During the school year, students in the project schools participated in four type of competitions.
The first was drawing competition; the drawing master who teaches the children gave three topics to the students in 3 to 5 and had the students make their drawings and color them using the project provided materials. Similarly competion was also conducted among the middle school students, 6th to 8th classes. The drawing master and school teacher served as judge and selected the top two drawings in each school. A total of about 600 students participated in the competion from all the project schools combined.
The second was a competition for reciting Thirukkural, and each student was to recite a minimum of 50 Kurals (for 3 to 5 classes) and upto to 100 Kurals (for 6th to 8th classes). The students were given one week to prepare for the competition and on the specified day, participating students in each school, presented / recited kurals in front of a panel of judges. In each school all students who could present/ recite the 50 or 100 Kurals without mistakes, boldly and confidently were selected as winners.
The third was a competiton reciting multiplication tables. Students in class 3 to 5 only were to particate and were to present upto 16 tables. IN each school the students who could present the tables without mistake and selected to be provided prizes.
The fourth competition was a drama competition; each school students were asked to select a social responsible topic and present the drama during the after school tuition program. The students were given one week to prepare, and students of all classes were allowed to participate. The panel of judges included the project staff, school teachers and community leaders. One best drama was selected, based on how well the students presented, and in how well they used materials locally available.
Once all the competions were held, and best students selected a prize distribution program was orgnganized in our field office; community leaders, school teachers, project staff and parents of the school students were invited. Nearly 100 children were selected and participated in the program, as they were selected for one of the above prizes. Some students presented a dance and entertained the audience. The school teachers and community were overjoyed at the level of participation and happiness that the children showed. A total of 43 students received prize for best drawing, 50 for Thirukkural recitation, 45 for reciting tables and 15 students from one school for the drama competition. IN one of the project schools, a 1st standard boy, won the prize for reciting multiplication tables 1 to 16, without any mistake. He recited the tables and amazed the audience and other students present.
The project is not only helping the rural children in their edcuation, and is exposing them to compeitions and providing prizes for encouraging the children. This makes a tremendous difference for their interest in learning and encourages the parents to support their children's education. We thank all the donors for making such programs possible! Thank you very much for your continued support.
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