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‘A once-in-a-lifetime experience’

As part of ISA programme,the British Council organised the Young Global Citizen's Summit at Bhubaneshwar,Orissa.

Written by Express News Service |
August 1, 2012 1:36:40 am

‘A once-in-a-lifetime experience’

As part of ISA programme,the British Council organised the Young Global Citizen’s Summit at Bhubaneshwar,Orissa. I was one among the three other girls selected from our school. On January 24,we boarded the Konark Express at 2.45 pm to Bhubaneshwar,Orissa. It took three days to reach Bhubaneshwar. The host school,Sai International School,had sent buses to pick us from the station. The school was impressively beautiful. It had various facilities for recreation like a gym,tennis court,rock climbing wall,swimming pool,basketball court,etc. We had our breakfast at 8.00 after which we were given our backpacks containing a passport,t-shirt,cap,book and a pen. We were also provided with identity cards. We got to choose any three activities for the upcoming days. We were then shown to the classes for a brief introduction of the summit. In the evening,we had a cultural programme where the school band gave a brilliant performance. The next day,we went for our first session. Mine was big dance where we were taught a dance depicting events of the Olympics. After lunch,we proceeded to the second activity that was fine arts. The facilitator taught us to make a craft item. In the evening we were entertained by the inaugural ceremony of YGCS. The governor and chief minister of Orissa also paid us a visit. The following day,I went for last session of Youth Music Voices ,in which we learnt songs from Africa,Israel and England. Then we attended the valedictory ceremony,which showed us extracts from all the sessions in the summit. We then visited the sand art festival conducted on the Konark Beach. We were also taken to the Konark temple,also known as the Sun temple. At night,we had a large campfire and a wide-spread buffet for dinner. We also went for shopping. On the January 30,we came back to Mumbai. It was really a once in a lifetime experience. I thank my school for taking me to such an event and the British Council for conducting such an interesting and informative summit.

Anshruta Divakaran,Class iX Vidyadhiraja High School,Bhandup (east)

‘It was nature’s bounty on display’

Our school organised a trip to Sanjay Gandhi Park on July 21,2011. We set out from school at 7.30 am and reached there at 9.30am. As soon as we reached the park we went to the Butterfly Garden where we were mesmerised to see different varieties of the species. Beside the garden was the miniature of the National Park. We all assembled there and a guide explained us everything about the park. Following this he took us for a trail. When we were about to start our trail,we were struck by an extraordinary sight. We saw a white spotted deer behind the trees. Before we could satiate our excitement it disappeared into the forest. With a blissful heart we started our trail. Different types of trees and plants were introduced to us along with its medicinal importance. Among them was the soccer ball tree. The leaf of the tree was used as a purgative in olden times by people. Next was a plant which had flowers in the form of cup and saucer. When we touched a plant its leaves closed all of a sudden and the guide named it as press-me-not. We were quite surprised to see the nature’s bounty. We even saw various types of insects,caterpillars and even the nests of different birds like Taylor bird. The most amazing thing with the guide was that whenever we spotted a butterfly on our way,he told us the name of it as if he were a lepidopterist. Throughout our trail he imparted a lot of information to us about the plants and the park.

Anjitha Nair,Class IX,Vidyadhiraja High School,Bhandup (east)

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