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Imbibing Life Skills  From Young Age
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Imbibing Life Skills From Young Age

Health studies show that participating in positive, goal-directed activities helps young people develop important life skills and decrease their chances of engaging in risky behavior.
With this in mind, recreational tours of the capital city’s attractions and development projects have been organized since January for girl students with “the aim of enhancing their knowledge and to imbibe model ways to spend their leisure time.”
The excursions have so far been offered 1,700 school students and 900 university students in Tehran.
“The programs seek to model healthy ways to spend leisure time and create opportunities for rewarding and fulfilling recreational activities,” said Elaheh Ataei, head of the Women Affairs Department at the Tehran Municipality, the organizer of the program, ISNA reported.
To help empower women in the family and society it is essential to develop life skills in girls from a young age.
“Since today’s young girls are tomorrow’s mothers, improving their knowledge and capabilities through educative programs and useful leisure activities is of great importance,” she noted.
Students from the universities of Tehran (medical, paramedical and physical education faculties), Alzahra, Tarbiat Modares, Sharif and Amir Kabir  as well as Shariati Technical College, Power and Water University of Technology (Shahid Abbaspur affiliated to Shahid Beheshti University), have participated in the programs so far.
“The tours have been well received by single girls as well as married students who were accompanied by their husbands and children.”
Visits to the museum of the Qasr Prison, a historical complex, Tehran Theater Campus ( a performing arts complex), Tehran Book Garden, Tabiat Bridge and the iconic Milad Tower, were on the agenda, said Ataei.

 For School Students
School students are taken to Ab-o-Atash Park (literally water and fire park), the Tabiat Bridge (Nature Bridge), and a show of celestial images at the Gonbad Mina Planetarium.
Ab-o-Atash Park in northern Tehran has an exclusive area designed for water-playing, alongside four fire-towers which make fire flames as high as 6 to 8 meters, with the whole presentation accompanied by music. There is also an amphitheater  with a 700-meter tent which has a capacity to house 370 people. Other features of the park spread over 24,000 sq m include horse training school, a light house and gazebos.
Tabiat Bridge is the largest pedestrian overpass built in Tehran. The 270-meter bridge connects two public parks—Taleghani and Ab-o-Atash—by spanning Shahid Modarres, one of the main highways in northern Tehran.
There are also cultural and educational programs during the tours, including competitions and lectures on Tehran’s historical texture.
The excursions will be held until the end of the fiscal year (March 20).
“Leisure activities will provide an opportunity for girls to demonstrate and discover their hidden talents and interests and eventually help them develop their individual identity,” said Ataei.
The programs have been met with great enthusiasm and are expected to be arranged on a larger scale in the upcoming year that starts March 21.
Studies show that compared with many countries, Iranian families tend to spend less on leisure and recreation. To reverse the trend, 1,000 NGOs active in leisure activities and youth affairs have been established in recent years and the number is projected to reach 1,500 by the end of June 2017.

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