Educational Support for Children
PMI Kerala Chapter

As online classes continue for school and college students this academic year on account of COVI D-19, children need digital devices at home for their education. PMI Kerala Chapter distributed TV sets to socially and economically challenged children from different schools as a part of its Independence Day celebrations.

Chapter members came forward this year too to fund its educational support program, UDAAN 2020. The chapter provided educational kits to around 400 deserving children. The students included children supported by Pallium India, inmates of Ananda Nilayam Orphanage in Thiruvananthapuram, and students of Kurien Memorial Lower Primary School, Thiruvananthapuram. Headsets were also included as part of the education kit to support their online learning.

The inaugural function of PMI Kerala UDAAN 2020 was an online event held on 13 September. Over 60 students, in addition to Pallium-India and chapter volunteers, took part in the celebrations that marked PMIEF’s 30th anniversary. The children got an opportunity to listen to eminent speakers like Geordie Keitt, principal consultant, Keitt Consulting Group, and Peter Monkhouse, co-author, NewGen P, who were the chief guests.

The other dignitaries at the event were Dr. M R Rajagopal, founder and chairman of Pallium India, and Padma Shri awardee; Carol Martinez, PMIEF programs administrator; Chandrasekaran Avdivaragan, PMIEF community engagement committee member; and Leena Gupte, PMIEF programs manager for Asia Pacific.

Mr. Keitt engaged the students with a story of “ The Wolf and the Shepherd”, that had management lessons based on the attitude of the various characters in the story. Mr. Monkhouse explained the concept of project management by citing an example of planning and successfully conducting his daughter’s birthday party, a way that the children could easily relate to.

These sessions were followed by a display of talents by the children through singing, dancing, painting, and poetry recitation. The children also enjoyed the quizzes and games organized by Nimmy Elizabeth, PMIEF lead for PMI Kerala Chapter, and Aswathy Vishnu, assistant vice president, academic outreach, PMI Kerala Chapter.

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