To further promote the cause of holistic education, Young Explorer has been conducting several events (workshops, seminars, competitions, etc) amongst the different schools in the city of Mumbai. These events are an attempt to boost the spirits of the young participants, and create a colourful enthusiasm to their otherwise mundane school life. For instance, the Mumbai Inter-School Scrabble Championship, Mumbai Inter-School Carol Singing Competition, Inter-school Essay and Poetry Writing Competition, an Annual Knowledge Adventure Camp and so on. The response for the activities was overwhelming with as many as 70-80 schools participating in each of these events. Besides this, MET Young Explorer conducted the historic Mumbai Peace Rally-2006 where six students between 5-7 years skated from Thane to Gateway of India, spreading the message of love and peace. At present, MET's Young Explorer is conducting handwriting workshops across 2,000 schools in the city of Mumbai.
Given below is a synopsis of a few major events that were organised by Young Explorer:
Young Explorer's first venture was a 'Knowledge Adventure Camp' held in association with Maharashtra Mountaineering Sports and Adventure Academy (MMSAA). Over sixty students participated in the thrilling adventure camp held at Matheran between April 26-29, 2004. The three nights - four days nature escapade was held under the able guidance of Narendra Keni, President, MMSA and Participant of the First Civilian Expedition to the Mount Everest. With activities ranging from rock climbing, rappling, river crossing, trekking, rifle shooting, jumaring, star-gazing and a snake show - the event was a tremendous success with the kids asking for more! This made us organise a second camp at Khandala from April 18-21, 2005.
Young Explorer in association with Mattel Toys organized the 2004 Mumbai School Scrabble® Championship (MSSC) to promote the wonderful game of Scrabble® . The Championship was a major landmark as it was for the first time in India that an official Scrabble ® tourney was held at the school level. The MSSC was conducted across 30 top schools in the city. Sixty students were selected to battle for honours at the final which was held on September 16, 2004. Akshay Bhandarkar and Pramit Kamath, India's Scrabble ® Champs and members of the Mumbai Scrabble® Club were the Adjudicators for the Championship. Siddharth Raman from St Gregorious School, Chembur was adjudged the winner. Suresh Shetty, State Minister for Sports was the chief guest.
Besides our constant interaction with school children we also organised a grand event - The Euro Kids Carnival, for toddlers of EuroKids Pre Schools on November 7, 2004. The event was a visual spectacle with 750 tiny tots (age group 2 yrs. to 3 ½ yrs.) from nine EuroKids Pre Schools across Mumbai came together to celebrate the Children's Day. The star attraction of the carnival was the presence of popular children's animated characters like Jadoo , Bob The Builder, Noddy and Bunny Rabbits. The Carnival had exciting activities like magic show, puppetry, dance, adventure games, moonwalking, balloon sculpting, tattoos, hair braiding, etc. The aim of the Carnival was at providing students of EuroKids Pre-School's with a fun filled outing to celebrate the Children's Day. We had also invited few underprivileged children from the World Children's Welfare Trust to join the celebrations- a small gesture to brighten up their lives. Film and Television actors Rajiv & Delnaz Paul were the special guests at the event.
Come December and the spirit of Christmas fills the air. To relive this spirit, Young Explorer in association with Hungama TV organized a Mumbai Inter-School Christmas Carols contest (MICC). The elimination rounds were held on the December 14 & 15, 2004 across 48 top schools in Mumbai city in the solo and group categories. Ten finalists were selected from each of these categories and the grand finale was held on December 18, 2004. The girls from Apostolic Carmel, Bandra won in the Group category, with St. Thomas, Goregaon being the first runner-up and St Teresa Convent, Santacruz being the second runner-up. Nilsa D'Mello of St. Teresa's Convent, Santacruz won in the Solo (Seniors) category while Risa Desa of Apostolic Carmel won in the Solo (Juniors) Category. With colourful costumes and great rendition of the songs the event was versatility and melodious excellence personified.
Kores India Ltd. and Young Explorer organized the Mumbai Inter-School essay writing and poetry writing competition on February 26, 2005 at MET. Sixty schools participated in the event which was held in two categories-Junior and Senior.
A Mumbai Peace Rally was organised by MET's Young Explorer, Roller Skaters, and Giants Group where six children between 5-6 years, skated from Thane to Gateway of India. The Rally was flagged off by Uday Deshpande, President, Samarth Vyayam Mandir, Shivaji Park at 5:00 am from Thane check post. Skating the 51 kms arduous journey, were Siddhant Kothari (6yrs), Jash Ranawat (6yrs), Sanjali Munot (6yrs), Bhagyashree Goel (6yrs), Soham Lakhi (5yrs) and Yashvi Shah (5yrs) under the able guidance of their coach, Rishi Sarode. After skating for almost seven hours when the rally reached Gateway of India at 12:30 in the noon, the enthusiastic participants were received by R. R. Patil, Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Nana Chudasma, Former Sheriff of Mumbai and Trustee - MET League of Colleges. Appreciating the unique accomplishment of the children, Deputy Chief Minister, R. R. Patil said, "I am proud of the efforts the children have put in. They are real heroes."
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