Bangalore North Round Table 25 (BNRT 25) & Ladies Circle 14 (LC 14), have put a smile on the faces of twenty underprivileged children by turning their dreams of flying in an aeroplane into reality. The twenty children from Government Higher Primary School, Kammasandra, one of the Round Table India constructed schools in Bangalore, along with two teachers were taken for a round trip educational tour to Hyderabad last week. Secunderabad Metro Area Round Table 118 in Hyderabad hosted them.
The kids from classes 6 and 7 were selected based on their academics, 100 percent attendance, performance in sports and extra/co-curricular activities.
Their schedule included breakfast at the heritage Taj Mahal Hotel and sightseeing covering tourist attractions such as The Charminar, Birla Planetarium, Lumbani Park, lunch at Paradise Hotel, Salarjung Museum and culminating with dinner before taking the flight back to Bangalore.
R Roshni, one of the students who were part of the tour said, “I’m very happy to get the opportunity to visit Charminar. It’s been a great experience and it’s very beautiful. We learnt a lot about the story behind why it was built. It was very interesting. I was also very excited about flying by plane…It was so amazing.”
Another student M Ambuja said, “I cannot believe all this. This is the first time I am moving out of the state. I have never visited the airport or seen an aeroplane from so close. Boarding on an aeroplane was like a dream come true.”
Another student, Bharath Kumar said, “This is the most memorable moment in my life. I never thought I would fly in an aeroplane.” Seeing the clouds from the window was simply unbelievable.”
Commenting on the initiative, Bangalore North Round Table India chairman Jeetendra Valecha said, “Children are our future and Round Table India takes immense pride in being able to contribute and shape their dreams of flying via this unique initiative that gives kids the opportunity to experience the joy of flying for the very first time. The trip not only gave the children a taste of independence, but also empowered them to dream big, which is an important lesson for children at this age.”
“We believe that education is the fundamental right of every human being. Education, when used effectively along with intelligence, has the power to ignite the world and certainly make it a better place to live. The best way to teach is through practical learning methods and this is what we have tried to achieve through Flights of Fantasy,” Valecha added.
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