THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Before getting back to their classrooms and busy schedule, children from various parts of the city can enjoy here at the ‘summer school 2012’, organised by the higher education department and the Kerala State Central Library at the library auditorium at Palayam. The summer school, which will run for a month, was inaugurated by education minister Abdu Rabb on April 11.
According to N Vinod Kumar, deputy state librarian and chairman of summer school, “the classes are designed in such a way that children will get more awareness regarding daily affairs. Instead of the knowledge they receive through the syllabus-oriented text book lessons, we focus on the practical knowledge.”
The camp this year has interactive sessions handled by experts in concerned fields. Topics like security of children, disaster management, banking services, telecommunication, energy conservation, film, science, music and the like are being covered. On the inaugural day, the famous play by Tagore, ‘Kabooliwala’, was presented by the artists of Rangaprabhath Children’s theatre at Venjaramoodu.
Other than these sessions, children will be taken for a tour to the city museum and zoo, planetarium, Centre for Earth Science etc. Film screening is also a part of the camp. ‘Love Plastic’, the documentary that bagged award at the educational film festival, documentaries like ‘Pakshikalude Lokam’ and a film based on Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai are screened. On the days before the concluding ceremony, there will be competitions in arts and sports for the participants. 325 students from standard five to 10 will be participating in the camp.
It is the 28th year that the library is organising the camp. The camp had its inception in 1984, with story telling sessions based on the works of noted litterateurs.
The classes are from 10 am to 4 pm. The camp will conclude on May 11.