Students from various schools met the President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre (RBCC) on November 14, 2022.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that childhood is the most beautiful phase of life. Children are accepted as they are. This is what makes them so alive. Today we are celebrating this innocence and purity of children.
The President said that every new generation brings new possibilities and new dreams. This is a new era of technological and information revolution. Children are now aware about various domestic, social and environmental issues. With the advent of technology, knowledge and information are now at their fingertips. So it is all the more important that we make more efforts to teach them the right values and involve them in various activities and discussions. We can also learn a lot from children.
The President advised children to dream big and dream for a new and developed India. She said that dreams of today may become reality tomorrow. She advised them to think about the kind of India they want to live in when they grow up. She urged them to follow the path of duty without worrying about the result which will eventually lead them to great success. She said that the path they choose today would determine the journey of India in the coming days. She also advised them to keep their inner child alive even as they grew up. She urged them to stay connected with India’s culture, always respect their parents and love the motherland.
More reports of the Children’s Day
School children from Delhi NCR write 1000 open letters to address the rising pollution levels
This Children’s Day, handwritten letters by children using ‘Pollution Capture Pencils’ by Otrivin Breathe Clean, urge everyone to take simple actions to build a better future. Through these 1000 open letters, children have shared their pollution stories with the world, talking about how air pollution is impacting their lives and what small steps they are taking as young kids to make this world a better place. The heartwarming letters share personal incidents and anecdotes from these children’s lives. The ‘Pollution Capture Pencils’ are acting as instruments of change for the school children. A common thread binding the words of over a thousand children, is a desire to live in a pollution free environment and a wish that every individual make small amends to build a better future. Children also urge adults to take small yet impactful actions like participating in a tree planting drive, turning off their cars while waiting at a red light or to commute using a public transport.
This Children’s Day, Otrivin Breathe Clean encourages adults to take a pause to listen to the voices of children and give them this special gift, the gift of breathing clean. Otrivin Breathe Clean brings to life this initiative of 1000 open letters, written by children using a special pencil, through a film which can be accessed at https://youtu.be/30sQDUGOy8k
Otrivin Breathe Clean has installed 22 sustainable and self-cleaning air purifiers to improve the air quality of approximately one thousand school children. The pollution residue collected from these air purifiers was then mixed with graphite* to create ‘Pollution Capture Pencils’. These specially produced, and designed, pencils were used by school children in Delhi NCR to write over 1000 open letters to adults urging them to take small actions to help them breathe better.
Learn more about the initiative and contribute to the ‘Pollution Capture Pencils’ initiative of Otrivin Breathe Clean by helping install more air purifiers across Indian schools by visiting www.actionstobreathecleaner.com . The initiative aims to raise INR 40 Lakhs which would help set up approximately 100 air purifiers in schools.
Orchids The International School Celebrates Children’s Day with
“Fun Fair – Relive Your Childhood”
Children’s Day, celebrated on November 14th, is one of the best occasions to make every child feel special. So this Children’s Day, Orchids The International School organized a unique “FUN FAIR” event on 13th November. The event was organized at 32 OIS premises across 10 major cities in India. The theme of the event was Relive Your Childhood.
The event was conceptualized by the school chain to engage children and their parents to bond over nostalgia-themed outdoor games. The school recreated many 80s and 90s games in an adorable manner taking parents back to their childhood days, and children witnessed their parents act as kids again in amusement. Interactive activities and fun games such as Big Bouncy Castle, Balloon Dart, Magic Show, Ring Toss, Musical Chair, Lemon Spoon and many more exciting games brought the parents and kids together to enjoy it equally. The winning team of parent and kid for each game were rewarded with special gifts from the school.
The event was open to all and entry was free. The response to the event was overwhelming overall; more than 25,000 children and parents attended the event across 32 branches.
Teach For India & Aatma Prakash foundation organises ‘Child Safety Week’ with an emphasis on student’s mental health
To celebrate children’s day and put the spotlight on children’s mental health, Teach for India in collaboration with Aatma Prakash mental health foundation is organising a ‘Child Safety Week’ from 14th to 19th November, where students will experience a safe space to enhance their emotional identification, expression, and management through an hour-long experiential Mindcare session. The sessions will be held both offline and online for students from Grade 6 and above across all Teach for India partner schools in 8 cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, and Kolkata
According to UNICEF, over 50% of all mental health problems start before the age of 14. A 2014 IJMR finding further states that 50% of the 356 million youth in India are struggling with mental health challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought multiple challenges which had mental health repercussions for everyone, including children and adolescents. Uncertainty, increased screen time, social isolation, and parental fatigue all have negatively impacted a child’s mental health. Moreover, children who have spent most of their time with their parents are now facing separation anxiety making the transition back to school more difficult. The Mindcare sessions that will be held during the child safety week are aimed at addressing these pertinent issues affecting children in their learning routine.
Vi Foundation Celebrates Children’s Day with the 2nd Edition of ‘ViR ki Kahaniyaan’ – a compilation of inspirational stories of students
Vi Foundation, the CSR arm of Vi, organised a special event to release the second edition of ‘ViR ki Kahaniyaan’ book and felecitate children for their academic excellence and extracurricular achievements. The book is a compilation of real life stories of children from the various social impact programmes of Vi Foundation. Additionally, Vi Foundation also unveiled the book ‘Chalo Meri Story Padhe’ which is a collection of stories from communities.
The book ‘ViR ki Kahaniyaan’ and ‘Chalo Meri Story Padhe’ were released by Anurag Maloo, Entrepreneur, Mountaineer, and Global Advocate for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in the presence of P Balaji, Chief Regulatory & Corporate Affairs Officer, VIL, and Director, Vi Foundation; and Dr. Nilay Ranjan, Head, Vi Foundation.
The book ‘ViR ki Kahaniyaan’ promises to take its readers on the journeys of children from various walks of life who have overcome struggles and followed their dreams. It captures how Vi Foundation has leveraged technology to empower children to excel in their studies and help teachers follow their passion and impart knowledge in creative ways. To view/read the book, please visit http://vicsr.flowpaper.com/https://vicsr.flowpaper.com/VIRKIKAHANIYAN
Addressing the audience at the virtual event, India’s very own Superhero ‘Shaktimaan’ (Actor Mukesh Khanna), Actor and Talk Show Host said, “The future of our country depends on the children of today. Each of them has a Shaktimaan hidden within him / herself. We need to strive to nurture and empower our children and unleash their talents so that they can be the decision makers of tomorrow and unlock a brighter future for the nation and the world.”
Speaking at the event, P Balaji, Chief Regulatory & Corporate Affairs Officer, VIL, and Director, Vi Foundation, said, “We at Vi Foundation firmly believe that quality education for every child is crucial to unleash the potential of the next generation and unlock a better future. We have always focused on education as a key area and have developed programmes that leverage technological interventions to improve the quality of education, and most importantly help in reshaping the education sector. Through our transformative initiatives such as Jigyasa, Gurushala, Teachers & Students Scholarship, and Teaches Robotics, we have positively impacted over 16 lakh children across the country. Our endeavor is to continue to expand our programmes to achieve scale thereby improving our children’s future and aid in nation building.”
Anurag Maloo, Entrepreneur, Mountaineer, and Global Advocate for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, said, “We all have dreams, but what matters is what we are doing to live those dreams. So, dream first and then take ownership of your dreams. You must show up every day to act and commit yourself to achieve those dreams. There is nothing you cannot possibly do, as this life is a journey to discover your human potential and we must do everything to Unleash the Shaktimaan we have in ourselves. Keep learning and reinventing yourself, this is what I’m doing – discovering my own human potential, and helping others discover theirs. Remember, as you shape your future, you are shaping the future of the world. Take charge. Be the dreamer and the doer to help the world achieve the Global Goals.”