Posts Tagged ‘Children’

Student Volunteers step up for Teach India Project’s Earth Day Celebration

April 26, 2012

Teach India Project hosted an Earth Day Celebration at the Burlington, MA Public Library on Friday April 20th, 2012.  Mrs. Karen Rickershauser, Principal of Memorial Elementary School in Burlington, MA presented the book, “The People Who Hugged the Trees”, an environmental tale from India, to a spell bound audience of first, second and third graders.  Children in the audience and parents who were present were captivated by her expressive presentation and the discussion of environmental concerns that followed.

Through hands-on craft activities at the event, children learnt that they could repurpose and reuse common household recyclables.  They made gift bags out of newspapers and magazine pages and transformed common plastic bottles and jars into usable and fun containers.  Each child wrote out a pledge of what they could change in their own lives to be more environmentally conscious.

Eleven young volunteers guided and supported the Earth Day Celebration and the event would not have been possible without them. They were (in alphabetical order):  Arya Bhat, Jagravi Dave, Kanmani Kabilan, Mathew Jankowski, Niket Patel, Parth Nagraj, Sakshi Gera, Sanjana Iyer, Serina Khalifa, Shishir Bhat and Vibhav Bhat.  Teach India Project will continue to provide volunteer opportunities to students through events, for writing and publishing online and for taking part in all kinds of creative programming for our website www.teachindiaproject.org .

This event was supported by local merchants:  Raja and Rana’s Indian Market, The Mughals, Rita Gandhi (Realtor with Showcase of Homes), Ritu Ki Rasoi, Towne market Inc. and Smita’s Boutique.

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Never too early to think about celebrations

June 9, 2011

See photos of Diwali at Children’s Museum from last year.

We helped with this event. It was Boston Children’s Museum first ever Diwali celebration.

Photo album of Diwali at Children’s Museum, Boston 2010

Republic Day – A Grand National Celebration – video presentation

January 31, 2011

The Republic Day parade in Delhi each year on January 26th is India’s grandest National Celebration.  See a video about the parade in from the Teach India Project-

What do you want your kids to learn about India?

June 26, 2009

No Place for Gandhiji in My Life

September 26, 2008

A thoughtful article by Meenal Pandya:

Anytime we talk about leaders, we think of politicians, business leaders, and spiritual leaders but we forget that just being an adult is being a leader and a role model – especially if you are a parent.  As long as there is someone who looks up to you, depends on your decisions, or follows in your foot steps, you are a leader.  And being a leader is a tough job because your every action – or inaction – brings consequences to those in your life.  You may change the course of the future generations depending upon how big a leader you are.

 

Mahatma Gandhi was, without doubt, one of the most respected leaders in recent times.  He said “my life is my message” and thus when we look closely at his life, we can derive some fundamental principles of being a good leader.

 

  • Govern by principles and not policies. It is natural for a leader to make rules and policies that can be implemented.  Many business locations display a sign, usually a retail store or a small business where they proclaim that “Honesty is the best policy”.  Although it sounds great and policies are needed to run any business, organization or even a family with a clear perspective, the true leader should govern by principles and not by policies.  Honesty is a great principle. Policies can be bent when needed but a principle is something you live by.  Gandhiji always perfected his actions according to his principles and made every decision – political or personal – based on his guiding principles of truth and non-violence. Be clear about what you value and which principles dictate your leadership.

 

  • Integrity is sacred.  When any leader’s integrity is derived from values that are absolute, it becomes sacred and dependable.  A great leader is the one whose integrity is never questionable and rests on absolute principles.  In Gandhiji’s case, his absolute values were truth and non-violence and even during the toughest of times or against the strongest of enemies, his actions always abide by those two values.

 

  • Have one single standard for all your actions.  Gandhiji always believed in a single standard of conduct in his public life and his private life.  When we see today’s leaders behaving very differently while they are in public versus in their private life, we understand why this is a very important aspect of being a good leader.  Having a single standard of conduct creates the kind of persona that others can trust.  There is no distinction between who you are at work with who you are at home, there is no distinction between how you treat a superior and how you treat your inferior.  When this line is erased because you have a single standard of conduct, then you emerge as a leader who is respected by every one.

 

  • Lead by example.  Gandhiji proclaimed that “my life is my message”.  Whether your role as a leader comes from being a parent, a small business owner, a supervisor at work or a leader of a community, lead by your example.  This is easy to say but hard to follow.  As parents we always know that children learn from our actions and not our lectures.  Let people around you see how you conduct yourself and without saying a word, they will understand what the right behavior is.

 

Of course, Gandhiji taught us many things, including brevity, truthfulness, non-violence, resistance to injustice, and service to humanity; traits that are extremely important in a leader.  But these traits can become hollow words if they are not practiced with principled leadership that Gandhiji modeled, the kind that we can all practice.

Share feedback about the latest issue of the Newsletter

October 11, 2007

From one of our readers: “I really enjoyed this issue.  Being a new yoga convert, I found all the links inspirational!  I’m going to forward it to my …. friends who are taking yoga with me, and I’ll tell my yoga teacher about the newsletter when I see her on Thursday. “

Learning Hindi

October 4, 2007

Someone I know looked at the website of the Teach India Project and said dismissively, “There’s nothing for me here.”  I asked him what he was looking for.  “I want to teach my grandson Hindi and you don’t teach an Indian language.  I want to show him that banana is ‘kela’ and an elephant is a ‘hathi’.”  I sent him my copy of the Incredibles dubbed in Hindi.  I wonder if he will watch it with his grandson.