Education is not all about studying and getting good marks. It goes beyond reading, writing and arithmetic. It is one of the most important investments a country can make in its people and its future and is critical to reducing poverty and inequality. It provides people with critical skills and tools to help them better provide for themselves and their children. If all students in low income countries left school with basic skills 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty!!
Keeping this in mind, an Education Fair was organized by Mumbai Smiles in collaboration with Deloitte Co. for the students of the Future Smiles Project- a Mumbai Smiles project that aims at empowering disadvantaged students through education.
It all began by believing and creating this idea of promoting an educational and intellectual talk among the children for the students of class 5th to 10th grade at St. Rock’s School, in Mumbai, (a school with whom Mumbai Smiles collaborates)
The idea germinated from the need to give more exposure to children in order to help them make informed career choices, know about scientific inventions, improve general knowledge and develop creative thinking skills through competitions and interactions.
The event was organized at St. Rocks’ School ground and was inaugurated by the Executive Director of Mumbai Smiles, Mr. Narendra Dundu, Trustee of St. Rock’s School Mr. Elvis and Principal of St. Rock’s School Mr. Arun Singh. They interacted with the students and encouraged them to take advantage of such events and benefit their careers. The Fair included several stalls like, a Science Stall that gave information about various science projects and first discoveries and inventions, Map Reading Stall that invigorated students to learn about the geographical location of various states and arrange them, General Knowledge Stall where students were given an opportunity to test their general knowledge, Maths Puzzle Game Stall where a variety of math games were arranged for children to learn math in a fun way and finally a Career Counselling stall where various career options were displayed.
Deloitte employees played an important role in implementing the entire event too. As a part of their ‘Impact day’ that is celebrated every year, they engaged 40 of their employees to help Mumbai Smiles conduct this event at the School.
All these events ensured that the students got a platform to interact, imagine and question about several things and get the right information from reliable source. The school authorities observed that the children were extremely happy to learn as they played. They said that “it was an excellent opportunity for them to involve with learning in a manner that is creative. It felt great to see them be so enthusiastic about participating in various competitions and learn through the models exhibited at the Fair.”
Let’s all continue to promote the idea that education truly has the power to make the world a better place!
More info about Mumbai Smiles: http://www.mumbaismiles.org