The Voices Online National School Awards 2021

“Where the mind is without fear…”  Rabindranath Thakur.

The pandemic will remain synonymous with ‘fear’. But education institutions across the country managed to combat Covid. Instead of pressing ‘panic buttons’, they took the bull by its horns as they used technology to continue with ‘teaching’.

The, Advocate Ruhail Choudhury’s brainchild, brought together eight schools , recognizing the outstanding online excellence, the schools managed to achieve.

The BSS school was awarded for conducting an online international debate. The moderator, Professor Deborshi Barat, also recognized for being one of the better actors in his generation, expressed surprise and awe of this rare feat. The Principal, Ms.Sunita Sen, confirmed that it wasn’t easy to curate an international event of this nature, adjusting time zones and overcome technical glitches.

The DPS Rajpura school in Punjab is not even a year old, and yet , the young talents fromThe school managed to present an online Christmas cantata that had music, characters like Santa Claus and the Snowman and characters from the Holy Bible.

The St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, Calcutta, organized Exuberance, their annual fest. The school Captain, Naman Poddar while receiving the accolade from the webzine, shared that the students were determined to ensure the fest happens, even in the midst of the pandemic.

The Pathways World School was daring enough to conduct an online theatre exhibition. This was unique because the students participating from different cities, went live,to create the scenes. They were performing from their domestic spaces. The School proved to be a risk-taker. Ms. Seema Sareen, the theatre facilitator of the School received the award.

Riya Mishra, a student from M. R. Jaipuria School, Lucknow, shared how the school organized an online Poetry fest. English, Urdu, and Hindi were the languages one heard at the poetry session.

The South City International School, Calcutta charmed the zoom gathering, discussing the school’s online project of preserving tigers. The school is represented by the teacher Sneha Gomes expressed the school attempts to sensitize children from their early years, the importance of preservation of nature.

The Mahadevi Birla World Academy wanted to ensure that outdoor activities like sports, is not neglected by the students, even during the pandemic. Sharbani Mukherjee, faculty from the school mentioned that this year too, the annual sports were conducted, but virtually, with a similar competitive nature.
A special award was also given to Mr. Imran Zaki, an eminent educationist and social reformer for his outstanding contribution towards the education and welfare of underprivileged children.
Tanmay Chakrabarty CGO Tata Sons, Anoop Bose Senior Advocate Supreme Court of India and Lion Lekha Sharma District Governor of Lions Clubs International, Vijay Sarawagi and Dilip Jhajharia from Lions Club of Calcutta were the special guests of honor for the event.
Through this event, the message was shared by Voices online to its 80,000+ readers that Teachers have been also dynamic Covid Warriors, and their outstanding contributions need to be appreciated.
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