A three day varg (23,24,25th march) was conducted for class 7 students of various schools of Vivekananda Educational Society, Chennai. There were 125 students (shiksharthis) from about 20 schools (about 5 from each school). Our mukhyashikshika was Kum.Shanmuga Vadivu and Adhigari, Smt.Gomathi Naveen and Smt. Vidya Sridhar. It was held at Vivekananda Vidyalaya, Perambur, Tamilnadu.
The students arrived on 22nd march thursday at 6.00 pm. They had an introduction session followed by a small game which tested their multi-tasking ability and brought in a team spirit among the children.
The varg started on the auspicious day of UGADHI. The Shiksharthis started their day at 5.00 am. After prarthasmaran, there was a chintansutra where some short stories about our real national hero’s were told to the children. It was followed by Yoga where they learnt simple asanas.
There were two Shakhas: one in the morning and one in the evening. The vishays taken were Gana Samata, Neyudha, Dhanda, Yogachap and games. The shiksharthis were in 5 ganas each gana taken care by a shikshika who not only taught them these but also encouraged them for their overall development.
We had “Hinduvai vazhvom” as our VARG GEETH and besides that, each day, the shiksharthis were taught one patriotic song and during the SHLOK ABYAS, they were taught our prarthana and shlokas of prarthasmaran and sayamsmaran.
There were BOUDHIK on various topics like “5 mantras for success” by Smt. Radha Chandramouli, kanchi prantha Karyavahika, “Hindu Dharma” by Shri.Thirugynanamji, karyalaya pramukh, Tamil Nadu and charcha(discussions) were held on topics like “East Vs. West (Culture)” by Smt. Priya, Social worker and “Who is a Role model” by Smt. Chitra. These sessions reformed the thoughts and approach of the students and transformed them from just students to SEVIKAS.
There were a few academic oriented sessions like EASY MATH and technical Quiz. The children were taught traditional arts like making a garland (poo thoduthal) and rangoli(kolam poduthal) which have almost gone extinct now a days. There was a session by Smt. Vidya Sridhar on Good touch and Bad touch which is very important for girl children of 13-14 years of age.
On 24th (saturday) evening, we had MANORANJAN, (talent display) where the shiksharthis showed their creativity and talent through various performances like Dance, Music and meaningful plays.
On the final day, we had Smarobe, where the children performed a small demonstration on what they have learnt during the varga. There were Danda, Neyudha, Yogachap and vyayam yog demonstrations. The valedictory function was presided over by Shri. Chakravarthiji secretary, Shri. Ramamoorthiji, joint secretary and Shri. Somanathanji of Vivekananda Educational Society, Chennai.
As the saying goes, all that begins well ends well, the camp ended successfully. And this success is attributed to all the teachers of Vivekananda Educational Society schools who encouraged the students to attend the camp and also helped extensively during the course of it. We achieved our goal by making the students understand the role of Rashtra Sevika Samiti in the society and their overall personality development in these three days.