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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Young brain at work

With Children’s Day round the corner, SDP decided to get the young minds on board and give them an opportunity to decide on what they want to read. For this, SDP got in touch with some of the reputed schools of the city and short listed some students from these schools. For a day, the students donned the thinking cap and formed a Shadow Editorial Board for SDP. They sat together and brainstormed for hours to decide the content of this SDP’s Children’s Day Special Issue. Smug in the editor’s chair, they conceptualised and executed the entire issue. The result is for all to read. Here’s wishing all kids out there a Happy Children’s Day! Here’s a special issue of the children, by the children and for the children
They are young but not restless. They have ideas that make sense. They are the future of the country, to lead from the front. With Children’s Day round the corner, it made perfect sense to have a bunch of youngsters from different South Delhi schools to voice their opinions in their own way. Working as a Shadow Editorial Board (SEB), these young minds came together, brainstormed and managed to bring out this issue, entirely on their own. In their interaction with the SDP edit team, these young adults showed no inhibition in expressing their thoughts. For our Children’s Day Special issue, they focussed on the life and times of South Delhi. Bad roads and crumbling infrastructure of the city are a sore point for one and all, even for Standard 11 student Mayumi Mohan of Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj who wondered how Delhi can be ready to host Commonwealth Games if it continues to fight problems galore. But when there are problems, there are solutions too. In an effort to help the city come out of those problems, she has suggested solutions as well. While the crumbling infrastructure troubled Mayumi, Yusuf Hassan of Summer Fields School, Kailash Colony thought of something out-of-the-box and wondered what hilarious things would happen if the scientific theories can be applied to everyday life. On one hand there was 10-year-old Shyon Chowdhury of The Shri Ram School, the youngest of the lot who asserted that young people of his age know how to handle things and that adults need not be such control freaks. On the other there was Mayank Vashisht of DPS, RK Puram, who wanted to tell people to be happy with what they have instead of cribbing about what they don’t have. As SEB’s choice, the lead story focuses on the choices that kids today have when it comes to reading books. In other words, this Children’s Day Special issue is of the children, by the children and for the children. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as our SEB loved bringing it to you.


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