State Level Theme Based Role Play & Folk-Dance Competitions

Gangtok, October 10: Population Education Cell, SCERT organised “Theme Based State Level Folk Dance and Role Play Competitions” for winning schools of the district level on a virtual mode owing to the present pandemic situation on 9th October. The first three winners from each district participated at the State level competition.

The themes for Folk Dance and Role Play were Equal Opportunity for Boys and Girls: Female Feoticide, Respect and Care for Elders, Protection of Environment, Drug Abuse, Charms and Challenges of Adolescents, Healthy Relationship during Adolescents, Personal Safety (Physical, Mental and Sexual), Substance Abuse: Its Cause and Prevention, Safe Use of Internet, Gadgets and Media Literacy and Nutritious Food and Wellbeing.

Adolescence Education Program under National Population Education Project (NPEP), NCERT, New Delhi is an initiative that aims to empower young people with accurate, age appropriate and culturally relevant information to promote healthy attitudes and develop skills to enable them to respond to real life situations in positive and responsible ways. NCERT at the national level and SCERT at the state level co-ordinates the program and works through both the curricular and co-curricular formats to contribute towards holistic development of the young people. Theme Based Folk Dance and Role Play Competitions are some co-curricular events that NCERT/ SCERT host every year under the scheme.

The videos of the Folk Dance and Role Play were shot by the participating schools and sent to respective co-ordinators of all districts. The videos were played live from control room of SCERT in the presence of panel of judges. Also connected were the participating school heads, nodal teachers, students and other guests through Google meet. After the presentation by each school, as a part of the evaluation, the judges had a question answer session with the participating students.

A total of six schools for Folk Dance from East and North and six for Role Play from West and South participated in the competition.

Shri. G. P Upadhyaya, Additional Chief Secretary, Education Department, Government of Sikkim chaired the inaugural session and appreciated the effort of organising team for organising such competitions in an online mode. He also expressed his happiness over teachers and students for taking the opportunity to participate in such crisis time. Through such programs, he expected the message of adolescence education which would be conveyed to all concerned.

Shri. Harish Meena, Coordinator, NPEP, NCERT applauded PE Cell of SCERT on initiating such competitions. He also expressed that SCERT-Sikkim is the first to organise it which other states may follow. He also requested the team to share their experience and guidelines for organising the program in online mode with NCERT and SCERTs of other states. Members of SCERT from other states also witnessed the program.

In the valedictory session, Dr. Rabin Chhetri, Director, SCERT congratulated all the students of participating schools. He also declared the result of the event and expressed his best wishes to the winning schools that will represent the state at the National Level.

Shri. Sagar Moktan and Dr. Shanti Ram Adhikari, Joint Directors, SCERT, Principals of DIETS, Faculty members of SCERT and DIETs attended the program.
Shri. Lhakpa Lepcha, Program coordinator, National School of Drama-Sikkim, Ms. Banita Lohagun, Artist, Culture and Heritage Department, Government of Sikkim and Shri Phoor Tshering Lepcha, Assistant Director Youth Affairs, Sikkim State Aids Control Society judged the event at SCERT.

Chakung Sr. Sec School, New Namchi Secondary School and Rong Secondary School bagged the first, second and third place respectively for Role Play Category.
Similarly, West Point Sr. Sec School, Mangshila Sr. Sec School and Sichey Sr. Sec School bagged the first, second and third place for folk dance category. Likewise, West Point Sr. Sec School (Folk Dance) and Chakung Sr. Sec School (Role Play) will be representing the State at the National Level. The overall program at the district and the State level was organised by District Coordinators from DIETs and State Coordinators from PE Cell, SCERT.

(Press Release of SCERT, Education Department)

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