British deputy high commissioner interacts with Goomtee tea garden children

Friday, Jan 13, 2023 08:00 [IST]

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British deputy high commissioner interacts with Goomtee tea garden children


SILIGURI,: Around 200 children interacted with Nick Low, British Deputy High Commissioner, East and North-East India, during a special event at the Child Activity Centre at Goomtee Tea Garden, Kurseong subdivision on Thursday.

The children are part of the TEAch Me initiative, a flagship educational programme by Vahdam India. The TEAch me intervention started in Goomtee and Rohini tea gardens in October 2020 in partnership with CRY Child Rights.

Ajitha Menon, Political Economy Adviser, British Deputy High Commission, Kolkata, was present at the event along with Ketan Desai, Chief Educator & Sustainability Officer, Vahdam India.

Pranam Rasaily, executive Shabashad, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, also attended the programme.

An anthology documenting the success stories of children in the two tea gardens was released on the occasion.

The highlight was a heart-warming interaction between Nick Low and the children, who seemed eager to know about his best friends in schools, favourite subjects and ambition in life, how he coped with studies and so on. Low answered all the questions patiently, much to the delight of all present.

The children staged a dance in honour of the guests and also demonstrated their karate skills. Around 100 parents, who were present at the event, enjoyed their kids’ performance. The guests were felicitated with cards made by children, traditional khada and plaques.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi