much ahead of time to enroll for the five-day
summer programme being held at Old Gurrapanpalya,
Yarabnagar, Srinagar, Kamalanagar, Heggenahalli,
Bapujinagar and D.J.Halli ERCs located in the
North and South of Bangalore.
The inaugural session at Old Gurrapanapalya (S3
block) commences with Mr. Sirajuddin Makki (SDMC
President), and other SDMC members enquiring from
the children their expectations from the 5-day
“ We want to learn to make toys, clay modeling
and how to perform magic,” remark some of
Mr. Chandrashekar, Ms. Anita (SDMC members) and
Mr. Hemant (a social worker from the area) express
their happiness over the summer programme being
organized at the Kamalanagar Government School
(N1 block) for the first time.
On the first day, the children are engaged in
making wall hangings and greeting cards from bamboo.
35 children are
engrossed in an innovative reading-based craft
making activity at the Yarabnagar center. They
are painting the designs and names of their favourite
book titles on ceramic beads. “Suryana Kopa”
and “Echa Poocha” are amongst some
of the most popular. Hundreds of beads made by
these children formed a part of a collaborative
piece of art called “Reading Beads “.
This piece of art, once completed was displayed
as a public installation at one of the art galleries
At Bapujinagar (S2A block) the programme begins
with a “Treasure Hunt”. Children compete
with each other to find the hidden treasure.
The second day also introduced a story reading
session in all seven centers. “Kindari Jogi”,
“Dhoomdhar chooha”, "Mayada Pathre"
and "Quirquincho and the Fox" were popular
stories that caught the attention of children.
wings (A written word building in English
and a number game developed by the Hippocampus
Reading Foundation, Bangalore) and a Kannada
package on similar lines developed by the
Ashore Team, had each child completing the
activity worksheets on the second and third
Children in all seven centers
used a scale to measure out, draw and cut out
seven pieces of the “tangram”, an
interesting Chinese puzzle, which could be assembled
in at least 1600 shapes.
The craft making “origami” had children
making different objects from paper. They included
a peacock, an inkpot and a paper cup subsequently
used in a simple scientific experiment.
Ms. Ranjani of
SAP LABS donated CDs on the Panchatantra and other
moral stories. These were screened in all the
ERCs on the fourth day.
Children also spent time assembling various jig
saw puzzles and playing indoor games such as passing
the parcel, snakes and ladders etc.
day programme had SDMC members, teachers and
parents attending an exhibition, which displayed
the art, craft and written work done by children
over the four-day period. Children also put
up a small stage performance.
“My children Suma and Lata enjoyed
participating in the summer programme. It
has helped promote their creative and social
“Akshara Foundation has taught me
different activities and all these were
not known to me before. I will teach my
neighbours and friends who have not been
able to come for the camp. We had no idea
that summer camp would be so much fun. I
wish to thank the volunteers who taught
us all these fun activities, especially
I was very happy attending the summer camp.
The volunteers and teachers encouraged me
to come to the center. I learnt a lot this
year and would like to come back for a similar
programme next year. “
“ Painting on the clay beads was an
new and interesting experience. We shall
tell our friends about it when we get back
to school “.
We would like to thank
the following people for helping us conduct
the Summer Camp successfully - Ms. Nishwath
(Hippocampus Reading Foundation), Ms. Ranjini
(SAP LABS) ,