Parents' Participation in Children's Education (Supported under CSR initiatives of Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) Ltd.)
Chotu’s friends refuse to play with him as his hair is not combed, clothes are dirty and he has not bathed. Chotu then has a bath, wears clean clothes, combs his hair and goes out to play. His friends join him for play which makes him very happy.
Cleanliness is one of the must have habits in all individuals and what better way than to use puppets like Chotu to influence children to get into this habit at an early age.
Parents and children residing in the slum areas and on the construction sites in Kondhwa. were invited to puppet shows organized with the theme of “cleanliness”. Through these puppet shows, Door Step School aims to inculcate the habit of cleanliness and teach children the importance of hygiene in their day to day life.
The first show was at `Tilekar Vasti’ which emphasized on “dental hygiene”. The reasons for tooth decay, importance of keeping teeth, gums and mouth clean was explained. The need for brushing teeth twice a day was stressed upon. Almost 25 children and 20 parents enthusiastically attended the puppet show.
Another puppet show at construction sites `Shantivan’ and `Corona’ in Kondhwa had. 20 children and 50 parents. The topic here was `Personal Hygiene”.
(Translated from Marathi by: Deepali Kulkarni, volunteer DSS)