Nagpur: In a grand gesture to mark beginning of New Year, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s Education Department, under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan – Apang Samaveshit Shikshan – embarked on providing pottery or ceramic (Kumbhar) training to kids with special needs (physically challenged) in the age group of 0-18 years studying in NMC and Zilla Parishad schools. The physically challenged kids that are being trained include mentally challenged, hearing impaired, blind, cerebral palsy, multi-viklang, and other categories. The training camp was held at Krida Prabodhini Hall, Yashwant Stadium, Nagpur from 10 am to 4 pm.
The main aim of pottery training camp, held for physically challenged kids, was to inculcate self-confidence in them and will to live life with new vigour. Such kids were being provided training in ‘sensory development,’ ‘fine and gross motor skills,’ boosting ‘self-esteem,’ ‘self-expression,’ ‘problem solving skills,’ ‘discipline,’ ‘pride,’ and other aspects of skill development.
Pottery is an ancient Indian skill and is a kind of ‘Uniquely Therapeutic Quality.’ The pottery training being given to the physically challenged children would help them in acquiring fine and gross motor skills, sensory development and other much needed skills that would enhance their emotional and mental stability.
A total of 245 students of different categories and 255 parents participated in the pottery training camp enthusiastically. The experts who lent their pottery training expertise to the kids include Munna Prajapati, Mangesh Vaje, and Rajendra Varvare. The training was given making earthen pots, flowerpots, diyas (lamps), earthen fruits, and a variety of other stuff.
The pottery training camp was organized under the guidance of Mayor Pravin Datke and Municipal Commissioner and was inaugurated by Additional Municipal Commissioner Nayana Gunde while Special Guest was Education Committee Chairman Gopal Bohre. Other dignitaries present on the occasion include Deputy Commissioner Ranjana Lade, NMC Education Officer Ashok Talatule, ZP Education Officer Anil Kolhe and others.