What are the odds that one’s good deeds are rewarded decades later? Here’s a gist of one such act. A kind lady once paid for a young ticketless traveller out of compassion, who was in a deplorable condition. Due to her poor background and difficult times, the girl was not only offered monetary help for the ticket, but shelter and education to empower herself. The obedient girl achieved her dreams and was even able to travel to the US and settle into a good life. One day, unexpectedly the sponsor of the girl, on one of her travels, faced a pleasant surprise while checking out of her hotel. Her bills settled by the very same girl with gratitude whose train tickets were taken care of. The true act of compassion had yielded such happiness and well-being to one and all. The compassionate lady is none other than the Chairperson of Infosys Foundation, Ms Sudha Murthy.
Great or small acts of such philanthropy have its foundation in one’s value system. We all recognize the importance of values as the backbone for a successful life and a peaceful society. However,pratising the same practising the same has found a slippage in recent times. One such important value is that of Compassion. Mere Academics is important but the cherry on the cake is alongbwith academic excellence we are able to achieve the value inculcation also. We focus on only three values. Compassion humility and happiness. This states we shoudl provode the opportunity. We should communicate we are provinding. There is a difference.
Classes on ‘moral science’ is a thing of the past. New age children need new ways of learning. Samsidh’s Character Development and Leadership Program have helped us adopt innovative ways of instilling the above-mentioned values. We strive to the maximum extent possible to incorporate each of the values in each of our lesson units. Every floor of the school is adorned with photographs of great personalities to remind the students of the values that they stood for. We even have a ‘Value Anthem’ that is recited in the assembly and can be found on our website
Character Development and Leadership Program an interactive programme has been introduced to promote personality development. Values are introduced by means of narrating stories, enacting role plays, working in teams etc. Team games are conducted to develop social skills, communication skills, tolerance towards differing opinions, listening skills, empathy and a lot of other cognitive skills such as critical thinking, decision making and problem-solving etc.
The most interesting of all activities conducted to encourage children in following all the values was carried out by conducting healthy competitions even among younger classes. Every month we conduct an event in which we reward our children who portray acts of kindness we called it ‘Samsidh’s Random act of Kindness’, where the child has conferred the ‘Kindness Hero’ title for their little acts. This could be as simple as watering plants, helping their parents or siblings at home or their peers and teachers at school etc. (https://www.facebook.com/SamsidhMLZSElectronicCity/). Many such activities are conducted on a regular basis to create the 21st century’s ethical, happy and creative leaders.
For more information, visit our school website http://www.samsidhmlzs.com/ and our Facebook page, to learn the ways in which our students grow into socially responsible, world-class citizens. Do visit any of our six school campuses across Bengaluru at your convenience. We are located in Horamavu,HSR,Vidyaranyapura,Kanakapura,Vellore, Electronic City