‘JAZBA’- Annual Cultural Celebration at READ

Building human resource pool within the oppressed community is the prime objective of the educational intervention of Rural Education And Development (READ) society. It had worked out a unique concept in human resource development by providing long term residential training to selected secondary and senior secondary students from the most disadvantaged sections. This programme is radically different from that of a hostel. Every child is given a complete personal accompaniment to ensure he or she is liberated from the clutches of the past oppression and regains freedom, respect, and identity by attending to their crucial capability deprivations. The entire programme is designed to facilitate their overall growth and integration. Academic competence, personal growth in terms of self- esteem and self-confidence, social-consciousness, and interpersonal skills are specially emphasized in this holistic long duration training. The overall atmosphere in READ enables them to develop their leadership potential, personality, language, and interpersonal skills.

‘Jazba’ was a display of the self-expression of the newly awakened consciousness in these children. It was the self-expression of the hope of a better tomorrow that they have nourished during their time together at READ. The show stole the hearts of the audience, especially that of the parents and the relatives of the children, as though the newly awakened consciousness in their children had become their own awakening. The show was a display of the self confidence and determination of the children who are ready to fight their way up to success in life and shape a better tomorrow for themselves and for their family.

Of the three-day celebration, the first day was meant for the villagers and animators. On the second day the educational department and the teachers and headmasters of government schools, attended the programme and the district programme officer for ‘Sarvashiksha Abhiyan’, Mr. Rajkumar was the chief Guest. On the final day the parents of the long term residential children graced the occasion by their presence. The provincial of the Patna Jesuits, Fr. Jose Vadassery SJ, was the chief guest during the special show organized for the religious and priests of West Champaran. Fr. Jose, in his address congratulated the children and the READ team for the spectacular show and drew the attention of the audience saying, “The most important aspect of the show is the actors and the content. The actors are important because they are the children of people who are oppressed for years. The content is important because it is the story of the journey of the oppressed to the experience of freedom.”

Congratulations to READ team! They need the support and good will of benefactors to carry forward this mission of empowering the most disadvantaged sections of our society.