Children’s Traffic Park in the city was abuzz with enthusiastic children gathering to participate in a 10-day long summer camp ‘Harona Baa’ (Come Let’s Fly) to beat the April-heat through extra-curricular activities.
As many as 120 children between the age groups of six and 15 participated on the first day of the camp organised by the Mysuru Traffic Police to create awareness among the children about the traffic rules.
Besides a number of activities such as drawing, painting, greeting card designing, drama, dance, singing among others were part of the camp. Experts in each field will be the resource persons during the camp which will go on till April 24.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Mayor, Mysuru City Corporation, Vanita Prasanna expressed concern over excessive craze of video games and TV watching habits among children during summer holidays.
“In 80s and 90s, children used to indulge in various activities which had helped them develop both physically and mentally. But, sadly, today children stick to their houses and spend the entire day in front of TVs. It’s not a good sign,” she said, adding, “Summer camps of this kind which has a special focus on the comprehensive growth of a child is very much necessary.”
She said that children in the summer camp would not only spend their holidays effectively but also learn many things during their stay.
Explaining about the camp, City Police Commissioner B Dayananda said that besides extra-curricular activities, our main focus was to educate children about the traffic rules and regulations as this is the right age to sensitise them as they will not only follow the rules in future but also create awareness among others,” he said.
One of the participants told City Today that he was very excited to be a part of summer camp and was looking forward to walk out with a sense of responsibility.
“Last year I had been to my grandma’s house. All I did there was played all the day. With restricted options, I used to get bored. But here I have a number activities to indulge in,” the kid said.
DCP (Crime and Traffic) N D Birje, theatre artiste Shivaji Rao Jadhav and Yoganand Arasikere were present.