Festivals of India: Culture in a Box

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An Introduction to British Council's International School Award

The world is gradually turning into a Global Village and it is quintessential to understand, adopt, appreciate and adjust with Global Culture which is a confluence of myriad cultures existing around the world. A school is a veritable learning field and we gain and gather a great deal both in active and passive manner but in a continuous manner. The learning is of different kinds, scholastic and co-scholastic and now a novel dimension has got added i.e. learning about the world which we popularly term as Global Exposure. This kind of exposure is highly important and completely unavoidable as only those are able to thrive who have its understanding and experience.

Shri Ram Centennial School is firmly determined to transform each and every student into Global Denizen of tomorrow. British Council’s International School Award (ISA) is an ambitious measure taken by school in this regard and the outcomes are phenomenal. Under this drive, the school has undertaken seven progressive projects approved by British Council. The projects are diverse in nature and bring great level of understanding to the students regarding different areas, in fact; they act as eye-opener for teachers and students alike.

The activities undertaken under each project involve a lot of interaction not only amongst each other but with the counterparts in different parts of the globe. Moreover, the activities involve great deal of hands-on practice and complete involvement of each student at all the levels. The amount of research, efforts and fun involved is inspiring and open the new gateways to everyone participating.

The school has decided to adopt and implement many such initiatives in due course of time for the development and benefit of all.

About the Project- "Festivals of India: Culture in a Box"

The festivals observed by any community, society or nation have its own significance and are indisputably immersed in colours of love, affection, celebration and invisible bonding. India is considered to be a land of festivals and it truly is. Different regions have different communities, cultures and festivals. Interestingly, same day is auspicious for different regions for various reasons and are known by different names. The students had fun in galore in each and every activity under this Project and the learning was phenomenal. What they learned was tolerance, respect and admiration towards other cultures that they explored via celebrating different festivals. This was the sole objective of the school while choosing and getting this Project approved by British Council’s International School Award’s (ISA) team.

The students also gathered a valuable experience regarding festivals of our neighbouring nations viz. Pakistan and Sri Lanka and during the activities related to this Project, the entire school remained immersed in different inspiring shades and colours with joy and excitement all around.

The related activities undertaken in this regard were:

Dance Drama

We all take pride in our cultures and do not explore much of the others existing. Our students broke those shackles and exhibited the colours of cultures prevalent in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The activity was exhibiting the aspects of these beautiful cultures through dance and drama and it was this exciting project under International School Award. The performances and dialogues delivery were eye-opening and showcased no matter how distinct are we, we are one.

Article Writing

The students participated in an exciting Article Writing Activity where the learned a great deal about various festivals observed and celebrated in different parts of the world along with its significance, similarities and differences. 

Group Discussion

It was an amazing discussion as the students shared and gathered volumes of vital information about similarities and differences in different festivals celebrate across the nation and the globe.

Journal Making

The students are highly creative and imaginative and it got exhibited through Journal Making activity held under the project. What the students showcased in terms of cutouts of images and the content was fantastic and gained applauds from all the sides.

 
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