The children were very curious to find out what the visit had in store for them. World Bank to them was any other bank and they wanted to know if they could open their accounts!
The World Bank team, led by their India manager Hisham A. Abdo Kahin, along with Arvinder (Ruby) Singh, Kumudni Choudhary, Rohit Singh, Sandhya Krishnan, Shagun Ahuja, Sivaramakrishnan Kumar, Jyoti Sriram and Poonam Ahluwalia, met with V.P. Gupta who started and has been running these classes for the past 9 years. They also met with Madhu Mittal and S.C. Rai who teach the children on a regular basis.
The team came prepared to engage the children in various activities. Hisham started the session with the older children explaining to them about the World Bank. He encouraged them to think beyond the set known options of professions and to work towards a broader horizon. Children had a lot of questions to ask Hisham about where the World Bank gets the money to operate? How do they decide on projects? and many more… seeing such enthusiasm, Hisham invited the children to their World Bank office in Delhi for an experience and a picnic to Lodhi garden post the office visit. The only wait being the weather to get better to enjoy the outdoor in the Lodhi gardens.
After Hisham’s interaction, the younger children were enthralled by Poonam who wove a wonderful world of Bhalu, Panda and Billi which subtly talked about the importance of hard work and value of friendship.
While the younger children were busy understanding the Bhalu, Panda and Billi’s friendship, the middle school children were taught to sketch with words like dog and cat and were also given lots of material to cut stick and make beautiful greeting cards. Jyoti and Shagun ensured that each and every child was able to sketch and get the material of their choice to make a card. They also showed the children very easy way to draw the animal figures. The older children were taught the art of quilling by Sandhya and the children made beautiful earrings and were totally hands on while trying to make various artistic things.
The children had an appetizing time relishing the muffins and frooti.
Kumudni wrapped up the session by reiterating that though all activities open the mind, it is very important to study and stay focused and disciplined towards their academic goal.
It was a wonderful exposure for the children where they were made to see the wide horizon, participate in different activities, a chance to interact with professionals and above all an invitation to visit the World Bank office in Delhi and a picnic in the Lodhi gardens.
We sure are waiting for September and the weather to improve!
A Big Thank You to the entire World Bank team for making this happen.