Communicating with fun: Kids on Zoom

The first ever virtual summer camp of XYZ (Xtremely Young Zorastrians) kicked off with 42 participants from the Dadar based group Behram’s Battalion (BB) on May 10, 2020 taking to networking platform Zoom. Chinese whispers with a twist, baking cookies, board game Pictionary and planting of sprouts featured on the first two days of the eight-day camp, noted BB president elect Shanaya Saklatwala in an update on XYZ’s social media. XYZ functions location-wise in Bombay, with children-led groups at Zoroastrian colonies and areas.

"We don’t know if we can have live intergroup events this year,” XYZ founder Hoshaang Gotla told Parsiana on May 8. Indians are homebound in pursuance to a lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

"There have been daily on-line challenges for community kids since April 1,” informed Gotla. A child or a parent-volunteer could set a fun, simple task that the children did at home. Challenge number 36 for May 12, for instance, designed by Khurshid Shroff, volunteer of Cusrow Baug-based Darius’ Daredevils required the children to write XYZ on a large paper with their toes. Results from all the kids who participated for 24 hours starting 12:00 noon were sent to Gotla who collated the results and announced the winners on social media. Reportedly, the results were much awaited by both children and their parents. "Challenge 36 brings an end to the series…We have other activities planned,” stated Gotla. Over 2,500 participants took part in the 36 challenges, he said.

Future events include a rangoli completion, mask making (to prevent infections from spreading) and drawing competitions. "We love it when the parents and grandparents participate with the children,” appreciated Gotla.