Two students from Chennai High School at Sringeri Mutt Road, R. A. Puram are among the 32 winners who will be taken on an educational tour to Singapore as part of the Wings to Fly project.
The Wings To Fly is a flagship project of the Rotary Club of Madras East. The event is conducted in association with Greater Chennai Corporation & Foundation for Vocational Training.
7000 students from 70 corporation schools competed with each other at this event, 280 were shortlisted for entry into the finals.
The finals were a combination of olympiad styled tests and project presentation. About 70 project stalls with project across various themes were put up by the students.
The principal of Chennai High School, R. A. Puram, J. Dhanammal, says, “N. Saravanan of class VI and M. Pavithra of class IX (seen in the picture) of our school will fly to Singapore in June this year. The parents of both these students are very poor, Pavithra’s parents, who reside at KVB Garden, R. A. Puram, sell idlis out of a small roadside shop”.
The process of selection, she says, was tough. “The children first have to clear a lateral thinking objective test. Four were selected from our school to present a project on a portable water purifier system. At the semi-finals and finals, the students were tested individually”.
An award ceremony for the winners was held in the city recently. Dr. D. Karthikeyan, Chennai Corporation Commissioner and Ivan Tan, vice-consul (political) of Singapore Consulate were guests at the event.