Dr. Dheeraj Bansal, dean of the College of Medicine, Texila American University, participated in the 3rd Annual POP-UP Festival conducted by the Give Another Chance Foundation (GACF). GACF is a non-profit, non-governmental organization registered in Guyana. GACF is committed to providing education and healthcare to underprivileged children in urban and rural communities. They believe that education is the means to address poverty, population control, unemployment, etc. Additionally, the POP-UP Festival honors the United Nations “Universal Children’s Day” and “Convention on the Rights of the Child.”
The other speakers included H. E. Mrs. Arya Ali, First Lady of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana; Professor Paloma Mohamed-Martins, 1st Female Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana; Mrs. Miranda Thakur-Deen, Founder of GACF; Mrs. Alechia Amos, President of GACF; Mr. Krish Nauth, Accredited Trainer Practitioner Babcp; and Mr. Shawn Shivdat, CEO of CaribEd.
This POP-UP Festival’s theme was the element of Emotional Intelligence (Emotional Quotient) and how it is essential to us in times of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Emotional intelligence is defined as the ability to understand and manage one’s own emotions to relieve stress. Working from home, homeschooling, being isolated, being away from family, etc., have become routine during the pandemic. The situations mentioned above can induce high levels of stress, and it is crucial to take care of our mental health.
Dr. Dheeraj Bansal spoke in detail about how emotions and the ability to manage mental health is very crucial. He mentioned the various issues plaguing the pandemic lifestyle and assured everyone that things would get better once the COVID-19 vaccination becomes mainstream. He also gave tips on understanding and managing emotional fatigue and stress that everyone faces because of staying indoors for an extended time. He tells the viewers how the children must know what is going on around them to cope with the changes that they are facing.