Residential Projects are all about experiencing a social work environment in an area that you have never experience before. Interacting with children in the younger grades was not a new experience for us. However, working with children who had limited facilities was a first. Our Residential project lasted for 4 days, from November 14th to November 18th 2018 in Janakalyan Secondary School in Kavre. Our group of ten A-level Gold award participants from Rato Bangala School split into two groups to address two major problems: social awareness on sexual harassment and consent and environmental awareness regarding waste segregation. We had sessions with the students, parents and teachers regarding both agendas. We were assessed by Miss Hima Pradhan throughout the stay.
Student’s understanding level depends upon their level in school. So, we had two sessions for the students; one for children from grade 1 to 5 and the other for grade 6 to 10. We had arranged an additional session with the teachers to further explain the issues. Both groups had designed their lesson plans in such a manner that the students had fun learning.
We divided each day according to the need of the group. We interacted with a certain age group engaging them in activities relevant to their age and agenda. We had posters about good touch and bad touch along with a few animated videos that the students enjoyed immensely. The environment group engaged the students in arts and crafts, teaching them the 3 Rs : reduce, reuse and recycle. We made flower pots using plastic bottles, some soil and a few plants of course. We asked the students to bring their own recycling materials for more effect. Not only were these projects a huge success, the Principal of the school also invited us to conduct similar workshops in the near future.
Teaching is not an easy task, spreading awareness is even harder. Considering the age group that we worked with in our project, each group required a specific approach. From my experience, I learned that teachers have a tough task and there is a certain quality that the students seeks in a teacher, a presenter and that is kindness. Being strict towards that children would not have made our task easier, however when we showed kindness in return they showed us respect. Despite having enough knowledge, the students were unable to implement necessary measures. Now that they have the knowledge and required facilities, me and all my fellow participants believe that this might be a stepping stone towards making society a better place.
I would like to thank the Madam Laxmi Adhikari Principle of Janakalyan Secondary School for providing us a platform to spread awareness.
Blog written by: Shlesha Pradhan, Gold Award Participant (Rato Bangala School)