RSIC 2014, Sanskaar Valley School
Sanskaar Valley School
“We may not have it all together but together we have it all”
The 2014 Round Square International Conference was hosted by Sanskaar Valley School in India.
The conference, which took place in Bhopal, engaged students from schools around the world in debates and discussions on issues of global importance including the role of government in the world's largest democracy. The theme 'We may not have it all together but together we have it all' and official logo designed by Sanskaar Valley School student Mansi Neekhra reflected this.
Consistent with the Round Square ethos of personal development and challenge through its six ‘IDEALS’, the five day programme included adventure and service days, key note speakers, discussion sessions and cultural and social events and activities.
Sanskaar Valley School offered visiting schools an immersive experience to Indian culture; with vibrant celebrations, traditional dancing, national cuisine, volunteering in local orphanages and senior citizen centres and exploring Sanchi – the oldest stone Buddhist temple and monasteries. “I think that’s the beauty of a Round Square trip: to experience someone else’s culture through their eyes,” said Beulah, student from Cobham Hall, England.
“This Round Square Conference has been wonderful, warm and colourful.” Agrees the Headteacher from St. George’s Grammar School, S. Africa.
Aamir Khan, a renowned film director, screenwriter, actor, humanitarian and one of Time’s 100 most influential people in 2013, opened the conference on the subject of leadership and how celebrities can play a positive role in generating social change.
Meanwhile journalist, author and news anchor, Sagarika Ghose, spoke of change and progress in her country, saying, “I believe change is a must in India today, at all levels of life, at the level of the family, at the level of society, at level of social relations, at the level of gender justice. And what better way to create change than by collective action?”
In group Barraza sessions, students discussed the impact of the guest speakers had on them as individuals, and how they could relate their message to their own lives. It was not only a fun conference, but a great learning opportunity as well.
Students from Westfield School for Girls, England agreed their trip was “a humbling, yet inspirational and life-changing experience.”