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Xavier’s students adopt UN goals

Ranchi, May 9: For Xaverians, it is time to care and share.

Students of St Xavier’s School, Doranda, would soon be visiting villages, taking part in training programmes for farmers and creating awareness among villagers to achieve their millennium development goals.

Today the school formed a group of 30 students as part of the Care and Share Club that will work for the upliftment of slum dwellers.

Students would initiate their project from Sundarpur in the Gumla district. “They would participate in the village development programme run by the Agricultural Training Centre (ATC) there,” said father Sylvanus Kerketta, director of the ATC, who would be accompanying the students. “Miracles happen when there is sharing,” said Father Ajit Kumar Xess, principal of the school, explaining the necessity of the new venture.

Millennium development goals were set by the United Nations (UN) in the beginning of this millennium. The UN also advised each member country to adopt the goals, which include reduction of mass poverty to half and eradication of illiteracy. Significantly, Xavier’s is the only school in the city to have adopted the goals as part of its curriculum.

Father L. Franklin, former director of Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), who was present on the inaugural function, said the new step would also mould the students into better people.

Rajiv Ranjan, an Indian Forest Service Officer, said: “The school has now become a part of an international network and is proving to be a role model for other schools.”

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