Organisation of Aware Saviours In Society

Of the Students, For the Students, By the Students

Knowledge Week Celebration

Continuing our tradition of environmental awareness ‘of the students, for the students, by the students’, students of Sy.Bcom of MMK College of Commerce and Economics, Bandra conducted knowledge sessions with primary students of Podar school ICSE, Santacruz on 21st  August 2012. Focusing on the animal kingdom, the college students shared knowledge on a variety of animals from tigers, elephants, bats, vultures, to bears, turtles and even frogs. Pranav of MMK College explains, “Our whole project was about conveying message to children about various animals and how animals are useful and friendly to humans.” Over a span of 5 days, the college students researched, prepared and presented the information they gathered to their younger counterparts during the school’s Knowledge Week.

A Well Researched Presentation

Summarising the efforts of almost 60 of his peers Pranav says, “In the first seminar we had to go and collect all information about a particular animal. We had to take cuttings and posters about that particular animal. Later we had to make a presentation on the particular animal we had chosen and then present it in front of children. In the second part we had to go to the school to show our presentation to young students.”

Pre-Preparation and In-Depth Training

As part of the pre- preparation, the college students were provided in-depth training on how to conduct a proper session. This included making various power-points on the assigned topic, gathering audio and video material on the specified animal, and making an activity sheet for the students.College Students were provided with Zoo reach educational packets and they became the basis of preparing the educational materials.

Mohammed explains, “We had to prepare packets for each of the students. The packets were to be customized with a picture of the animal and consist a mask of the specified animal, an information pamphlet, a bookmark, a friendship band, and a sign that supported the animal.”

“A proper script was provided to us that had all the information in it about what we had to say, and how we had to say it. We had to memorise the entire script that had to be presented in front of a class. In this session we were taught how to narrate the lines to the children and everything has to be done and how to interact with the children which gave us a lot of confidence,” says Aamna. All students were asked to do a mock presentation prior to the actual event to iron out any presentation errors.

Audio, Video and Live Action

The final presentation incorporated photos and videos, as well as animal sounds and educational kits to reinforce the knowledge being shared with students of Podar school. Manas shares his experience saying, “We opened the presentation with a dance. I danced wholeheartedly for them and asked them to dance along with me. That pretty much broke the ice, and after that I introduced myself to the students and played the various videos, sounds and presentations for them.”

Taking Back a World of Confidence

Anjali says, “It was an outstanding experience interacting with children during the session.” Sanah reiterates this with, “My initial nervousness and inhibition slowly waned and my confidence started to grow in stature. It was an exhilarating experience working and interacting with the children from whom I learnt a lot as well. It has given me confident to stand up and speak to an audience of any age and how to interact with them. It has given me an understanding of how much effort is involved to create awareness by the NGO’s. On social grounds given an opportunity I may do more presentation in future. Lastly, it has given me the confidence to participate in any project that is given to me.

 

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