BENGALURU: New year is round the corner and a group of students in the city plan to celebrate it in an unusual way.
The students of Sanegoravanahalli Government School, Basaveshwaranagar, have created special greeting cards using waste/recycled paper. They were assisted by the residents of the 1984-85 batch of Government High School Police Colony (GHSPC), Magadi Road, who are working as part of the Art of Giving project.
These greeting cards will be given to those who litter in public places as a new year gift.
Roopa M, a 10th standard student, said, “A few days ago, we were asked to collect waste paper. We wondered why. After making my first greeting card, I learnt how we have the power to reduce waste in the city. Now, I have decided to gift these cards to those who litter the city. It is a way to embarrass them through my style of Gandhigiri.”
Mamatha N Swamy, an alumni of GHSPC, said, “Art and crafts help mould a student’s career. This was my first art class at this school and I was surprised by the way the students picked it up so quickly.”
The alumni team has drawn up an ambitious plan to launch vocational training in all government schools. “Besides art and craft, we are also looking at teaching meditation, exam writing skills, de-stressing techniques, music and other activities,” she added.
H C Dodde Gowda, who held personality development classes for the students, said, “It is a pity that government school students don’t get exposed to extra-curricular activities as much as their private school counterparts. Our goal is to bridge the gap. By teaching the students these skills for free, we hope to make them financially independent in the future.”
Art of Giving is a social project started by Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) founder Achyuta Samanta. It invites people to volunteer to inspire and change the lives of the underprivileged. The alumni of GHSPC hope to provide free vocational training at all government schools in the city in the coming days.
A few days ago,
we were asked to collect waste paper. We wondered why. After making my first greeting card, I learnt how we have the power to reduce waste in the city. Roopa M, student