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Subjectivity is the Focus

Subjectivity is the Focus
Published on 18 Aug,2015

Children are constantly told that it is important to keep their rooms clean and tidy, maintain their grades in class and greet one another with politeness. Co-discovering the true rewards of these behaviours was the highlight of a weeklong interactive self discovery summer workshop. Global Adjustments sought to explain and encourage the significance of emotional intelligence to a group of 26 youngsters through a short summer workshop, called “Emojis… in life”.

Ranjini Manian, the founder of Global Adjustments stated that it was an individual’s emotional intelligence or EQ that determined their happiness and success in life. It was critical to introduce the concept to children as such teachings would benefit them at a later stage in life, making them confident and content humans. Recognizing their impressionable age, she spoke of the need to instil positive ethics and manners and this workshop infused such topics through various interactive games and activities.

World-renowned business magnate and philanthropist, Richard Branson once said, “The best way of learning about anything is by doing.” That’s the route workshop’s coordinators decided to take, where children took part in a range of activities that involved role-plays, brain-storming and audio-visual presentations.

The director and trainer of the camp, Usha Ramakrishnan elaborated that the workshop focussed on effective communication, optimism, individuality, the value of interpersonal relationships and how to manage them. Subsequently the caution against certain negative indulgences and tendencies were also emphasised in the workshop. The children were informed of the damaging impact of certain habits like gadget and junk food addiction and short-temperedness and their respective health hazards.

The young participants provided very positive feedback, not just through words, but also their actions, as parents remarked upon their children’s change in behaviour. The participants continued to keep in touch with even after the workshop concluded, enthusiastically sending her pictures and messages of their ‘good deeds’. All 26 of them received smiley balls and a certificate upon completion.
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