(Tony Blair Faith Foundation London)
Members from the Tony Blair Foundation visited Tagore International School, East of Kailash on 23 August, 2016. Dr. Ian Jamison, Head of Education & Training, Mr. Matthew Lawrence, Director of Programmes at the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and Ms. Sandhya Gupta, Education Consultant for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation based in New Delhi, India, were the guests. An interactive session between the guests and the students was organised. The students shared their experience of being a part of the Face to Faith programme, now Generation Global. Dr Ian Jaminson, while speaking to the students and teachers of the school said that the programme can be adapted to diverse contexts, as it trains teachers on how to prepare students for participation in programmes including human rights and civic responsibilities.
Thank You Note from Delegates
I just wanted to drop you both a line to express our thanks for such a marvelous school visit last week. It was both an honour and a privilege to meet the team at Tagore, and to hear from such very eloquent and passionate young people. They certainly made a very strong impression – and particularly upon Matthew, who does not have the chance to visit our schools very often; it was certainly his first experience of a school in India as well!
It would be wonderful if you could pass on our thanks, particularly to the teachers and students involved – and also express our apologies for the rather hurried nature of the visit. I hope that on a future occasion I will have much more time to spend with the students and teachers.
I do look forward to seeing you both again, and would, once again, like to thank you for your continued enthusiastic support for Generation Global!
With my very best wishes
Tagore International School, East of Kailash had hosted a delegation of students from Kyrgyzstan who were visiting India on the occasion of the 25th National Day celebration of their country. The dance troupe comprising of 17 teenaged dancers, are members of their nationally acclaimed cultural centre, Aiziya Noor. The school felicitated them on their visit and in turn, the youngsters showcased some of their traditional dance forms for an enthralled school audience. They also left handwritten messages of peace on the “Peace Tree” of the school in view of the forthcoming World Peace Day celebrations. The Principal, Nandita Sahu, thanked the Deputy Chief of Mission, Ms. Fatima Sushanlo, of the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic, who was instrumental in facilitating this visit. The senior diplomat expressed her appreciation at the new ties of friendship being formed between the students of the two countries.
In a novel initiative, Tagore International School, East of Kailash, collaborated with the Consulate of Montenegro in New Delhi to celebrate their National Day on July 13, 2016, in the school premises. The gala event of fun and festivities involved the entire school community, senior personnel of the Diplomatic Corps stationed in New Delhi, high- level functionaries from the government and students of schools of NCR.
The program was the brainchild of H.E. Dr. Janice Darbari, The Consul General of Montenegro in India. The Chief Guest of the occasion was Shri Subrata Bhattacharjee, Joint Secretary, Eastern Europe, MEA. Shri Navin Verma, Joint Secretary, Ministry of N.E. Affairs also graced the event. Prominent among the visiting dignitaries included the Ambassadors and High Commissioners from Mexico, Bolivia, Bhutan, Palestine, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Congo, Malawi, Zambia, Eritrea, the UNDP Resident Representative in India and other Senior Diplomats representing more than 25 countries.
An Inter-School Art Competition was organized for the day with Indo-Montenegro Friendship as a theme where 29 prominent schools took part in the event. A contingent from the Morarji Desai Institute of Yoga under the aegis of the Ministry of Ayush performed a Yoga display in the school. Festivities of the day included cultural programs, music and dance. The cheer and bonhomie of the day was appreciated by one and all.
The Principal, Ms. Nandita Sahu hoped that this unique manner of bringing people of different countries together amidst young children could ideate a way forward for unity and peace amongst all.
The student delegates of the Int’l Festival of Language and Culture (IFLC) Organisation and their teachers from Georgia, Kyrgystan and Papua New Guinea visited Tagore International School, East of Kailash on 4 May 2016.
The IFLC event in India was held under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture, government of India and the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC). The Educational Endowment Trust from Turkey was the chief organizer. The IFLC seeks to promote world peace by getting children from different ethnicities and cultures to participate in an int’l cultural extravaganza of music and dance in various parts of the world.
The student delegation is a part of a larger group of 17 countries whose students also participated in a grand musical show on 7 May 2016 at Talkatora Stadium, New Delhi. These students visited Tagore Int’l School for the day and enthralled the audience with songs and dances from their countries. The school had also put up a short cultural program for the visitors. There was a follow up with an art workshop for the visitors on various Indian Art forms.
The Principal, Nandita Sahu, welcomed the students and called them the true ambassadors of peace.
An international musical extravaganza was hosted by the Educational Endowment Trust on Saturday, 7 May 2016 at the Talkatora auditorium. The program was co-sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and the United Nations Information Centre. The event saw the participation of 6 premium schools of Delhi and 17 international schools from all over the world including USA, Russia, Bulgaria, Georgia and other countries from Europe and Australasia
The Chief Guest for the event was the Union Minister of Minorities Affairs, Smt. Najma Heptullah. Other dignitaries present on the occasion included Swami Agnivesh, Acharya Balkrishna from Patanjali Yogpeeth, the Head Granthi from the Golden Temple, numerous diplomats from participating countries and officials of the UNIC.
Students of Tagore International School, East of Kailash along with students of five others schools of Delhi, participated in the IFLC event. IFLC is the largest and most prominent organization for promoting world languages and cultures and TIS was part of the inaugural choreography based on the theme ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ - ‘The World is One Family’.
There were 43 students from 17 countries and 350 students from India, who were a part of this event. Two solo songs sung by Muskaan Arora of Class XI and by Juey Mitra of Class XII who sang ‘Des Mera Rangeela’ and ‘ Mann Mera’ were appreciated by all.
The Principal, Ms. Nandita Sahu, was one among the dignitaries who were felicitated by IFLC for being an ambassador of peace in India.
IFLC is the largest and most prominent organization for promoting world languages and cultures. It is dedicated to cultivate and educate the youth and create a platform to share their cultural heritage with their peers around the world. The International Festival of Language and Culture is an annual celebration and showcase for the diversity of linguistic talents from across the world. The International Festival of Language and Culture first started in 2003 and proceeded with only 17 countries participating. Whereas last year, 145 countries took part in this event with more than 2000 participants.
The main of the organization is to promote research, learning, and information exchanges in support of peace, friendship, and understanding. They are building strong ties and lasting friendships, and raising hopes for world peace.
This is the 14th year of IFLC and the first year where India is participating in the events. As part of the event Juey Mitra of Class XII A represented india in IFLC France and was accompanied by her teacher Ms. Jayalakshmi.
Students from USA, Russia, Egypt, Portugal, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Ukraine, Albania, Senegal, South Africa, Serbia, Bulgaria, France and India represented the event that took place on April 24, 2016 at Casino De Paris, Paris. Children presented songs and dance in their national language. Juey Mitra sang a hindi song ‘Des Rangila’ . Her performance was highly appreciated by audience.
Students and Teachers were taken to Paris Tour. They also visited Ambasoddors of Albania and Ukraine. After the Event children visited the Senate and the Parliament. Overall it was an enjoyable and learning trip were children leant to communicate in difference languages and understand different cultures.
Muskan Arora a student of class XC, Tagore International School, East Of Kailash represented India at the 14 th International Festival of Language and Culture (IFLC) 2016, the largest and most prominent organization for promoting world languages and cultures. Muskan was accompanied by her teacher, Ms. Mamta Sinha.
IFLC is an organization dedicated to cultivate and educate the youth and create a platform to share their cultural heritage with their peers around the world. The programme was organised at Mozambique between 22 March, 2016 and 27 March, 2016. It gave students the opportunity to demonstrate their talents in presenting the culture and traditions of their respective countries. Muskan Arora’s performance on the Hindi song ‘Des Rangilla” was well appreciated by everyone there.
The weeklong programme saw over 14 countries participating in the festival. Young people from all over the world had a unique opportunity to come together and share their cultures. The festival gave students the opportunity to demonstrate their talents in presenting the culture and traditions of their respective countries. Students tried to engage with the visitors and the local community through initiating and participating in social, cultural, and educational activities. It was indeed one of the most enjoyable experiences for the participants because it gave them an opportunity of exchanging their cultures and build relationships. The children of the participating countries also visited the Ministry of Women and Social Affairs, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Sports for their good wishes.
The hospitality of the natives of Mozambique and organizers of IFLC touched the hearts of all participating students. It was an experience of its kind that could not be ever forgotten.
FACE TO FAITH –VC SESSION ON ENVIRONMENT
PARTNER SCHOOLS :-GURUKUL – THE SCHOOL AND AQUIL BRIGHT KIDS ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL, PAKISTAN
DATE: 29th JANUARY, 2016 (FRIDAY)
FACILITATOR: MR. LUKE PANACCIO
The video conference between the three schools was facilitated by Mr Luke Panaccio. The students of the three schools first explained the term ‘Environment’ and then spoke about the environment in their neighbourhood and the steps that the government has taken to protect and conserve our environment. Students asked each other about their home environment and the need of today to wisely use our resources as the population is still increasing. Mr Luke complimented the schools and told them their ten to fifteen minutes discussion was a ‘quality discussion’. The schools further discussed the ‘value’ of worshipping plants and animals too, as they are a part of our environment and no one has the right to exploit the environment. The value of the practise of ‘Vanmahotsava’ in India was also explained by the students. One of the questions asked by a student was ‘How does religion/faith help us in protecting our environment?’ The students answered that our sacred books tell us to protect our environment and our gardens too, as this is part of our culture. Lastly, a poem was shared by a student on the urgent need of protection of our environment.
A team of eighty Chinese students and ten teachers visited Tagore International School, East of Kailash on 28 January 2016. Atlantis Innovation & Edu Travels Pvt. Ltd, a leading international education outreach company in the Indian subcontinent, had organized the friendly trip.
The guests were given a traditional welcome and were greeted by the Principal of the school, Nandita Sahu. The students and teachers from China interacted with the faculty and students of the host school and participated in various activities arranged by them in the science and math labs and in the art room. They thoroughly enjoyed the various cultural events which included music and dances of India.
Various dance forms of India were organised to acquaint the guests with the Indian culture and its rich heritage. The Chinese students also enjoyed playing volleyball, basketball and cricket matches with the Tagoreans. They were deeply touched by the hospitality of their Indian counterparts and thanked everyone for the love, care and warmth showered on them by the Tagoreans.
TIS PARTNERS WITH IFLC
IFLC-International Festival of Language and Culture is the largest and most prominent organization for promoting world languages and cultures. It is dedicated to cultivate and educate the youth and create a platform to share their cultural heritage with their peers around the world. The International Festival of Language and Culture first started in 2003 and proceeded with only 17 countries participating. Whereas last year, 145 countries had taken part in this event with more than 2000 participants.
TIS is one of the seven schools from Delhi which will be a part of the mega showcasing of IFLC annual celebration and showcase for the diversity of linguistic talents from across the world in countries like Romania and Mozambique in the year, 2016. . The aim is to build strong ties and lasting friendships, and raising hopes for world peace.
Principals of both the branches of TIS, Ms. Madhulika Sen and Ms. Nandita Sahu were a part of presenting the Brochure Proposal of -IFLC which was presented by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Tourism & Culture (independent charge) and Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Govt. of India.
IFLC project goes a step further taking blessings from Smt. Sonia Gandhi for their programme.
Organizers have taken endorsements from top leaders of countries.