‘Change oneself to change the world’

Junior Round Square conf discusses bringing about change

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Published: Tue 3 Apr 2012, 9:28 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 12:56 AM

Eighteen Schools from across India, Armenia, Bangladesh and Oman participated in the Junior Regional Round Square Conference hosted by The Millennium School, Dubai. A total of 176 student delegates and 17 teachers took part in the conference held between March 22 and 25.

The school at the same time became a dormitory and a venue for conference sessions. And the meeting succeeded in creating a feeling of oneness among the youngsters and instilled in them the need for change to grow.

The ice-breaker session got everyone onto the floor and saw the participants getting involved in group games, music and dance.

It was encouraging to see the competitive and cooperative spirit amongst the student delegates and teachers as they quickly got to know each other.

The conference began with the presentation of flags by the participating schools followed by Michael Guzder, Principal of The Millennium School addressing the gathering.

Several mesmerising musical and dance performances by students of the host school followed. The Chief Guest for the occasion, Consul General Of India, Sanjay Verma spoke on the importance of change within oneself and one’s surroundings.

David Wilson, Guest of Honour, and Director of Asian schools and Chief Academic Officer, GEMS, India gave the student delegates vital information on the need for change in the modern world of materialistic interests.

This was followed by an inspiring talk by Oksana Tashakova, from the Academia of Human Potential.

The delegates then split into their ‘Barazza’, which means ‘public gathering’ in eastern Africa, and discussed important points from Tashakova’s speech. Next came the various workshops organised by the teachers and students of the host school, including theatre, art and craft, music and cookery.

The delegates then had a fun evening at the Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa. The second day saw a leadership orientation programme conducted by Michael Guzder. The evening outings to the Atlantis Hotel and the Mall of the Emirates were enjoyable experiences.

The third day started off with a talk by Yazad Darasha, Managing Director, Zawya, who spoke about dreams and the paths by which they can be accomplished. This was followed by the second and last Barazza session.

The final day saw the delegates join a clean-up drive organised by the Dubai Municipality at Mushrif Park.

The closing ceremony saw flawless performances by the delegates. A spectacular Indian dance, ‘Prakriti Swarupa’ performed by the host school brought the curtains down on the conference.


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