“These three days have changed my life; I learnt to speak out and ask questions,” said a 15-year-old tribal boy from Nashik, gleaming with self-confidence. He was speaking at the valedictory function of a RYLA programme conducted by RC Nashik, D 3030, at the Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University. Like him, the programme conducted from January 20–22 by the club opened up new avenues for 80 students from three tribal schools.
It included motivational lectures on goal setting, a skill based workshop, assertive communication, motivational games, career opportunities etc. The youngsters were given information on government jobs.
The students were given a peek into farming and agriculture with personnel from the Krushi Vigyan Kendra sharing their knowledge. They were excited to visit a poultry farm unit, polyhouses, a modern irrigation management unit and were given practical lessons on fruit grafting in a horticulture nursery.
Best RYLA girl and boy were awarded trophies at the end of the programme. The club is planning to conduct a similar training programme for tribal teachers too.