Jan 25: The closing Ceremony of the Teacher Enrichment Programme was held on 19th January 2019 at Sahodaya. The programme commenced with a prayer song. The teachers were pepped up and eager to take the final round of the “Teacher Enrichment Programme”.

Mrs. Patsy Lobo the enthusiastic co-ordinator for CASK (Catholic Association of South Canara) made each one of us to ponder over the fact that the families are a treasured gift from God they cushion us when times go rough.  She advised us to be calm and composed, and to have a positive outlook.

The first session of the day was delivered by Mrs. Sangeetha, a lecturer at St. Josephs Engineering College on the topic “Children’s Stress“. She drew our attention towards the importance of human connection to maintain good relationship.  She continued her talk by saying –Every child is unique and is good at something, connecting with the child is the key to his/her success. Getting to know the child’s background is a must before judging or labelling the child.

The programme switched on to Mr. Derek Lobo, the spokesperson for the topic ‘Career Guidance”. He stressed on the fact that no child should be pressurized while choosing his/her career. Mr. Derek opined that all the fields are equal in rank, be it science, commerce or arts, there is no high or low each carries with it enough strength to create job opportunities.  He cautioned the teachers to be aware of the two giants or devils that face the world of today. They are 1. Machines 2. Automation and Robotics (which have the power to substitute the man power). He further added that along with these two giants a lot of supportive jobs are created which could be taken advantage of and train the children according to their aptitude and field of interest.

A retired banker by profession Mr. Archie Menezes was the next speaker. His topic was “Finance and Saving”. He quoted “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. He mentioned that need of the hour for a teacher is saving. It’s like a medicine at the time of retirement. He covered areas like Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Emergency Fund, Retirement Planning etc. Above all he recommended self – Insurance: eating a balanced diet, timely medical help, enough rest and a cheerful countenance.

After a sumptuous meal it was time for fun and entertainment.  Teachers did a round of cat walk as in fashion show displaying their sashes with a caption on it. They were asked to read aloud the message written on their sashes and exchanged candles. The President Mr. Richard C Rodrigues was kind enough to handover the mementoes and the participatory certificates to each one.

“All’s well that ends well” the programme concluded with a vote of thanks to Mrs. Jessy vas, the benefactor of CASK and also the organising committee members who painstakingly conducted the sessions for the teachers.

We do thank the management for providing us with an opportunity to learn and to grow alongside the students, and to have a healthy student – teacher relationship. We have benefitted a lot through this programme and will put into practice all that we learnt to make a difference in a child’s life.

 

Mrs. Cleta Lobo, Asst. Teacher
St. Theresa’s school Bendur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Cleta Lobo, Asst. Teacher
St. Theresa’s school Bendur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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