MAD Cochin 2 Placement activity: Public speaking competition
The Amaara Foundation organized the first ever public speaking competition open to all schools in Cochin. CBSE and State schools participated.
The topic: MY INDIA, MY IDEA. Every participant got 3 minutes to present their idea for the future of India and a plan for how to achieve it.
There were 4 categories: Category I (6th to 8th) English and Malayalam; Category II (9th to 12th) English and Malayalam. MAD had representation in every category.
There was a huge turnout. In total over 170 children participated in the event. Each category had between 50 and 70 participants.
32 MAD kids participated: 5 from Pallu Big Boys (Don Bosco), 4 from Sneha bhavan, 9 from St Marys , 6 from YMCA and 8 from Crescent.
Topics ranged from the environment to corruption, womens rights, right to education, technology, brain drain and crime!
During the closing ceremony MAD kids were specially mentioned for their performances. Hyrunnissa was called up to say a few words and impressed everyone with her maturity and humour.
Hyrunnissa from Crescent won third place in Category II Malayalam
So I called up Archana, my panic helpline. And she said, “ARE YOU MAD??, kids are stronger than you think.”
And she was right. Performances ranged from mind-blowing to i-forgot-my-lines! But at the end of it, I asked the kids if they would do it again, and I got a resounding YES!!! And thats what matters.
A lot of work went into preparing for the program. I would like to appreaciate a few people for taking a lot of effort in getting the children ready:
Adeeba and Meena: MAD volunteers: they spent a lot of time coaching the ST Mary’s children and making them confident.
Arjun, Eobin, Sasna, Neethu: MAD Volunteers: co-ordinated and prepared the YMCA kids.
Archana: MAD Volunteer and Choice school teacher: for heeding my frantic call and organising some amazing teachers from Choice school to coach the boys from Pallu and Big Boys
The amazing teachers from Choice: Ms Gayatri and Ms Sophie: who spent time with the Pallu and Big boys kids, helping them frame their speeches and also with speech practice.
Kavita Manipadam: MAD volunteer: spent a lot of time with the Crescent girls helping them put their speeches in order and spent 2 hours a day every day for a week before the program.
A very special thank you to Sumesh, VP Placements, who took a lot of trouble to co-ordinate the kids from various centres.
Rahul, both Jinos, Midhika, Arjun, Tarun and all the placement and teaching volunteers who attended the program, for helping to organise the kids and ensure things went well.