DUMKA, (Br T.V. Johny) – A group of tribal youth don’t mind working 15 hours a day for 36 days at a Personality Development and Spoken English (PDSE) camp which started 2nd April. Hundred and sixty six students who wrote their Board exams (class X and XII) from Jharkhand, Bihar, Bengal and Madhya Pradesh are participating in the seven day week, daily 5.30 am to 8.30 pm camp. In its fifth year, the PDSE programme is organised by Don Bosco Vocational Training Institute, Dumka with the assistance of a 14 member faculty comprising of Salesians, Salesian Sisters, Sisters of Mary Immaculate, The Disciple Sisters, along with two overseas youth from Australia and New Zealand.
Already half way through the camp, one of the participants confidently says in fluent English, “My name is Deepak Tudu. I am from Pakkur district. Just gave my Madhyamic Exam, and joined PDSE. As I reach the middle of this PDSE, I must say it is amazing and mind zapping, wonderful experience, plenty to do. Lots to learn, all in the class, in the routine there is no study time as such. Plenty of fun too!. 17 days went off like a single day.”
Another camper Manju Murmu from Godda says, “the Faculty members are always with us. I have never experienced so friendly atmosphere with Teachers. Miss Sophia from New Zealand and Miss Pruce from Australia, became so free and adjusted to our style of life, and they help us a lot. Besides being a Black-Belt, Miss Sophia teaches English and Kung Fu (Martial Art).
Fr Topno adds, “in comparison with other years, this year we have more non-Christians, really poor village youth, than other years. Within a couple of days time we formed the PDSE PARIWAR; every day we have birthday celebrations, actual / day of celebration for each one, which is a chance for them to give a thanks giving-speech too.”
Sabana Khathoon who wrote Intermediate is overwhelmed and wonders, “it is really a new world of experience, within 36 days time, Mathematics, General Knowledge, Yoga, Kung Fu, Typing, Music (Guitar, Keyboard, Tabla, Congo, Harmonium, etc. as per our interest), Computer theory and practice, English Drama, Public Speaking, Leadership training, English classes- with latest Spoken English Soft-wares using LCD Projector makes me feel proud, that I joined this 5th PDSE.”