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- Life lessons for Hill Top tenth graders

Leadership, civic responsibilities and relationship management? Weighty weekend lessons for nearly 100 Class X students of Hill Top School, but the teens enjoyed them.

The two-day workshop of Moral Re-Armament: Initiatives of Change (Jamshedpur chapter) held at Tribal Culture Centre on Saturday and Sunday proved to be food for thought.

Functionaries from Moral Re-Armament said the outfit aimed to build trust across the world’s divides. They added the workshop was a part of their efforts to groom schoolgoers into responsible citizens.

“We organised sessions for the students, speaking on effective leadership and team spirit and organised activities that helped them know themselves. The whole process was aimed at mobilising a new generation of change-makers equipped with integrity and faith, bringing about crucial changes and healing themselves and the world,” said Inderjeet Singh, city co-ordinator of the outfit’s activities.

Students also attended Quiet Time and Inner Development, a joint session where they were told to honestly list what they consider their negative traits. Once they did, they were told to work on them.

Students were told about tribals during a session called India’s Indigenous. In another known as India: I Care, students got lessons in responsibility such as keeping streets clean and following traffic rules.

“The sessions were very helpful,” said participant Shefali Parikh.

The outfit held similar sessions with students of Gulmohur School on May 2.

“If children know right from wrong, they will be responsible,” Singh summed up.