PLA Workshop Concludes

The department of Social Work, Amritapuri campus organized a one week workshop on “Communicating to Communities”. Workshop has begun on 22nd and is to end on 27t399809_4344242378882_1155190759_nh April 2013. The workshop has covered participatory learning and action and folk media for development communication. The aim of the workshop is to impart skill development training to MSW students. The first day of the workshop was related with “folk media” for development communication. The workshop was conducted by Mr Presanth & Mr Gireesh. They shared a lot of ideas about folksongs. It was very meaningful & informative class for the students of MSW department. Folk songs were mainly considered as the history of the society. The resource person said that folk songs represent the traditions and customs followed in earlier days .He shared a lot of experiences that he had in the field of folk songs. Mostly folk songs are ignored in the present days .Each folk song communicates some messages to the people. It explains the history of the community.

The next section was inauguration function which began with prayer. Jasmine R Pereira delivered the welcome speech. Mr.Ranjith.K (lecturer/ workshop coordinator) gave programme details. He told that the workshop was concerned to teach students to analyze how the popular culture was destroyed. After that Dr. Gopinathan Pillai, (Principal of Amrita School of Arts and Science) inaugurated the function by lighting the lamp. He shared a lot of information about lecturing and said that it is a disastrous form of communication when it becomes a monologue. After102_4135 the inaugural address Mr Prasanth, the resource person of the day delivered the key note address. Dr Renjith R Pillai (Chairperson of Department of Social Work) gave the felicitations and discussed about the application of theory in field. He also said that the outcome of workshop should be integrated into an informative document for the community. Mr Gireesh explained the possible resources for mobilizing people in the community. Mr Rajeev (Vice Chairperson) coined a term FPF (Field practical Festival) for the camp. Mr VS Kochu Krishna Kurup mentioned about the importance of communication while dealing with community and he also discussed about the different tools of a PLA. After the felicitation, Ms Anitha, the student coordinator of workshop gave vote of thanks.

As the session started, students were asked to self introduce themselves. The session came to an end with the vote of thanks delivered by student coordinator Praveen.

The 2nd day of workshop was related with the street play. The programme was handled by Mr Johnson & Mr Aneesh Thankappan {resource person}. Mr Johnson told about stages in drama, explained the brief history of drama, 3stages in drama & its characteristics. He said about the importance of written script in street play. The main aim of the street play was to bring the realities of societies to the community and to make a face to face debate with society. They introduced lot of games for giving training to students .The day was meaningful for the students.

The next day, students went to Perumbalam, a small island in Alleppy district on 24 April 2013 for the PLA CAMP. The students of MSW dept reached there by 1 pm and386884_513874992006774_560190644_n venue for the workshop was arranged at Govt LP school Perumpalam south. Mr Ranjith k, the faculty coordinator made discussions with students. At the same time he divided the students into 9 groups & each group had a leader for coordinating all the activities of group. The tools of PLA were subdivided to each group. After all the discussions, the inaugural ceremony of PLA started. Praveen, the student coordinator of the workshop delivered the welcome speech and Mr Renjith k  the faculty , coordinator of workshop gave  a brief description about the camp and mentioned  about the importance of PLA tools in the community. Workshop was inaugurated by Mr Vellayudhan (vice president of Panchayat). Dr Renjith R Pillai, chairperson dept. of social work delivered the presidential address. Mr Surendharan (ward member), Mrs Veena Suresh and Mr Nisanth, felicitated the event. Ms Anitha, the student coordinator gave the vote of thanks. After that section Mr Renjith k taught the students about the different tools of PLA. He assigned the works to students and they were sent to 9 spots for doing their PLA workshop. After that they shared the different experiences that they got in the particular field visits and it was very informative and meaningful for the whole team because the observations of each student revealed a lot of valuable knowledge about the Perumbalam island. Valedictory function was on 26th April 2013. Dr Renjith R Pillai spoke about the 7 da923084_513874612006812_112596883_nys PLA workshop activities and he also shared a lot experiences about the PLA camp. Mr Ranjith, shared his experiences about the PLA workshop and Ms Veena Suresh & Mr Nisanth (faculties of dept. of social work) also shared their memories in the PLA camp. The feedback section came to an end with the different comments of social work students. It was very interesting & informative experience for all. The students’ reached back on 26th evening.

There was a report writing camp on 27th at A-005 hall in the campus. The students were divided into teams and separate duties were assigned. By evening 4 O’ clock the students finished drafting the report.

Report By: Midhun & Silpa

 

Edited by: Parvathy

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