Friday, July 16, 2010

Now Schools are also participating to promote Games

There may be little excitement visible yet for the Commonwealth Games on the streets of the capital, but schools here are already upbeat about the sporting extravaganza. Schools are planning to organize various activities and events related to the Games to get children interested in the event and also create awareness about the players, sporting events and the countries participating.

According to school authorities, since the country is hosting an international event, it’s imperative that children realize its importance and feel proud of it. Bloom Public School in Vasant Kunj will be holding a mock opening ceremony followed by various competitions from next week. These activities will even be used for continuous and comprehensive evaluation. ‘‘Different classes will act as different countries and take part in the competitions. We are also designing worksheets based on the history of the Games, stadia, players and related trivia,’’ said principal Ashutosh Batta. He added, ‘‘We will have weekly worksheets for the 10 weeks remaining for the Games to start. These activities will be informative and also help instill a sense of patriotism in the children.’’ The school has also prepared a song for the Games. At Tagore International School, Vasant Vihar, students will have to collect daily updates on the preparations for the Games from August 1 and a bulletin board will be exclusively dedicated to create awareness about it. ‘‘All material for the board will be made by the students. We have also written to the CWG committee to let our students participate in the opening ceremony. We are also contacting the ASI to let our students volunteer as guides at historical monuments during the Games,’’ said Principal Madhulika Sen.

Jyoti Bose, principal, Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan, said, ‘‘By getting students interested in the event, we can create the right ambiance for a sporting event of this nature.’’ Springdales School is inviting former cricketer Steve Waugh to talk on sports.

Apeejay School, Pitampura, is organizing special sporting events. ‘‘We will also hold inter-class competitions. There will be display board decorations and essay writing on the history of Commonwealth Games, India’s past performance, facilities in the city and other related topics. Teachers will guide students through the coming weeks on everything about the Games,” said principal D K Bedi.