BELGAUM: Mid term vacations are on and most of the kids are glued to their favorite Doraemon on cartoon channels all day round. But a group of 128 kids from St.Paul’s, St. Joseph’s and Divine Providence went to the Village exposure camp organized by Fr. Mathew Bardeskar S.J vice principal of St. Paul’s high school camp Belgaum.
The kids were taken away from the concrete jungle to Sangargalli village in Gunji near Khanapur for 2 days.
It was a unique experience for the kids to know and feel with the village life and live it.
A movie too was showcased there for the villagers and the campers.
The kids interacted with the villagers and realized it wasn’t as easy as they had seen their parents work with no mixies and TV around and even mobiles. Value based games, Morning walks, Yoga, Aerobics, Camp fire and skits were performed by the kids all by themselves on value based subjects such as girl child, importance of education, health and hygiene.
The villagers were also thrilled to see these young lads come to them spend time with them and understand the hardships of a life in village.
Speaking to AAB Fr. Bardeskar said, “each year we organise camp in the school but this we thought the children needed to know the village life and the hardships faced by them. Our generation has been through the village life but the younger generation as well must realize how difficult it is and also relaxing. These exposure trips truly are practical learning realization. There are things about which books can only give you a narration but the in-depth feel can be realized only by ones physical presence and natural human interactions.”
One of the camper told AAB, “this was an awesome camp. May God bless each one of us and waiting for the next camp. It was first stint at Village life and I loved it.”