LIFE

Bringing out their hidden talents

SUMMER VACATION is the ideal time for merriment of the school-going kids for obvious reasons.

There can never be any better duration to enthral the mind.

It could let in suspension from the usual grind of thinking. First of all, there is nothing to worry about homework or classwork and most of all, they can altogether forget about the stern and rigid faces of their teachers for at least two months.

What else would suit them other than the summer camps to hone their skills in the desired direction. It is the time when the kids, consciously or unconsciously, recharge themselves for the year ahead, having a plunge into their hobbies or activities.

Some are lucky to find the ideal environs for pursuing their options.

And when they identify themselves with the favourable conditions they go purposefully berserk, as is happening in the case of the ongoing summer camp at the Lady Doak College, where the students benefit from the synergy created by the Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) and the Institute of Future Foundation. .Perhaps, the organisers thought that `short is sweet'. So the board of advisors, comprising S. Raju, NSS Coordinator, Madurai Kamaraj University, M. Daniel Manoharan, Manager of Schools, Madurai Ramnad Diocese, C. Ramasubramanian, consultant psychiatrist, G.P. Reuben, Librarian, the American College, and A.M. James, Editor, Manithaneya Madal, planned a crisp schedule of ten days.

General training given to the children lies in the areas of goal setting, confidence-building, inculcation of leadership qualities, adoption of effective study techniques, time management, public speaking, methods of overcoming examination fear etc.

Bringing out their hidden talents

Besides, the children have the option of choosing any one of the special courses, viz., personality development, basic computers, online internet training, spoken English or Hindi, videography and improving writing ability.

And there are outdoor activities too, such as swimming, drawing, photography, arts and crafts, two-wheeler driving and making art from waste.

``The speciality of the programme is that we are keen, at the very outset, to spot the hidden talent in the children and develop them along the same direction'', says D. Raja David, Director, Institute of Future Foundation.

This institution is conducting such a programme in the city for the fourth consecutive year in different locations. ``It is to break the monotony of a majority of children who attend the camp year after year,'' says Mr. David.

Quality comes with a cost. But the parents of these children do not mind shelling out Rs. 1,200, since the classes are handled by experts.

By Krishnamoorthy R

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