A 10-day summer camp was organised for the children of Sumana Vidya Kendra including the school children of neighbouring Mellahalli village. The camp was conducted by a team of 21 engineering students of Vidya Vikas Institute of Education and Technology.
About 70 children attended the camp from villages in and around Mellahalli. During the ten-day programme, volunteers used games and exercises to teach the children on topics such as morality and values; good citizenship, importance of education, protection for the girl child and stress on girl child abuse.
Using various examples and demonstrations the students were made to understand that they can work together to prevent social evils prevailing in the society such as crime against the girl child, evils of child marriage, alcoholism, gambling and robbery.
The children were also introduced to fun ways of learning especially in solving mathematical problems. The students actively took part in drawing, debate and quiz. The camp had a positive impact on the children as they were found joyously interacting with the volunteers and taking active part in the events.
Sumana Vidya Kendra which stands for Society for Rural Development has been working ceaselessly towards empowering rural children since its inception in 1989.
Some of its initiatives are community organisation and social education, community health programme (including specific programme on HIV/AIDS) skills identification and development for income generation – computer, tailoring, motor driving etc. Promotion of literacy and education, children’s development programme, capacity building for women’s leadership, dry land farming, watershed programme, non-formal education and tuition for children and providing shelter for girl children.