ISG STUDENTS ATTEND ROUND SQUARE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AT INDORE
Students of Indian School Al Ghubra - Ayush Ganguly, Jyotsna Ganesh, Khushi P. Shah and Mohammad Khuroo , accompanied by the Round Square Representative Mrs. Noella Vaz attended the Round Square International conference that was held at The Emerald Heights International School, Indore in India from 2nd October to 8th October 2019.
The Principal Mrs. Papri Ghosh also attended the conference which involved over 150 schools from 60 countries across the world. The conference covered a wide spectrum of activities on the theme ‘Sarvodaya- the world we wish to see’.‘Sarvodaya’ stands for simple living and high thinking and the progress of all. The delegates were involved in barazzas and rikkas to help bridge individual and cultural differences and discussed global issues such as poverty, child labour, discrimination against women to name a few.
The keynote speakers comprised universally acclaimed speakers such as Nobel Peace laureate Mr. Kailash Satyarthi who aced the mantra of 3Ds- Dream, Discover and Do. According to him ‘Sarvodaya’ is a world where compassion is a global theme. Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament explored the themes of democracy and globalization. Sophia – the first Robot Citizen (a social humanoid robot) used the platform to talk about climate change and human enslavement to technology. Kiran Gandhi, an electronic music producer, artist and activist focused on female empowerment and fourth wave feminism. Major Devendra Pal Singh, the first amputee runner of India shared his ideology of life that revolves around ‘ASK’ – Attitude, Skill and Knowledge. Swami Gaur Gopal Das- International Life Coach imparted simple life lessons through his animated speech which was peppered with insightful analogies..
As part of the adventure activity the delegates visited Mandu, the epitome of cultural, historical and architectural heritage and Maheshwar, the ancient city and the capital of the Holkars which is famous for the Maheswari weavers. The students were in awe at the sight of the intricate designs and the immense hard work that goes into making the saris of Maheshwar.
As part of the service activity of the different Barazza groups, the delegates were taken to The School for the Deaf and Dumb where they engaged in conversation using sign language with the students and spent quality time, bonding with them. They visited a school for underprivileged children and a small school for slum children and engaged in activities like painting the walls of the school. They also taught the kids rhymes and dances. They also visited an organic farm where they had first-hand experience in making peanut butter.
The delegates enthusiastically took part in the 27 km Marathon run for Cancer with Major D.P. Singh, India’s blade runner. In the Multicultural programme, the delegates from ISG performed a traditional dance which was much appreciated by the audience.
Overall, the conference was an amazing opportunity for the students of ISG to meet, mingle and make friends with students from all over the world. It provided a platform for delegates to exchange ideas and gain a global perspective on the many issues so that they are better equipped to take on leadership roles in the future.