On 21st of December, as the end of the term celebrations, Pathways School Noida commemorated a “Day of Sharing”. As part of their Community Action Service initiative the school runs a programme christened ‘Prabodhan’ or ‘Awakening’. The staff and the students are engaged in teaching and interacting with around 50 children of labourers who live around the campus. This programme was a ‘shared’ platform for the school students and these children.
In her inaugural speech Director of Pathways School Noida, Dr. Shalini Advani, stressed on the shift in educational thought, from competition to cooperation. Mr. Praveen Jain, Director, expressed his satisfaction at how Pathways School Noida was blossoming as a socially sensitive and academically strong institution. Dr. Kiran Dattar spoke on behalf of the Board of Governors. She talked from her experience as an educationist and was happy to see how the Jain family was committed towards excellence, creating children and citizens of the future through the Pathways institutions.
The festivities commenced in the traditional fashion with a dance to a Ganesh Vandana. The core of the programme was presentations by the labour children from the ‘Prabodhan’ programme. They recited rhymes, performed skits and danced to the ever popular ‘Bam Bam Bole’. The Pathways students showcased their talents with the choir performing Hindi songs and Christmas carols. The middle and junior school performed a well choreographed dance. The festivities ended with the Pathways students sharing gifts which they had bought for the ‘Prabodhan’ children. In return the ‘Prabodhan’ children too shared small tokens of love with the Pathways students, now lovingly addressed as dadas and didis.
By- Sudripta Tagore
English Teacher- Pathways Noida