Fri. Jun 14th, 2024
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In the records of school events, there has often been a familiar pattern: model exhibitions, parents’ days, and traditional cuisine expos each given their moment in the spotlight, but always in separate settings, with only selected classes and teachers involved. However, my experience at a recent event shattered this convention, offering a truly extraordinary amalgamation of these activities into one seamlessly integrated affair. This groundbreaking initiative united not only students and teachers but also parents, School Management Committee (SMC) members, representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the Government Education Department, and local media channels.

The event in discussion was an exhibition masterminded by Mr. Shabbir Hussain Kacho, the visionary headteacher, and his dedicated team at Government Girls High School, Tolti Khurmung. Remarkably, this school is concurrently engaged in the School Improvement Program (SIP) spearheaded by Aga Khan University and the Aga Khan Foundation, infusing the event with an additional layer of purpose and significance. The exhibition itself embraced an inclusive approach, showcasing subjects ranging from Social Studies to English, Maths, Science, and Islamiat, complemented by confident presentations and program moderations delivered by students spanning classes 6th through 10th.

Beyond its educational significance, the event also served as the school’s annual day function, attracting the attendance of key figures from the Education Department, the DDO, feeder schools, parents, SMC members, as well as every member of the teaching staff and students. What set this event apart was its resourceful organization, utilizing low-cost or no-cost materials to underscore the school’s commitment to efficiency and sustainability. Under expert moderation, students delivered presentations of exceptional quality, a testament to their unwavering dedication and growing skills.

A particularly captivating aspect of the event was the cooking showcase presented by the Home Economics department, featuring a varied array of local, national, and international dishes. This cookery journey not only tantalized the taste buds but also celebrated cultural diversity and gastronomic artistry, embodying the spirit of unity and inclusivity that permeated the entire event.

Considering its exceptional achievements, I extend heartfelt congratulations to Mr. Shabbir Hussain Kacho, the exemplary teachers, diligent students, dedicated SMC members, and supportive parents of Tolti Girls High School, Khurmung. Their collaborative efforts have not only elevated the school’s profile but also set a shining example of what can be achieved through unity, innovation, and unwavering commitment to excellence!

By Darvesh Karim

The author is an educationist and working as a Senior Instructor at the Aga Khan Univeristy.

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