“Education is the most powerful weapon for changing the world.” – Nelson Mandela

Noida, Sep 8, 2021: International Literacy Day is celebrated on September 8 every year to raise awareness and concern for literacy issues that exist within our local communities as well as on a global level.

The 8th of September was proclaimed International Literacy Day by UNESCO in 1966 to remind the international community of the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies, and the need for intensified efforts towards more literate societies.

International Literacy Day 2021 focused on 'Literacy for a human-centered recovery, narrowing the digital divide'. Due to school closures, educators are facing unprecedented changes in their working conditions. The rapid shift to distance learning also highlights the persistent digital divide in terms of connectivity, infrastructure, and the ability to engage with technology, as well as disparities in other services such as access to electricity, which has limited learning options.

Keeping in view the aforementioned, the students of the Primary Department celebrated International Literacy Day through a plethora of activities. The special assembly commenced for classes III-V, with an informative talk by the teacher, highlighting the facts about International Literacy Day. The students took a pledge and sung a song to celebrate the occasion.

Words of wisdom were shared by Primary In-charge, Mrs. Smriti Samuel, whereby she highlighted the importance of literacy in our lives and emphasised the ways to enhance our language skills.

The programme highlighted the efforts that have been made to find alternative ways to ensure the continuity of learning, including distance learning, in combination with in-person learning.

Noida, August 27, 2021: With our relentless pursuit to provide an equal opportunity to celebrate all festivities, an online assembly was conducted by the Pre-Primary and Primary Departments to celebrate the festival of Janmashtami - a festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, via Zoom platform on August 27, 2021.

The online assembly started with a melodious bhajan in praise of Lord Krishna, followed by informative PPT, videos, and stories on the childhood and preachings of Lord Krishna. Enthralling dance performances by the students kept up the spirit of celebrating the birth and life of Lord Krishna. The students enjoyed the spiritual odyssey.

Pre-Primary and Primary teachers addressed the students, conveying the importance of celebrating festivals. They also highlighted that Lord Krishna is best known and understood through his ‘song celestial’, the Bhagavad Gita as this book is a source of enlightenment for all.

The students thoroughly enjoyed the celebration and learnt the importance of our rich cultural heritage well-translated through the festivities.

Noida, August 21, 2021: Apeejay School, Noida organised its third annual edition of Falcon Model United Nations Conference on Saturday, August 21, 2021, via the Zoom platform. Each year, the conference draws independent, discerning young minds to discuss, debate, and deliberate on pressing world issues and evolve as informed and responsible citizens of the 21st Century. An academic simulation of the largest international organisation, the United Nations, Falcon MUN aims to nurture future diplomats, leaders, and bureaucrats and provide them with opportunities to practice research, public speaking, teamwork, and negotiation in a safe and structured environment.

Ms Smriti Mishra, an Indian Foreign Service officer, currently working as a diplomat at the embassy of India, Berlin, Germany, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Ms Smriti Mishra (2009 Batch) is also a proud alumna of Apeejay School, Noida.

The programme commenced with the ceremonial lighting of the lamp, followed by a graceful Invocation Dance. The Principal, Mr. AK Sharma, accorded a heartfelt welcome to the esteemed Chief Guest. In his address, the Principal emphasised the role of Falcon MUN in providing the students with a better understanding and perspective of the political and diplomatic environment as well as pressing global issues. He encouraged the delegates to connect with others and form an alliance that would benefit all.

A video presentation unveiled the general and specific agendas of the conference. The Executive Board members of the Falcon MUN-2021 were introduced virtually with their photographs and designations, followed by a soulful violin recital.

Our distinguished Chief Guest expressed her immense delight in being a part of this enriching and exhilarating experience. She stated that MUN is an interactive educational experience that lends participants an understanding of international debate, negotiation, and diplomatic relations. She applauded the school for providing such a stimulating platform to the students for honing their communication as well as thinking skills. She reminisced the memorable years spent in school and stated that she owed her success to similar inter-school events and activities. The Falcon MUN saw a participation of close to 90 delegates from schools across the Delhi-NCR. The day was filled with heavy debating and fiery but thought-provoking arguments. The Conference simulated four fundamental committees - United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), United Nations Security Council (UNSC), United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), and All India Political Parties Meet (AIPPM). Each committee had a dynamic agenda, to cover a wide range of issues that went beyond the borders of conventional thought.

UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) is one the most crucial organs of the United Nations, serving as the main deliberative, policy-making, and representative organ of the UN. The agenda of the UNGA committee was ‘Intervention of Superpowers in Domestic Issues of Other Nations’ with special emphasis on China in Hong Kong. The delegates discussed, debated, and deliberated on the human rights violation in Hong Kong, arbitrary methods of governance concerning National Security Law, and the continued economic intervention of China in Hong Kong. A hypothetical crisis ‘BLACKPINK’ was introduced to further enliven the debate.

UNSC (United Nations Security Council) is a convocation of the nations of the world with a multifaceted singular goal of ensuring global peace and regional integrity. UNSC initiated the discussion on the topic ‘Israel-Palestine Conflict with Special Emphasis on the Recent Uprisings of May 10, 2021’. The delegates engaged in hours of debate and deliberation to provide viable solutions. A crisis was introduced to make the discussion more enriching. A press conference was also held.

UNHRC - (United Nations Human Rights Council) which aims to uphold the dignity and security of all examines human rights violations all around the world. Keeping the aim of the Council in mind, the MUN participants discussed laws aiming at ameliorating equal treatment and rights and the provision of adequate public services towards refugees. They also discussed the challenges faced by the asylum seekers due to forced displacement especially after COVID-19. The delegates reviewed and prioritised the need to address the problems of refugees and also discussed the humanitarian aid provided by various countries to tackle the crisis.

AIPPM (All India Political Parties Meet) – the most dynamic of all the Committees of the Conference reviewed 7 years of the ruling party National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and its policies. The committee highlighted the rise and fall of the NDA while striving to conclude whether it succeeded in its reign of 7 years. The impact of NDA Government policies on farmers was discussed with special emphasis on FPTC Act 2020.

Throughout the conference, the speakers were involved in heated discussions, while maintaining the decorum of the meeting.

The programme concluded with the announcement of prizes by the Executive Board members. For UNSC, The Best Delegate Prize was bagged by the United States of America. The delegate of the French Republic received a High Commendation and the prize of Special Mention went to the delegates of the Kingdom of Norway and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

For UNGA, The Best Delegate Prize was won by North Korea. The delegate of the United States of America received High Commendation and Special Mention went to delegates of Italy and Japan.

For UNHRC, The Best Delegate was awarded to the Philippines. High Commendation was presented to Fiji. Special Mention was given to Denmark and Cuba.

For AIPPM, The Best Delegate was bagged by Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. High Commendation was received by Mahua Moitra. Special Mention was given to Shashi Tharoor and Dilip Ghosh.

The third edition of FALCON MUN 2021 was an enriching experience for the participants which helped them enhance their diplomatic skills, understand global issues critically, especially in their formative years. It encouraged the students to make decisions and provided them an opportunity to speak in a public forum. This platform not only helped the students to develop a profound knowledge on issues critical to the UN Agenda but also helped them widen their horizons to be able to contribute to shaping the future of their country and the world at large.

Noida, August 19, 2021: Relationships are the essence of any festivity and instill in us a sense of well-being & purpose. Celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Sravana, the Rakshabandhan festival celebrates the love between a brother and sister.

In line with the aforementioned, the students of classes Nursery to V joyously celebrated Raksha Bandhan via the Zoom platform.

The main aim of this endeavour was to reiterate the historical significance of this festival and incorporate the customs, traditions, and values within the ethos of the school's cultural climate.

The special assembly commenced with an informative talk underlining the importance of the festivals in today's scenario and the importance of preserving age-old values. An informative video was presented by the students, depicting the story and the history of Rakshabandhan.

The students also paid obeisance to the members of the society such as soldiers, doctors, farmers, etc. who tirelessly work and contribute towards the betterment of people. The dance video enhanced the festive fervour with its vibrance and the action song was a befitting finale to the high-spirited celebrations. The teachers emphasised the importance of the sacred bond between brothers and sisters via animated videos. Everyone celebrated this festival of togetherness and sibling love with zeal & enthusiasm.

Principal, Mr. A.K. Sharma, and Primary In-charge, Mrs. Smriti Samuel, addressed the students and apprised them about the significance of Rakshabandhan. They reiterated the importance of preserving the rich cultural values ingrained in Indian society.