“Become best in chosen path; win in mind, win in life” says Olympian shooter PN Prakash to the Youth of SOS Children’s Villages of India
Youth are the most important and dynamic segment in any country, they need to win in mind before they win in life. Each year, International Youth Day serves as an opportunity to raise awareness of challenges and problems faced by the world’s youth.
To commemorate this day, SOS Children’s Village Bangalore welcomed P.N. Prakash, Olympian and Arjuna Awardee, who competed at the 10-metre air pistol and 50-metre pistol events to become the only Indian to win a medal in the 2013 ISSF World Cup where he won Bronze in 10-metre air pistol event in Changwon, South Korea. His mantra, win in mind, before you win in life.
In the same event, he won the Silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The pistol shooter, who was the chief guest, spent two hours interacting with the children and spoke about the importance of digital skilling, values, and strengthening family ties and about why we need to win in mind. He said that the present pandemic has thrown up many challenges especially for the young people but the aim is rise above it and emerge victorious.
Addressing the children Prakash said: “There is a saying: Sport makes and grooms one’s personality. One must experience it. Both body and mind fitness are important to achieve success. We first need to win in mind.
Every day physical fitness workout and yoga are a must. I believe in the mantra that WIN IN MIND and WIN IN LIFE. What I came to know about SOS Children’s Villages of India is something I was not aware of till date.
The idea of living as a family and SOS CVI supporting the cause limitlessly is a great gesture and a rarity today. I am sure many have benefited from the values learnt here.
The youth today have to be groomed in all aspects of life so that they become the best in their chosen path. The SOS CVI is providing that necessary required skill-training and has accomplished it successfully.
I wish the entire SOS team all the very best in all the future projects and endeavours, and first we need to win in mind.”
Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Sumanta Kar, Secretary General, SOS Children’s Villages, said: “We at SOS CVI ensure that we support our children with relevant employable skills.
The aim is to not just to find them jobs but getting the right job to be self-reliant and responsible citizens. We assess the aptitude of each child and support their education and skill development accordingly and first make them win in mind.
We enroll Classes VIII and X students in multiple programs to identify their interests and existing skills. After extensive counselling sessions, we support them to choose the courses that are best suited from them.
The Positive Youth Development Curriculum and Resilience Building assist the young people in developing emotional, social, physical and cognitive skills.
The focus is on experiential learning and build aspirations among them and to make them win in mind. This enables the youth to grow holistically.”
At SOS Children Villages of India , enough exposure is given to digital skills to about 7,000 students who are studying in schools, and over 6,500 children who are being raised in 32 children’s SOS villages across India under the ‘Family Like Care’ model.
From the skilling perspective, the five basic parameters: 1) ensuring that every child completes at least higher secondary education, 2) he or she is good at English communication, 3) has basic IT skills, 4) is good at social skills, and 5) has acquired a vocational and employable skill, are considered to help children for a better future.
Another key aspect is imparting values. Usually, the discussions on skill development revolve only around employability. Value education does not figure in the equation. But more often than not, it is the win in mind and one’s values that help the person enjoy long-term success in career and personal and social life.
In this context, the scope of skill development projects, whenever possible, should ensure that the youth imbibe values of discipline, and inculcate the attitude of continuous learning. In all the structured positive youth development programmes, the focus is on the 4Cs: Collaboration, creativity, compassion and confidence.
The SOS CVI skill development initiatives benefit over 2,000 youth across India every year. The aim is to transform lives and developing children into self-reliant and contributing members of society.
The focus is to impart the youth with employability skills, as well as social skills and values of discipline, and continuous learning, which are essential for children to grow in their career and to be happy and successful in life.
About SOS Children’s Villages of India
For over five decades SOS Children’s Villages of India has continued to provide children without parental care or at the risk of losing it, a value chain of quality care services that goes beyond childcare alone, to ensuring comprehensive child development.
Our long-term customized care interventions such as, Family Like Care, Family Strengthening, Kinship Care, Short Stay Homes, Foster Care, Youth Skilling, Emergency Childcare and Special Needs Childcare are aimed at transforming lives and developing children under our care into self-reliant and contributing members of society.
We empower vulnerable families in communities to become financially independent, thereby enabling them to create safe and nurturing spaces for children under their care. Today, over 6,500 children live in 440 family homes inside 32 SOS Villages in 22 States/UTs, from Srinagar to Kochi and Bhuj to Shillong.
They are lovingly cared for and nurtured by 600 SOS mothers and aunts. As India’s largest self-implementing childcare NGO, SOS Children’s Villages directly touches the lives of around 28,500 children every year.
We are able to provide long term solutions sustainably with support from our partners, sponsors and friends and we are grateful to them.”