Thursday, October 21

Eco-friendly carnival to groom responsible citizens

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Students of over 20 schools, including St Xavier’s, Loreto and St Joseph’s, have come together to organise a two-day non-sponsored and eco-friendly carnival to inculcate skills of an able leader and instil self-discipline.

Ignite, which will continue till December 27 at the St Xavier’s Primary School Ground on Wood Street, involves 500 students from over 20 schools and three colleges who have executed the entire event from conceptualising the carnival to arranging the logistics. The three participating colleges are Loreto College, Shri Shikshayatan and St Xavier’s College.

“The objective behind organising this carnival is to groom responsible citizens and able leaders of tomorrow. In the process of organising this carnival they have learnt to simplify complex problems, be sensitive enough to accommodate the view point of others in the team and take decisions,” said Father John Rogers, who mentored the students to organise the carnival. “We often complain that the new generation is glued to their mobile phones. But we need to question ourselves too if we are providing them inspiration and newer avenues to bloom. From conceptualising the entire carnival to funding it themselves, from working out logistics to even setting up the stalls, they have done everything themselves,” said Rogers, who is the promoter for South Asia.

The proceeds from the two-day long carnival which involves games, healthy competition among students and music will go for charity.

“We have already given sewing machines to some ladies so that they can start their own business. We will give out wheel-chairs on Thursday,” said Sneha Agarwal from Shri Shikshayatan College. The students took measures to ensure that the carnival does NOT harm the environment in anyway. “We have not used plastic cups, bottles or carry bags. Dust bins have placed so that the playground is not littered,” said Swasti Shukla from Loreto College.

Source: Times of India

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