A great start to handwriting carnival

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 May 2018 09:55:00


By Kavya Chandel,

Wednesday morning saw the beginning of a Handwriting Carnival at M K H Sancheti Public School and Junior College here. It was organised by Eminence Arts and Education Private Limited, headed by Jaishree Chhabrani, in partnership with The Hitavada’s Twinkle Club, MKH School and Dinshaws.

From tiny tots studying in nursery to Class 10 students, children had come to be a part of this workshop which was conducted by Chhabrani herself. They were provided with pencils and handwriting books according to their age, all written by Chhabrani.

The workshop began with writing a short introduction, which would serve as a reference for improvement in children’s handwriting at the end of the workshop. The kids were co-operative and enthusiastic and immersed themselves in the exercise, which was to trace and repeat simple straight and curved strokes provided in the book. “We would move on to letters, words, sentences and then paragraphs,” Chhabrani said.

Chhabrani interspersed the event with interactive sessions about the importance of handwriting and significance of the exercises. She, along with two volunteers from Eminence - Zainab Amreliwall, Ronny Mashih - and four teachers from Sancheti School - Pritee Chikhalkar, Ashwini Badole, Nita Khasare and Deepa Pande - ensured that every child was attended to and given the required guidance.

Children from all backgrounds participated in the workshop. Chhabrani, who treated every child with love and kindness, insists that irrespective of their social backgrounds, every child deserves to learn handwriting and be taught without any discrimination.

Children from Varun Shrivastava’s UPAY, an NGO that educates poor children, also participated. The smiling girls
studying under the Footpathshaala programme by UPAY said that they really enjoyed the workshop. Other children too gave beaming responses to the exercise.
Chhabrani feels saddened when she hears people saying that handwriting is becoming obsolete in the advancing digital age. She believes that good handwriting is an art and handwriting can never disappear from the planet.

Saying that awareness about the importance of handwriting is spreading, she informs us that she has received a request from South Africa and her books will be travelling there soon. “The bottom line is, no matter how digital the world goes, we have to retain handwriting” she says passionately.

Children who were too young for the workshop also turned up, but no one was turned away and they were gifted books. Thanks to the enthusiasm of the parents and children, and the dedication of Chhabrani, the teachers and the volunteers, the first day of the workshop was a great success. Every child left the workshop with an ice cream by Dinshaws, a handwriting book and a big smile.

The workshop will continue till May 14 in Sancheti School. It will also take place at two other locations - Eastern Sports Club, East Wardhman Nagar, from May 17 to 22 and Crossword Book Store, from May 25 to 30.