Students enjoy helicopter ride on Children’s Day in Manipur

Students enjoy helicopter ride on Children’s Day in Manipur
Government school students enjoying helicopter ride on Chidlren Day in Manipur on Thursday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Nov 14 | Publish Date: 11/14/2019 10:50:31 AM IST

This year’s Children’s Day was a memorable day for students of government schools in Manipur with a helicopter ride.  Under the initiative of state education minister Thokchom Radheshyam, state department of school education in collaboration with state transport department gave school students a chance to enjoy a helicopter ride on Thursady at the Bir Tikendrajit International Airport, Imphal. 

The helicopter ride will continued till November 22. Thirty students from three zones – Imphal East, Imphal West and Wangoi took the helicopter ride on the first day.

Talking to the  media,  the education minister said that the ‘helicopter ride’ was initiated as an innovative step to inspire students to learn and know more about the state.  The students who enjoyed the ride on Thursday were the winners of a competition held at the zonal or district levels competition on “Know your Manipur”.

Radheshyam stated that the competitions were held in two categories for students from classes IV-VIII in all the 17 zonal education officers (ZEO). 

The competitions were taken up to help students explore and understand the state better. It was organized by the concerned ZEOs in their respective districts or zones on the theme ‘Know Your State’ in different literary activities of extempore speech, quiz or story telling of other communities.

He explained that the helicopter ride has been scheduled for seven days dividing the students in two to three groups per day. 

Each “Helicopter Ride” is of 25 minutes duration. The ride witnessed the majestic view of Loktak Lake, Keibul Lamjao National Park, Moirang and Portion of Imphal. 

Accommodation for those students coming from the hill districts and Jiribam were arranged by the department of education (S) at Residential School, Uripok.  Each zone comprising of eleven representatives, nine students, one teacher or guide and one representative of ZEO will ride on the helicopter in the next  seven days. 

He expressed that the helicopter ride will help  realize dreams of many students of being in a helicopter and also witnessing the bounty nature of the state. The minister said that the aim of the “Helicopter Ride” was to provide a rare opportunity to the students of government schools under the department of education (schools) to explore and understand the beautiful landscape and landmarks of the state in a unique way.

The initiative of ‘Helicopter Ride’ has to help in accomplishing targets of active participation throughout the state, providing opportunity to students of government schools to experience new things and understand the state in a competitive manner.

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