11 September, 2019 · Global Citizenship Awareness @ Silver Oaks Holistic Child Development: August 2019
Global Citizenship Awareness @ Silver Oaks Holistic Child Development: August 2019
Independence Day Celebrations: “Land of the pure”, the literal translation of the word Pakistan, gained independence and sovereignty, over the East & West Pakistan territory, on 14th of August, 1947 (27th Ramadan according to the Islamic Calendar) through efforts and sacrifice of millions of remarkably committed Muslims of the sub-continent led by Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Although the nation, annually, celebrates Independence Day with much fanfare and passion, we, the people of this nation, are miles away from the unity – faith – discipline code of our founding father. Conversely, at Silver Oaks, while celebrating Independence, our intent was to get Oakians focused on giving thought to the role each and every member can plan in shaping the future of this country. In activity-based assembly, Oakians performed tableaus, skits, and national songs to dedicate the day to their beloved country.
Sacrifice & Charity virtues honored by Oakians in the spirit of Eid-ul-Adha: The Latin term “sacrificium” usually implies "doing without something" or "giving something up". Charity is an act of kindness and benevolence through giving voluntary help, monetary or otherwise, to those in need - an institution, a single person or a group of people. On the occasion of Eid ul Adha (Islamic Festival of Sacrifice), affluent Muslims all over the world perform the Sunnah of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) by sacrificing an animal with the meat distributed in three equal shares - one part is distributed amongst the poor; the second part is distributed amongst the relatives, while the third part is retained for own use. This is an opportune time in the Islamic Year to remind ourselves of these universal humanitarian virtues – sacrifice & charity. Around this theme, Oakians undertook creative writing in the Urdu language – they penned down their thoughts on topics ‘Eesar aur Qurbani ka matlab’,’Eid kay din main ney zaroratmandon ki madad ki aur unhain …’; “Eid ul Adha par Qurbani ki Ahmiat”, “Eid-ul-Adha qurbani ka din hai kyon k….”, “Agar hum Eid k moqa par gharibon ki madad karna chor dain tow….”, “Eid-ul-Adha par qurbani ka mutlab sirf janwar zibah karna Nahin balqay….” and “Islam main Aisar aur Qurbani ki Ahmiat…”. Oakians came in Eid dresses and shared their lunch. Pupils of pre-school took part in the Show and Tell activity as well.
World Humanitarian Day Celebrations: The World Humanitarian Day focuses on the welfare of human beings - aiming to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity in the aftermath of man-made and natural disasters. It was first marked on 19th August 2003, following the worst-ever attack on the United Nations Headquarters that explosively unfolded in Baghdad, killing 22, including Sergio de Mello, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the leader of the UN Mission in Iraq. This attack highlighted the growing risks that humanitarian workers face. Internationally, Pakistan has been accepted as a victim of disasters. Individual Pakistanis like the late Abdul Sattar Edhi have been cited as examples of champions for humanity. Conversely, Oakians performed different activities to celebrate Humanitarianism. Within this context, Oakians were provided reference material to develop and deliver Urdu Speeches on the theme with topics “Insaniat Kia Hai”, “Insan aur Insaniat”, “Insaniat Dum Torr Rahi Hai” and “Insaniat aur Khidmat-e-Khalq”. Pupils of pre-school enjoyed the orange color day with story presentation activities.
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