The theme of this academic year is ‘Global Citizenship: Learning for a better world’.
Who is a Citizen?
A citizen is someone who not only ‘belongs’ to a place but also someone who plays a pivotal role in the progress of the society.
A ‘Global Citizen’ is someone who cares about oneself, how he acts and how his actions impact others- both locally and globally. Today, each one of us is a ‘Global Citizen’, whether we are conscious of it or not. The world today has come so close that we cannot afford to stay untouched by the worldly events. Today, more than ever before, the ‘global’ is part of our everyday local lives. We are linked to other countries socially, economically, culturally, politically, and environmentally, as well. The workplaces today are more multinational and multicultural than ever before. The media and internet have brought the happenings and events; the celebrations and devastation’s right into our drawing rooms.
How does one summarizes the qualities of a ‘Global Citizen’?
The Global Citizen is someone who:
- is aware of the wider world and has a sense of his own role as a world citizen
- respects and values diversity
- has an understanding of how the world works
- is outraged by social injustice
- participates in the community at a range of levels, from the local to the global
- is willing to act to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place
- takes responsibility for his actions
Why is it important to introduce Global Citizenship in the school years?
Children form ideas about who they are and how they fit into the world around them early on. They are already developing attitudes about their own self-worth and the worth of others. The attitudes and skills needed to make a positive contribution to making the world a fairer and more sustainable place in the future need to be encouraged and developed from an early age.
Global citizenship is not an additional subject. It’s about valuing the earth as precious and unique and safeguarding the future of those coming after us. It is a way of thinking and behaving. It is an outlook on life, a belief that we can make a difference.
To initiate a step in the same direction we are sending a circular on how can we all contribute in being a ‘Global Citizen’. The school will conduct many activities during this year with an aim to achieve this goal.
Head – Dept. of HRD & Research
Kindly, share this valuable information wherever possible.
- If you see children Begging anywhere in INDIA , please contact: “RED SOCIETY” at 9940217816. They will help the children for their studies.
- If you want to search for any BLOOD GROUP, you will get thousands of donor’s address on www.friendstosupport.org
- Free Education and Free hostel for Handicapped/Physically Challenged children. Contact: – 9842062501 & 9894067506.
- If anyone meets with an accident due to fire or people who are born with problems in their ear, nose and mouth, he/she can get free PLASTIC SURGERY done by Kodaikanal PASAM Hospital from 23rd March to 4th April by German Doctors. Everything is free. Contact: 045420-240668, 245732. “Helping Hands are better than Praying Lips”
- If you find any important documents like Driving license, Ration card, Passport, Bank Pass Book, etc. missed by someone simply put them into any nearby Post Boxes. They will automatically reach the owner and the fine will be collected from them.
By the next 100 months, our earth will become 4 degrees hotter than what it is now. Our Himalayan glaciers are melting at a rapid rate. So let us all lend our hands to fight GLOBAL WARMING.
- Plant more Trees.
- Don’t waste Water & Electricity.
- Don’t use or burn Plastics
It costs 38 Trillion dollars to create OXYGEN for 6 months for all Human beings on earth.
“TREES DO IT FOR FREE” so “Respect them and Save them”
Special phone number for Eye bank and Eye donation: 04428281919 and 04428271616 (Sankara Nethralaya Eye Bank). For More information about how to donate eyes please visit this site. http://ruraleye.org/
Free heart surgery for children(0-10 yr) Sri Valli Baba Institute, Banglore – 10. Contact: 9916737471
Medicine for Blood Cancer
‘Imitinef Mercilet’ is a medicine which cures blood cancer. It is available free of cost at “Adyar Cancer Institute in Chennai”. Create Awareness. It might help someone. Cancer Institute in Adyar, Chennai. Address: East Canal Bank Road, Gandhi Nagar Adyar, Chennai -600020.
Landmark: Near Michael School. Phone: 044-24910754, 044-24911526 044-24911526, 044-22350241 044-22350241
Please CHECK WASTAGE OF FOOD. If you have a function/party at your home in India and food gets wasted, don’t hesitate to call 1098 (only in India). They will come and collect the food. Please circulate this message which can help feed many children.
LET’S TRY TO HELP INDIA BE A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN FOR OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS.
Universal Education Group
Dept. of HRD and Research
Mental Health Week: 10th October, 2011 to 14th October, 2011
Anger is a very natural and common emotion. Everyone gets angry without any regard to age, race, sex or economic status, but when it becomes an integral part of our lives and starts interfering with our daily life or lingers for a long time very frequently, it may signal a problem that requires help. As part of our “Mental health week which is from 10th of Oct’11 to 14th of Oct’11.We decided to address this problem which is increasingly becoming a cause of concern for modern day urban living.
Kindly go through the handout…I am sure it would be of great help to you!
Dept. of HRD and Research
Myths about Anger
Myth 1: Aggression is the instinctive way of expressing anger.
REALITY: Aggression is a learnt behavior, acted out by individuals who have poor impulse control and have gotten away with it in the past.
Myth 2: Expressing anger releases hostility and the person gets rid of it.
REALITY: This is not necessarily so. Studies indicate that habitual focus on and expression of anger can actually increase hostility.
Myth 3: Tantrums in childhood are healthy expressions of anger.
REALITY: Tantrums become a way of controlling parents, and they reinforce the habit of demanding immediate gratification.
Myth 4: You should always express what you feel, including rage and hostility.
REALITY: It is often beneficial to say what you feel, but not always. It is important to express your feelings in a considerate and respectful manner, not in thoughtless or destructive ways.
Why learn to manage your anger?
- Chronic anger is a strain on your cardiovascular system.
- Considering response options other than rage will reduce the number of occasions on which you antagonize others, and may increase the likelihood of you getting what you really want.
- Being more positive and less angry about life and other people will make you a happier person.
Keep a “rage log”
How often during the day you engage in aggressive actions, such as slamming doors, honking your horn, yelling at other motorists, or barking at retail clerks? How often do you provoke people to yell, scream, or honk their horns at you?
How often do you have negative thoughts about other people? “What a jerk she is! I’d like to punch him!”Why don’t these morons move faster?”
How often do you blow your cool? Do you shout angrily, fantasize about physically assaulting someone, or even explicitly threaten violence? How often do you find yourself frowning, impatient, irritable, in a hurry, gritting your teeth?
Take a honest look at your hostility level. Even if you think it is everybody else’s fault, make note of the frequency and intensity of your rage.
Talk to yourself.
Make an agreement with yourself to try to delay getting angry. Don’t you have better ways to spend your time than flying into a rage? Many situations are too unimportant for you to explode about. Your time and your health are much too valuable.
Do not jump to conclusions about the motives of the person who is annoying you. The person who is not moving through the traffic light on schedule is not deliberately trying to keep you from getting to work on time and is probably not a stupid, idiot either. He or she is probably just tired and momentarily distracted. Besides, you are probably not going to be late anyway.
When you become aware of hostile thoughts or attitudes, yell at yourself “Stop!” or “Cool it!” It sounds silly, but yelling “Stop!”at yourself interrupts your anger program, decreasing the likelihood of you steaming yourself up by thinking of past injustices.
When your assessment of the situation leads you to the conclusion that your irritation is unmerited or not worth the trouble, simply getting your mind off the anger can be effective. For example, suppose you are waiting in line at the bank. You can become increasingly irritated, or you could read a magazine, book, or newspaper while you wait. You could also simply watch and observe other people.