Mangalore: Vacation Youth Empowerment Training to Students

Mangalore: Summer YET programme was organized for 8th and 9th std. students from 17 to 20 April 2018 and for 10th, PUC I and PUC II year students from 24 to 26 April 2018 at Canara Organisation for Development and Peace. 

A total of 138 children from different parishes of the diocese of Mangalore participated in the programme. Accommodation was availed by 54 students. Several resource persons imparted quality coaching in academic subjects as well as useful soft skills. 

The day began with registration which was done by Mr. Cyril Vas and Ms. Linet Doris Fernandes. The Coordinator of CAP CELL & YET Programme, Mr. Cyril Vas welcomed all and led the group into prayer. The Director of CODP, Fr. Oswald Monteiro addressed the students and motivated them to attend the four day programme without fail and prepare themselves for civil service. 

The various sessions of the four-day programme were shared among many resource persons, viz. GMAT by Fr. Edwin Pinto and Ms. Ms. Jonita Rasquinha, Social and Political Life: Indian Constitution- Understanding Laws and Judiciary; Democratic Politics; Social Science: Women, Caste and Reform; Understanding and confronting marginalization by Fr. Alwyn Serrao, English Communicative by Ms. Pramila Monteiro and Ms. Nancy Sequeira, Soft Skills: Understanding Your Personality and Confidence Building by Mr. Manu Jacob Mathew, Maths: Geometry- Line and Angles, Triangle; Coordination Geometry; Mensuration and Science: Reproduction in Animals; Reaching the age of adolescence; Pollution of air and water; Food production and Improvement in Food; Soft Skills: Techniques of Learning; Etiquette and Group Dynamics by Ms. Stella Roche and Soft Skills: Setting SMART Goals for your life; Building a Winning Team by Mr. Cyril Vas. 

The Highlight of the programme was an exposure visit to the Mangalore City Corporation where the children had an opportunity to visit the various government departments and interact with the Commissioner, Mr. Mohammed Nazeer. 

They had an excellent informative power point presentation by Ms. Malini Rodrigues and Mr. Melwyn. The children were extremely happy about this visit and thrilled to sit in the Council Hall where the Corporators sit and deliberate. 

The programme had a spiritual touch to it every day by Mr. Cyril Vas who used many innovative techniques to draw children to read, understand and reflect on the scripture passages. 

The children who stayed at CODP for three days had an opportunity to display their talents in the evening. Fr Oswald Monteiro also celebrated the Eucharist for them. 

Another highlight of the programme was the meeting with the parents of 8th and 9th standard students the YET students on 19th and on 24th for 10th, PUC I and PUC II year students. It was an interesting session where the parents appreciated the programme, shared their views and experiences on how the classes had helped the children to appear for national level examinations and secure scholarships. 

The 10th and PUC II year students also had an opportunity to appear for Aptitude Test. This was organised with the professional support of Fr. Arun Lobo with the objective of guiding our students to choose their academic courses for future studies. A total of 50 students appeared for the Aptitude Test. 

The YET students of 8th and 9th std and 10th, PUC I and PUC II gave a positive and useful feedback on their 4 day and 3 day programme respectively. They also offered a few practical suggestions. 

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