Gurgaon, July 17, 2017: Shiv Nadar School (a not-for-profit initiative of the Shiv Nadar Foundation in K12 private education) is celebrating the fifth edition of the “Joy of Sharing Week” – an initiative which aims to engage students from all grades in acts of giving and sharing. It marks the Founder’s Week celebrations at school. The week is observed to inculcate values of respect and compassion, along with making students sensitive to the larger community they are a part of, so that they grow up in to responsible and conscientious citizens. The celebrations, which started on July 10, 2017 at the Noida and Faridabad schools, concluded last Friday. In Shiv Nadar School, Gurgaon, the festival will begin today, and culminate a week later, on July 22.
This year, a total of 3500 students from the three Shiv Nadar Schools participated in the various activities as part of the week. They collected recyclable material and turned it into gifts for peers and teachers, and also served the support staff with sandwiches and juices they made in school. Students took the initiative to clean their own utensils after having lunch, as well as dusting and cleaning their classrooms. Teachers held discussions with students on values like caring, sharing, kindness and compassion. Also, 20 children from Rama Foundation (a not-for-profit committed towards improving the lives of the domestic workers’ children) attended a music session hosted at the school and also spent time interacting with the pre-primary students.
Col Gopal Karunakaran, CEO, Shiv Nadar Schools, witnessing the students’ response towards the initiative said, “Joy of Sharing week is an opportunity for us to inculcate human values in our students. It is the time they learn to make gifts for their peers, and experience the inherent joy contained in the act of sharing. Here, they also show sensitivity and gratitude towards the school support staff, who are constantly engaged in making the school hygienic and secure for them. In today’s competitive and impersonal world, we need to help students be more compassionate and grateful for the privileges accorded to them. This is a small step in that direction.”
Starting today, students from Shiv Nadar School, Gurgaon will help raise funds to buy household provisions for over 70 poor families who lost their homes and belongings in a devastating fire in the Gwal Pahari slum area earlier this June.
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About Shiv Nadar School
The Shiv Nadar School is a not-for-profit initiative of the Shiv Nadar Foundation in K12 private education to deliver educational excellence and provide education for life. With three schools in the NCR, The Shiv Nadar School provides students an environment that challenges them into discovering their talent and skills, with an aim to nurture ethical, respectful, happy and purposeful citizens of society. Over 3000 students and their parents, along with a team of 450 educators, are a part of the Shiv Nadar School family.
About Shiv Nadar Foundation
The Shiv Nadar Foundation (www.ShivNadarFoundation.org) has been established by Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL – a $7.5 billion leading technology and healthcare enterprise. The Foundation’s mission is to contribute to the process of national development and social transformation by establishing institutions and undertaking new initiatives in the fields of education and culture. The Foundation is committed to the creation of a more equitable, merit based society by empowering individuals to bridge the socio-economic divide through philanthropy based transformational education.
The Foundation set up the SSN Institutions (www.SSN.edu.in) in 1996, comprising the SSN College of Engineering (already a highly ranked private engineering college in India), in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The Foundation has also set up VidyaGyan, a residential leadership academy for meritorious rural children, at Bulandshar and Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh. In addition, the Foundation runs the Shiv Nadar University (www.snu.edu.in), an international multidisciplinary university with strong research orientation located in Greater Noida in India’s National Capital Region and the Shiv Nadar School (www.shivnadarschool.edu.in), a network of progressive urban schools across India aimed to provide children with education that creates lifelong learners. The Foundation has also set up the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (www.knma.in), India’s largest private philanthropic museum in modern and contemporary art with the vision to take art to the common public.