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Jayakumar commends Vreach work

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Empower children: Minister "The responsibility of providing education should be shouldered by the entire society. A lot of times, the family or schools fail to pick up signals given out by a child in need of help,"


  • It has identified different methods of simpler learning
  • `Any Child' aims at bringing together all those interested in child development

    CHENNAI: D. Jayakumar, Minister for Law and Information Technology, recently launched `Any Child', a project conceived by Vreach, an organisation that works on child empowerment.

    Aiming to reach children from different strata of society, Vreach has devised several training programmes to address emotional needs of children. Besides programmes on personality development and communicative English, Vreach has also been working with underprivileged children. They have identified different methods of simpler learning, to cater to different receptivity levels of children.

    Responsibility

    "The purpose of education is the empowerment of the child through holistic development," said Mr. Jayakumar. "The responsibility of providing education should be shouldered by the entire society. A lot of times, the family or schools fail to pick up signals given out by a child in need of help," he added. The Minister lauded Vreach for its efforts in reaching out to children irrespective of cast, creed and colour.

    "We have a dedicated research and development team to design our programmes. It is heartening to note the impact these programmes have on school children. `Any Child' aims at bringing together all those who are interested in child development. Everyone has a role to play," said Teresa Morris, founder, Vreach.

    "Our school included the Vreach programme in our syllabus almost a year ago. I feel a lot more confident now. They identified my passion for cricket and encouraged me to take it up seriously. Today, I'm one of the best cricketers in school," said S. Malavarayan, a class 10 student of Alpha Matriculation Higher Secondary School. His friend R. Pawan Kumar said his interaction with peers and others had improved significantly.

    Deprivation

    Berchman Joseph Fernandez, rector, Don Bosco, said different forms of deprivation denied a child of a meaningful childhood. "The society has to contribute towards the betterment of every child's life," he said.

    The event also featured sessions on `Integrating society to empower any child', `Rights and elements of compassion' and `Identifying and nurturing strengths in children'.

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