Bhubaneswar: School bags were distributed among slum children on Thursday by ‘Jaago’, the social action arm of SOA (Deemed to be University), which has been encouraging them to study and prepare for a better life.
“All our efforts are aimed at making a child smile and hope for a better future,” Prof. Anita Panda, Mentor of ‘Jaago’ and a teacher in the Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), faculty of engineering of SOA, said.
Ms. Saswati Das, Vice-President of Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan, and Ms. Dipanjali Rout were present at the school bag distribution program conducted at ITER in the presence of its Dean, Prof. P.K.Sahu, Additional Dean (Students’ Welfare), Dr. Jyoti Ranjan Das and senior faculty members.
‘Jaago’ volunteers Akash Tiwari, Rahul Verma, Sneha Raj, Sudeep Pradhan and Satyajit were also felicitated on the occasion.
Students of SOA, under the ‘Jaago’ banner, have been educating slum children in their leisure in the campus on a daily basis except holidays. The university has provided space in one of the ITER blocks for children who are ferried by college buses into the campus from the nearby slums. The university students spend an hour every evening to coach the children in different subjects.
The youngest among the children are kept busy in a play school where they learn rhymes and alphabets while the elder ones are given tuition in varied subjects including arithmetic, language and science. The children are also given training on cleanliness and hygiene. Before they are dropped home in the buses, they are provided snacks by the institution. Medical check-up of the slum kids are also undertaken periodically.
The SOA students also spend time with the kids in their slums during festive occasions like holi and diwali.