More than just a pile of books
Recently, each of the 472 pupils attending a secondary school of our Indian Partner was issued with about 3 kilos of school books and notepads. Unlike in Germany, the school management hosts a little party at the new term to celebrate the issue. The teachers give short speeches, representatives of the local administration or from business encourage learning and pupils recite passages from the Bible, which refer toshaping the personality.
“Parents are glad that their children can learn at our school”
Arun Kumar Mohanty, Director of our wortundtat partner AMG, explains why the school starts a new term in this way: “Many of our pupils’ parents do not have the opportunity to open up to their children education and perspectives in Indian society. They do not have the funds because they are struggling to survive on their small income. That is why they are glad for the opportunity that their children can learn at our school as it gives them the chance to live a different, more secure life later. Hence, we, in our capacity as a school carry a large part of educational responsibility in our boarding schools; in doing so we ensure that the young people follow a path that is good, both for them and society. We want to assume this responsibility to the best of our ability.That is why we encourage pupils at different events to study well and to practice good habits. Leading representatives of the city and other people of public live motivate the students. They challenge them to make an effort when learning. The speakers also talk of the necessity to get to know moral and ethical values. We use the book issue and similar opportunities to convey how important it is to have a goal in life and to work hard to reach it. The Bible says in the Book of Proverbs, 22:6: ‘Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it. ’It is our vision to educate students in such a way that they respect their family and regard themselves as a useful part of the society, in which they live. And we are grateful to see the positive results in the lives of our former pupils, as for a good part they are also the fruit of our work.“