IFP Bureau | IMPHAL
Students of different government schools of the twin districts of Imphal were taken for a helicopter joyride on Thursday as a part of the Children’s Day observation, organised by the State government.
As many as 30 students from Class IV to VIII had their most memorable Children’s Day ever in the free helicopter ride sponsored by the state education department with the funding from Samagra Shiksha State Implementing Society Manipur.
Prior to the helicopter ride, several forms of competitions were organised for the students by the Zonal education officers of the concerned districts under the theme ‘Know Your State.’ The winners of the competition, which was held only for government schools, were selected for the joyride.
The competitions were held zone-wise and they include literary activities of extempore speech, quiz or storytelling of other communities.
Education minister, Th Radheshyam Singh said, “to promote government schools in the state, the helicopter ride was organised by the education department and it is one of its innovative activities. As young students are not fully aware of their surroundings, such an initiative will give them a better opportunity to learn about their home state.”
The students were taken on three separate trips and they explored popular landmarks of Manipur, including Loktak Lake, Keibul Lamjao National Park, Imphal city among others.
N Micheal, a student of Pettigrew junior high school expressed, “This is my first time to ride a helicopter and I am very excited.” Ksh Somen, a guardian of one of the students said, “This initiative is very inspiring and we hope that such activities will be further taken up by the State government.”
Th Radheshyam today flagged off the joyride which will continue till November 22. Several trips will be further organised for students hailing from other districts.
The students also interacted with the CM at his official residence before being taken for the joyride.