Hey there, fellow graduate students! Today, I want to share with you an incredible journey I've embarked on as an intern with the not-for-profit NGO, "Thoughts to Action." Our mission is to promote social-emotional learning (SEL) through the power of art, and I've had the privilege of working with government school students in Jorhat, Assam. Let's dive into the exciting world of art education and how young people are making a significant contribution to it.
The Power of Art Education
Art is not just about drawing pretty pictures or creating eye-catching sculptures; it's a powerful tool for personal growth and development. Art education helps students express their emotions, build confidence, and improve their problem-solving skills. It also fosters creativity, empathy, and a sense of community, which are vital life skills.
The Challenge in Government Schools
In Jorhat, Assam, government schools often face resource constraints, including limited access to art education. Many students miss out on the opportunity to explore their creative side, which is why organizations like "Thoughts to Action" are so crucial.
My Experience with "Thoughts to Action"
Working with "Thoughts to Action" has been an eye-opening experience. We believe that every child has the potential to become an artist, and our goal is to unlock their creative abilities. Here's how we've been doing it:
Art Workshops: We conduct regular art workshops in government schools, introducing students to various art forms like painting, drawing, and craftwork. These sessions not only teach them artistic skills but also provide a safe space to express their feelings.
SEL Integration: Our approach combines SEL principles with art education. We encourage students to reflect on their emotions and experiences through their artwork. This helps them develop self-awareness, emotional regulation, and empathy.
Empowering Young Instructors: We've seen remarkable progress when young people take the lead in teaching art. As graduate students, you can inspire and connect with these school children, making a positive impact on their lives.
The Impact We've Witnessed
The results have been heartwarming. We've seen students become more confident, expressive, and engaged in their studies. Through art, they've learned to communicate better and manage their emotions effectively. Moreover, by involving young instructors, we've created role models who inspire the next generation to embrace art and SEL.
How You Can Get Involved
If you're a graduate student interested in making a difference, consider volunteering with organizations like "Thoughts to Action" or starting similar initiatives in your community. Your knowledge and passion can help unlock the creative potential of young minds and empower them with valuable life skills.
Drafted by: Kaziranga University MSW students.
Get in touch with Thoughts to Action: Phone: 98545-13257, 60019-72656 Whatsapp: 84719-28649