Workshops teach students to be good citizens

Students at the workshop

Students respond to a question during the two-day workshop.

By Rajesh Kumar Modi, Rotary Club of Mumbai Borivali East, India

Children are the future of any country. We as members of Rotary have an opportunity to mold them in such a way that they can emerge as efficient and valuable resources for our country. All it takes is changing the way we approach our club activities. Not every project has to be a huge project. Sometimes, size isn’t the only indicator of success.

Big results
In June, my club, the Rotary Club of Mumbai Borivali East, partnered with the Rotary Club of Borivali in District 3140 to organize two day-long workshops on the subject of “How to conduct social activities.” Three dozen students in six grade levels (standard 6 to 12) took part. The outcome was amazing. It was a great experience and made me proud to be chairman of the project.

Our first day started with a motivational speech, followed by discussions of eye and organ donations, skin donation, and garbage management. We passed out pledge forms for anyone who wanted to agree to be skin or eye donors. We also charged them with distributing and collecting additional pledge forms among their friends.

The second day, we gave them tips on Yoga followed by a demonstration on garbage management. They learned about water management, hygiene, and ways to protect our environment. We concluded the entire event with a summary of all the topics we had covered, and gave them an opportunity to help us plant trees. The participants then shared their experiences.

Helping Hands
It was amazing to see that some of the students created a Whatsapp Group named “Helping Hands” and started spreading awareness for water conservation, garbage management, and organ donation. The enthusiasm of the students was just amazing.

It was not a huge project, as only 36 students participated. But it was like spreading seeds on the ground; without knowing which seed will become a large tree in future.

Most Rotarians like to be a part of only big projects. But projects like this one work at mimimum cost. I suggest all clubs worldwide organize a project like ours once in a while. It will help the children become good citizens of their respective countries.

5 thoughts on “Workshops teach students to be good citizens

  1. Dear Rajesh
    As the saying goes, small deeds matter a lot. Our children have to be aware of the restricted resources our earth has to offer. Day by day things are getting worse. So I beleive in your projects which really means a lot. Our children are our future and we have to teach them to respect of what is left behind.
    BTW I am Vepan Luthra from ørestad Copenhagen in Denmark. My mail is vl@evscandia.com

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  2. Dear Rajesh Kumar,
    I am Rtn Paranjabey, Literacy Chair of Jambukeswaram club of RID 3000.
    I appreciate your efforts to teach students to be good citizens. As you rightly said small project like this will also give huge results. Keep going.
    I would like to state that regarding teaching students our rotary embarked on a mission called Rotary India Literacy Mission. I hope you are aware
    of that.If you put the same work through it entire student community will be benefied. Our club is working on it. My email paranjabey@gmail.com.
    Thanks & Regards,
    Paranjabey.

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