The importance of cleanliness and hygiene cannot be overlooked by any society. Every religion, faith and civilization stresses its importance. Since ancient times, it has been considered one of the important factors of judging a civilisation’s or society’s development. The students of SAI International Residential School observed the Daan Utsav or the Joy of Giving week from October 2 to 8, 2018 with a difference, instead of giving something they chose to spread smile, time and efforts. Students were divided into groups; they together visited Bhalunka Munda Sahi, a village nearby. One group chose community service while the other visited a school of the village. To heed the burgeoning need for clean and healthy environment, students who went for community service presented a short skit on health and hygiene especially open defecation and cleanliness. They also helped the villagers in cleaning their living spaces, surrounding and houses and inspired them to make one of the tenets of Mahatma Gandhi of ‘Swachh Bharat’ a reality. As they believe service to mankind is service to god, students did the ablution themselves with proper safety measures.
Children are the building blocks of the society hence need the proper nurturing at the right age. Catch them young, make them focus, and develop them by exposing them to the other side of the society. The second group of students got the opportunity to spend some quality time with the primary school students of the village by playing games with them, reading out stories, sharing smiles, drawing, laughing, empathizing and enjoying their way. It was an experience of a lifetime for the students of SIRS. Bringing a smile on someone’s face is easy, one just needs to try. Students took a step forward to bridge the gap and they did it wonderfully.
SIRS aims at providing value education and encourages the students to follow the ethos of value education through community outreach and empathy. Students of SIRS are constantly mentored and provided with the unique opportunities to serve the local communities and collaborate with them, create awareness about issues and make them self sustainable and self reliant. This develops in them an inner urge to render their contribution towards the betterment of the society. All this helps in embedding social awareness not only in the students’ but also in the schools’ curriculum.