Partha Samal, a third-year student of Regional College of Management, Bhubaneswar, teaches kids at various slums in the city. During the weekends, he devotes two to three hours to teaching and organising play sessions for kids. Partha, who is in his mid-20s, believes this experience is “invaluable”.
The youngster is also a volunteer for the annual Anjali Children’s Festival organised by Swabhiman, a disability information and resource centre in Bhubaneswar. The festival aims to bridge the gap between the disabled and abled children, and rich and poor kids. He has been associated with the festival for four years now. “I got to be a part of Sandhan, the students’ wing of Swabhiman during my undergraduation days in BJB Autonomous College in 2009 and since then, I have been actively participating in the festival,” says Partha, who as member of Sandhan’s cultural wing coordinates with children from 30 states for their performances.