17 January, 2020
Mumbai:It sure is a city of dreams, it taught me how to dream
-Ms. Mary Fernandes
The Beyond Academics group comprising young and enterprising people help to educate the young in their own unique way. As part of its activity with the children of Std. III on 13th Jan 2020, the resource persons enlightened the students about the city of dreams ‘Mumbai’ in their own innovative and creative way. Mumbai is the second most populous city in India after Delhi and the seventh most populous city in the world. Mumbai is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Elephanta Caves, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, and the city’s distinctive ensemble of Victorian and Art Deco buildings.
The Beyond Academics group mentored the children to learn the different comestibles, cities different archaic heritage and its exquisite domicile. The history of Mumbai from its formation comprising the seven islands and how it acquired the name Mumbai from the Goddess Mumbadevi, and the various kings who ruled over the city and how it was handed over to the East India Company was explained through a power point presentation.
The various activities like collage and the sketch of Lord Ganesha decorated with glitter helped the children to assimilate about the pleasant monsoon season and the most important festival Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated in the city of Mumbai. Through a word puzzle they learnt about transportation-train, monorail, taxis, buses, autorickshaws and how the fares are fixed or on meter. The colouring activity helped the students to learn more about the National Park which is in the city of Mumbai. The students actively participated in the class discussions. The highlight of the entire session was when the children collated all the various activities together and created a calendar of their own with their nifty work.
To quote Rushaan Marolikar of Std III D ‘I have learnt a lot about Mumbai and I will share this information with all at home. Mumbai is the best place to live in.’