| Children perform at a theatre festival organised by Kilkari. Telegraph picture |
Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhavan will open nine more centres in as many divisions of the state to reach out to more children and harness their creativity.
The centres called Bal Bhavans will come up in Patna, Tirhut, Saran, Darbhanga, Kosi, Purnea, Bhagalpur, Munger and Magadh divisions. The first among these will come up in Gaya under the Magadh division.
Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhavan, a wing of state education department, has been providing vocational training to underprivileged children since 2008.
Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhavan programme officer Anita Thakur said: “We have decided to open nine more Bal Bhavans in nine divisions of Bihar. Kilkari is trying to harness the creativity of children at its centres by imparting them different skills. We have been very successful in our endeavour so far but we have been able to reach only a handful of students.”
Around 1,500 students are given vocational training at Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhavan’s building in the Saidpur locality. It has 14 bal kendras in government schools where another 2,000 children learn different skills. Thakur said: “We want to reach more children and this is why we have decided to open nine more centres.”
Of the new skills to be imparted to children, Kilkari plans to teach them about the art local to their division. Thakur said: “Apart from teaching the students different skills, we will also teach them about the local art. For example in Madhubani (Darbhanga division), we would teach the students about Madhubani art. It is important for children to know about local art because it is their responsibility to take forward their legacy.”
She said the first Bal Bhavan among the nine will come up at Gaya within the next two to three months. The others would come up by next year.
“At Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhavan’s Saidpur campus, children are taught painting, creative writing, music, dance, acting and sports among other activities. The same training would be imparted at the nine new Bal Bhavans. We will also try to instil among them the habit of saving money through our Bachcha Bank,” she said.
The children would also be inspired to write poems, stories and plays, which the Kilkari would publish as compilations, added Thakur.