At SAI International, we believe that marking International Days is a great way of bringing the global perspective to life in the classroom and engaging students with issues that affect people across the globe.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
International women’s day is observed in the school to honour the remarkable contribution of women in the society, to secure women’s rights and build more equitable societies. School invites women of eminence from varied walks of life to inspire the children by their talks. There is a row of activities related to women in the school.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS
To recognise the importance of happiness in lives of children SAI International celebrates a day of happiness on March 20 of each year, with activities related to happiness, both in classroom and outside.
WORLD WATER DAY
World Water Day, as identified by the UN, is for water and energy. The students, through their presentation, attempt to raise awareness of the inter-linkages between water and energy and on the importance of utilizing this life giving resource effectively. A skit is performed that focuses on a broad range of issues related to the nexus of water and energy and concluded with the message of “Save Water”.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE
At SAI International, the students recognize that the privilege of a good education comes with a responsibility to help others and it is one of the prime reasons that observing International Day of Service is an integral part of the ethos of the school. This day focuses not only on students providing service to the community and to the marginalized, but also gives our students the chance to learn about human values of compassion, empathy, mutual respect and tolerance. Every year the students render their selfless service to the marginalised students and gift them a day of fun learning at SAI International School campus, which extended to them the experience of being a SAIoneer, making them feel inclusive and cherished. The day begins with a special assembly at the Indraprastha Auditorium of the school, where the students are given a platform to showcase their beautiful talents. Interesting activities that energize the minds and bodies like yoga, aerobics, asanas, swimming are included to give the students a time of undiluted fun. An interactive session is held for the students to share their experience and stories with the SAIoneers.
Bastille’s Day is celebrated each year where the students are briefed about the French Revolution through a skit and dance performance by the young SAIoneers. Appreciating the effort of the students to spread the message of Bastille’s Day, it is emphasised that such a day is an apt example of misconnect between rulers and people.
INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY
SAI International celebrates International Youth Day with full fervor every year, where the SAIoneers take on various themes like anti – smoking, anti – ragging etc. The students aim at spreading awareness among the people at large, to refrain from activities that can harm the dignity of an individual. The School Band brings in a lot of excitement with its wonderful and well rehearsed ensemble. Such campaigns are much appreciated by the people and they cheer for the SAIoneers. Youth can undoubtedly be change makers in thrust areas like promotion of national values, social harmony, national unity, education, health, sports and recreation, gender justice, participation in community service, environment and climate change issues, and the national & local government. Hence the United Nations started the observation of International Youth Day in the year 2000 to address the issues concerning the youth because youth is truly the hope of our future.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
Peace is a pre-cursor to a joyful and meaningful existence. When mankind works towards bringing in peace and harmony, happiness is sure to prevail. At SAI International School, it is our endeavor to create a generation that will foster peace in this world. To sensitize students in this regard, we observe the International Day of Peace each year. The young SAIoneers spread their messages of peace and harmony by hanging peace doves throughout the campus. They also work on creating peace bulletin boards, each displaying what peace means to them. The SAI family takes a peace pledge to bring in love and make this world beautiful. SAI International School is also the only School from India to be a part of the Kids for Peace Chapter. It is a global nonprofit organization that provides a platform for young people, to actively engage in socially conscious leadership, community service, arts, environmental stewardship and global friendship. Kids for Peace have launched over 100 interconnected chapters around the world. Through Kids for Peace projects and programs, youth of all socioeconomic backgrounds are empowered to become part of positive solutions, leading to a healthy and harmonious planet.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF NON-VIOLENCE
Indians celebrate Gandhi Jayanti and Shri Lal Bahadur Shatri’s Jayanti while the UN observes October 2nd as the International Day of Non-Violence. As quoted by the UN Secretary-General, “Gandhi proved that non-violence can change history. Let us be inspired by his courage and conviction as we continue our work to advance peace, sustainable development and human rights for all of the peoples of the world.” And hence according to the General Assembly Resolution of June 15, 2007, established the commemoration, the International Day is an occasion to “disseminate the message of non-violence, including through education and public awareness”. The resolution reaffirms “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence” and the desire “to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence”.
Students pay tribute to both the great leaders, the father of the nation and Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri, second Prime Minister of India. They stage various performances and activities in the school.
WORLD STUDENTS DAY
World Students Day is observed on the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr Abdul Kalam, on October 15. In 2010 the United Nations declared October 15 as “World Students’ Day”. School holds the observance of this day through different activities in the classroom and outside.
INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY
A journey of spiritual, mental and physical well-being: International Yoga Day is celebrated in SAI International School premises every year. Acknowledged universally as a lifestyle and an ideal way of living, Yoga has been practiced for thousands of years in India, and later accepted world over for general well being and spiritual advancement. Highly recommended for all, especially students across all age groups, its immense benefits are known to bring peace and emotional balance in individuals if practiced regularly. Also known for its far-reaching benefits to alleviate stress, apart from relaxing a tired mind and body and reinvigorating the thought towards being positive, it is believed to help in enhancing memory. Increasing flexibility, strength, balance and endurance are just a few of the innumerable benefits of yoga. SAI International School has adopted it in its co curricular process since its inception. An invigorating session on Yoga with insightful facts and practice sittings for students and the teachers is organized on this special day, which has been recognized by the UN and is seen as a great way to bring about qualitative changes in the lives of citizens universally. Starting with a prayer, and some warm up exercises the session demonstrates and practices some special asanas including Tadasana, Vajrasana, Vakrasana, Savasana, practice of Pranayam, followed by Dhyana.
WORLD POETRY DAY
The students of SAI International School are nurtured to be comprehensive citizens who have the ability to think globally and act locally. Internationalism is an important dimension of our School ethos and hence we observe and celebrate the International Days with sincerity and enthusiasm. World Poetry Day is observed by honoring the American children’s poet, author and singer/ song writer Shel Silverstien. Students use props and enjoy putting their acting talents to the test.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DIABILITY
International Day of Persons with Disability is a highlighted event at SAI International School. Projects have included donation drives for special needs schools, training sessions in art, sports and computer, interactive sessions and workshops with persons with disability, hosting students with disabilities at our school, collaborative projects that address inclusiveness and acceptance. Our goal at SAI is to bridge the gap between our students and students with special needs. Our school will always remain a safe haven for children, no matter what their ability and we will continue to encourage our SAIONEERS to embrace every race and gender and never let their perception of ability get in the way. We often perceive that a person with a disability is limited but more often than not they are more than capable, they are true champions.
INTERNATIONAL STORY TELLING WEEK
International Story Telling Week is a long time tradition at SAI International School that started in 2012. Each year during this week students read stories, perform skits, participate in book themed activities, including creative writing, and learn about different children’s book authors from all over the world.