Students acting out polio immunisation
Global Giving February 2017
Education in the broadest sense is paramount at the New Life Centre School in West Bengal. Alindra Naskar the Founder and Director of the school is keen to educate the parents as well as the children to be not only academically enlightened, but also to be ‘good citizens’ of India and their local community.
When I heard that the children were being asked to go in fancy dress for their Annual Sports day recently, I was intrigued to know how this fitted in to the day. Alindra wrote to me that this event is informative for general public awareness. ‘Go As You Wish’ is a way of educating each other in the school of current problems in society or general Health and Safety advice.
The pictures with this report show the children enacting various scenes illustrating issues currently being tackled in India at this time. Clean up India is an important theme in the school as the children are made aware of the consequences of litter. You can also see a boy showing Green India by Plantation.
Another topical dramatic scene is of a currency forger being arrested by the police as the Government has tried to clamp down on ‘black money’ recently.
Other scenarios covered by the students were the importance of immunization, as shown here representing the polio vaccine, the consequences of when people ride/drive drunk, over speed or talking with a mobile phone whilst cycling, equally dramatic scenes with liberal quantities of fake blood!
When I was there last November one of the girls in the school was extremely ill with measles, and had been off school for a month. Alindra went to see the parents who had sacrificed chickens and set up a loud speaker chanting prayers on her behalf.
Had they thought about using the money they had spent on visiting a Doctor Alindra asked?
Education at this level will save lives in this poor deprived area of West Bengal, and to inform whilst having fun at the same time, seems to me to be what will make the biggest impact. In being asked to participate in these dramas, the children will learn lessons that could never be learnt as effectively in class.
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Students illustrating the cleanup campaign
Acting out a Police Arrest