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Rotary talent hunt for youth

Jamshedpur, Nov. 28: Community work has always been a priority for the Rotary Club of Jamshedpur but now it has also taken up the onus of inculcating leadership skills among students.

The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) was organised by the Rotary Club of Jamshedpur (West) at the Narbheram Hansraj English School today. Around 300 students from five member schools of the Rotary Club of Jamshedpur (West) — Narbheram Hansraj English School, Church School, Beldih, Kerala Samajam Model School, Motilal Nehru Public School and DBMS English School — took part in the two-day affair.

RYLA, which was adopted by the Rotary Club in 1992, has been encouraging students by organising skits, fusion dance, elocution, extempore, pop song, quiz, kitchen orchestra and collage competitions. This time round, they also organised a mind training session, which facilitated knowledge sharing, wisdom sharing and highlighted the moral values of life.

“The real test is to see what children could offer beyond academics. Hence, since 1992 member schools have been participating in such programmes,” said Pratim Banerjee, the director of Youth Services of the Rotary Club (West).

The programme was tailored especially for the youth to demonstrate Rotary’s concern for them. The competition also served as a platform to help students make friends.

RYLA is known to provide an effective training experience to potential leaders and encourage leadership skills among them. The RYLA programme is not only popular in the city but across Rotarians in the country.

“Over the years, the RYLA pattern has changed. Earlier, my seniors would stay at school overnight. Though that happens no longer, we still feel as enthusiastic,” said Isha Srivastava of Narbheram Hansraj English School.

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