Sonima Theresa chose vocational higher secondary school (VHSE) over
science, computer science or commerce. And this has worked greatly in
favour of the 18-year-old. Sonima, a VHSE Travel and Tourism student
through sheer hardwork and dedication has won this year’s ‘Best Student
Co-ordinator Award’ from the Kerala Tourism Department.
whether the award was expected, and she says it was a complete surprise.
“We had heard that the award has been cancelled. But last month, my
teacher Siji Mol Jacob informed me of the award. ”
Sonima, who was
selected as the tourism coordinator in the Darul Uloom Vocational
Higher Secondary School, Pullepady, Ernakulam, feels that having taken
up such a subject has made her self-reliant. “When other students spend
their time in classrooms, we get the chance to meet people and visit
places. As part of our projects we have visited Wayanad, Ponmudi,
Thenmala and Mangalavanam. We also had to prepare projects and do
comparative studies of these places and its ecology,” says Sonima. She
has also coordinated programmes like tableau, rallies and exhibitions.
“The theme of the tableau was strike, the condition of our roads and
other social issues faced by tourists,” she says.
Sonima and her
friends have also made a project report on clubbing Marine Drive,
Mangalavanam and the old ERG station. “Our aim is to have a Golden
Triangle in Kochi. We had submitted the report and the tourism
possibility to the District Tourism Promotion Councils but nothing has
come out of it so far,” says Sonima who has also talked to the state
tourism minister about this project. “He asked us to submit the report
directly to him. We are working on that,” says the IGNOU tourism