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Students learn art and craft of living in summer camp

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New Delhi, June 5 (UNI) Winners never quit and quitters never win, was the message the participants conveyed at the concluding ceremony of the 12-day summer camp at the National Railway Museum here last evening in the form of a drama.

Addressing the concern of students and parents about incidents of suicides by students frustrated over their academic performance, the programme 'Gateway to Success' was designed to address the issue of adolescence related stress.

"Gateway to Success is an empowerment programme for students, parents and teachers." Programme director Kaberi said.

"This programme is structured to induce confidence among children through various scientifically proven techniques of improving concentration, memory, behaviour, time management and positive thinking," she added.

Narrating her experiences in the camp, Preeti, a twelfth standard student said, "I had a lot of pressure and was in a mess how to cover my syllabus. Here I learnt to study smartly in an easy way.

"They taught us how to get key words from a paragraph and then reconstruct the story in our own way." said an enthusiastic Aakash, a ninth standard student. "We were also taught to behave with people in an assertive way, which we sometimes forget," he added.

Hemant Kumar, trainer at the programme, stressed the importance of treating children before they get into problems. He said that it is also necessary for parents to know, how to deal with their wards positively. "Keeping this in mind, we also organised a meeting with the parents," Mr Kumar added.

Creative Express, the other programme of the summer camp is meant to give exposure of various creative skills like dance, music, handicraft, pottery and glass painting to children.

Mr Sandeep Mehra, director, National Railway Museum said the museum strove for conservation of heritage of Indian Railways.

"Since the next generation will be the care takers of this glorious heritage, the Museum organises programmes round the year, involving children to create a sense of belonging and pride in them for their heritage," Mr Mehra said.

A workshop on professional photography is next in line, commencing from June 13. This six-day course will cover fashion, portrait, table-top, industrial, sports and nature photography.

Conducted by the children themselves, the concluding programme included a Haryanvi folk dance on environment to mark the world environment day and a group song on consumer awareness as well.

Mr R R Bhandari, member, mechanical, Railway Board and author of '150 Glorious Years of Indian Railways' was the chief guest on the occasion.

About 250 children participated in the camp which started on May 23.

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