Children’s Day also known as Bal Diwas in India, is celebrated on 14 th November every year. The reason behind the celebration is the Birth anniversary of our First Prime Minister, a legendary politician and an eminent freedom fighter- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Jawaharlal Nehru was fondly called Chacha Nehru by children; he was often cited as saying that, "Children are like buds in a garden and should be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow”q Prior to the death of Jawaharlal Nehru, India used to celebrate Children,s day on November 20 (the date observed as the Universal Children’s day by the United Nations). After the death of Jawaharlal Nehru on 27 th May 1964, it was unanimously decided to celebrate Nehru’s birthday as Children’s day in India.

We at Clara Global School celebrated Children’s day with great excitement and enthusiasm. The school never looked as colourful and as lively ever as it looked on 13 th November. The students were dressed up for the Fancy dress competition. When all the students gathered in the auditorium, the programme started with the Head girl, Arya Dude’s introductory speech on the special day.She enlightened all students with the very reason why Children’s day is celebrated. Post the Head girl’s speech the Co-ordinator – Mrs. Rhoda Rathnam quizzed the students on questions about Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s life and children’s day.

As the participants came on stage, we could see the parent’s hard work in getting innovative and creative costumes and the props organised. 90% of the Clarites participated and their confidence on stage was remarkable and commendable.

The Headmistress Mrs. Patricia James compered, cheered, encouraged and appreciated the hard work put in the parents. The Pre-primary students stole the show as they were excellent with their dialogues and costumes. The Primary students also used their imagination and creative thinking skills to their best.We had famous personalities like astronaut Neil Armstrong, Chacha Nehru, Mother Teresa, Singer Subha lakshmi, Jhasi ki rani, Savitri bai, Tippu sultan in all their grandeur  and many more prominent personalities from the past come alive on stage with their messages. There were students in very imaginative costumes dressed as a bunch of grapes, popcorn, French fries, toothpaste,helmet etc. Important messages were also imparted by our students like ‘Save the girl child’, ‘Say no to plastic bags’, ‘Save mother earth’, ‘Use helmets and stay safe’ were emphasized. The Judges for the competition were Director -Mrs. Hemangi Kawade, Principal – Mrs. Jean Innis, Head Mistress- Mrs.Patricia James, and the Co-ordinator Mrs. Rhoda Rathnam. The programme ended with the Principal encouraging the students to continue the same enthusiasm in all the upcoming events. The students were treated with healthy sandwiches and cupcakes. It was out and out a very entertaining day for the teachers as well as students.
– By Ekta Chawla