Deepalaya Youth Club organizes street play for social cause
Deepalaya Youth Club members recently performed a street play underscoring the importance of education in the lives of children and adults.
Theatre has been always regarded as a powerful instrument of social change. With a cross-sectional approach between performing arts and relevant socio-cultural aspects, street theatre or plays have the potential to effectively sensitize communities.
In view of the above, a group of 12 enthusiastic boys and girls from Deepalaya Youth Club in Sanjay Colony recently performed a street play (nukkad natak) inside the community, underscoring the “importance of education in the lives of children and adults”. The 8-minute-long skit was performed today in three nearby locations of Sanjay Colony.
The theme of the play revolved around “the importance of education”; it showed the reasons why students (especially girls) drop out of schools or education systems, and how even grown-ups can complete their education, given they have the wish and will to do so. The larger idea was to visually portray how education can empower and change lives. After the play was over, the students also interacted with the audience; some people from the community up with their problems and/or understanding about the subject.
Established as a formal school in 1992, and converted into a learning centre after the enforcement of The Right to Education Act, Deepalaya Learning Centre provides non-formal education and remedial education to underprivileged children from surrounding slum areas in the industrial hub of Sanjay Colony in Delhi. The centre is an adobe of hope for humanity, which also runs a community health clinic, and has in the past taken various initiatives for the upliftment and welfare of the community.
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