MALHAAR 2011 – A Sports and Environmental Education Festival

The famous Indian monsoon has come and gone and the good people of GCSD have been busy. Every year (since 2009) around July and August, MALHAAR – A Sports and Environmental Education Festival is conducted in collaboration with Living Hope Children’s Home (LHCH). MALHAAR 2011 concluded with a football for boys and a first time throwball for girls on July 27 and 28, 2011 at LHCH. Together LHCH and GCSD conduct MALHAAR to promote their individual missions, but in unity with each other.

 

MALHAAR focuses on a particular environmental issue and conducts activities during the course of the event to help children contribute towards protecting our environment. Our previous activities as part of MALHAAR have helped children understand environmental issues and the dangers faced by the environment. This is because MALHAAR is a perfect blend of knowledge and play. We not only encourage sportsmanship at MALHAAR but also try to incorporate in growing children, a sense of responsibility towards protecting the environment.

    

For MALHAAR 2011, GCSD encouraged the use of Mass Communication as a way of addressing issues of the environment. The workshops that were available for schools to choose from were as follows –

  • Media Workshop on radio and climate change

  • Media Workshop on writing and climate change

  • Media Workshop on Photography and climate change

  • Paper Bag making workshop

From July 5 to 25, 2011 various schools around Bangalore were visited and different workshops were conducted. Delhi Public School, Poorna Smrithi School and Vijaya Jyothi School were some of the schools which participated.

  

MALHAAR 2011 concluded on July 27 and 28 with a football tournament for high school boys and a throwball tournament for high school girls. R T Nagar Public School and Swami Vivekananda School were the winners and runners of the football tournament, respectively.

For the first time, MALHAAR included a throwball tournament for girls. Three schools participated of which Kempapura Government School and Living Hope Children’s Home emerged as winners and runners of the tournament.