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Matsyafed scheme taps talents of students

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Training session enhances learning skills

Thiruvananthapuram: The public examination results this year (2009- 2010) gave Matsyafed reason to feel proud. Several students belonging to the families of fish workers, most of them without access to even the bare minimum educational facilities, scored commendable success, thanks to a training programme offered by Matsyafed.

Matsyafed is celebrating the success of Future Makers, a novel scheme launched last year in association with two-wheeler manufacturer Hero Honda. A series of training sessions were organised for students in nine coastal districts and in Kottayam.

Government schools in fishermen colonies where students get little or no exposure to new technologies were selected for the programme. “The focus of the scheme was to bring about an attitudinal change among students, to help them set a goal in life. We at Matsyafed, believe that we have helped them achieve this,” says V.V. Saseendran, chairman, Matsyafed. “Initially, the participation of students and parents was not so encouraging, but in course of time, their approach changed and more students started turning up,” said P. Kesavan Nair, managing director.

In the first phase held in October- November 2009, the students were exposed to motivational training modules. Parents were also trained to encourage their wards. The second phase involved training to face examinations with confidence. The SSLC and Plus 2 students were trained in separate sessions. Classes were handled by trainers from MINDS, a professional training academy. Learning skills and visualisation of goals were included in the programme. Video clippings of successful personalities were shown. Hero Honda also organised a traffic awareness programme for the students.

Mr. Saseendran said most of the schools selected for the programme performed well in the subsequent public examinations. The Kasaragod Government Regional Fisheries Technical Higher Secondary School registered a pass percentage of 75 per cent in the Plus Two examination, up from 26 per cent last year.

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