‘I am Doctor Sathya Selvaraj’ and ‘I am IAS officer Kaviya Sankar’ is how buddies and college students of Class 9, now promoted to Class 10, introduce themselves.
The kids, who had been a part of a recently-concluded summer season camp for Irula tribals in Tiruvallur, had been so motivated by all of the actions over the previous six months of the Siragugal 100 programme that they now imagine they will obtain their goal in life.
“On the first day of the camp, the Collector Alby John Varghese came and spoke with us. He asked us what we wanted to become in life and after listening to him, we believe that ‘we can’. We will study hard. During the camp, we addressed each other as ‘Collector Deepa’, ‘Volleyball Akash’ and so on,” mentioned Sathya Selvaraj who research within the Government Girls Schools in Arani.
Kaviya Sankar of Seenikuppam made it to the summer season camp solely within the final minute and that too after the top grasp of the varsity convincing her dad and mom that she can be protected and would profit immensely from the coaching in out-door tenting, studying artwork and craft and studying to bop Kummiattam and Oyilattam amongst different abilities.
“We learnt about laws related to children and now know that child marriage is wrong and that all children should go to school. Because I attended the camp, four more children from my community too came,” mentioned this daughter of a day by day wage labourer.
N. Poobalamurugan and H. Bhavani, coordinators of the Siragugal 100 programme, mentioned that the kids actually loved themselves throughout the camp. The talks by academics, IAS and IPS officers, and visits to locations together with Sriharikota, introduced actual change in kids’ s outlook. “They are no longer shy and speak when spoken to,” he mentioned.
District Collector Mr. Verghese mentioned the district had loads of tribal kids, however not lots of them reached even as much as Plus 2, which was very unlucky. “Child marriages and school drop outs are very high among the tribals, especially the Irulas. We wanted to see if we can do some kind of intervention to bring about change in the communities. Education always helps in such situation. We have provided them with tabs, courtesy of Sunil Paliwal, chairman, Kamarajar Port. We will be teaching them English and mathematics after school and continue to monitor them. Another batch of 100 students from these communities will be chosen to undergo similar training,” he mentioned.