"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela
Recently our school collaborated with one of the renowned NGOs of Vadodara city called "The Baroda Citizens Council". Out of many activities which this NGO conducts, students of our school volunteered to participate in the educational activity of this NGO.
8 students of Grade 11, as a part of the internship programme, taught children of the underprivileged section of the society. They conducted various activities related to math, soft skills, good touch - bad touch, communication skills etc for about 4 weeks with these children. These sessions were conducted in the evening to provide extra support, guidance and help to the children whose parents are labourers, construction workers etc. This experience gave our students a wonderful opportunity to not only teach but do their bit for the society as responsible citizens of the nation.
Students visited 'The Lakshya Trust', Vadodara, a shelter home for transgender people across the country and worked on addressing and advocating various issues of sexual minorities, made new friends and got a chance to know about their life, their interest and hobbies and their everyday routine.
Students had conducted few sessions to help them learn about basic computer skills (MS Office). The children there enjoyed interacting with our students and became well versed with using basic MS Office applications. This will in help them in their future lives.
The value of life is not in its duration, but in its donation
Cygnus World School, a visionary leader in school education, also plays a pivotal role in society for betterment of the underprivileged. In this endeavour a group of students of Grade X visited a school run by ‘Happy Faces Vadodara’ an NGO, in the slum area of Jadeshwar Nagar, near Akshar Chowk, Vadodara, on 06.05.2022, Friday. They donated some daily useful articles like Trainer Shoes, clothes and raincoats to children. These articles were donated by Bickley Park School, London, with whom Cygnus has collaborated for various activities over a period of the last 3 years. We express our gratitude to Bickley Park School and Happy Faces Foundation for their support in this endeavour.
“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” (Voltaire)
8th Grade Students of Cygnus World School organized a Labour Day Celebration on 04.05.22 to felicitate the Class 4 employees at the school, through heart-warming performances involving a short skit, folk-dance and a video. Students expressed their gratitude towards the helpers who toil the whole day for the smooth functioning of the school.
“Volunteerism is the voice of the people put into action. These actions shape and mold the present into a future of which we can all be proud.” – Helen Dyer
Small acts, multiplied by a group of participants, can transform the world. Community service is an effort to help people and make the world a better place to live in.
Cygnus World School is happy to share that our students worked with “Happy Faces” to design and paint walls at “Street School”, Sayajigunj, Vadodara, to create a sense of belonging within the community and to express their gratitude. Students’ enthusiastic participation and their willingness to develop a special bond with the Street School were incredible. Divided into different groups, they all took one week to complete this work and remained dedicated, involved and committed throughout.
The platform, bestowed upon students, was a wonderful opportunity to engage them in community service, boost their self-esteem, express their gratitude and help them reach new levels of skills. We achieved the most desirable outcome – continuous progress led by kindness and virtue.
The Children were given certificates of participation to recognize their efforts in the community service. The development of individuality and the participation of the individual in community service initiatives are two necessary aspects.
Our school collaborated with the NGO, ‘Happy Faces’ to work on the Sustainable Development Goals of Good Health and Wellbeing. The students of class 6-9 created a programme to spread awareness on Menstrual Hygiene on 20th, 22nd, 23rd and 24th November. The students discussed the matter and planned a drive to donate sanitary napkins. On the 25th, a group of students visited GIDC Makarpura and interacted with different groups of women there. They were able to discuss the topic openly and change their perspective.
- Saumya Patel-9B
Homosexuality and queer identities are gaining acceptance among the Indian youth in the present times. It still remains a constant struggle for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) individuals to openly express their gender choices within the boundaries of society and gain acceptance. It is still important to sensitize society to overcome age-old beliefs and accept the realities of gender.
Cygnus World School in collaboration with Lakshya Trust as well as with several dedicated students, have come up with a project D.N.A. i.e Definitions Not Applicable. It aimed to create awareness regarding the LGBTQ+ community. Under the project, the school organized an Orientation Program and a 3-day workshop at Lakshya Trust where the students taught them skills to de-stress including visual arts, dance and Zumba. The students interacted with them without any prejudices or notions, understood the struggles they faced and shared significant joyous moments with them.
A project by our students, Brij Patel, Diya Khera and Riya Patel. During the second wave of the pandemic, they helped out Covid+ patients and affected families by supplying them with groceries, food and other requirements at their doorstep.
An initiative by our Cygnites, Anjali Tandon and Namrata Tandon. These young girls raised awareness and collected donations to provide daily essentials, food and medication to elderly citizens by selling handmade items like masks, mask chains, and more.
Aarin Shah, Mishty Thakker and Varun Gangwal made us extremely proud with this project! Our students raised more than Rs. 2,00,000 within 2 days and arranged a half-year ration for ten families of people whose jobs were affected due to Covid-19.
Kushal Patel and Siddhant Agarwal; two students campaigned and spoke to people in order to raise awareness about the importance of books. They collected funds and thousands of old books. While the books were distributed to underdeveloped public school libraries, the funds were used to purchase and donate reference books.
After attending the Tur Mela in Vasanth Shala; an Adivasi school in Tejgadh, our students empathised with the inadequacies often associated with rural life. They helped raise funds through an art exhibition and utilised the profits to donate essential items. Furthermore, the student council also invited the students of Vasanth Shala for a day at Cygnus World School. This day was a celebration of inclusivity wherein all the children bonded together, through dance and musical performances.
An initiative in which the children of Cygnus participated with zeal. There are two activities under this initiative
1. Plate of joy
2. Donate old items for elderly
Plate of joy was planned to deliver 2 meals per day to the doorsteps of the elderly in slums across Vadodara by paying a minimal amount. Donate old items for elders was planned to make basic requirements like clothes, sweaters, slippers, socks, shawls and blankets and utensils available to the needy elders at their doorstep.