Monday 3 February 2014

Imagine ‘inspires’ 1600 Government School Students

Mangalore: Children from 27 rural government schools deliberated on various career opportunities ahead of them under the Imagine Inspire project. Series of Career Guidance, Motivation Talks and interactive sessions were organized by a Bangalore-based NGO The Imagine Trust in collaboration with the Department of Public Instructions and the Department of Women and Child Development.

 “The guidance and coaching that our 10 standard students receive during these programmes truly helps them develop positive thinking. It also motivates them to strive for success, said Sudhakara, Block Education Officer (BEO), Mangalore South, who was instrumental in organizing the program by bringing together the school heads of these 27 government schools under this project.

“Over 1600 students were covered under this novel project where the focus was to enable them make the most suitable career option of their choice. The aim was to inspire them to face life head on despite economic and social problems,” said Nitin Kumar the co-ordinator of the Imagine Inspire Project.

Apart from placing before students the gamut of career options available in the market, an effort was made to address their common fears and inhibitions. Sessions on How to prepare for examinations, stress management, overcoming failure were conducted along with experience sharing from several professionals from various fields, Nitin added.

The Imagine Inspire workshops were conducted in 6 different locations - Sarojini Madhusudhana Kushe, Attavar, Government High Schools, Kuppepadav, Moodshedde, Pavoor, St Sebastian School, Permannur and Kanachur Academy, Deralakatte.

The uniqueness of this program is that children get to interact with several professionals who fought various obstacles to enter the career stream of their choice. The event was co-ordinated by Imagine volunteers Sachin Kamath, Jeethy Dsouza, Raviraj Belma & Nitin Kumar.

Well-known speakers including Charles Furtado, lecturer, Vishwas, editor Udayavani, Vishranth B L, Chartered Accountant, Preethika Suvarna, HR professional, Sharmila, Poonam, counsellors, Sunila, Social worker, Family Service Agency, Chaitra Shetty- lecturer, and Damodhar Shenoy, Chartered Accountant were part of the programme.

Imagine volunteers Verdant Ravi, Bhanu Mati, Shibani Konchadi, Anupam Lobo, Nishith, Naima Asifa, Prakash Bhanushali, Rachana, Jean Eden, Aparna Naik & Ratan assisted in the project.

The Imagine Trust is a Bangalore-based non-profit organization which works with school children and with visually impaired in Karnataka. Started by a group of like-minded professionals today has Imagine Inspire Project, Imagine Talking Books Project, Imagine Reach Out Club (ROC) and Imagine Green Projects running in Mangalore & Bangalore.
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