SSE, 18th February,2017. Children’s Literature Festival and the Mother Tongue Day was celebrated at school. It was a whole school activity. School organized a festival following the format of the Jaipur Literature Festival. We had a stage designed for the student authors and speakers while there was the audience.
We had 13 stalls, each dedicated to one language. As per the school’s language profile, we listed all those languages that are spoken by students or teachers. These languages were as follows:
- Sindhi and
These stalls had been decorated with language games and posters displaying various features of each language. Students also dressed up to showcase the culture of those languages. There were small language learning activities to enable the visitors grasp some sentences in each language.
In the otherwise english atmosphere at Sangam School of Excellence, students were enthusiastically found greeting each other in different languages, which came as a happy change. The atmosphere got multilingual and multicultural. Some stalls also presented the popular food articles of the particular language cultures, while also explaining those food items in their own language.
While there was all this going on in the language stalls, the center stage was abuzz with the speakers from grade 7 to 9 of Cambridge Check Point, doing various activities like:
- Book reviews,
- Book recommendations,
- Book readings,
- Poem recitation,
- Articles and Speeches,
- Book Summaries,
- different language songs,
- Mock Authors’ Interviews,
- Presentations on different writing styles,
- Mock celebrity interviews and
- even Movie Reviews.
This was all very interesting to see the young budding talented authors and speaker of future, and it became more authentic when there came presentations from the teachers. Sr Vice Principal Dr Meenakshi Tyagi, Mr Mayank Sharma and Mr Achal Mandot recited poems, Ms Sujata narrated a story in Malayalam which was translated in english by Ms Parul. Ms Jasmine and Ms Nichchint recited the religious hymns (panjabi Sabad). Mr Arpit Sharma came up to read extracts and recommend famous children’s books of Roald Dahl.
This event came with many realizations for all speakers of different languages. language help create our identity, languages are not only a means to communicate but a way of learning and creating more knowledge. This celebration of languages got over at 2:00 pm and left us all yearning.