Sunday was just not any other day for the 1000 plus government and informal school children in Bengaluru. It was a day of joy, enthusiasm and triumph for these children.
Youth For Seva, Bengaluru (YFS), had organized Chiguru 2011, an annual event that provides opportunity for children of government and informal schools, to showcase their extracurricular talents. Chiguru 2010 was a great success with participation of about 250 children across 12 schools. With same thought and inspiration, this year, Youth for Seva had organized Chiguru 2011 at Vijaya Junior College Auditorium, Jayanagar. The event was sponsored by Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR).
The task was not easy to gather nearly 1000 children to the venue, but a well coordinated effort on part of volunteers made sure children arrived in time for the start. Fourteen buses were organized at various venues around 6.30 in the morning. Children were asked to accompany their school coordinators at the said venues. Once the children arrived, Vijaya Junior College was bustling with noise and children were all ready to take on the challenges of the competition. Children were welcomed with hot Upma for breakfast. As children were in large number, it was heart-whelming to see them patiently waiting in long queues to finish their breakfast and participate in their chosen competition.
The event saw 29 schools across Bengaluru in 11 different events. The event was primarily driven by school coordinators who are volunteers at YFS. “This is the first time I am seeing such huge number of children participating in an event like this. I am thrilled to be part of Chiguru. This event not only provides a platform for children to show their extra curricular activity, it also boosts their confidence level”, said Shruthi, a school coordinator with Banashankari Government School.
The day began with children displaying their skills in the form of attractive rangolis and drawings of nature, idols of God and Goddesses etc. As the venue was a college, most of class rooms were used for various competitions. Later in the afternoon, many stage programmes were performed by children as part of the competition. The stage program consisted plays and small acts, dances and songs performed. More than 20 schools participated in small act which included themes like mythology, patriotism and few plays showcased some social messages as well. Kamala Nehru School children, who played Kittur Rani Chennamma play, bagged first prize in the drama category. A 12-year old boy who came beating drums during the play captured maximum claps and appreciation.
The other events like creative writing, quiz competition, story telling, and pick and speak also saw participation in huge numbers. Some spellbound moves by young yoga gurus left the participants and the audience mesmerized.
“We have won the first prize in dance competition. We were all nervous before the dance competition started but our teacher and YFS volunteers encouraged us to do well and we won”, say an excited group of girls aged between 10 -12 years from Yediyur Government School.
A delicious lunch that included bise bele baat, curd rice with pickle and a sweet was organized at the venue. A sea of children enjoyed the sumptuous food available and this recharged them for next set of events.
It was the sheer involvement of more than 100 volunteers and participation of school children that made the event a grand success. The venue had vibrant colors of ecstasy. The volunteers saw their efforts bearing fruits in the joyous smiles of this little kid. The never tiring faces of volunteers unable to hide their joys joined with the children in celebrating their newly found success. The event wrapped up with distribution of prizes and certificates to children who had won in their respective events.
When it was time to say good bye, children left the auditorium with same joy and enthusiasm. While boarding their respective buses children were given snacks, which they enjoyed as they were exhausted after an eventful day. Chiguru-2011 not only provided a platform to nourish the hidden talent in children, it also showed how volunteers can efficiently organize an event without much hiccups.
Chiguru ended with a promise to come back with more vibrant color and energy next year.