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British Council leverages Arts to develop life skills among government school students

Chennai, July 2019:British Council, the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations, concluded a two-day cultural extravaganza for school and college students at its Library in Chennai. The activities spread over two days aimed at encouraging students from corporation and government schools in Chennai to develop life skills through greater participation in arts and sports. Arts learning not only increases engagement and motivation in participants, it also inculcates a sense of professional achievement among students and helps shape their overall personality and wellbeing.

British Council collaborated with Nalanda Way Foundation on a Mural project that engaged the students to develop and showcase their artistic side. more than 10 students between the age group 7yrs to 12yrs participated enthusiastically, assisting the Nalanda Way artists to develop the Mural inspired by India-UK’s long-standing relationship and the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup. The British Council also organized a Cricket quiz for the students, as well as special screening of the award-winning UK dance drama film – Billy Elliot – inspiring the young students to discover their artistic side and pursue their passion.

The activities took place at British Council’s iconic library in Chennai that has evolved into a cultural space, inviting and hosting professional and budding artists as well as patrons.The day concluded with the prize distribution ceremony by Janaka Pushpanathan, Director South India, British Council, who also spoke to students about their aspirations and ambition in life. Additionally, a photo exhibition was also organized which is open for all till July end.

On the occasion, Janaka Pushpanathan, Director South India, British Council, said, “Art is a powerful medium and can help shape one’s personality and future. The response and participation from young students in this initiative, is a great example of how art and sport can enable the holistic growth of youngsters and provide them with the life skills to become successful. Our libraries in Chennai and across India will continue to be knowledge and cultural centres creating opportunities for India’s youth.”

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