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May 20, 2020
Vol 33, Page 1

What They Say?

‘What’s Up Doc?’ by Bugs Bunny was the phrase that popularized the use of What's Up back in the 1940s, though some writers used it way back in 1800s too!

Everyday Lessons

Jai: I would like to know first how Lord Krishna and Arjuna happened to talk on the battlefield, Grandma.
Grandma: It came about in this way, Jai. The war of Mahabharata was about to begin after peace talks by Lord Krishna and others failed to avoid the war. When the soldiers were gathered on the battlefield, Arjuna asked Lord Krishna to drive his chariot between the two armies so that he could see those who were ready to fight. Seeing all his relatives, friends, and soldiers on the battlefield and fearing their destruction, he became compassionate.
Jai: What does compassionate mean, Grandma?
Grandma: Compassion does not mean pity, Jai. That would be looking down on others as poor, pitiful creatures. Arjuna was feeling their pain and their unlucky situation as his own. Arjuna was a great warrior, who had fought many wars and was well prepared for the war, but suddenly his compassion made him not want to fight. He spoke of the evils of war and sat down on the seat of his chariot, his mind full of sorrow. He saw no use in fighting. He did not know what to do. - THE BHAGAVAD-GITA, By. Dr. Ramananda Prasad, Ph.D., INTERNATIONAL GITA SOCIETY

2010 AND 2020

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This Day for You - May 20


2020 - Clinical Trials Day - International Clinical Trials Day is held on May 20 each year to commemorate the day that James Lind began the first randomized clinical trial in 1747. Show your support by using #clinicaltrialsday.

Join it LIVE: Live Show on ‘Challenges of Teens in Covid Scenario!’ FB Live stream on 20th May at 3.00 PM. Join here @maa2mom

You Share Your Birthday With:

1) 1806 - John Stuart Mill, English economist and philosopher.
2) 1908 - Jimmy Stewart, American motion-picture star.
3) 1944 - Dietrich Mateschitz, Austrian businessman and co-creator of Red Bull energy drink, born in Sankt Marein im Mürztal, Styria, Austria
4) 1946 - Cher, aka Goddess of Pop, a renowned American singer.
5) 1974 - Shiboprosad Mukherjee, Indian film director reaching Academy Awards.
6) 1977- Anjum Chopra, Indian Woman Cricket Legend, who started playing at the age of 9.
7) 1981 - Iker Casillas, one of the greatest Spanish goalkeepers.
8) 1992 - Jack Gleeson, Irish actor known primarily for his portrayal of Joffrey Baratheon in Game of Thrones.

Events in History:

1) 1498 - Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese explorer arrived in Kozhikode (Calicut), thus discovering the sea route to reach India.
2) 1784 - The Netherlands surrendered parts of its holdings in India and Indonesia in accordance with the Peace of Paris treaty that concluded the American Revolution.
3) 1862 - Abraham Lincoln signed the U.S. Homestead Act which provided 160 acres of public land almost free of charge to anyone who had lived on and cultivated the land for at least a period of five years.
4) 1873 - Levi Strauss and Jacob Strauss got a patent for using copper rivets to strengthen the areas around the pocket corner of trousers. This ultimately led to the birth of the blue jeans.
5) 1875 - 17 nations signed the Metro Convention that paved the way for establishing the International System of Units.
6) 1882 - The Triple Alliance was secretly formed by Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy. It was a treaty that provided mutual protection to each other in the event of an attack by a foreign nation.
7) 1965 - Avtar Singh Cheema, in an expedition led by Capt. M.S. Kohli, became the first Indian to scale Mt. Everest.
8) 2013 - Church of Scotland voted in favour of gay men and women allowing them to hold ministerial positions.

ART Aficionado

Making Toys of My Own #SelfReliantIndia - Saisha Sharma, 4.5 Years, New Delhi
Follow more of her work @parenting_beyond_scoreboard

Iqbal Masih

A 10-year old slave child from a poor family of Pakistan saved the lives of 3000 other children. Iqbal Masih was a child social worker who worked for the betterment of children and their conditions in Pakistan. He was also a smart boy who finished a four-year course in Bonded Labour Liberation Front School, within two years. In 1994, he even received the Reebok Human Rights Awards in Boston. Let us see how his journey unfolded…

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Iqbal Masih was born in 1983 in Muridke, a city adjacent to Lahore in Pakistan. He belonged to christian family. But his family was extremely poor. Iqbal’s family was indebted to a local employer for 600 rupees. Thus, Iqbal was assigned to the job of carpet weaving until the debt was paid. Everyday Iqbal would wake up before sunrise and walk the dark lanes to reach the factory. In the carpet weaving factory, he with other children were bound with chains and made to work all day. At that time, he was only four years old.

After six years, he learned that the supreme court of Pakistan had declared bonded labour illegal. From then on, Iqbal started his fight against injustice. His first act of rebellion was to run away from the carpet weaving factory and inform the local police about it. To his surprise, the police turned out to be a corrupt one, who supported the factory owner and decided to punish Iqbal. From there he made a second escape.

Soon he joined the Bonded Labour Liberation Front school and received his education. It was a school that offered education to children who were victims of slavery and child labour. Through his magnificent work, Iqbal even freed 3000 children like himself from the evil of slavery. When he received the Reebok Human Rights Award, he mentioned in his speech how one day he wished to become a lawyer.

Due to Iqbal’s efforts many organisations were later formed. One of which is Free the Children. It is an international development charity and youth empowerment movement found in 1995. A school was built in Kasur, Pakistan, by the aid of some students in Massachusetts, in his honour. A comprehensive education institute was formed in Trieste, Italy in his name. In 2009, the United States Congress initiated the annual Iqbal Masih award for the elimination of Child labour.

Rising from his challenging circumstances, Masih proved to be a Martyr. His awareness and intelligence brought a wave of change even when he was only 10-years old.

Credits: Lovely Sarkar
Reach me at: papris705@theschoolsocial.in for any questions, advice or feedback

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Inspiration 101, 4 Mins
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Young Change-Maker, 5 Mins

Day 3 - Let’s Dig More

Read Day 1 and Day 2 Issues here.

After I got to know Ishaan, what intrigued me the most about him was the conviction with which he runs his organization. At the age of just 16, his drive to make change happen is commendable.
So when I got a chance to speak to him, I decided to ask him to share with me an anecdote which had an impact on him and made his belief firm in doing what he does.

Here are some excerpts from that conversation.
At the end of last year, Ishaan did a number of talks/workshops with children between the ages of 7 and 11 about human trafficking and slavery. This was the youngest age group that he had spoken to about this issue and he was quite nervous.
He feels that what makes his belief firm is seeing how willing children are to change and demand action.
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“Ultimately, us kids are the generation of the future. After I told the kids that slavery is existing everywhere - that their clothes, foods, chocolates etc. are most likely made using slavery, they were at first shocked, then hungry to change this”, said Ishaan.

On the impact of his initiative:
During workshops/talks Ishaan observed that, even at such a young age, children start asking questions about laws and about what they can do to fight slavery. He has received messages from parents saying that their children no longer eat chocolates from Cadbury and that they have written to companies and to their local government representatives to demand action. Their curiosity and their desire to act is truly what makes him want to continue with is initiative with much zeal.

With his podcasts, he likes to engage with his guests about current and relevant issues, while talking about his experience of working on his podcast he mentioned Jasper Wilkins, a journalist and founder of an organisation called 'In Focus' where they talked about his journey with anxiety and dealing with it during this pandemic. I found this particular podcast very interesting. Here’s for you to listen to it:

Do you wish to join the tribe of young change-makers? Drop your questions below.

Check Out Ishaan's Work :@stolendreams

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Curiosity, 5 Mins
Let’s Look at Academy Awards, Curiously

The ever so prestigious Academy Awards bestowed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the best achievements in the film industry are not only the most popular but also the most credible awards in the film fraternity.

Here are some really interesting facts about the Academy Awards.

-> William Wellman’s ‘Wings’ was the first film to win an Academy Award for Best picture. It was a silent movie which marks an era of heightened melodrama.The movie was the only fully silent film that won an Academy Award.

-> Till the year 1989,the winners were declared with the phrase, ‘And the winner is…’, yes yes and from 1989 this phrase was replaced by ‘And the Oscar goes to…’

-> ‘Gone with the Wind’ (1939) was the first full length colour film to win the Best Picture Oscar.

-> For 3 years during World War II the Oscar statuettes were made of plastic due to a shortage of metal. After the end of the war the recipients were invited to exchange the plaster trophies for gold plated metal ones.

-> The movie industry figure who won the most Oscars is Walt Disney; he won 22, plus four honorary statuettes.

-> Around 3000 Oscars have been handed out since 1929 it takes around 3 months to produce a batch of 50 statues.

-> Hollywood actress Meryl Streep holds the record for the most number of Oscar nominations, she has been nominated 21 times.

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-> The country that won the maximum number of Oscars in the best foreign language film category is Italy .

-> In the 1972 Academy Award ceremony, Chaplin was given a 12 minutes standing ovation, the longest in the Academy’s history.

-> The academy was robbed in 2002, when two men stole packing crates filled with 55 Oscar statuettes. All but three of the trophies were recovered after the crates were found among trash.

Credits: Ipsita
Reach me at: ipsita@theschoolsocial.in
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Curiosity, 2 mins

May 20th, 2020
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Make Your own Goal Pizza

Setting Goals is a proven way to empower yourself and this activity will show you how simple it is to be successful in reaching your goals.

Goal: Identify You Goals and Use the Three W’s: Who?, What? And When? To achieve them.


1) Gather materials: Paper, Pens, Colors.
2) Make your "Goal Pizza": Draw a big circle and section it into 6 slices. Then write different categories on the crust of each slice, for example, Art, Basketball, Friends, Reading, etc.
3) What’s Your Goal? Under the Category, write your goal for that category. Example: Draw - I want to learn how to draw pencil sketches.
4) Create the "toppings" for your Goal Pizza: On each slice, draw 3 big-sized toppings, your favourite ones. You can try Onions, Capsicums and Olives. Make them big enough to be able to write inside them:
Write the three W’s:
Who can help me? Example - My mom, Teacher or a Friend.
What do I need to do? - Start with rough sketches.
When? - Today
5) Decide where your "oven" is: You oven is the place in your home where you can regularly see it. The more you will see it, the more you will be motivated to achieve your goal. You can think of a time boundation for the Pizza to ‘bake’ as well.
6) Celebrate! When you have reached your goal, you have baked your pizza. Celebrate and it’s time for another Goal Pizza!

Create a Goal Pizza and send us your entries with your Name, Age, School, and City to write@theschoolsocial.in. Best entries stand a chance to get featured in the Magazine.




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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

COVID-19 and International Education You might want to reconsider your education in a foreign university.They have transcended to offering virtual tours for admissions. A few of the universities are accepting admissions online, but what about the real campus experience? India has many options of liberal arts colleges that offer a unique bouquet of courses and have a well-endowed infrastructure. It might be a good idea to explore Indian universities as the cost involved is one-fifth or lesser of the foreign universities.

Exams - To be or Not to Be:
One major reason why students want the exams to be cancelled is because they feel that the constant delay in the exam dates will lead them to miss out on a lot of job opportunities and higher studying options in the upcoming academic year.

- Project on Strengthening the governance of the Niger Delta Biodiversity Resources

- Project on Strengthening the governance of the Niger Delta Biodiversity Resources

The deleterious effect of anthropogenic activities, especially the oil and gas sector, the indiscriminate use of fertilizers and pesticides, etc., is being increasingly felt in the Niger Delta in terms of accelerated species extinctions. This UNDP programme was implemented in an attempt to conserve and promote the sustainable use of the biodiversity-rich Niger Delta.

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The program saw its inception in January 2011 and was active in the Niger Delta States of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers. It was deemed as completed in February 2020. The focus area of the program, like most other UNDP projects, was to eradicate poverty in all its forms with the help of its partners - FMENV, Dept. of Pollution Control. The main objective of the program was to implement biodiversity management priorities into the oil and gas sector industries that operate in the Niger Delta region and its outcome was focused on strengthening the management of biodiversity resources in the Niger Delta region. The project office was located in the UNDP office in Nigeria.

Activities for you:
a) Find out what biodiversity is and why it’s so important. b) Find out what endemic species are and how many biodiversity hotspots are present in India. c) Discuss with your friends on what the prime causes of species extinctions might be and how we can prevent them. d) Find out what else the UN has done to prevent biodiversity deterioration in the world. Click on this link for more details.

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THE Happy Pill

Film of ‘Hamilton’ Musical to Be Released Early to Keep Broadway Fans Entertained During Pandemic. Last week, Disney announced that they would be publishing the critically-acclaimed Broadway play to their Disney Plus streaming service 15 months ahead of schedule as a means of keeping people entertained during quarantine.

Credits :@goodnewsnetwork
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Parent's Blog

All about Mommies


Jyoti Sharma

Power of Speech
Once upon a time there was a village in which there was a big house and it was considered to be haunted. One day there was a competition in which anybody who would stay in that house for one day would get One lac rupees. In the village there lived a wise man who accepted the challenge. When he stayed there, he heard strange sounds and figured out that those voices were that of a radio. Then he saw candles floating in the air. As he moved towards the candles, he came to know that those candles were hanging by threads which were very thin. He came to know that the house was actually a place of thieves who hid their stolen items there. He informed the police and the police caught the thieves. The man also got a reward.

Moral: Deal with situations wisely and let your curiosity find the reason behind everything.

May 20, 2020 Credits

1) Lovely Sarkar - papris705@theschoolsocial.in
2) Ipsita - ipsita@theschoolsocial.in
3) Arko De - iisharpp@theschoolsocial.in
4) Tarini - 705tk@theschoolsocial.in

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