On September 29th, the Primary Wing of The Khaitan School, Noida, came alive with enthusiasm and reverence as students, teachers, and the Head of Junior School gathered to commemorate the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, fondly known as ‘Baapu.’ The occasion, celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti, aimed to not only honor the man who led India to freedom through non-violence and truth but also to educate the young learners about his life, ideals, and principles.
A Heartfelt Commencement
The special assembly began with a heartfelt prayer, invoking the blessings of the almighty, setting a serene and reflective atmosphere for the event. The assembly then took a moment to reflect on the essence of the occasion as a pledge was administered to the entire audience.
The Pledge of Unity and Progress
The pledge, inspired by the Panch Pran of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, covered key points that resonated with Mahatma Gandhi’s vision for India:
1. To make our country, India, an entirely developed and self-reliant nation.
2. To celebrate our nation’s rich heritage.
3. To strengthen unity among the citizens and to respect those noble individuals who safeguard our country’s values and principles.
The Power of Gandhi’s Ideals
One of the most impactful segments of the assembly was when the students of grade 3 presented a quote by Mahatma Gandhi and his ideals. Through this quote, the children conveyed a powerful message about the transformative power of self-change in bringing about positive change in the world.
The Dandhi March Play
The assembly then took an interactive turn as a group of enthusiastic students performed an energetic play based on the theme of the ‘Dandi March.’ This play depicted the unity of Indian citizens during a major nonviolent satyagraha movement led by Mahatma Gandhi. It not only entertained the audience but also imparted awareness about the significance of non-violent resistance in India’s struggle for freedom.
A Tribute in Song
The choir group rendered the melodious song, ‘De di hame azadi,’ which highlighted how Bapu played a pivotal role in gaining freedom from foreign rule through his unwavering commitment to truth and non-violence. The song’s meaningful lyrics left the audience spellbound and served as a reminder of Gandhi’s enduring legacy.
A Resounding Success
The students’ enthusiastic engagement and dedication were evident throughout the assembly. Their captivating performances filled the atmosphere with the positivity and principles of Baapu. Ms. Seema Khurana, the Head of Junior School, applauded the participants for their outstanding showcase. She reflected on the three fundamental principles of Mahatma Gandhi:
3. Swadeshi (self-sufficiency)
The assembly concluded with the entire gathering standing united, singing the national anthem, “Jana Gana Mana,” symbolizing the unity and diversity that Gandhiji envisioned for a free and independent India.
The Gandhi Jayanti celebration at The Khaitan School was not merely an event but a heartfelt tribute to the man who showed the path to freedom through non-violence and truth. It was a moment of reflection, inspiration, and education, instilling in young minds the values and principles that Mahatma Gandhi lived and died for. The legacy of the Mahatma continues to inspire generations, and this assembly was a fitting tribute to his enduring spirit.