“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile,” so wrote the famous 19th century physicist Albert Einstein. Education is far beyond the sphere of theoretical knowledge, and also embodies inculcating social responsibility in a child.
With a focus on how schools are giving back to society and ingraining values in their students, the HT–C-Fore survey evaluated schools on social accountability. St John’s High School, Chandigarh, was rated the best in the tricity when it comes to social responsibility, while Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School and Carmel Convent School, Chandigarh, were ranked second and third, respectively.
Outreach initiatives by St John’s High School and Sacred Heart School have helped the two rank high on the parameter. St Anne’s Convent School is fourth and St Stephen’s School, Chandigarh, is fifth in the tricity in the parameter of social accountability. St John’s High School’s group, Swarm, is an abbreviation of “segregation of waste and recycling management”.
The students’ group works on environmental concerns as part of the school’s eco-club, and its members stay back after school hours to gather and segregate waste on the school premises. Special care is taken, as the students wear gloves and masks while performing the task.
At St John’s, there’s an outreach propramme under which students interact with members of less-priviledged section of society.
Sacred Heart School, as a step towards uplifting the underprivileged, involves its students in several outreach initiatives.
Sacred Heart School’s Sahodaya Social Service Club offers coaching to children who do not go to school and dropouts for helping them appear in school exams.
Club members also visit Nari Niketan, old-age homes, Missionaries of Charity and Leprosy Colony, especially on festive occasions. They share their life experiences not only by being sympathetic listeners, but also by extending help.
With the aim of developing an attitude of empathy, the club conducts blood donation camps, free medical check-ups, and awareness campaigns on social issues. The club has also adopted a girl as part of promoting its girl child programme.
Safety and hygiene
Safety and hygiene are factors that do play out when parents look to finalise a school. Understanding the parents’ concerns, schools are taking care of providing safe transport to students and maintaining hygiene, while inculcating personal hygiene in them.
In the parameter of safety and hygiene, Strawberry Fields has been adjudged the best school in tricity. The second position is shared by Carmel Convent School and Vivek High School, Chandigarh; The Gurukul, Panchkula, and The Millennium School, SAS Nagar.St John’s High School and Delhi Public School, Chandigarh, are third. "It is in the students’ and our interest that hygiene is maintained at the school. Besides, care and support to each individual is important," said Atul Khanna, director of Strawberry Fields.
PK Singh, principal of Vivek High School, said, “A school is a place where a child stays for more hours than anywhere else. Hence, it needs to be neat and clean.”
Gurpreet Bakshi, administrator of St Kabir Public School, Chandigarh, which is among the top-5 schools, said, “We aim at the overall development of a child. Our focus is child-centric.”
What they say
It is in the students’ and our interest that hygiene is maintained at the school. Besides, care and support to each individual is important. Atul khanna, director, Strawberry Fields, Chandigarh.
A school is a place where a child stays for several hours of the day. that is the basic reason why a school needs to be neat and clean. PK Singh, principal, Vivek High School, Chandigarh.