The 3rd edition of the Jashn-E-Taleem Summer Camp commenced with an inauguration ceremony held on 1st June 2013. The first Summer Camp was launched in 2011. The Summer Camp is part of the IBM KidSmart Programme, which is under the Mewat Rural Education Programme (MREP). It is jointly organised by SRF Foundation, IBM, Govt. of Haryana, Department of Elementary Education Haryana, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Mewat Development Agency. Through a variety of engaging educational activities, the camp offers an opportunity for school-going and out-of-school children and youth to have fun while learning and developing intellectually, socially and physically. It also hopes to encourage out-of-school children to develop an interest in attending school, and create an opportunity for youth to attend vocational programmes. The camp will run daily in all 19 Mewat IBM KidSmart centres from 1st to 30th June 2013.
Under Jashn-E-Taleem, this year 3 camps will be operating concurrently: the KidSmart Summer Camp, Girls Summer Camp and Youth Summer Camp. The KidSmart Summer Camp and Girls Summer Camp offer art & craft, play and vocational activities for children aged between 3 to 14 years, and adolescent females aged between 10 to 14 years respectively. The Youth Summer Camp is organised for youth between 15 to 30 years with volleyball competitions. The Youth Summer Camp was introduced to increase the participation of the village youth through sports and encourage youth to spend their time meaningfully. The volleyball competitions will be held daily from 3rd June 2013 onwards and will be held at strategic locations, making it more convenient for participants as they need not travel long distances to take part. Additionally, the three camps will see various competitions held every Saturday.
The camp activities will be facilitated and organised at ground level by 19 Vidya Volunteers, 19 dedicated Female Volunteers for the Girls Camp and 19 non-paid Youth Volunteers from the 19 villages, totaling 57 volunteers. In preparation for Jashn-E-Taleem, our volunteers attended a full-fledged 4-day training programme comprising puppetry classes, art & craft classes and an orientation-cum-planning session. Determined to run a successful camp, our motivated volunteers led rallies in their respective villages to raise awareness about Education and the Summer Camp, loudly chanting inspiring slogans such as “Beta, Beti Ek Saman, School Jaye Paye Gyan” (Not to differentiate between sons and daughters and encourage children to attend school) and “Beti Ko Do Kalam, Aage Bar Jaye Hum” (Encourage daughters to attend school for the progress of Mewat).
Out of the 19 villages where inauguration ceremonies were held, we had the privilege of attending the ceremonies in Khor Basai and Rithora villages, which were graced with the presences of their respective Sarpanches. During our visit, we learnt that Mr. Abdul Kapoor, the 62-year old Sarpanch of Khor Basai village, had generously allocated 1 Crore rupees from the Panchayat Fund to the construction and beautification of the only school in the village. Staunchly dedicated to education, Mr. Kapoor hopes to realise his vision that one member of every family in the village will hold onto a government job. Similarly, Mr. Kasam Khan, the 55-year old Sarpanch of Rithora village, has been very active in serving his villagers for the last 3 years now. Highly supportive of Jashn-E-Taleem, he ensured that word of the Summer Camp was spread across the village, and
needless to say, enrolled his own grandson in the IBM KidSmart Summer Camp.
The cheerful children who came for Jashn-E-Taleem told us their plans to attend all 30 days of the camp, and could barely control their excitement when the inauguration ceremony took place. With such supportive Sarpanches and Vidya Volunteers, as well as such enthusiastic participants, we are confident this camp would once again create another milestone in our MREP efforts. Be sure to look forward to our updates about how Jashn-E-Taleem 2013 went in a month’s time!