Every child is special and deserves to be happy. The Foundation School is a firm believer of the thought.
On 30th July, students of classes V and VI ( Harshita, Arumay, Hrishita) went to the Janakpuri branch of the Delhi Council of Child Welfare with Ms. Sangeeta Aswani and Ms.Neeti Gupta as a Citizenship Programme initiative. The aim of the visit was to induce skill development in the specially abled children there. The stationery and art/ craft material was generously donated by the parents, students and teachers of The Foundation School to enable this activity.
The objective was to teach the children of the Council to make simple usable household items with the help of a little art and craft done with recyclable items while improving their motor skills and tapping their imagination as they struggle to overcome their disabilities.
The centre is a beautiful, positive place, well equipped to suit the needs of the children. The students of The Foundation School presented their hosts with gifts and sweets. It is a well known fact that the arts and culture helps in bringing people closer together and is the best form of expression.
Our students taught these children different crafts using recyclable material like old cds , plastic bottles, tissue paper rolls, etc. They were guided to learn to paint in one direction, to stick ribbon onto a bottle neatly using Fevicol, to plant a sapling and to colour-coordinate patterns on a CD. It was inspiring to see how both sets of students communicated with each other in a patient and friendly manner. The children included some who could not hear or speak and were brought in from an outreach centre of the Council at Nithari because they were observed to be very imaginative.
Soon the table was filled with beautiful coasters, planters, pen holders and diwali decorations. The idea is that these children learn to perfect a skill enough to sustain themeselves with a basic livelihood in the future. This was the first of such initiatives wherein children will help create beautiful art and crafts items with these specially abled children of the Bal Chetna programme.
The group then proceeded to have lunch together. The Council was our kind host.
It was a transformational and touching experience for our students because they not made new friends but also learnt that art has no boundaries. Each one is unique in a different own way.