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May 21, 2020
Vol 34, Page 1

World Day for Cultural Diversity
World Day for Cultural Diversity
What They Say?

Everyday Lessons

A Lesson from Ramayana
Sita was a princess and she had lived a life of ease and comfort. After She married a king, Lord Rama, she must have expected the same privileges. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as anticipated. Lord Rama was exiled from the kingdom for 14 long years. Sita was under no compulsion to go along with her husband since it was only Lord Rama who was exiled. Nevertheless, she decided to leave the comfort of the palace and accompany her husband on his journey into the forest.

Lesson learnt: Take challenges head on. Although Sita was born and raised in comfort, she was unafraid to accept whatever challenges life threw at her. When her husband was sent on exile, she did not hesitate to join him. While growing up, we may face various challenges. Sita exeplifies a strong, resilient woman and following Sita’s example, we should always be ready to face them head on and come through them as stronger people.


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This Day for You - May 21


World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development - In line with its response to COVID-19, UNESCO calls to share and exchange experiences of living heritage in the context of the pandemic, both in terms of its impact and the diverse ways in which communities turn to their living heritage as a source of resilience and recovery. Participate Here!

International Tea Day - This the first ever International Tea Day to be celebrated by the world. Read More about it in The UN Social column (Page 4).

You Share Your Birthday With:

1688 - Alexander Pope, the great poet known for his Satires.
1915 - Chakravarthi V. Narasimhan, a Padma Vibhushan receiver, Indian Civil Service officer and a former Under Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Events in History:

1819 - 1st bicycle, named Swift Walkers, was introduced in New York City in the USA.
1881 - Clara Barton established American Red Cross in Washington DC.
1904 - Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) formed in Paris on May 21.
1908 - 1st horror movie-Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, premieres in Chicago.
1932 - After flying for 17 hours from Newfoundland, Amelia Earhart lands near Londonderry, Northern Ireland, becoming the 1st transatlantic solo flight by a woman (You read about her on May 9).
1960 - Huge earthquake hit chile.
1991 – Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is assassinated by a female suicide bomber near Madras.
1994 - Sushmita Sen became the first Indian to be crowned as Miss Universe.

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S. Dharnuk, 8,
Defence Laboratory School, Hyderabad

Kalam - The Leader Who Changed the Face of Leadership!

Scrolling through my book-shelf, I wondered, ‘What do I have that I can recommend to anyone looking for a role-model?’ Seamlessly, the answer was quite simple, ‘Wings of Fire - An Autobiography of APJ Abdul Kalam.

That’s definitely not a name new to you. We remember him as our much revered President, a Scientist, the Nuclear Man, and an author, but what is it that he wanted us to remember him for? Read more to see if your guess is the right one!

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Our favorite president often ended his speech with the question, 'What would you like to be remembered for?' He would end by saying "Tonight, before you go to sleep, take a piece of paper or your laptop. Write down the answer to this question and mail it to me. If your answer is good, I will send you an autograph and a photograph." This was true and he made sure he stood up to his promises.

Once, one of his students, Srijan Pal Singh, who quotes this anecdote in his book "What Can I Give?: Life Lessons from my Teacher, APJ Abdul Kalam," asked him, "Why don't you answer this question for a change? What would you like to be remembered for?... Let me make it easier for you. Would you like to be remembered as a missile man, a nuclear man, a rocket engineer, a Bharat Ratna recipient, a President or an author?"

To which, our dear ex-President replied, "All your options are wrong. The right option is not there in your list. I do not want to be remembered for any of these things. I want to be remembered as a teacher. That is my goal."

That’s enough to intrigue us to know this great man even more. The more you would read his story, the more you would want to read further. Go ahead and read the book!

Here it is for you, DOWNLOAD NOW!

We end where he begins:
This earth is His, to Him belong those vast and boundless skies; Both seas within Him rest, and yet in that small pool he lies.

- Atharva Veda Book 4, Hymn 16.
From the Chapter 1, Orientation, Wings of Fire.

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

Day 4

Read Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 Issues here.

Ishaan Recommends:
On being asked about the kind of content he likes to consume in his free time, this is what he had to say:

My favourite podcast at the moment is 'iWeigh' by Jameela Jamil - it keeps me company for an hour during this lockdown and it is really inspiring, funny, authentic and relatable.

Especially during this period, young people really need to be surrounding themselves with positivity so I really recommend doing or following accounts on social media that make you smile, laugh and surround you with positivity.

Some really good accounts to follow are:

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I just finished reading 'The Infinite Game' by Simon Sinek who is an amazing author and motivator. The book is about changing your focus from thinking about the short term impacts your life may have to how you can live your life, follow your passions and impact the generations to come. Reading this book has changed my outlook on how I am living my life and as a result, I have reviewed my goals which I write every few months. I would really recommend it to anyone no matter how old you are!
I am really interested in human rights as you know, and so reading any sort of articles or reports on rights across the world really interest me.

Asides from the social impact work I do, I really enjoy watching the classic Bollywood movies over, and over again including Kal Ho Naa Ho, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and Lagaan. I also love watching nature documentaries. Since a very young age I have been drawn to nature and wildlife so watching documentaries with animals in it is a great way for me to relax and enjoy myself.

Here is our leisure time activity, yes it is a podcast from Ishaan’s 'Hand Gel For Humanity':

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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International Tea Day

Curiosity, 5 Mins
Incredible World of Elements

We help you explore the absorbing and incredible world of elements.

How did Strontium get its name?
Strontian is the name of a village in Scotland. The mineral containing strontium was first discovered in this village, and the element is named after this village.
Strontium is a soft, silver-coloured metal. The element has several uses. It is used in paint that glows in the dark. In fireworks certain brilliant red hues are produced with the help of strontium.

Is Selenium essential for humans?
It is unlikely that you have heard about an element called Selenium. However,it is essential for the human body yet in small amounts.
The element has the ability to block the effects of toxic metals such as arsenic, thallium, and the mercury found in fish. It is also a micronutrient in animals.

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How did Germanium get its name?
Based on his periodic table, Dmitri Mendeleev, in 1869, had concluded that an element such as Germanium really existed. It was however, Clemens Winkler, a German chemist who first isolated the element and proved its existence in 1886. Winkler named the element in the honour of his homeland Germany, and called it Germanium.

Which is the fifth most abundant element in the bulk Earth?
Nickel is a metal which has been in use for thousands of years. Its use by humans dates back to 3500 BC. However, the element was discovered quite recently.
Nickel is the fifth most abundant element on Earth however its presence in the earth crust is very minimal. The element is hundred percent more concentrated below the Earth's surface than in the crust.

Are we living on an enormous lump of iron?
Yes, we are living on a huge mass of the earth. In fact the centre of the Earth is almost all iron. The surface of the Earth is also rich in this element. Due to its abundance, the metal is used widely for a host of utilities.

Credits: Ipsita
Reach me at: ipsita@theschoolsocial.in

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Challenge for the Day

We know you are missing your friends a lot. Today, ask them to join you on a video call and play a game with them.

Goal: To spot similarities and differences and to see that the differences render us UNIQUE. Differences should be associated with something positive, there is only ONE of ME. Understanding similarities and differences is a part of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) that will help us become better at solving problems or arguments, both in school and at home. It will also help us to better relate to other people and to see things from different points of views.


1) Use paper and pencil and draw a picture of yourself and your best friend.

2) Ask: What things make you and your friend similar/different?

3) Draw something that you like about a friend, that is quite different from you.
Now talk about these things:

● What does it mean to be unique?
● What is unique about you?
● Is it good/bad to be unique?
● What would it be like if everybody looked the same, acted the same, had the same name?

If you are allowed to, please share your pictures with us over mail at write@theschoolsocial.in along with your and your friend’s Names, Ages, Schools and Cities.




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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

Expand online education system during nationwide lockdown. As per the restrictions of the nationwide lockdown, educational institutes have been closed for the past two months for the health and safety of students. To help students stay at home and stay in touch with their studies, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has asked his officials to expand the online education system so that students can stay engaged and study for the safety of their homes during this national crisis.

Distanced drop-offs and protective bubbles: England's new school rules.
The schools reopening from 1 June will look very different to the ones that closed in March. The sharing pots of coloured pencils will be gone, there will be no water play, no sand and no playdough. Much of the furniture and many of the toys that might have been difficult to clean will have been removed.

The UN SOCIAL - International Tea Day
The UN SOCIAL - International Tea Day

Do you know what’s the most consumed drink in the world? Yes, if you’re guessing from the topic above, then you’re right, it is TEA, ranking just second to water. Tea or the beverage made from the Camellia sinensis plant, has a history of more than 5000 years and you can look at some of it in the Must Watch section above. The roots of the first tea plant are confused to be either in northeast India, north Myanmar or southwest China, but why should we worry, it's great to see that everyone loves their Tea.

But do you know, this year it is going to be the First ever International Tea Day to be celebrated by United Nations across the globe. Just recently, in December 2019, the UN noticed that:

- The tea production and processing constitutes a main source of livelihoods for millions of families in developing countries,
- That tea constitutes the main means of subsistence for millions of poor families who live in a number of least developed countries,

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- Further that tea production and processing contributes to the fight against hunger, the reduction of extreme poverty, the empowerment of women and the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems,
- Recognizing that the tea industry is a main source of income and export revenues for some of the poorest countries and, as a labour-intensive sector, provides jobs, especially in remote and economically disadvantaged areas,
- Affirming that tea can play a significant role in rural development, poverty reduction and food security in developing countries, being one of the most important cash crops,
- And last but not the least, tea consumption can bring health benefits and wellness, and noting also the important role of tea education and its cultural significance.

Given all of this, the UN, in favour of the sustainable production and consumption of tea and to raise awareness of its importance in fighting hunger and poverty, marked May 21st as International Tea Day.

But why May 21st?
Initially International Tea Day started in New Delhi on December 15, 2005, but a year later it was celebrated in Sri Lanka and spread from there to the world. The dates were changed to May 21 on the recommendation of India. The probable reason is that the season of quality tea production starts in May in most of the tea producing countries.

Contribute to the day by buying some original small-scale brand’s tea leaves or just make a cup of tea for your home-mates!

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THE Happy Pill

A devoted Tennessee dad went above and beyond the call of duty in order to host a proper commencement ceremony for his daughter after hers Was Canceled.His managed to reserve a photographer, stage, and podium without his daughter’s knowledge.When the big day finally came, Pierce was shocked to find a full-sized stage waiting for her in her front yard. There were 40 people in attendance, all sitting six feet apart with masks on—and her father even played “Pomp and Circumstance” as she walked up to get her diploma.

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Teacher's Blog

The Need of Global Outlook


Mr. Vijay Markandewar,

Birds with no weapons,
but have to
fight , against this dangerous predator.
as there is no alternative.
Calculated risk, for next progeny in dormancy.

All around, are the thorns and spines;
Selection could be of safety concern only!!

Snake is taking risk for food though its trail goes through thorns and spines and against gravity too!!

This is a struggle for existence among heterogeneous species!!
and takes place in the same species lower than human beings!!

In human beings too, it is but
being an intellectual creature,
expectation is, here it should not be!!!

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HERE in creatures WE can understand struggle is for food and protection.

But we human beings
being similar and intellectual too,
some traits of animal nature
remain imprinted as evolution reflects that we originated from them But,
We as human beings , being at the top in evolutionary ladder
even in 21st century too failing to know that we are not fighting for survival not
for food or protection
but fighting for
the dominance of religion ,
without caring for how it is going to help the survival of all.

And if anyone is planning for removal of others,
then, what is the use of
being empowered with wisdom and super intellect

May be repenting later but WE,
in a preamble sort of statement
that they are committed to see that
peace and humanity
are to be given
looking in to the earlier experiences
of four major wars of last century.

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May 21, 2020 Credits

1) Lovely Sarkar - papris705@theschoolsocial.in
2) Ipsita - ipsita@theschoolsocial.in
3) Arko De - iisharpp@theschoolsocial.in
4) Tarini - 705tk@theschoolsocial.in
Attention Readers: The Amphan Cyclone in the East-Coast of India rendered our contributors Lovely and Arko stuck without power, internet and with broken glass panes and flooded floors. Along with them, it is a difficult time for many more adding to the adversities already caused by the pandemic. We request you to send them your well wishes through messages of motivation. You can write to them personally on mail or whatsapp your wishes to 9711804070. You can also tag us on Instagram and Facebook @theschoolsocial and show your support.

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