WE STRIVE FOR PEACE
“Sow an act, and you reap a habit
Sow a habit and you reap a character
Sow a character and you reap a destiny”
~ George Dana Board Man
Today we are living in a strife-torn world. Ominous war clouds are looming large and lives are lost every day. There appears to be no end to conflicts, and terrorism. Living in peace and perpetual happiness is not only an intrinsic desire, but a fervent collective wish of human kind.
Although, society does play an important role in moulding mindsets of people, the school and home environment are now being looked at, as potential instruments of positive change that can save the future generations from the abyss of evil. Values and attitudes that promote peace can be developed at early stages of life itself, such that it contributes to the overall progress of the Nation.
Revolutions don’t always happen with a big bang. They can equally happen in small steps. At Apeejay, we strongly feel that education should not only equip an individual with skills to earn his bread and butter but also focus on human values and ultimately character formation. We perceive education as the foundation for growth and development. Schools International Peace Quilt is one such initiative which has been enthusiastically adapted to become a part of their growing years of learning.
Our carefully selected cultural activities at school aim to sensitize the students and provide them with “wings and roots”… wings to soar fearlessly while being firmly rooted to ethos and thereby, inculcate the message of peace. The activities are woven into the daily curriculum and are taken up enthusiastically throughout the year. The teachers facilitate the students to promote selfless service and understand dignity of labour.
Agreeing with Joseph Adison’s view “what sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to human soul,” we firmly believe that education is not academics alone but imbibing values. We feel proud to announce that the school in association with the INTERNATIONAL PEACE FORUM organized a Peace Week from 8th-16th April in which the students were exposed to the essence of peace and were encouraged to express their vision of peace. Various activities were organized for the students which aimed to widen their horizon and enlighten them.
In an attempt to propagate the message of peace the students were given the liberty to think and to act. They came up with brilliant ideas, each symbolizing what peace meant to them. Thus, a wide array of activities was organized to “give wings to the divine fire in the students and develop in them the understanding of peace.” Using the medium of art we organized a mélange of activities to unleash the hidden potential of the children and gave them a platform to reflect on issues that bind us all together as a human race.
Here is a sneak peek at the works of the prodigious minds of the students.
The students of our school enthusiastically stood for the cause of peace and each student defined peace and came up with a multitude of ideas.
WHAT PEACE MEANS TO ME—
“For me Peace is living in a world free of terrorism”
~ Arjun Chauhan VI – A
One of the students exclaimed
“Peace lies in the calmness of soul and the attainment of our dreams…” ~ Shivika Chadha VII C
The canvas of the critical minds of the students came up with various slogans to celebrate the essence of peace. It was an enriching experience for they were exposed to different dimensions of peace.
True to the school motto, Soaring High is my Nature, many students identified Peace with the freedom of expression and the liberty to think.
A picture is worth a thousand words…
“Keep the light of Peace burning”
~Srishti Bhatia IX A
Our learners know it well that dreams are not achieved by accident. Thus, they persevere towards their goals with the vision encapsulated in these words:
“…tiny seeds make boundless harvests, drops of rain compose the showers, seconds make the flying minutes, and the minutes make the hours…”
It has been rightly opined that- ” The destiny of a nation is folded within its budding youth.” Anne Frank
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will become peaceful.”
~Ishika Gupta VII B
For the students of Class XII C
“Peace lies within the soul.”
It has been rightly opined that, “Pen is Mightier than Sword.” The creativity of the students was not only limited to posters and slogans but also their words. The vitality and the energy of the students was also captured by channelizing their thoughts and having them pen their feelings. The students came up with innovative essays on peace each with its uniqueness thereby unearthing the aura of Peace.
Some of the essays that caught our attention were,
“Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, serene contribution of all to the good of all.
So peace implies as something quiet yet good-from within and for something outside…..”
~ Jasmine Arora VII C
“War seems to tear our very social fabric. Man must realize clichéd as it may sound that in war there are really no winners only losers, it just brings unabated bloodshed destruction and ruin. Today let us all pledge to protest against violence and let peace prevail on earth…” ~Shreya XII B
The students actively took part in the noble cause and even garnered support from their parents as well. The Peace Week culminated with a special workshop to sensitize and to encourage the young minds to discover and explore the plethora of peace. The students were creatively exposed to the rationales behind peace and made to rediscover and reinvent peace. The enthusiasm of the students and their involvement in the activities was commendable. The creative minds of the students redefined and exemplified peace. The various activities and perceptions of the students developed understanding among them for other’s views and promoted the ideals of tolerance and consideration.
‘Education is not filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.’ We are constantly engaged in an effort to prepare our learners to be future global citizens. Our progressive, egalitarian viewpoint looks upon education as a holistic learning experience, developing those qualities and attributes of not only the head, but of the heart as well. Our Social Responsibility Club (Interact Club) actively involves its members into a variety of community based projects to bring a ray of hope and happiness into the lives of their underprivileged brethren.
We are closely involved in various activities with NGO’s like GOONJ (An organization that collects clothes and utility items for the poor), SAVERA, GODHULI (Children of daily wagers at Meera bagh), SPARSH (An institute for differently abled children), SASAKAWI (working for the cause of Leprosy) and COFEDERATION FOR THE BLIND where our students regularly visit and organize cultural activities to bring some cheer and optimism in their lives. Celebration of Children’s Day, Diwali and Christmas are occasions of fun and merriment.
INTERACTION WITH THE CHILDREN AT “SPARSH” (An Institute for Differently Abled)
CHILDREN CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS AT “SPARSH”
WORKING FOR NGO – GOONJ
(COLLECTION OF CLOTHES & UTILITY ITEMS FOR THE UNDERPRIVILEGED)
We hope that everyone will ultimately recognize the importance of the greatest weapon the world has ever known, PEACE.
Written by Malini Sridhar