Each summer holiday, SRFF organises the Jashn-E-Taleem Summer Camp to attract both in and out-of-school children back to school, hoping to kindle an interest towards education through experiences that make learning fun. With the hope of inspiring a change in attitude towards learning in school, SRFF mobilises the resources it can to bring the children an engaging and fulfilling summer camp in a myriad of ways – engaging resource persons to train the volunteers who run the camp in art, craft and games facilitation; providing onsite support via field coordinators and Village Level Facilitators (VLFs); and bringing the Avishkar Van down for more hands-on science activities.
This year, we went a step further to segregate camp participants into three different groups such that a more specialised curriculum can be applied to each category for the most effective returns. The result? 3 separate camps were created. Besides the IBM KidSmart Summer Camp, a new Girls Camp for adolescent girls and Youth Summer Camp targeting rural youths were held.
It feels good to come for the camp… I have learnt how to use the computer here and my keyboard speed has increased to 30 words per minute!
– Salman Khursid, 12, Kanwarsika KidSmart Camp
Sir is very nice, if there are not enough children he will go to the village to get more. I don’t like my sir coming early at 6am to clean the computers and set up the camp by himself. So I come at 6.30am to help him.
– Mohd Faisal Khan, 10, Salaheri KidSmart Camp
My best memory is when students welcome me daily and once they made a heart for me! The villagers are very supportive towards the camp, the sarpanch came by twice and even the village doctor has dropped by before.
– Nirmala, 24, Female Volunteer, Kherla Girls Camp
I am proud of the team, we make a great team. Winning and losing is part of life.
– Juber Ahmad, 24, Volleyball Captain, Rehna
This year was Rehna’s inaugural experience participating in the Volleyball Competition. They came in a commendable second place after last year’s champions FP Namak, giving them a tough fight. With great honesty and sportsmanship, he encourages his team and tells us this after an exciting finals match.