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Kids Saluted For Bringing Sunshine In The Bleak Pandemic Hours
Lucknow, Nov 17 (TNA) In the Children’s Day special session on Zoom and Facebook Live this Sunday, Kishwari Konnect saluted the little ‘Pandemic heroes’ for contributing their might and bringing loads of sunshine in the lives of their families.
These uncrowned heroes were the thread of joy that raised the bar of positivity and togetherness and made the family time fun and frolic with their prattle and innocent pranks.
While the video made by the volunteer team on these children was live-streamed two of the participants of this three-minute video, made on the first lockdown “Yeh 21 din” came live.
Both the children five-year-old Omisha Khanna and Nabi Uddin expressed a keen desire to be back in school with their friends and families. Of course they truly enjoyed the time they spent with the family and learnt a lot like gardening, painting and simple household chores.
Delhi Based Art educator and graphic designer, Shubhi Ranjan had been teaching art to children but during the COVID-19 she came down to her hometown Lucknow and started doing online art classes. Her students range from five-year-olds to sixty-five.
An environmentalist at heart Shubhi said that in her workshops she likes to focus on creating pleasing art forms by using waste material. This she said helps people, especially children consciously respect the environment and learn to upcycle it. For the Sunday session, she taught how to turn empty cardboard cartons, empty paint tins into creative, colourful boxes that had multiple uses.
Shubhi’s parting piece of advice to all was “respect nature, it will never let you down.’ The guest for the third session was Mitchelle D’Silva, UNICEF programme associate from Assam Field Office. Having served 15 years in UNICEF offices in Lucknow and Delhi, Mitchelle has been in Assam for the last four years and says it has a real learning experience in the land of the Mighty Brahmaputra.
“Diversity thy name is Assam “, said Mitchelle, adding that while all the flagship programme in Assam areas they are in other UNICEF offices in Assam health and education are more focused as this is a land of floods and displacements.
The UNICEF teams along with government machinery work for children, especially for children of families working in the 250 odd tea gardens. There is a lot of engagements with adolescents and children on issues pertaining to health and a lot of taboos are being worked at and sensitive issues like positive masculinity are being talked about at the grassroots level.
Assam faced the Double disaster floods plus pandemic. The Aganwadi were closed down during COVID-19, but special training ensured that these Anganwadi staff could reach the community and help spread awareness following all social distancing norms.
In the Talaffuz aur Hum poetry session, the poet was Masters student Sana Saeed Khan. She rendered a 'nazm' on children and their aspiration.