Children’s Day (Bal Divas) is celebrated every year on 14th of November as this day marks the birthday of the first Indian Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru (Chacha Nehru) and his love for the children. The day was celebrated across all schools and learning centers. Here are a few snippets:
Deepalaya Learning Centre, Sanjay Colony: For the children of Deepalaya Learning Centre at Sanjay Colony, Amway proved to be their Genie who fulfilled their wishes.
Each of the students was asked to express his or her wish. Someone said, he wanted a watch. Another said, a particular toy. Some others said they needed school bags and water bottles.
Whatever be their wish, the employees of Amway, a company which has been supporting Deepalaya for the last eight years, fulfilled them today.
The occasion was the celebration of Children’s Day. The cafeteria of the plush Amway office at Gurugram was profusely decorated with hundreds of colourful balloons.
It might have been the first time that the children entered an air-conditioned building but they were so confident that nothing prevented them from presenting a beautiful, little programme that consisted of three dances and three songs.
A huge cake was cut on the occasion to celebrate the birthday of first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, whose birthday is celebrated as Children’s Day.
It was a thrilling experience for the children to be encouraged with clapping and wows as they performed.
The children and yours truly had a sumptuous lunch that had elements of Chinese dishes.
They were taken round the Amway campus.. For the students, who could not come to the Amway office, the company had given special gifts. Some got bags, some were given toys and some even got electronic toys. We are sure the children will never forget the VIP treatment they received from Amway.
Ramditti J R Narang Deepalaya Learning Centre:
A special assembly was conducted in the morning and all the teachers as well as the headmistress expressed their love and affection for the children. Prior to this special day, the weekly topic for the morning assembly was focused on healthy food habits as children eat a lot of junk food these days. They were encouraged to follow a healthy diet and to minimize the junk food intake. Toffees were distributed among the children of all units. Home work copies were distributed in remedial unit for students studying in class V to VIII
Educational tour to National Science Centre
At around 9 am, girls of ASHA and FADA remedial units visited National Science Centre by bus. In order to promote awareness on Science, the place was an ideal place to explore. The chidren and the teachers spent a quality time together. They were given light refreshment during their return to the learning centre.
The special surprise for the ASHA NFE unit was the distribution of some stationary items and a pack of refreshment in the morning by the volunteer Ms. Divija Bhatter on the occasion of Children’s Day. In the afternoon, Mrs. P. Santha Devi of Soubhagya Nirmalam Foundation along with Mrs. M. Akhilandeswari and Dr. Faye Farmer, distributed some items like tooth paste & brush, bath-soap, handkerchiefs etc among the girls of FADA unit in order to make them aware about the personal hygiene. It was a fun filled and memorable day overall for the underprivileged children of RJRND.
Deepalaya Learning Center, Gole Kuan: Students delivered speeches on the life of Pandit Nehruji, his struggle, contribution towards our Nation and our freedom movement; they showed respect to him & paid tribute by reciting poems, his famous slogans. Different colorful charts were prepared and funnel boards were decorated. Small kids sang – Nanha munna rahi hoon”. It was a wonderful programme where students learnt many things through a fun-learning process. Senior students presented 3 songs – “Aa chalke tujhe”, “Jai se surajkigarmi se” and “Gyan daan hai sab se bada”. To make the day meaningful & memorable, to appreciate their enthusiasm, efforts teachers recited poems, presented songs & dance. Toffees were distributed among students; one of the teachers presented them small gifts to inspire them. Afternoon shift tuition class girls also celebrated the day with pomp and joy. An inspirational song was sung by one of our teachers to make the program more interesting.
Deepalaya SQEP Project: A special assembly was conducted on 14th November at the SDMC School, Okhla Water Sewage treatment plant. The students participated in a drawing and painting competition. Students drew posters showing Chacha Nehru and his contribution towards society. The day was celebrated with a number of activities on 16th November in the presence of Mr. Sakhi John, Board member, Mr.A J Philip Secretary and Chief Executive, Deepalaya. Ms. Jaswant Kaur, Director CRM, Mr. C P Davis, Principal, Deepalaya School Kalkaji Extension, and Ms. Shikha Pal, Manager (Education) were also present on the occasion. Ms. Abha Kapila, academic coordinator welcomed the guests. The programme started with the tiny tots reciting different poems that they learnt alongwith props. Mr. Himanshu Anand, music teacher helped the kids to stay tuned. The students from different classes spoke on Chacha Nehru and the importance of his life for the country. They also presented group dance and songs. A special solo dance from a class 3 child enthused the children as he danced on the “baby ko bass pasand hai”. We could see the visible change that has happened in the lives of children due to our intervention. Their confidence has increased mani-fold. To add more spice, our teachers presented a group dance and a song. The function ended with the vote of thanks.
Deepalaya Special unit: Pepsico has been conducting some events for the special unit for the last few years. This year, they had planned an activity on15th November 2017 for special children in view of the Children’s day. Thirty nine students from the unit went along with five special educators and two helpers went to their office. The event started with registration process. Thereafter, the students were divided into four groups and then the students started with the drawing and painting activity. The students were very excited and showcased their hidden talent.