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Holistic approach to train teachers
- Focus on motivation & enhancing decision-making ability

Jamshedpur, May 2: A workshop on holistic development for teachers started at the information centre of Tata Steel Zoological Park in the city today.

Targeted at children in the age group of 10-15 years, 18 teachers were trained on various aspects of motivating children.

Be it the development of life skills to positive youth development, the entire capsule has been designed with an aim to help prevent untoward incidents in a child’s life.

“It is an exercise where children have to know their strengths and weaknesses with the focus primarily on eliminating the latter and working positively on the former,” said Ratna Chaud- hry, the international train- er of Lions Club, the orga- nisers of the three-day workshop.

Understanding oneself, effectively handling emot- ions and even developing good relationship in the family, and community at large formed essential co- mponents of the training capsule.

Called the Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence, the programme is run in accordance with the school curriculum.

Planned to be designed into a one-year or a two-year course, the teachers were taught how to impart skills to children to say “no” to negative pressures that might affect their lives adversely.

An activity-oriented programme, the teachers were taught the importance of managing emotions in a deft manner.

Moving ahead from the earlier method of knowing for themselves through trial and error method, the system now in practice is imparting knowledge in advance to enhance youngsters’ decision-making ability.

“We believe that parents, teachers and teachers are all equally responsible for the growth of a child,” added Chaudhry.

He also added that as many as four parent-teacher meetings are held throughout the programme to make them responsible in the entire scheme of things.

The current workshop is the 11th edition being held in the city.

Over the last few years, Lions International has been able to successfully impart training to more than 400 teachers from across 28 schools in the city.

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