By Anita John
Mumbai: Some 100 teachers from 25 schools in Mumbai attended a training program to help them rediscover their inner child and become better educators.
The July 22 training was organized by the Daughters of St Paul in collaboration with Mendoza Musikals, a group of musicians who conduct innovative programs for various groups.
The training was held at the “Paulines multi-Media Centre” in Bandra West, a Mumbai suburb. It addressed themes such as “Keep your inner child alive,” “Awaken the child inside you and see for yourself becoming a better educator,” “Innovative Methodologies in using music media in the teaching learning process,” “A new assembly ideas and script music for PT drills and march past,” “musical script and stage work,” and other lessons valuable for the next generation.
Daughters of St Paul Sister Annie Ponmani, one of the organizers, said the program aimed to help teachers influence the lives of their students in a creative way by using the media. “Teachers are directly in touch with children on a daily basis,” she told Matters India.
The new generation, she added, was born in the media world.
The nun also explained that their congregation uses the media to spread the Gospel values and help people become wholesome individuals.
“Although people notice us by publication and sale we do carry out our mission in various other ways such as conducting Bible weeks in parishes animating parents and children. We also conduct animation programs in schools for different age group of children,” she explained.
During the day, the teachers were taught different ways to use music in their teaching.
“This is the third time we organized such a program,” Sister John said. They conducted two sessions in 2016. Another training program will be organized on July 29, she added.