The need for Vacation Courses
Today’s educational system is heavily stacked that children hardly get time to showcase their talents in various fields or even develop their talents. The children have tight time-schedules for 10 months which include just the tiresome tasks of going to the school and tuitions and reaching back home, tired. They are not able to find time to engage in extra-curricular activities. Only time they get to identify their hidden talents is the vacation-time for 2 months.
Vacation is not the time to become couch-potatoes and mouse-potatoes. It is in fact, the time to realize our talents and develop them. Vacation time has to be spent fruitfully. Various institutions provide vacation courses in various activities. Whether it be indoor or outdoor, vacation courses help children a lot to develop their skills, personality, attitude etc. Engaging in anything that is useful to a person helps them not to set hi mind as a devils workshop. Moreover, vacation classes are those mostly conducted in groups which teach children about importance of teamwork, helping each other, strength of unity and what not! Identifying a skill within one’s self is not that easy and vacation courses help us in this.
Various vacation courses indoor include computer classes, literary, arts, personality development, public speaking, spoken English, photography, beautician courses, stitching and embroidery courses, cooking, karate, aerobics, yoga and meditation, animation etc and outdoor courses include sports like cricket, football, swimming and a lot more. You just name and it is there.
Computer courses are need of the hour as IT has become prominent in today’s world and there is not even a single field which does not include computer and its applications. Computer courses are very much useful to children and that is why these are made a part of the school curriculum. The course includes study about various computer applications like Photoshop, Office package, languages like C, C++, Java, Visual Basic etc. The basic knowledge that can be gained from the computer vacation courses can direct them to opt for an ideal subject during their higher secondary grades. It also helps them to utilize time fruitfully rather than sitting in front of the system and wasting time in playing games and surfing uselessly.
1.Tandem , capitol building.,2nd floor,statue,trivandrum, ,Phone: 0471 2471396, 2451851, 9447387064 , www.tandemglobal.com
2.Model Finishing School, Science & Technology Museum Campus, PMG Junction, Vikas Bhavan Post, Thiruvananthapuram - 695 033.
Ph: +91471- 2307733, Info@modelfinishingschool.org
3.Keltron, Vellayambalam Thiruvananthapuram 695 033
Phone: 0471 - 2724444, 4094444 Fax: 0471 - 2724545 Email: email@example.com
4.Mahathma Gandhi Education Foundation (MGEF), Near Petrol Pump, Neyyattinkara Road XIII/6, Kattakkada Thiruvananthapuram Phone: 0471 – 3225315, 9946004245
Yoga and Meditation
Yoga proves to be a stress regulator for children as well. The children undergo a lot of tension during their school days. Yoga helps in relaxation of mind and body, improve brain functioning, strengthen mind and body and increase memory power. Hence it proves to be a necessary vacation course for children.
1.Art of Living's Yoga Class & Meditation Center, Udiyannur Kovil Road, Maruthumkuzhi, Trivandrum, www.artofliving.org
2.Pathanjali yoga centre, Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium, Palayam, trivandrum
3.Centre for Yoga & Meditation- MGRA 122, Maharaja Gardens, Kowdiar, Trivandrum - 0471 2436361 www.thapoloka.com
Literary courses include those that help children to develop their writing skills, creativity, communication skills etc. Innate talents of story-writing, poetry, prose-writing etc of children can be developed to a very great extent even with a spark of encouragement. Words have greater power than the sword. It helps to raise voice and point at any social issue like our well known writers, poets, speakers do. No one can predict who will turn out to become another revolutionary writer or speaker tomorrow.
Painting and drawing is the ever-loved pastime of children of all agegroups. If this talent is hidden in them, then classes on them can surelydevelop their creativity and expose them to a world of colourful imagination
1.Jawahar Balabhavan, Opp: Water Authority, Vellayambalam, Trivandrum, Ph: 2316477
2.Gandhi Bhavan, Thycaud ,Trivandrum Ph: 0471-323428
3.YMCA, Statue, Trivandrum
Cultural courses include music, dance, instrumental music, drama etc. these are inborn talents for some and some others, through hard work go a long way in these fields.
There is no soul that doesn’t enjoy music. It is soothing to mind and body and even has the power to heal any disease. The language of music itself is more tempting than the language of lyrics. Music in India has many faces like Hindustani, Carnatic, light music, devotional music, film music and so on. Music is said to be the language of the gods and learning that language is a blessing in itself.
The Indian culture is famous for a variety of dance forms, most of which have its roots in the south. Bharatanatyam, Kuchippudi, Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Kudiyattam, Ottanthullal etc are different forms of dances which have a high degree of popularity globally especially Kathakali. Kathakali is described as a true representation of the artistic traditions of India and one o the most magnificent theatres of imagination. Bharatanatyam is an art which concretes the body, which is considered to be in itself of no value. Kuchippudi belonging actually to Andhra Pradesh is today appreciated by sophisticated urban audiences as well. Mohiniyattam, also called “Dance of Enchantress” solely belong to Kerala and emphasizes seductive and graceful aspects of a woman. It is a solo female dance and is focused essentially on feminine moods and emotions. Dance forms are a good mode of body exercise too, especially in this busy world. Television channels provide a big platform for children to showcase their talents whether it be music, dance or any art form. Even though, not for prize-money, the positives of reality shows must definitely be exploited. These shows can help the young to overcome their stage-frights and good competitive spirit can definitely develop in them.
Many institutions offer vacation-classes in various art forms especially classes by artists who are maestros in the field.
Music instruments include violin, guitar, veena, thabala, keyboard, piano, drums, flute, etc. Courses are available for all these. There are different grades for each course and children with true talent and interest can attain mastery over the respective music instrument.
1.Taranganisari School of music ,Edappazhinji, Vazhuthacaud, Trivandrum
2.Naadabrahma School , Althara Jn, Vellayambalam
Trivandrum, Kerala 695010,Ph:0471 2721057
3.Kerala Kalakshetra, Katturoad, Poojappura,Trivandrum Ph:9349022223,9846183482
4.Regatta, Girija Chandran, Athira, Vanchiyor, Thiruvananthapuram – 695035, Ph :91471-2479442
5.Kamukara School Of Music No.Tc 5/2456, Irshad Mansion, Temple Road, Ambalamukku, Kowdiar, Thiruvananthapuram – 695003
6.Sams School Of Music, Manacaud, Thiruvananthapuram – 695009 Ph:6520943
Sports and Games
Sports and Games can be classified as indoor and outdoor which are also much beneficial to children for refreshing body and mind. They can engage in playing cricket, football, badminton, tennis, skating, swimming, caroms, chess, polo, golf etc. Some prove to be excellent exercise for mind, like chess and others for body. Children like to play and hence they can extract the best from sports and games.Swimming classes are conducted for both adults and children. It helps to shape your body andin overcoming childs fear of water.
1.Tennis Club, Kowdiar, Trivandrum Ph: 0471-2722592
2.Kerala water authority water works, LMS Vellayambalam Road
Trivandrum, Kerala Ph: 0471- 2322798
3.Kerala Sports Council, Palayam, Trivandrum
4.Academy for mountaineering and Adventure Sports, Neyyatinkara
5.Roller skating conducted by Kerala Sports council at Poojappura, Trivandrum.
Communication and media
A camp in communication and media is yet another option among vacation courses. These help children to know and understand film-making, production, and other aspects of media clearly and deeply. Film-institutes and associations offer these courses in which lectures are given by professionals. Practical classes are also provided to understand what actually happens in media and films. Hence, this is an excellent opportunity which should not be missed. Further, courses on dubbing, film editing, acting etc are also offered. Animation as well is a new trend in vacation courses.
1. Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, Sasthamangalam, Trivandrum
2. CDIT, Statue, Trivandrum Ph:0471-2335995, 0471-2339539
4.Toonz Animation, Technopark, Trivandrum
Cooking is also among the vacation courses for children specially dedicated to their cooking interests. They are often attended by children especially girls, after their 10th or 12th classes. Cooking courses can make the children understand the basics of the “chemistry of cooking”. This includes experiments with different items to produce a tasty dish.
1. Innerwheel home science Academy , Palayam, Trivandrum
Public speaking and spoken english
Public speaking courses are also offered by various institutions like YMCA which will have shorter duration but longer impact. Many children suffer from stage fright and fear to speak in a gathering, and they become introverts. Public speaking courses are conducted as a group of 25 to 50 and most activities are done in groups which help children understand the importance of teamwork, how to be confident in their attitudes, develop good competitive spirit and sportsmanship etc. Children are given sessions which include stage presentations as well. This can make children understand in which aspect like language, attitude etc should they focus to improve themselves. Spoken English is another aspect which is covered within the public speaking course package.
1. YMCA ,Statue, Trivandrum
2. IELTS, Trivandrum
Stitching, embroidery, beautician courses, crafts etc also come under vacation courses. Apart from training the children on various creative and artistic skills, these courses provide an effective career opportunity for the future.
1.Govt Womens College Continuing Education Centre
2.Innerwheel Home Science Academy, Palayam, Trivandrum
Photography is also widely preferred for a vacation course. It includes basics of photography. The course is conducted by Kerala Press Council and some other institutions as well.
1.Sivan’s studio, M.G Road, Statue, Trivandrum Ph: +91471-2470159
2.CDIT, Chitranjali Hills, Thiruvallam, Trivandrum Ph:: +91471-2380910, +91471- 2380912
All these vacation courses are aimed at making the children engage in something useful. Various government as well as public institutions offer courses on all of the above mentioned arts and sciences. Unlike olden times, vacation is not an occasion for children to wander and play pranks. Time has put up new compulsions for the younger generation to keep pace with the modern world. They are trained to be perfect and competent in whatever they pursue and vacation courses provide another dimension for them to achieve their targets.