It was a ride to remember for over 40 children from underprivileged backgrounds, who played and laughed their way through a memorable journey on the Rapid Metro in Gurugram.
Organised by the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Centre, the event that was dubbed Sapno ka Dibba, is tied to the Dreamathon initiative, which as its name suggests, is all about getting children to follow their dreams.
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The event featured a sing-along, games and even dancing. Kids boarded the metro at Sikanderpur Rapid Metro station along with their teachers and were greeted by volunteers and mentors. In the period of the half-hour ride, not only did they enjoy games and music but they also had a chance to listen to these mentors that included teachers, civil servants, engineers, doctors, authors, poets and more speak about their lives and their professions.
Nitin Soni, head, Delhi, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Centre, spoke to Hindustan Times and said that through Dreamathon, the group is hoping to reach out to children from all corners of the country and encouraging them to follow their dreams through art-based activities like painting and drawing.
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He said, “The campaign is all about dreams as Dreamathon is a long run of powerful dreams.The motive is to cover over 2,000 schools in over 13 states. We want to publish their books, and hold their art exhibitions. We want to capture dreams of children from different cities wherein we’ll publish their books, and hold exhibitions of their art.”
So far, the programme has covered 6o,000 children from Delhi alone and the plan is to reach 10 lakh children.
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Centre can be contacted here