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Flag hoisting and more in schools this January 26

From pledging their allegiance to the country in French to engaging in a walkathon, students in the city will be participating in more than just hoisting the national flag on the 60th Republic Day on Tuesday.

mumbai Updated: Jan 26, 2010 01:20 IST
Bhavya Dore

From pledging their allegiance to the country in French to engaging in a walkathon, students in the city will be participating in more than just hoisting the national flag on the 60th Republic Day on Tuesday.

“We thought it would be a good idea to use the opportunity to spread awareness of global warming in the community,” said Kavita Aggarwal, principal of DG Khetan International School, Malad. The school’s students will walk a two-km stretch in the neighbourhood carrying banners and placards as part of the awareness drive.

International schools are also seeing this as an occasion to instill a sense of patriotism in students, who might have their sights set on going abroad. Mulund’s NES International School’s students will tour various parts of the city in the school bus to perform skits on communal harmony.

“Instead of wanting to serve their country many just want to go abroad. We want them to develop a feeling of duty to their own country,” said NES International School’s director N. Balasubramanian, who plans for such activities to continue throughout the year.

At Podar International School, Santacruz, students will speak on topics related to the country’s history and constitution in Hindi, Marathi, English, French and Spanish. A guest speaker will also deliver a speech on the impact of economic recession.

RN Podar School, Santacruz, will orient parents to the changes afoot in the CBSE curriculum. Students have drawn on subjects in their curriculum to make games and presentations for their parents.

“We get to learn, experiment and come up with something awesome at the end,” said Class 9 student Abhishek Joshi.

“We try to do something different every year,” said principal Avnita Bir. “This time we wanted to orient parents on how their children are learning through exciting practical methods.”