Srinagar: About forty children from local schools took part in a theatrical cum educational workshop held in Shehr-e-Khaas by Kashmir Youth Art Initiative (KYAI). Aged between 12-16, the children participated in fun filled activities aimed at imparting education, literature, language and tradition.
Project Manager KYAI Rizvi S Ilyas, talking about the workshop said that it is based on practical theatrical games which revolve around various socio-cultural and language training for better understanding of society and old age value system.
“The goal of this workshop is to connect underprivileged children and provide them with a platform to show their talent. Also the children are from local schools, who haven’t done any such kind of activity before,” Rizvi said. He said that old city was selected as for the workshop to break the taboos associated with it. “We want to get back to our roots, to places to which Kashmiriyat is etched and also want to contribute to those places, to which on one pays attention,” Rizvi added. The workshop has collaborated with theater director Arshid Mushtaq, who along with his team conducted various sessions and small plays enacted by kids from different schools.
Elaborating the concept of the workshop Arshid said, “We have to reconstruct the moth eaten concepts of imparting education given to youngsters. Also the system has been hijacked by the narrow minded, lesser literate business people in the private sector.”
A statement issued here said that “the workshop also sent out a message to the educations department here to wake up to such endeavors.”
“The participants from local areas and schools got to learn many things they have never confronted before. They were given a free and open space that left no stone unturned in showcasing their talent,” it said.
One of the participants, Bisma, a student of Imamia School said, “We came to know about our capabilities. Also we learnt to work together in groups and came to know how independent we can be.”
The students also had an overall personality development makeover, which helped them gain confidence and let them interact with people in an open space.