Indian School Ibri celebrated Gandhi Jayanthi, on the 2nd of October 2019 in the school auditorium to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, a pioneer of truth and non violence. The programme began with a prayer song. On this solemn occasion speeches highlighting Mahatma Gandhi’s role in India’s freedom struggle and his principles were made by Ms. V Angelina of (Grade XI). Mr. Philip Hanock, a senior teacher, spoke on Gandhi’s life. On this occasion as a part of Global Gandhi Solar Yatra, the demonstration of Solar lamp was done by the students of classes IX to XII, which is an initiation from the Indian Embassy Muscat in collaboration with IIT Mumbai. Next, Mr. Sam Mathews, explained the importance of alternate source of energy to create an awareness on the use of renewable resources among the students and teachers. Mr. Suresh V S , the Principal, garlanded the portrait of Gandhi and spoke on the importance of Gandhi Jayanthi. He also brought to light the various incidents that happened in the life of Gandhiji. He said that Mahatma Gandhi was a follower of ahimsa and nonviolence. He explained further by saying Mahatma Gandhi taught the world the lessons of Non- violence and truthfulness and insisted on the students to inculcate the values and teachings of gandhiji in their lives. Moreover, he urged the students to save the planet by planting more trees and also the use of natural resources without harming the environment. A skit on the saving of water was presented by the students, followed by that a tableau was presented by the senior students on Gandhiji’s travelling experience at South Africa related to racial discrimination and Dandi March. Glimpses of Gandhiji’s life was screened in the auditorium. The students also took a pledge to follow the principles of non-violence and truth as advocated by Gandhiji. Followed by that ‘Each one plant One’ programme was held
where all the students brought tree saplings to plant and retree our planet. SMC treasurer: Mr. Firoz Hussain, members: Dr. Suresh Balakrishnan and Mr. Jamal Hassan planted tree saplings along with the teachers and students. As part of the programme students cleaned the school campus and the surroundings, by reinforcing the message of maintaining a clean environment. Gandhiji’s favourite Bhajan Raghupathi Ragava, Vaishnavajan were sung by the students in the assembly. As part of the programme ‘Omani Day of Physical Activity’ was organised by conducting mass drill, Kho-Kho games, Shuttle Badminton, etc., for students to give importance to their physical and mental well being. Master Dennis Suresh, of class XI compered the programme. Sweets were distributed to students at the end of the programme.