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Empowering Youth
  • 1 Creating-Masks
  • 2 Drama-Creating Awareness
  • 3 Entertainment
  • 4 ideas on poster
  • 5 Imagination-Galore
  • 5 Learning by doing
  • 5 smiling faces

Umang celebrated the hopes and aspirations of adolescent school children across India as part of Adolescent Education Programme.

Theme              : Celebrating Youth
Location           : Gandhi Darshan, Rajghat, New Delhi
Participants      : 35 schools across India
Supported by   : United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
                           Ministry of Human Resource Development, GoI
Dates                :  27th -29th December, 2009.
Website            :

Umang focused on experiential learning with the objectives of encouraging active youth participation in the competitions, evaluating Adolescence Education Programme from youth perspectives, documenting the impact of the program based on the felt needs of the youth and creating a platform for sharing ideas, learning and identifying the best practices followed in different schools as part of AEP. The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is the coordinating agency and AEP is implemented through the three national school systems- under Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS).
The festival was first organized at regional levels and thereafter, the winning teams participated at the national level.  321 students of classes VIII-XII and 66 teachers from schools of CBSE, KVS and NVS participated in the national level, representing 35 schools from 14 regions.

The festival provided an insight into the perceptions of school children on issues of adolescence concerns including healthy living, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, gender issues, the importance of self esteem and handling peer pressure. Activities were designed to induce the development of important faculties such as, the capacity for self-expression, creativity, imagination, effective communication skills and confidence.

Umang was regarded as a very rewarding experience by most students, affording them an opportunity to build thinking, interpersonal, and presentation skills Students appreciated the general sense of parity among everyone and were encouraged by the relaxed and liberating atmosphere wherein they could freely and openly express their opinions. Most of the participants said that more fun-oriented learning programs such as Umang should be organized in the future.


Distribution of Certificates
The winners
The students of Mother Public School with their Certificates
Distribution of Prizes

Cultural Extravaganza

  • Dakini Mangal - a Chau adaptation of Macbeth
  • Performing the Empty: in Hason Raja's footsteps – solo performance by Parnab Mukherjee
  • Musical evening by Tanmoy Bose’s  Taal Tantra.
Chau Performance on Dakini Mongal
A folk interpretation of Macbeth

Arundhati Ghosh, IFA’s Deputy Director, the key note speaker, held an interactive session on adolescence: its strengths and beauty, concerns and individual life choices.

• Guidelines for life skills festival
• Judge’s kit

Event list
Drama,Debate, Extempore,Poster making,Cartoon design,Story writing,Essay writing,Jingle/slogan writing

Debate Competition
Drama competition
Drama Performance
Elocution competition check
Extempore Elocution Competition
Mask Making Workshop
Workshop on Cartoon making
Poster Making
Session on Poster making
Slogan and Jingle writing Competition
Poster Making
Posters on display
Poster making competition
Poster  and Cartoon Workshop
Slogan and Jingle writing event
Story Writing
Students looking at the Display Board
Theatre Workshop with the Students

Skill building workshops
 Theatre based life skill development , Cartoon drawing,Creative writing, Mask making,Story telling workshops

Creative writing workshop by Parnab Mukherjee
Mask making workshop
Mask Making in progress
Poster Cartoon Workshop
Theatre Workshop with the Students
Theatre Workshop with the Students
Students in Lawn
Theatre workshop with the students
heatre workshop with the students-2

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