Don Bosco College Maram organizes week-long rural camp at Makui Naga village

Kangpokpi: The Department of Social Work, BSW 3rd Semester, Don Bosco College (Autonomous), Maram organized a week-long rural camp at Makui Naga village in Kangpokpi District from September 16-23, 2022, with the theme “Engage, Experience, and Exchange.”

Assistant Professors in the Department of Social Work at DBC, Maram, Dr Nula Bethel and Mr Evergreat Wanglar, accompanied and assisted thirty-six students. N. Siliakbou, village chairman, while encouraging the students to learn and excel, hoisted the flag to open the rural camp on September 16 officially.

The primary objectives of the rural camp was to offer Social Work students a greater awareness of rural living, to aid in developing their personal and professional skills, and to foster self-development in processes such as decision-making and planning.

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During the week-long camp, the campers performed Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) utilizing methods such as seasonal calendar, resource mapping, social mapping, pie chart, scoring and ranking. Students determined from the PRA that Network is the community’s most significant concern. In addition, the campers hosted a lecture on soft skills at Paragon English High School, which 212 students from Makui Village and neighbouring communities attended. Time management, public speaking, stress management, listening skills, self-confidence, communication skills and problem-solving were the topics covered in the class on soft skills. In addition, the participants launched a cleanliness campaign and installed 25 dustbins and planted 100 samplings across the village. The students also gained fieldwork experience by completing activities assigned by the villagers in the field. The campers prepared night-time events such as Dance night, Musical night, Talent night, and Cultural night in addition to the daytime activities.

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Ch. Daniel, the vice-chairman of the village, de-hoisted the flag on September 23, assuring the campers of his prayers and encouraging them to continue moving forward with enthusiasm to serve society. The rural camp concluded with a blessing from the Reverend Mangailakbou. During the week-long rural camp, the students were able to experience rurality, including rural living, socio-eco-political-cultural life, analysis, and rural dynamics, as a result of their participation in the camp. It also aids students in planning and implementing action activities for themselves and rural people, as well as in developing the practical skills necessary to implement treatments, evaluate their effectiveness, and finally chronicle this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

(Department of Social Work, DBC, Maram)

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