Community Resource Centres in the working villages provide meaningful spaces for the school going children to develop their dormant potentials and their personality through their active participation in a number of extra curricular activities such as Yoga, folk arts like Silambam , dances and drama, games, competitions, talent shows, spoken English and handicraft preparation.
The children get involved in beyond class room exercises and interactions and learn about Child Rights, Women Rights, Human Rights and Labour Rights.
1.1 Community Resource Centres in working Villages
• Community Resource Centres in the working villages provide meaningful spaces for the school going children to develop their dormant potentials and their personality through their active participation in a number of extra curricular activities such as Yoga, folk arts like Silambam , dances and drama, games, competitions, talent shows, spoken English and handicraft preparation.
• The children get involved in beyond class room exercises and interactions and learn about Child Rights, Women Rights, Human Rights and Labour Rights.
• The children meaningfully observe important days in a year, (International Children’s Day, International Human Rights Day, the Anti Child Labour Day, the Anti Human Trafficking Day, Teacher’s Day, International Women’s Day, the Republic Day, the Independence Day, the May Day and so on), they are able to understand about the relevance and significance of these important days and try to imbibe values out of these observances.
• The facilitators organize Science Expo through CRCs for school going children in their villages to promote scientific temper and creativity among them and also exposure visits to different nearby places which help the children widen their thinking.
• The facilitators motivate the children to take part in school, zonal and district level competitions and make them read news papers everyday and take special interest in developing their reading habits.
• The facilitators also organize career guidance programs to Higher Secondary School students in the CRCs so that they get proper direction after their schooling.
• The facilitators organize special events during Pongal celebrations and other village festivals for school children in the CRCs to promote equality and communal harmony in the villages.
• Awareness campaigns are being organized on many social themes among the children such as use of plastics, dengue awareness, child protection, girl child education, labour rights, child rights, child sexual abuse and human rights.
• More and more school going children from the centres are showing their talents in the district and state level competitions and getting prizes for their performances.
• Six girls and boys from Kothankulam village have been selected for state level Boxing and ‘Karathe’ competitions.
• Manimala from Lakshimiyapuram village bagged first prize in the State level competition called “Way to Success” and she got Rs. 2500/-.
• Navinkumar from Chellampatty won third prize in the State level Throw Ball competition.
• Kokila from Kothankulam won the second prize in District level Wrestling Competition
• Many children took part in the essay competitions, organized by Thulir Magazine
• 36 CRC children from Achamthavilthan organized a Science Expo in their own village, wherein they prepared and displayed science objects (models) and their own innovation / small scientific instruments and explained to the people who witnessed the Science Expo. The children also explained to the CSG members who visited the EXPO about nutritional value needed for growing children.
• At least 75 vulnerable children and survivors have enrolled themselves to either formal or non formal education and out of them, 55 enrolled at the high school level , while the remaining 20 have been supported with educational assistance to pursue their studies at graduation level, who otherwise would have been forced to go for mill work.
1.2. Health Camps for Adolescent Girls
Vaan Muhil organizes one day health camps for adolescent girls and young women. Girls are referred to various hospitals for further treatment by the doctors after the medical camps in the villages. Vaan Muhil has a tie up with the Meenachi Mission Hospital, Madurai, Mathi Hospital, Sivakasi, Anilkumar Eye Hospital, Sivakasi and Hanumantha Homeopathy Clinic, Sivkasi for these medical camps. The medical team creates awareness among the adolescents on adolescent period and health related issues for them. The adolescent girls are able to understand the problems of their adolescent period and benefitted out of these medical camps. The Primary Health Centres in the working area are supportive to the project team and the doctors are willing to be there for these camps, when Vaan Muhil approach them for assistance.
1.3. Career guidance courses for Rural students and preparations for TNPSC exams
Vaan Muhil organizes career guidance courses for girls and boys studying secondary school. The students are given motivational inputs as to their future career after +2 exams and they are given a number of graduate courses that they can choose after their secondary schooling and these courses are also helpful to them to set a goal in their life and a clear plan for their future. The Higher Secondary Schools in the working villages are very supportive of Vaan Muhil’s initiatives in organizing these courses. Study materials for competitive exams are also distributed to the boys and girls, who are interested in preparing the TNPSC exams. Special coachings are organized in a couple of villages for the interested students to prepare for the exams.
1.4. Exposure visits and Summer Camps for Adolescent Girls and School going children
Vaan Muhil organizes exposure visits for adolescent girls and special summer camps for school going children from the villages. The exposure visits to new centres of learning for the girls are very useful to widen their thinking. A number of exposure visits are planned for children from the working villages to nearby towns, in some cases to far off places like Kodaikanal, Madurai, Kanyakumari, Thekkadi, Achankovil(kerala) and Tuticorin shipyard. The nearby places include Thiruvannamalai Temple, Saneewarar Temple, Andal Temple, Madha Temple, Srivilliputhur Rajapalayam Park and Alangulam Cement Factory.
Special summer camps are being organized in a number of villages for these children. These camps include yoga, drawing competitions, arts from waste program, spoken English coaching and artificial jewellery making sessions in the villages.
1.5. “Call Me Priya” – Film Based Curriculum training for adolescent girls
Vaan Muhil conducts refresher trainings on Film Based Curriculum for adolescent girls and these trainings further reinforce the key messages. These regular meetings pave way for meaningful interaction with adolescent girls about the messages in the sessions after viewing ‘Call Me Priya’. The FBC training to the adolescent girls and the messages that have been given to them through the trainings slowly work among the girls. “Call me Priya” film made a profound impact on the girls, particularly those mill workers, who identify themselves in the character of Priya in the film and explore to find out solutions for their problems.
Our working villages in Virudhunagar District
- K. Thottiyapatty
- R. K. Pudhur
- R. Reddiyapatty
- P. Thiruvengidapuram
- A. Lakshmiapuram