REPORT: THE INAUGURAL CEREMONY HELD AT DPS VASANT KUNJ ON 3rd JUNE 2013
The South Asia PASCH Youth Camp for German learners 2013 was inaugurated at DPS Vasant Kunj on 3rd June 2013. The event is a part of a week long programme for more than 100 participants from 5 South Asian countries viz. Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India. His Excellency, Mr. Michael Steiner, the Ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany to India was the chief guest. The event was attended by Mr. Ashok Chandra, Chairman DPS Society, Mrs. Renu Mital, Director DPS Society, Prof. (Dr.) Usha Luthra, Chairperson DPS Vasant Kunj, representatives from Goethe Institute Max Mueller Bhavan, principals of the prominent schools, the young learners, and their accompanying teachers.
The inauguration commenced with the school principal, Ms. Bindu Sehgal felicitating the guests. A melodious solo rendition of a German song focusing on the objective of the camp i.e. ‘World Peace’ was presented. It was then followed by the group song in English called ‘Prometheus unbound’ which exhorted children to become the harbingers of change leading to peace.
In his welcome address Mr. Ashok Chandra, Chairman, DPS Society welcomed the chief guest and other eminent guests. He especially welcomed the young learners from the five participating nations and expressed hope that their stay at the camp would create everlasting bonds of friendship. In his address, he not only rightfully acknowledged the talents of today’s young learners but he also outlined the need for the young learners to mould themselves according to the changing milieu to become global citizens. He expressed his sincere gratitude towards GIMMB for extending all their help and support in organising the camp.
A much appreciated fusion dance by the students of the host school representing various Indian dance forms such as Kathakali, Kathak and Bharatnatyam along with the western Jazz and Ballet was then performed. The dance focussed on the fact that even though we come from different walks of life, yet we can coexist in balance and harmony.
Mrs. Renu Mital, Director DPS Society then presented before the audience a power point presentation on the five glorious years of association between PASCH and DPS society. The PPT was based on German Learners in various DPS schools across the country. She highlighted the various events conducted in these schools in association with PASCH such as camps, exchange programmes, football tournaments etc.
Ms. Manveen Anand, PASCH Project Manager, then introduced the 12 participants of the German Quiz to be held later in the day. There were 2 participants each from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal, along with 6 participants from India.
Prof. (Dr.) Usha Luthra, Chairperson, DPS Vasant Kunj in her address apprised the young learners of the importance of learning a foreign language. She impressed upon the fact that participating in such quizzes would always enhance the intellectual abilities of the learners. She then felicitated the 12 participants of German Quiz.
His Excellency, Mr. Michael Steiner, in his address first congratulated the school and learners for their achievements in the CBSE Exams. He made an observation that girls performed much better than the boys. He then mentioned with great pleasure that DPS Vasant Kunj was the first German Partner School under PASCH and that the Partner School Programme has been a great success in the South Asian region. He appreciated the enthusiasm to learn the German language as exhibited by the young learners in all the partner schools that he had visited. He further emphasised on the need for foreign language learning as it is the key to becoming a truly global citizen which is pre requisite in the thoroughly globalised world.
The vote of thanks was delivered by the school principal, Mrs. Bindu Sehgal. With great pride, she expressed sincere gratitude towards the DPS Society and GIMMB for being given an opportunity to host the camp. She thanked the chief guest and all the esteemed guests for gracing the occasion with their presence. She then invited the chief guest, to declare the camp open.
The ceremony concluded with the German Ambassador declaring the camp open by releasing balloons representing the tricolored flags of both the countries.