Awareness programs at school level under awareness phase of Gyan Ganga project on mental retardation have been initiated and are moving in full swing in the local schools of the area. Senior kids of non formal education program, community teachers and other volunteers accompany Vijay Bhaiya to the programs.
They engaged school students in several group activities to inform themabout various types of disabilities, and how such kids need to be dealtwith. Aids like flip charts, posters etc were used for presentation ofconcepts. Various group activities are being done with the students tomake the program more interactive and enjoyable.
Besidesstudents the principal of the school, teachers and other staff membersare taking active part in various activities including groupdiscussions.
At Parichay religious issues are not discussed. But to move beyond close-minded boundaries Parichay celebrates all religious festival at the centre. On Friday,18th September Roza iftar party and beginning of navratri festival was organized.
The last Friday of auspicious month of Ramzan is celebrated as Alvida, which is the most important day of fasting for muslims.
‘Navratri’ is one of the most celebrated festivals of Hindu calendar. ‘Nav’ means ‘nine’ and ‘ratri’ means ‘night’. The first three days of Navratri are dedicated to Goddess Durga (Warrior Goddess) These days represent the three different classes of womanhood that include the child, the young girl and the mature woman. This idea moves on Navratri to be a social festival at Parichay rather than merely a religious one.
Beautiful traditional wall sculpture of goddess Durga with cowdung, mud, cloth and paper was made by community’s elderly ladies and senior kids of Parichay. Senior members of Swayamsiddha Mahila Samooh and elder kids cooked delicacies like potato, Brinjal, Onion Pakoras, whole gram chat, fruit chat, moong dal halwa etc. for Roza Iftar Party. Senior kids from Gyonodaya, members of Parichay youth & women group and NFE III kjds enthusiastically participated in the event.
Navratri celebration will be on at Parichay for next nine days. Kids are planning to stage Ramlila at the centre in dance drama form.