State pro­motes, sports, art and cul­ture for kids with por­tal

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI - STAFF REPORTER

On the oc­ca­sion of Chil­dren’s Day, stu­dents were in a for a sur­prise as they can now avail of var­i­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties for aca­demic, sports and cul­tural growth. The state min­is­ter for school ed­u­ca­tion Vinod Tawde in­au­gu­rated the on­line por­tal of Jawa­har Bal Bha­van to fa­cil­i­tate reg­is­tra­tion and par­tic­i­pa­tion of stu­dents in var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties. Also, chil­dren from Child Rights and You (CRY), an NGO par­tic­i­pated in the beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of the Sas­soon Docks Art Project.

This por­tal would help stu­dents check var­i­ous cul­tural com­pe­ti­tions, aca­demic con­tests, sports ac­tiv­i­ties, art forms and other re­lated ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

It would also fa­cil­i­tate reg­is­tra­tion for par­tic­i­pat­ing in var­i­ous com­pe­ti­tions of higher lev­els. Till date, stu­dents do not have a ded­i­cated por­tal to reg­is­ter when they go for state or na­tional level com­pe­ti­tions.

Ra­jen­dra Ahire, as­sis­tant deputy di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion, said, “Stu­dents can now re­fer to this site for in­for­ma­tion on var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties and up­dates. Of­ten, when stu­dents par­tic­i­pate at a na­tional level competition, they need to reg­is­ter at the state level for rep­re­sen­ta­tion. This por­tal will guide them.”

Tawde cel­e­brated the oc­ca­sion by ap­pre­ci­at­ing the draw­ings and paint­ings cre­ated by kids at Bal Bha­van, Charni Road. Tawde said, “Stu­dents need to build a connection with the sub­jects which they do not like. They can prob­a­bly build a di­a­logue with text­books and note­books to en­hance their in­ter­ests in study­ing.”

Even as Chil­dren’s Day was cel­e­brated in schools, kids from CRY con­trib­uted to St+art In­dia Foun­da­tion’s Sas­soon Dock Art Project. The chil­dren spent the en­tire day draw­ing, paint­ing and colour­ing the walls of the dock. The project is an ex­hi­bi­tion of site­spe­cific in­stal­la­tions, mu­rals, au­dio-vis­ual ex­pe­ri­ences, screen­ings, talks and cu­rated tours at the renowned dock of the city.

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