Digital Literacy, Yoga, Gender Sensitisation and developing Leadership qualities are the key areas.
Talcher,13/06/19:NTPC Talcher Kaniha is organising a four-week unique residential workshop “Girls Empowerment Mission (GEM)” under its CSR initiative. The ongoing workshop has been organised from May 20 to June 16,2019.The workshop is meant for empowerment of girls shall be conducted workshop for 120 students for girls between 10 to 12 years old selected from neighbouring 13 village schools of the power station.
Under GEM programme at NTPC Kaniha the participants are given sessions on "digital literacy”. Students are given practical in hand experience on working in computer .It is interesting to note that some Students had first interaction with computer. Students were taught basics of computer, MS word, paint, PowerPoint and internet. Simultaneously they are made aware of going paperless as need of the hour.
The GEM workshop at NTPC Kaniha has come up with innovative initiatives to encourage Developing Leadership qualities.A mock election was conducted for the children.Candidates went for innovative campaign for voting them through use of slogans and speeches on what they will do if voted to power.The children campaigned with limited resources. This initiative intended to create awareness on democracy systems, make them learn how to make leaders accountable. Candidates participated in secret ballot for selecting their favourite candidate. This exercise also focused on creating awareness on exercising voting power.
Under yoga ,the participants are made aware of Yoga and its postures & its benefit to stay healthy & improve concentration. Students wake in the early morning to participate in the yoga session which is the first activity for them during the workshop.Students are taught "pranayam" and "meditation" which help students in attaining inner peace.Students play games like volleyball ,basketball, badminton ,kabbadi ,khoko etc. Sports coaches visit the campus regularly to share information on physical fitness and importance of sports. Martial arts classes are conducted to impart self-defence among the GEM participants.
After successful completion of the workshop, participants of the workshop will act as ambassadors of NTPC in sharing their experiences and learning from the workshop with outside world.
The programme has been witnessing continuous improvement among villages girls specially tribal children who were less interactive became vocal as the workshop progressed , children have developed being opening up with each other through group games and tasks. They are brimming with confidence and look forward for a bright future in times to come.
This is not the end, a follow up workshop for one week for the participants will be organised during winter holidays of year 2019, which will determine effectiveness of the learning learnt during the workshop.The workshop concludes on June 16,2019.