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Of global awards & unleashing talents

Students of Carmel School, Rourkela, quench their thirst before a performance during their annual function. Picture by Uttam Kumar Pal

Big feat and fete

Sai International School, Bhubaneswar, added another feather to its cap by emerging as the only school in the state to win the Global School Partnership (GSP) honours in two categories.

School chairman Bijoy Kumar Sahoo and trustee Silpi Sahoo received the award at the annual British Council School Awards ceremony recently held in Mumbai. The GSP programme is a British Council initiative that promotes partnerships between schools in the UK and Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. The awards are conferred on schools for exemplary work done in developing and sustaining global school partnership activities.

Unity & harmony

The Communal Harmony Campaign Week was observed in Mother’s Public School, Bhubaneswar, from November 19 to 25, to spread the message of national integration. Students from Class VI to Class XII participated in activities and competitions such as slogan writing, skit, poster-making and recital of prayers of various religious communities. Students also collected funds for the National Foundation for Communal Harmony.

Authorities of Sai International School, Bhubaneswar, receive an award for exemplary work from the British Council. (Right) Students of Rabindra Vidya Niketan, Keonjhar, display projects and models during their annual exhibition. Telegraph pictures

Little masters

Young talents from slums of Bhubaneswar got a platform to express themselves, courtesy Dhool ke Phool, a flagship programme of the nationwide Humara Bachpan campaign on safe and healthy environment for children in such settlements. The event, organised at Idco Exhibition Ground on November 24, saw the participation of 16 young boys and girls, who had been selected from amongst 450-odd children from the slums of Bhubaneswar.

“Letting the young children grow in an enabling environment is their basic right. Dhool Ke Phool is committed to identify, promote and motivate the talented children in slums and provide them expert training in their area of competency,” said Gobinda Ballava Dalai, secretary of Youth Development Foundation, which conceptualised the programme.

In another event, a science exhibition for slum children titled “Little Scientists” was held at Ruchika Social Service Organisation, Bhubaneswar, on Sunday. Scientific models developed by about 200 children from different slums and street corners were displayed at the exhibition. School and mass education secretary Usha Padhee inaugurated the exhibition. Scientists and academics also attended the event.

Skills on display

The Rabindra Vidya Niketan, Keonjhar, recently hosted its annual art and science exhibition, Sanrachna ’12, which demonstrated the enthusiasm and dynamic skills of the students in the form of innovative projects.

A mime show on “National Integration” was an effort to create social awareness.

A wide range of paintings, handicrafts and clay models were also put up on display.