Padmini pointed out that cultivating good habits at a young age was essential to create a responsible society.
She concluded her speech saying that reading good books and publications such as Young World would help children cultivate good habits.Assistant Headmaster B.R. Tamilmani, Tamil Teacher R. Krishnaswami and Post Graduate English Teacher R. Sasikala spoke.