School Community Unity Festival

Uttam Chandra DasTeacher, Barbaka Tribal M.E. School
Uttam Chandra Das

Resuming classes after a long gap created due to the COVID-19 pandemic was a challenge, especially for the school students. Hence, I considered that going directly to academics would not be a welcoming and wise decision on the part of the school students. After a brief discussion with limited number of students in my school, I realized the necessity for creating a platform for the students wherein they could open up, after such a long gap, through participating in different forms of performing arts like singing, dancing, painting, sports activities etc. The newly constituted SMC also needed an orientation regarding the overall development of the school students. Thus, considering the above factors the 'School Community Unity festival' was organized.
ACTIVE PARTICIPATION OF THE COMMUNITY IN THE FESTIVAL
One of the primary aims of organizing the festival is to involve the community members actively in organizing the festival , which shall in due course of time pave the way for their active participation not only in social and cultural events but also involvement at the academic level. Such kind of involvement in all aspects of education of the students shall be reflected in the School Development Plan in the beginning of the next academic session 2021-2022.
PARTICIPATION IN SPORTS ACTIVITIES:
The students of Barbaka Tribal M.E. School as well as the students of other neighbouring schools in the village actively participated in different cultural and sports events during the festival including, football, volleyball and other such competitions. The programme finally culminated with a concluding cum prize distribution ceremony on 9 Dec 2020. Such kind of social and cultural events unite the entire community members comprising all the important stakeholders – students, guardians/parents, teachers and members of the School community. These kind of events play a vital role in bridging the gap between members of the community irrespective of caste, creed, religion and gender.
STUDENTS, ALUMNI, PARENTS AND BARBAKA BAPTIST YOUTH SOCIETY PARTICIPATED IN THE FINAL CULTURAL PROGRAM ON 9 DEC 2020
Apart from several sports events, the community members were also involved in conducting the cultural programme which was the key attraction of the festival, and has undoubtedly grabbed the attention of the guardians and other community members. Such events shall hopefully boost the admission in the coming session 2021-2022. The programme started with the JATIYA SANGEET followed by several colourful and traditional song and dance performance highlighting the rich muti-lingual and multi-cultural heritage of North-East India. The prize distribution ceremony was also held in the midst of the programme.
HONOURABLE GUESTS DELIVERED THEIR ENCOURAGING SPEECH AND MAGIC SHOW CARRING VALUABLE MESSAGE TO THE SPECTATORS.
The presence of the two guests inspired and motivated the community people as well as the students participating in the programme. The magic show attracted a lot of attention and was indeed very impactful as it carried a strong message for the audience. It was a wonderful sight to see the enthusiasm and sense of confidence and unity amongst the students of especially Barbaka Tribal M.E. School who benefitted the most from this programme.
PEOPLE EXTENDING ASSISTANCE AND PEOPLE ATTENDING THE CULTURAL PROGRAMME BEING OFFERED TEA AND LUNCH IN THE LAST THREE CONSECUTIVE DAYS
The programme was a successful event due to the hard work and dedication of the community people including our beloved students of Barbaka Tribal M.E. School. They were all offered tea and a modest lunch during the last three consecutive days of the festival. Generous monetary contribution by all the teachers of Barbaka Tribal M.E. School as well as specific members of the community made this programme a reality.
BARBAKA BAPTIST YOUTH SOCIETY TOOK INITIATIVE IN DECORATING THE VERANDA AND THE WALL MAGAZINE.
It is indeed a matter of pride and joy to see the level of active participation and enthusiasm in the energetic youths of Barbaka Baptist Youth Society. They are indeed the hiding stars and the real heroes of Barbaka village. This programme has given them an opportunity and a wonderful platform to showcase their hidden talent in organizing this event. They have really worked hard in decorating the venue as well as Wall Magazine of the School. Their active participation has indeed been a vital force in successful ending of the event.
REPORT PREPARED BY COORDINATOR OF THE PROGRAM UTTAM CHANDRA DAS TEACHER, BARBAKA TRIBAL M.E. SCHOOL