Published: 02nd July 2018
Student development start-up Whooshh is organising a plethora of events for children
Whooshh's first Hyderabad Inter-School Competition is all set to conduct events that focus on the overall development of the students
After impacting over 1,500 students in the Gajwel district of Telangana through their two-day workshop on health, personality and skill development, Whooshh, a student development organisation aimed at developing the overall personality of young learners, is ready to take things to the next level. How, you wonder? By kickstarting their Hyderabad Inter-School Competition (HISC) to provide a common platform to all students, says CEO Rahul Batra, adding, "We are conducting events that are directly or indirectly aimed at the overall development of the student." And they are conducting not one, not two, but 14 events in as many schools as they can. As of now, they have covered 26 schools.
This is Whooshh's first inter-school event since its inception in August 2017. They strategically started HISC at the beginning of the academic year so that it doesn't clash with the school calendar
The events are split into two categories — literary and cultural. While Spell Wiz, Ad Making, Public Speaking, Quiz, Essay Writing and Mathletics fall under the literary category, Best Out of Waste, Rubik's Cube, Fashion Show, Dance (solo and group), Photography and Art (painting, sketching, drawing and doodling) fall under the cultural events category. To conduct events at this scale one would require an army and an army of 100 interns is exactly what they have, aside from the six-member core team from Whooshh. The team also has onboard Tropicana Essentials as one of their major partners and MaxCure Hospitals as their health partner. They are also conducting these events in association with the Entrepreneurial Development Cell of their alma mater, Bhavan's Vivekananda College, Sainikpuri.
This is the perfect platform to understand where you stand against other schools
Rahul Batra, CEO, Whooshh
While this competition is only for students from class VIII to X, the judges for these events, who are record holders and people with experience, are from their own team. So, how else is this competition any different? "Every other organisation conducts single events, but our purpose is to offer several events through one platform," says COO of Whooshh, Peter Samuel. That's exactly why they've taken this plethora of events to schools like CAL Public School, ECIL; St Ann's High School, Tarnaka; Edify World School, Balapur and several others. And the response, we are told, has been overwhelmingly positive. Some students have individually participated in as many as 11 events.
The team not only offers tips to the participants before the events; they also review their performance and share the feedback
But things weren't as rosy in the beginning. "Some schools were apprehensive initially, but when we explained the advantages, they jumped onboard," says 21-year-old Samuel, enunciating that Whooshh will travel to the schools and arrange the events completely by themselves. And all this is just phase one of this inter-school competition. Phase two, which are the semi-finals, will be held at Bhavan's on July 14. And an exciting final will follow on a date that is yet to be finalised. Well, whenever it is, it's bound to be exciting.
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