A workshop for Grades 8-12 was conducted on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day. This year the theme of World No Tobacco Day 2023 was “Grow food, not tobacco”. The session was an opportunity to raise awareness of the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form. The session focused on how a simple coaxing, luring or experience for fun could get one addicted to this life-threatening habit. The grievous consequences were supported by statistical figures to draw the attention of the students. Candid and forthright queries by the students were a clear reflection of the success of the workshop. The session concluded with this year’s pledge which said “On this occasion of World No Tobacco Day, I take a pledge that I shall never smoke and consume any type of tobacco products in my life and motivate my family or acquaintances to not to use any tobacco products. I shall motivate others for the same”.
“Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” Career choices are crucial in determining how kids will develop and progress in the future. With a plethora of career options available in contemporary times, the role of a career counseling session becomes indispensable. A career counseling workshop was organized for Grades 9-11 in collaboration with Delhi Metropolitan Education, affiliated with IP University. The speaker for the session, Dr. Shalini Gautam, an associate professor and head of outreach at DME, led the session. It is common among students going through this transition phase to get influenced by misinformation and end up making the wrong decision. The students were urged not to make decisions based on peer pressure. Students were made aware of the different options in profession and courses they could pursue based on the subject choices they would make. The speaker also emphasized the need of choosing the correct mix of subjects for each student's ability, which should show in their academic success. Students were guided about prestigious universities and numerous new and upcoming courses. Queries raised by the students were addressed toward the end of the session. Overall, it was an immensely enriching and interesting one for the students.
A workshop on "Mental Health and well-being" was organized for Grades 9-12 in collaboration with team Fortis. The speaker for the session, Ms. Anusha Tyagi talked about early recognition of mental illness and the importance of reducing the stigma related to mental illnesses. The stigma related to mental health is severe and unless mitigated, mental distress shall continue claiming lives bearing enormous potential. The need to open up about one’s problems, nurture an effective mindset, to interact effectively and affectionately, are the qualities that the present generation and posterity must inculcate. The workshop aimed at highlighting the importance of Mental Health and how it should be prioritized. The event embarked with a presentation, which explained the importance of mental health, the factors affecting it, and seeking acceptance. The workshop ignited a spark in the young minds to address the burning issue of mental health with sensitivity and maturity. The session was concluded by a question-and-answer round. It was indeed an informative and eye-opening session.
A workshop in association with the Indian Institute of Art and Design was held in the School for Students of Grades 10th, 11th and 12th. The workshop was conducted by Mr. Amit Deb, HOD Outreach and admissions who has been guiding and counseling students for over many years. The main objective of the workshop was to provide a platform for students from all disciplines to work together, utilize the skill sets of each discipline, think out of the box, and present solutions and ideas to various open-ended societal problems that we face, every day. The workshop was thought-provoking making students and educators engage in problems and then embrace the chaos. Such workshops seed thought in young minds to become the next Design Change Maker. Overall it was an enriching experience for all the students..
Menstruation is a natural part of the reproductive cycle. However, in most parts of the world, it remains a taboo and is rarely talked about. Dr. Anuradha Roy, a gynaecologist, was invited to School to conduct a workshop for the girls of Grade 5-9 on Menstrual Awareness and Hygiene. Girls and women need to maintain good menstrual hygiene to uphold their health and dignity. She explained the same in very simplistic terms. During the workshop, the students were told about the science behind menstruation and the myths surrounding it. The girls were also taught basic hygiene that should be maintained during periods. It helped in sensitising them on various complications arising out of lack of menstrual hygiene. In the end, a question-answer round was also conducted.
As children spend a lot of time at school it is foremost to provide safe and secure environment to students of all ages.
Mr. Rodney D. Ryder, a renowned Lawyer and Author was invited to conduct an interactive session for students, teachers and non-teaching staff of the school sensitizing them about child sexual abuse and the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The workshop was an eye-opener and sought to dispel notions and incorrect information about ways to handle sexual abuse cases. He educated the students that in addition to knowing what child abuse is and when it happens, it is equally important to recognise a potential sexual abuser and take necessary precaution when you can.
All the participants felt more energetic and happy and more confident in ensuring that they will be able to protect children from the sexual predators in society.
With the ecological consciousness making its way globally, even small gestures create an ‘Environmentally Just World’. With this objective in mind, on the second day of the Social Science Week, Mr. Animesh Kapoor, an environmental educator, motivational speaker and a founder member of the NGO ‘Eco Roots’ was invited to conduct a workshop for the children.
He has been working for the Wildlife conservation, animal rights and welfare. The workshop was very interesting and interactive which helped students to connect with the environment and ways in which children can contribute in its conservation.
He also encouraged students from Grade 5 to 8 to build artificial nests for the birds, plant more and more trees. The workshop helped to impart the importance of conservation of species for a sustainable development
The value of sports in the degree of education is very high; it brings discipline in the mind of the students. At Manthan we aim for perfection in everything…including sports. An energetic session on 24th August’17 with Mr. Harpreet Singh was indeed an insightful and fun filled experience. Mr. Harpreet Singh, Director Sports at the Special Olympics Bharat has been associated with the organization for more than two and a half decades. ‘Special Olympics Bharat’ is a National Sports Federation under the ‘Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports’.
In his interaction with the students Mr. Singh emphasized on both physical and mental well being as the prerequisites for great achievements in one’s life. He conducted few on the spot exercises for the students after which students were taken outdoors to play games. It taught students the value of time and how important a minute, a fraction of moment or even a second is to decide the fate of young sportsman.
The session helped the students to understand the importance of time, building competitive spirit and also collaborative existence. Sports and games are the right avenues to channelize the energy and vitality of students.
This week saw us host an inspiring interactive session at the Manthan School with Mr. Saurabh Jain, Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax as the guest speaker on Tuesday i.e 18th July’17. He spoke on the importance of time management in students’ life, procuring a balance between the academics and co-curricular activities and futility of social media sites popular amongst the students. He laid emphasis on the importance of ambition in student life and how it provides new essence to shape up the future. Despite the audience being very young starting from grade 3 to 7, the event was very lively with curious group of children fondly interacting with Mr. Jain.
Such sessions break the monotony and might inspire many!
The Manthan School extend heartiest thanks to Ms. Paroma Singh for addressing the students and teachers on Thursday, 20th April, 2017 on the importance of Earth Day. She conducted two separate interactive sessions, one for the students of Grade 1 to 7 and another for Nestlings and Fledglings. She discussed various ways to protect our precious earth and its valuable resources, so that they can be available to us for many years to come. Her inspiring ideas greatly encouraged students to practice the three R’s....Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. She shared that she believes that such events creates much needed awareness amongst the children and adults