All campuses of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School celebrated International Mother Earth Day, says a press release. The United Nations declared April 22 as Earth Day in the 1992 Rio Declaration.
Students of SLS, Lalazar Junior section celebrated this day with a special event inviting all the parents as their guests. Managing Director, SLS Schools, Asiya Talha was the guest of honour.
Pollution and deforestation were the pivotal areas that the students focused on in educating their audience as the theme for Earth Day 2017 was ‘Environmental and Climate Literacy.’ The first presentation was about the plant kingdom and its phyla (divisions). Starting with the most primitive plant, algae, an introduction was given in the form of a story with a message to plant more trees and diversify the plant kingdom for a greener environment. The next performance was on how forests are the lungs of our lands and students shared statistical information about the forests in Pakistan.
A dialogue between a tree and human being was presented by two students. A student dressed as a damaged, choked and hungry tree delivered a sad and thoughtful message to the audience giving the reasons for its state, the discharge of dangerous gasses from vehicles and air conditioners being two of them. Students performed dances and tableaus on multiple earth day songs invoking feelings of empathy and the last part of the programme was a comparison between the earth of the 1970’s and the earth of 2017. Two students represented both earths, the 1970s one a relatively clean and healthy earth and the 2017 one a very polluted and unhealthy earth.
Students of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School, Satellite Town senior branch celebrated the theme of their term ‘Respect for All’ by dedicating a programme to forests, says a press release.
Managing Director, SLS School, Asiya Talha was invited as the guest. The program began with students presenting information on the types of forests and marking the areas covered by them on a huge map which they had made themselves. A student read out a beautiful Urdu poem she had written herself titled ‘Dekho Darakht Na Katnay Paein’ (make sure they’re not cutting the trees). It received a lot of appreciation.
Then boys and girls dressed in colours of trees, wearing green t-shirts and brown trousers sang a song on the earth with a promise to conserve trees and forests. Students gave amazing facts on trees and their uses, like for medicine, in helping to reduce violence, increase economic activity and in acting as a sponge to provide us with clean water.
The next performance was a skit, a dialogue between trees who were talking amongst themselves about how humans were wasting them and causing danger to themselves and the entire ecosystem. The fact that we forget to take care of trees even though they’re nothing but beneficial to us was presented in a colourful tableau on the song “Na Kaato Mujhey” (Don’t cut me).
The second last performance was a dialogue between students and forest officers. The purpose of this was to enlighten the audience about how one can sponsor a tree, where the forestry departments are located in our cities and what new development is taking place in other countries to conserve forests which we can also adopt.
The last performance of the program was a two-sided story presented with some amazing background sound effects. It was about what life is like with trees and forests and how it will become if we continue deforestation.
Section Head, Adeela Rehman thanked her students and teachers for organising a very informative program and everyone got together over a cup of tea.
A team of delegates from the Canadian High Commission, Pakistan visited Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori & High School, Tufail Road branch for a workshop, says a press release.
The workshop was on the discussion of a comic book called ‘Pasban’ (guardian) developed by CFX Comics in collaboration with the Canadian High Commission. Students were provided with the book series prior to the workshop. The purpose of the discussion was to make the students think critically about the underlying jihadist ideologies and the concepts connected with radicalization in culturally relevant forms.
The team was led by Andrew Turner, Deputy High Commissioner of Canada in Pakistan, consultant Walter Sadiq, counsellor Ryan Mitchell, Amina Sarwar from the Political Department and Madeeha Farooq from the Police Liaison Office. The delegates were welcomed by the students by singing a beautiful national song. Then Turner shared his views on behalf of the people of Canada about cultural and religious tolerance.
The Q&A session consisted of questions like how one can avoid getting involved in a terrorist situation, why it is important to do a background check before one offers their help towards any social group and most importantly, how to talk about religious tolerance within our social circles. The discussion had students conclude that while there is always good and bad around us, the will to choose is always ours.
Principal, Samina Zeeshan thanked the Canadian High Commission team and said that no religion preaches intolerance and whosoever uses religion as a front to create unrest and divisions amongst people clearly has no religion at all.
After the national anthem was sung the students and teachers had an informal one to one session with the guests.
All campuses of Sadeeqa’s Learning System (SLS) Montessori and High School celebrated Pakistan Resolution Day with week-long activities, says a press release.
SLS Civil Lines Primary Branch celebrated the event in a special one-hour assembly that showed their patriotism and also educated their fellow friends about the history of the day.
The school compound looked beautiful covered with shades of green and white. Stick flags, paper flags and green and white balloons were seen everywhere in the assembly area. The first performance was on a national song. The students presented speeches in Urdu and English commemorating the dream, vision and mission of the day. They also shared a one line commitment they had made to work towards a better Pakistan.
The next performance was a medley of national songs paying tribute to the armed forces of the country. Boys and girls dressed as army officers marched and sang on stage wearing green and white headbands and holding stick flags. All the teachers and students in the audience sang along with them, and it was a beautiful sight to see.
The last performance was on ISPR’s “Hum Sab Ka Pakistan” marking the 77th Pakistan Resolution Day. The theme of the performance was “unity in difference”; that despite of all our differences, we are one nation with one vision and we will stand together no matter what. Some of the performers wore regional dresses while others wore green and white with green scarves adorned around their necks.
At the end of the program three students walked up on the stage dressed up as Quaid-i-Azam, Allama Iqbal and Fatima Jinnah and narrated a wish for the betterment of the country. Section Head, Huma Nasir, appreciated all the participants and the enthusiastic audience of students. She told the students that celebrating this day with so much pride also meant a promise to work for the nation and its people.