George Barnard Shaw had once said "The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity". At NPS International School, service to society forms an integral part of our education framework. We aim to inculcate, in the students, compassion and kindness towards others as well develop a habit of helping the less fortunate. Towards this end, during the academic year, the following initiatives were undertaken:
Diwali celebrations at the Moral Home for the Disabled:
This is a home for Disabled and Challenged adults. They say music has no barriers. To celebrate Diwali, students of Grades 4 to 7 put up a song and dance show for the inmates. Though the inmates were all of Chinese origin, they enjoyed the show, clapping, cheering and singing along. At the end of the show, the students distributed Rangoli patterns with colour pencils, and chocolates as a special treat.
Funding of 3 Braille Machines for Netraheen Vikas Sansthan:
Fund raising activities during the first semester of the academic year were geared towards funding of Braille Machines for a blind school in Jodhpur (www.jodhpurblindschool.com). This NGO works towards rehabilitation of the blind, deaf and dumb, and mentally challenged students and were voted the Best NGO in Rajasthan in 2007. The funds raised during the Mufti Days and Carnival, funded 3 Braille machines for the school.
Funding of a Learning Centre started by IIMPACT:
Fundraising activities like bake sale and Mufti days, in the second semester are geared towards funding of a learning centre for female students, along with IIMPACT. IIMPACT was founded in 2002, by the 1978 alumnus of IIM(A) (www.iimpact.net). Their primary focus is the education of girl children who are first generation school goers, from socially and economically disadvantaged sections, based in rural areas. The centre adopted by NPSI has a small class size of 30 and will use activity based teaching with special emphasis on Mathematics, Science and extra-curricular activities. Specially designed books will be given to each student and computers and other modern teaching tools will be introduced shortly.
Volunteering at Ren Ci Hospital:
The students of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, Year 1 at NPS International School have volunteered to visit Ren Ci Community Hospital on a weekly basis. During the visits, the students talk to the patients, read to them, spend time with them and also serenade the patients and hospital staff with songs and music. By interacting and sharing stories with the patients at Ren Ci, the students have been able to broaden their sphere of knowledge and forge new friendships.
Through such small efforts, we hope to bring some semblance of joy, hope and love into the hearts and lives of those who need it most.