It wasn’t a noisy auditorium. But it was definitely expressive. Gestures, signs and visuals ruled the day as students, teachers, volunteers and government officials of Meghalaya came together for the grand finale of the celebrations of the spirit of the World Deaf Week with VAANI, Deaf Children’s Foundation.
The importance of visuals in the world of a deaf child cannot be undermined. Therefore, there wasn’t a better way that the deaf children could be celebrated than by allowing their creativity to flow on paper through drawings and paintings.
The auditorium of the Don Bosco school wore a festive look as bright balloons in violet and orange decorated its walls, and children from the School and Centre for the Hearing Handicapped Children and the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan in Meghalaya streamed in to register for the art competition organised by VAANI, Deaf Children’s Foundation in association with SCHHC and SSA to celebrate World Deaf Week in Shillong.
Around 120 students participated in the art competition in the sub junior, junior and senior groups. The topic for the senior group was Global Warming, for the junior group, Cartoon Characters and the sub junior group could draw anything that made them happy. Deaf children from SCHHC and students from the integrated schools of SSA put all their creativity into action with pencils and colours working in tandem, as a life sized Minnie Mouse muppet encouraged them to draw and kept their spirits high.
The day started with the Silent National Anthem and a welcome speech by VAANI representative Shahnaz Syeda, explaining the importance of the World Deaf Week. With the entire hall coming alive with the children signing the National Anthem, the day started off in high spirits. As the Principal of SCHHC, Mrs. Mary Pariat, declared the competition open, the children got down to serious creativity. Once the thoughts and ideas had been translated into beautiful colourful drawings, the participants were treated to snacks and a visual treat of a spectacular mime show by Isaac, one of the senior students of SCHHC. The mime had the entire audience in splits. The judges took this time to come to a decision about the winners and with the prize distribution and lunch, the day came to an end.
The programme was attended by Government Officials like Mrs. I.R Sangma, Commissioner for Persons with Disability; Mrs. Bridget Warshong, Assistant Commisioner for Persons with Disabilities; Mrs. D Syiem, Director, Department of Arts and Culture, Government of Meghalaya and Mrs. C.Z Shiela, Assistant Director, Social Welfare Department, Meghalaya.
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