Coimbatore: Juvenile offenders at the District Observation Home on Avinashi Road in Lakshmi Mills Junction are trained in origami to divert their attention to meaningful things and enhance their creativity.
The training takes place for two hours on Wednesdays. In just two months, the inmates began to show promising results.
neighborhood collector GS Sameranwho inaugurated the renovated observation house on Wednesday, was surprised at the new skills acquired by the inmates, who presented their manual works.
A source from the district’s child protection unit said it was the district collector’s idea to engage minors in conflict with the law in a meaningful way. “It will help them master new skills and use them when they leave the observation house to start a new journey.”
TS Venkatesh, who trains inmates in origami, said the miners were very creative and actively participated in the sessions. Inmates studied up to class VIII for XII. “They learned the art quickly, compared to normal students. Art helps them improve their focus, creativity, and spend time meaningfully.
He said there was a plan to release children’s books with the help of inmates. “The book will feature their paintings and illustrations, their experience in learning origami, and other child-related content.”
Nirmala, Superintendent, Observation House, said there were 16 detainees at present. “The district collector appreciated the boys for their creativity. Besides origami, inmates are exposed to storytelling, short films and international cinema with motivational stories. »
Meanwhile, the BEd College of Sri Ramakrishan Mission Vidyalaya has been organizing drawing classes, yoga sessions and personality development classes for inmates from January this year.
The renovation work of the observation house was carried out by Bosch Global Software Technologies through the Coimbatore Residents Outreach Association at a cost of ₹13.11 lakh. The house which was launched by the British government in 1938 now features a new roof and tiled floor.