Social reformer Frederick Douglass had said that it was easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. City-based outfit Roshni, in a bid to boost cornea donation in Jamshedpur, is now counselling schoolgoers to spread awareness on the issue.
Roshni, a member of Eye Bank Association of India, has launched National Blindness Eradication Fortnight Programme from August 25.
As a part of the campaign, the outfit is conducting sessions on eye donation in city schools. An essay competition and nukkad natak tie will be organised during the fortnight. President of Eye Bank Association of India Samar Basak will grace the occasion.
“This is the first time we are conducting such a campaign in schools. There are many myths associated with eye donation, including one where people think the eyes will be gouged out. This programme will clear such misconceptions,” said Ashu Tiwary, a member of Roshni’s managing committee.
The outfit has already covered four of the five branches of Kerala Public School in the city and is scheduled to conduct a session at DBMS English School on August 31. Roshni sources said a number of other schools had requested them to conduct sessions on their campuses.
The nukkad natak competition will be organised at Sakchi roundabout on September 7. Participants will have to stage a five-minute street play on myths related to eye donation. The topic of the campus essay contest will be “make your presence worthwhile”. Two best entries from each school will be awarded.
“Commitment to the cause of eye donation is growing, but this journey will be incomplete without youngsters. They must go beyond their comfort zones to do something for the not-so-privileged. While environment conservation has been taken up by students, a lot remains to be done in this area,” said Roshni secretary Rajnish Kumar.