All campuses of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori and High School celebrated World Cities Day, says a press release.
The United Nations designated October 31st as World Cities Day to encourage the international community to take interest in the effects of urbanisation. The students of the SLS, Tufail Road branch made and displayed projects reflecting the theme of sustainability in the urbanisation of cities.
The students divided themselves into groups and chose to study the top seven most sustainable cities in the world. The projects were displayed in the school ground and the parents and students who came to visit them were given information about each city. The stage of the school was separately decorated by the senior students and was transformed into a small windmill station with windmills that were operated by small batteries. The students not only made a laudable effort in creating the projects but they also collected useful data on how these top cities contributed in making themselves sustainable socially, economically and environmentally.
Special emphasis was put on the necessity of a clean environment to breathe for the sustenance of human life and the measures adopted the world over to obtain a carbon free environment was one of the focal points of these presentations. From Singapore to Stockholm and from Tokyo to London, students gave some very interesting facts about how these cities succeeded in providing a sustainable environment for humans and animals.
The famous landmarks of the cities gave them away immediately. Amsterdam’s huge tulip fields, the extensive overhead cycling track of Copenhagen and the Tyresta National Park of Stockholm were appreciated. Walking from one project to another showed well-researched flow chart diagrams, figure representation of water purification plants and models of green lighthouses and windmill stations.
Students also focused on the cities of Pakistan and the issues urbanisation is bringing socially, economically and environmentally. Principal, SLS, Tufail Road branch Samina Zeeshan appreciated the effort of her students and teachers and said that such projects were essential for students to be involved in for them to become well-rounded individuals.
Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School held its annual Inter-SLS debate competition, says a press release.
A total of 95 students from higher secondary and high school classes from eight campuses participated in Urdu and English debates. In lieu of the number of participants, the event was held at two separate venues. The English debate competition was held at the Lalazar campus and the Harley Street campus hosted the Urdu debates. Seventh and eighth graders made one category and the 9th and 10th graders competed with each other.
For the English declamation, the 7th and 8th graders debated on whether the internet meant the end of newspapers and books whereas the 9th and 10th graders gave their views on whether posting student grades on bulletin boards was humiliation or motivation to perform better. The panel of judges consisted of educationalist and master teacher trainer, Shaista Shahid, educationalist and student counsellor, Sitwat Yusafzai, and journalist and analyst Rana Qaiser.
In the Urdu declamation students spoke on “Mai Jeeton Ya Haroon, Mai Sikander Hoon!” (Is winning the most important thing?). The 9th and 10th graders questioned ethics and being street-smart in “Kia Emaandari Hamesha Kaam Aati Hai?” (Is honesty always the best policy?). Renowned Urdu novelist, Shireen Haider, educationalist Nuzhat Tariq, and motivational speaker Farah Ali were on the panel of judges.
After three hours of excitement and cheering, the debate competitions came to an end. The audience of parents, teachers and participants applauded as the results were announced.
In English 7th and 8th graders, Wahib Javed from the Harley Street Senior branch got the first position, Ayat Nawaz from Tufail Road branch, Fateh Kirmani from Senior Section Lalazar and Haya Khurshid from Islamabad bagged the second position. In the 9th – 10th graders, Tooba Kabir of Tufail Road branch came first, Shehr Bano from the Islamabad branch and Abdullah Imran of Peshawar Road senior branch both stood second.
In Urdu 7th and 8th graders, Ahmad Mansoor and Abdur Rehman from the Islamabad branch got the first and second position respectively and Aliyan Rizvi from Peshawar road senior branch stood third. For the 9th – 10th graders, the first position was taken by Aliza Shehzad of Tufail Road branch, Haniya Tayyab from the Islamabad branch stood second and Khadija Akhtar of Peshawar Road senior branch came third.