Primary schools affiliated to the Uttar Pradesh board marked the birthday of their students for the month of April on Saturday with celebrations. A direction was issued in this regard to all primary and upper primary schools in the state in March.
Schools have been asked to identify birthdays of students month-wise and hold combined celebrations on the last Saturday of every month, in a special assembly during the last hour of school.
“Unlike students who study at private schools, those who come to study at government schools do not experience the joy of turning older. We aim to bring happiness and smiles on the faces of children with this move,” Karuna Sharma, additional basic education officer for Gautam Budh Nagar, said.
Sharma took part in the celebrations held at a primary school in Tugalpur area of Greater Noida on Saturday.
“None of the students raised their hands when I asked them if they had ever celebrated their birthday at home. This is the first time they are celebrating their birthday,” Sharma said.
Though no funds are demarcated for the activity, authorities have asked schools to organise celebrations on a small scale. Schools were instructed not to collect funds from students.
“We bought celebratory birthday hats for all children, besides biscuits and candies. We sang the birthday song ‘..Bar bar ye din aaye..’ with the children. The children were in a very cheerful mood. We also made those celebrating birthday make resolutions to study hard and respect elders,” Kanchan Bala, headmistress of government primary school in Gijhor village of Noida, said.
The birthday celebrations at the Gijhor school was held for 18 children. Bala said that it is not necessary to spend large amount of money on celebrations, as balloons and singing songs fills them with joy.
“These children lead a very hard life, so even the smallest acts elate them. Most of them celebrated their birthday for the first time,” she said.
Bala says that the school administration is planning to indulge students in more activities such as making birthday cars and decorating the school.
“Since most of the children come from farmers’ families, majority of them are absent since it is the harvest season. We hope to have full strength next month and celebrate the birthdays in a better way,” she said.