INDORE, Oct 12: Round Square is a world-wide association of 200 like-minded schools that believes in the educational philosophy of Kurt Hahn and consider education as a character-building process. KC Public School is the only school from J&K with global membership of this association.
Every year, member schools meet during an international Conference and this year, it was held at the Emerald Heights International School, Indore, India.
Two students of KCPS, namely, Jhanvi Rajput and Saanvi Gupta attended the Conference along with school Managing Director Arti Chowdhary and teacher escort Rachna Sharma as adult delegates. The Conference began on October 2 and concluded on October 8. About 1000 students and adult delegates from all over the world attended the Conference.
The opening ceremony of the Conference on October 3 turned out to be a grand affair with eminent keynote speakers addressing the delegates on the theme of the Conference: ‘Sarvodaya – the World We Wish to See’.
The keynote speakers were Kailash Satyarthi, the Nobel Peace Laureate and Shashi Tharoor, the famed author and MP. Student delegates from all over the world lent the opening ceremony a grand outlook as they marched on the stage bearing their school flags. The host school presented an impressive cultural show on the occasion by showcasing the rich and diverse culture of India.
The 6 days’ Conference was a hectic and busy schedule of activities revolving round 6 Principles of the Round Square, namely, Internationalism, Environmentalism, Democracy, Leadership, Adventure and Service. The eminent keynote speakers on each day set the ball rolling for baraza discussions by students on the theme of the Conference.
The other activities during the Conference consisted of an adventure outing to historical Mandu Fort near Indore, a marathon run for Cancer Society of Indore and several service-oriented visits to homes and institutions for children with special needs.
Each day concluded with a brief cultural show in which student delegates put up a performing item from their native regions. KCPS students presented a short Dogri dance item which was applauded vociferously.
KCPS has done pioneering work on the implementation of RSDF programme in the school and Arti Chowdhary has been giving presentations on it to the adult delegates during these international conferences. This year too, she made an impressive presentation and earned the appreciation of the delegates.
Rod Fraser, Chairman of Round Square and Rachael Westgarth, CEO, graced the Conference with their presence and took part in all the activities.