eNarada, Bengaluru, Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Bhagya E (seventh standard student) came home like every day but was all in smiles as she had brought a special gift to her mom. The gift was none other than the quill earrings. If you are wondering as to what is so special about these quill ear rings, well, here is the interesting part. Bhagya didn’t buy the quill ear rings but instead created it with her own hands. For the first time in Bengaluru, students studying in government schools were being trained in how to make quill ear rings. The training was as part of the Art of Giving Bengaluru chapter’s mission to empower every government school students.
As part of the programme, the students were part of the summer training programme where in volunteers from the Art of Giving team trained the kids in various art courses which also included making ear rings from quill.
Kurubarahalli Government Higher Primary School headmistress Manjula KS said, “As per the instructions from the education department, we have been conducting summer programmes and most of these are related to empowering kids. However, for the last few days, we have been covering interesting programmes from the Art of Giving volunteers. This volunteer who have been inspired by the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) founder Dr Achyuta Samanta’s (who has founded the world’s largest residential school which provides free education from KG to PG to tribal kids) call to do something for the society. The volunteers are teaching various arts and crafts to our children and one of the interesting things that have been taught is as to how to make ear rings. These ear rings are very cute and many of the kids took it back to their home to gift to their loved ones. Even, we were extremely happy over the entire camp and I thank Art of Giving for this initiative.”
Block Resources Coordinator (North 1) Krishnappa who visited the programme said that he was happy to see that the kids were trying to explore their hidden potential. “We need these kinds of special classes so that the kids can discover their talent.”
Speaking on the occasion, Huliraja a seventh standard student said, “It was really a special day for me as I was wondering what to gift my mom on mother’s day. I don’t have money to buy costly gifts but was really surprised when I was taught how to make an ear ring out of quill. Now, I have secretly hid the ear ring so that I can gift it to my mom on mother’s day.”
However, there are other girls who couldn’t control their excitement as they showed their ear rings the same day and got accolades from their parents as well.