When you love someone with every fibre of your being, that is your first love and no matter what led to its culmination, it will always be amongst the fondest memories of your life…
Pritika Guha (One of the participants)
Our first initiative Wordsmith aimed to connect with youth, encouraging them to express themselves. This campaign was an effort to promote the creative writing skills of our youth. Creative writing is one of our core focus areas as we believe skills, such as creativity, critical thinking, are undoubtedly important for a successful life in the 21st century. We chose the topic “First Love” as it resonates with the youth. First love is often misunderstood. One can experience it for anyone, it can be your mother, father or your book or your school teacher anyone. Defying all the pre-established beliefs about the first love we received numerous entries that proved there is immense potential unheard.
Dr. Howard Gardner suggested that the traditional notion of intelligence, based on I.Q. testing, is far too limited.And to make it inclusive, we should place equal attention on individuals who have a penchant for other skills: the artists, authors, architects, musicians, naturalists, designers, dancers, therapists, entrepreneurs, and others who enrich the world in which we live. Unfortunately, many children who have these gifts don’t receive much reinforcement for them in school.
With this thought, we moved ahead and created a platform “WORDSMITH” focusing on the creative writing skills that many individuals like us inhibit but seldom get a chance to exhibit the same. Our aim was to promote and encourage the talents that are in their incipience now and need it the most. The best part of this program was that it was launched on Social Media and utilizing the benefits of exorbitant virtual community we received entries from across the country. Participants were from different schools, colleges, and universities proving the uniformity of talent in our youth.
The overwhelming response and queries that our campaign Wordsmith received, was a booster for our conviction to elicit the hidden talents of our youth. Choosing the best out of them was a herculean task and thus was a genuine delay in declaration of the result. In the due course of time, we received numerous queries, none of them went unheard. Even after the campaign ended, we’ve been getting many entries that show the amount of talent out there, that needs recognition.
The Behaviour Theory says that any kind of reinforcement promotes the talent and enforces behavior. We tried to bring this theory in practice and promoted the entries on our social media page which proved to be a positive step indeed.
Wordsmith was a great success as our first initiative and our team is planning many more similar programs to promote the capable ones caught in the disenfranchised education system. After providing a platform to aspiring poets in the first stage of the campaign, and promoting their work in the second, we are planning to improve their talent through a workshop in the third stage.