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  School Cinema – instilling values to make better citizens

This session, Navrachana Vidyani has incorporated School Cinema, a learning module on life-skills, values and attitudes for students, parents and teachers, imparted through award-winning films and engaging activities, in the Life Skills curriculum. An initiative that commenced on July 22 with parents of Classes II, VI and X, and teachers of Classes I to X, the programme will gradually cover parents of other classes too.

Parents of Class II watched the movie 'The Glass Jar' which portrayed how a child learns all good things from his father, thus reaffirming that children learn more by watching others than by listening. Class VI parents took in 'Conditions Apply' that showed how, in order to fulfill the parents' aspiration, the child is all down and depressed. The film thus strongly advocated that parents should not impose their desires on their children. It was a different perspective on offer for parents of Class X who watched 'Best Friends forever' depicting the dilemma of guardians who hesitate to give their children the freedom to have their own social life.The teachers too watched their respective modules all of which stressed the fact that each student is precious and different from others.

On August 5,the initiative continued with the parents of Class I students, who were shown the film 'Bluetooth'. The primary message of the movie was to help the parents understand how they could be their child's role model by modeling their own behaviour. August 26 was the turn of parents whose wards were in Classes III, V and IX. Class III parents were shown the movie 'Beyond Belief' that highlighted the most rampant problem that children of this age group face - Child Sexual Abuse. The main motive was to spread awareness regarding this burning issue so as to secure our young ones. Parents of Class V viewed 'Tick Tock Time Emporium' that reiterated the age old fact that parents should spend substantial quality time with their children and not try to compensate with material things. The motion picture 'Hanging up' helped the parents of Class IX students to realize the distinction between encouragement and putting constant pressure to perform.

Each module always concludes with a follow up session wherein the viewers fill up a questionnaire based on the film they have watched. This helps to consolidate the life lessons imparted by the particular film besides reinforcing the message that tender, impressionable young minds have to be given a conducive environment in which they can flourish to their full potential.

Both parents and teachers have gained valuable insights after taking in these class appropriate modules that use cinematic storytelling, emotional connect and visual appeal to address real life challenges while the My Cinema Book engages students at 3 levels of learning – awareness, understanding and action.

Such efforts go towards laying a strong foundation for building the future citizens of this country besides cementing the School-Family partnership even more strongly than before!


Greening the cityscape
The Vadodara Municipal Corporation had proposed a massive tree plantation drive 'Mission Million Trees' last year. Under the initiative, the civic body proposed to plant one million trees in the city during the monsoon months. This year the drive was officially launched on July 18 under the leadership of Municipal Commissioner Shri Vinod Rao. The inaugural ceremony saw a host of dignitaries in attendance, including the Hon. Minister of Education Shri Bhupendrasinh Chudadama, the Hon. Mayor Shri Bharat Dangar and members of the Gujarat Vidhan Sabha. The distinguished audience was briefed about the importance of taking to the people ('prachar') such tree plantation drives and also about the on going khadi popularisation programmes and the progress made in these areas. The event also featured the screening of a video outlining the future project of 'Green Vadodara'. Each school present on the occasion was presented with two saplings and made to promise that they would assume the responsibility of nurturing them from that moment onwards.

It was thus a function replete with significance for our two student representatives, Smit Modi (XI Gen.) and Kavisha Desai (XII Gen.), for they perceived that the duty to re-green our planet lies with each one of us. And Navrachana Vidyani took up the gauntlet, enthusiastically embarking upon the initial task of sensitizing students to this mammoth responsibility. Subsequently, on August 19, Principal Sonal Verma distributed saplings to students of Classes IV to VII in order to inspire the younger lot to take to the path of 'Go Green'!

By way of follow-up, Mr. Hitarth Pandya from the 'Mission Million Trees' campaign came by on August 21 to provide guidance regarding the proper nurture of the saplings. Briefing the youngsters about the Mission, he gave them pointers on how to take care of the plants given to them and further advised that the children should find different economical methods of protecting the plants. He also shared his own stories and posed questions to the students, thus making the entire session extremely interactive and interesting for the young audience.

Vadodara derives its name from the banyan tree itself and we are committed to make this extremely laudable initiative a success, both for the city's beautification as well as for a cleaner environment.


An endeavour to breathe life into the Vishwamitri 'Vaho Vishwamitri'

The Community Science Centre has taken the lead in providing a common platform to every citizen to contribute towards the revival of River Vishwamitri, a programme underway since 2009 under the 'Vaho Vishwamitri Abhiyan'. This year, as part of the campaign, camps have been organised at various schools in Vadodara, Bharuch and Panchamahal districts, and one such camp was held at Navrachana Vidyani on August 19.

Students of Classes VII to IX watched a short film prepared by the Nature Walk Group members that showed citizens' views on how to bring about the holistic revival of River Vishwamitri. The children had an intensely interactive session with Mr. Jitendra Gavali (Director, Community Science Centre), who shared how the river possesses its own unique bio-diversity. Later, in his inspiring speech, Dr. M. H Mehta (Padmashri awardee, Chairman of Gujarat Life Sciences and a renowned Agricultural Scientist) talked about the efforts made by his team to bring about awareness in people and motivating them to take even one step towards reviving the river. Vidyanians also got an exclusive opportunity to witness a live demonstration of how to make seed balls and then later made some themselves to take to Sama pond for dispersal.

The camp was indeed worthwhile as the present generation, who will one day determine the future course of this nation, was well able to understand the importance of reviving the natural environment for the sake of our own continued survival.


VIMUN - 2nd innings!
Today marked the culmination of the two-day event wherein the delegates vehemently put forth their viewpoints so as to bag the coveted 'Best Delegate' award in their respective committees. The committee sessions and the General Assembly saw delegates enthusiastically discussing different agendas related to real world problems and also, crisis that take place worldwide.

When they knew awards were up for grabs, they left no stone unturned in stating all facts they had and trying to convince their respective chairs.
They seemed to have turned diplomats of the real world!
Much was gained and much was learnt but in the end, more diplomacy seemed to be in the air than the chair!
Well done, team VIMUN and hope these delegates prove to become worthy citizens of tomorrow!

Organize workshops, seminars in different parts of the country for educating and upgrading awareness of the general public to issues related to natural and national resources so as to highlight the dangers of environmental degradation.
Create, associate or co-operate with any other Society or Association having similar objectives.
Provide leadership in promoting national integration by encouraging and supporting the spirit of adventure and discovery while breaking down the barriers like those of caste, creed and gender.