Archive for May, 2011

Sunday classes for visually challenged teachers

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Insight centre for the visually challenged is now open on Sundays also. The first such class was held on 22 May 2011 at the centre. The Sunday classes are being conducted only for visually challenged school teachers. Insight took this move considering the long-standing request of the teachers for weekend classes. They have been unable to avail the facilities at the centre on weekdays owing to the large group of students attending the regular sessions.

 

A magical summer for children at Insight

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Ice breaking session led by Brahma Nayakam Smallest camp participant performing yoga Children performing yoga

Children doing art work Rahul, a differently abled boy, with his drawing A boy interacts with puppets as other kids look on

 

The habitually serene Insight centre for special children was bustling with life in the last week of April, between 25th and 30th of the month, to be precise. No nook and corner of the centre was spared of the ring of amusement of 17 children who participated in the summer day camp titled Summer Magic, conducted by Insight. The MAGIC held exclusively for children with special needs offered diverse interactive, educative and creative sessions comprising Music, Arts, Games/Gardening, ICT and other Creative activities.

 

The Magic began with a stimulating ice-breaking session by noted motivational speaker Brahma Nayakam. The heady start gave the much needed momentum to the event. From day two, the camp activities began with yoga, tailored to meet the needs of special children. Gardening and computer sessions followed yoga. In the arts and crafts session, the camp presented activities like painting, collage and paper crafts on different days. Children had great fun working with myriad colours and the joy of creating could be seen on their honest faces. They also made Thank You cards, which were presented to their parents on the closing day of the camp. There was music to help children relax amidst the disquiet. Popular English and Malayalam rhymes were played and animated videos accompanied the music. Children were encouraged to sing along and enact the lines. A professional keyboard player played music when it was the turn of the tiny tots to sing. A folk artist delighted the children with ‘naadan paattukal’ (folk songs) inherent to Kerala. With him, they sang, danced and made merry to the beats of his drum. The high spot of the camp was a puppetry session handled by Mr. Subin, a teacher, for whom puppetry is a passion. The puppets told them numerous tales and children happily chattered with their new friends. They also learnt the art of making puppets out of common objects like plastic bottles. The children heard more stories during the story telling sessions, which were innovative with the use of digital slides. Children were provided with worksheets based on the stories after each story telling. They were given prizes everyday to encourage them to get involved. The camp came to a close with a counselling session for parents on 30th April. On the day, children put on a show for the parents with the songs they learnt at the camp. Consolation prizes were given to all the camp participants.

 

The motto of Summer Magic was to help children learn social skills and develop their communicative ability. Insight aimed at helping children shed their inhibitions and let them free to express themselves, which is one of the basic human needs. The camp intended to help children make friends and encourage them to express in distinct ways. We had prepared a detailed vocabulary list for each activity, based on which words were introduced to them during the sessions. The camp further nourished the creative sense in children, encouraging them to adopt alternative ways to communicate and express. Summer Magic, though an attempt as far as Insight is concerned, turned out to be a rewarding one for all who were a part of it.

 

Malappuram Training Programme

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Rajesh giving an introduction Hands on session in progress Group Photo

A five-day training programme on accessible technology for the visually challenged was held at Mahdin Special School, Swalath Nagar, Malappuram, from 7 to 12 of April 2011. Eighteen visually challenged students attended the programme.

Certificate Distribution at KFB

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Certificate distribution Audience

Thirty five participants of the computer training programme held at KFB headquarters, Thiruvananthapuram, in the month of January received their course certificates on 3 April 2011. Certificates were distributed by Sri. James Mathew, Project Coordinator, Insight, during the KFB Trivandrum District General Convention, held at the KFB centre.

Training at Chenkal

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Audio Editing class Hands on session

A training programme was held for 10 physically challenged persons at Chenkal panchayat in the district from 21 March to 7 April, 2011. The programme was aimed at giving hands-on training on Audio Mixing and Editing using Free Software.

Classes for 9th batch commence at Insight

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Introductory session Student registration in progress

Classes for the ninth batch of students started on 11 April 2011 at Insight. This batch includes 33 students from various districts in Kerala. The course will conclude by the end of May.

Classes for 8th batch conclude

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Stidents of the 8th batch during one of their sessions Students of the eight batch during one of their sessions

Classes for students of the eighth batch of the training programme at Insight concluded on 7 April 2011. They will be back at Insight in the last week of May for giving their IGNOU exams.