December 11th 2023.
The Mukta Charitable Foundation (MCF), a non-profit organisation located in Pune, recently organised the 'Bal Yuva Mahotsav 2023.' This event focussed on important themes such as mental health, sex education, and the impact of social media. It was held at the Lata Mangeshkar Auditorium in Shivajinagar, and was attended by over 21 schools, including New English High School in Rambagh, Nutan Marathi Vidyalaya on Bajirao Road, Karmveer Bhaurao Patil Vidyalaya in Yerwada, Symbiosis Primary School on Prabhat Road, and Vijaymala Kadam Girls School in Erandwane, among others.
Throughout the programme, students from these schools participated in a variety of competitions, such as street plays, debates, and essay writing. They discussed relevant topics like 'Importance of Mental Health', 'Harmful Effects of Social Media', and 'Significance of Sex Education', all while expressing their individual insights and opinions.
Dr. Rupa Agarwal, Secretary and Trustee of MCF, spoke to the Free Press Journal about the event. She said that the event was designed to nurture the students' creativity. She further added that when students from various schools come together, they interact and draw motivation from each other's successes.
Dr. Sunita Lalwani, an established gynecologist and obstetrician, served as the chief guest for the occasion. During her speech, she encouraged girls to make the most of their educational prospects, in accordance with their capabilities. Dr. Agarwal also addressed the crowd, highlighting the pros and cons of excessive social media usage. She highlighted the importance of having a balanced approach towards its usage, in order to protect one's well-being.
Dr. Prakash Mahajan, President of MCF, spoke about the significance of adopting a healthy attitude towards youth competitions, with the goal of promoting holistic growth in today's ever-changing environment.
Overall, the 'Bal Yuva Mahotsav 2023' was a successful event, allowing students to come together while also learning about important topics. It was an unforgettable experience for all who attended.
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