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May 22, 2020
Vol 35, Page 1

What They Say?

Everyday Lessons

The Connection with Nature, across Religions

“Nature’s beauty is an art of God. Let us feel the touch of God’s invisible hands in everything beautiful. By the first touch of His hand rivers throb and ripple. When He smiles the sun shines, the moon glimmers, the stars twinkle, the flowers bloom. By the first rays of the rising sun, the universe is stirred; the shining gold is sprinkled on the smiling buds of rose; the fragrant air is filled with sweet melodies of singing birds, the dawn is the dream of God’s creative fancy.”
- Rig Veda 1.6.3, Hinduism

“Do you not see that to God bow down in worship all things that are in the heavens and on the earth - the sun, the moon, the stars, the mountains, the trees, the animals…”
Quran 22:18, Islam

“The Lord infused His Light into the dust, and created the world, the universe. The sky, the earth, the trees, and the water - all are the Creation of the Lord.”
- Guru Granth Sahib, Sikhism

“Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the elds be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy”
Ps. 96:11-13, Christianity


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This Day for You - May 22


International Day for Biological Diversity: We know that despite all our technological advances we are completely dependent on our healthy and vibrant ecosystems for basic necessities like water, food, medicines, clothes, fuel, shelter and energy. The theme for the year 2020 is “Our solutions are in nature.”
Join the Global Youth Biodiversity Network here!


1) 1772 - Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Indian religious, social, and educational reformer.
2) 1859 - Arthur Conan Doyle, Scottish writer best known for his creation of the character of detective Sherlock Holmes.
3) 1907 - Hergé, Belgian comic creator best known for his creation of TinTin.
4) 1970 - Naomi Campbell, English model and actress.
5) 1987 - Novak Djokovic, Serbian tennis player and the winner of 15 Grand Slams singles.

Events in History:

1) 337 - Constantine I, the Roman Emperor, was baptised.
2) 760 - The 14th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet occurred and earlier this month we saw two of its meteors passing by.
3) 1545 - Death of Sher Shah Shuri, the founder of the Sur dynasty, who built the country’s longest road from Peshawar to Calcutta.
4) 1570 - The first atlas, titled Theatrum Arbis Terramum, was published, with a total of 70 maps. The exact publishing date is confused between May 20th or 22nd. But you can look at how the maps were designed :here
5) 1761 - The first life insurance policy in the United States was issued, in Philadelphia.
6) 1908 - The Wright brothers registered their flying machine for a U.S. patent.
7) 1989 - Agni - India's first Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM), blossomed into a chariot of fire that propelled India into an exclusive club dominated by the world's technological and military giants. The chief architect behind it was Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
8) 1990 - South Yemen and North Yemen are unified as the Republic of Yemen

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Nancy Pelosi- An extraordinary leader for the American people

Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi born March 26, 1940 is an American politician serving as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives since 2019. She is the only woman in U.S. history to hold this position and is the highest-ranking female elected official in United States history.

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She is Donald Trump’s worst nightmare, and as Speaker of the House of Representatives, she is also America’s political conscience. Pelosi lately published that impeachment charges will be brought against the current president. With Pelosi having successfully impeached President Trump on December 18, 2019, and on the eve of his trial before the U.S. Senate, The Washington Post political writer Paul Kane called her the most powerful House speaker in at least twenty-five years.

She is an unwavering woman with strong principles, someone America needs more than ever. She entered politics at the age of 47 after earning millions of dollars in the property business with her husband. She subsequently made it to the top in her political career as well. In the political hierarchy, Nancy Pelosi is number 3 as the Speaker of the House.

Pelosi lost the speakership in January 2011 after the Democratic Party lost command of the House of Representatives in the 2010 elections. However, she retained her role as leader of the House Democratic Caucus and returned to the role of House minority leader. Pelosi represents one of the safest Democratic districts in the country.

In 2001, Pelosi was elected the House minority whip. She was the first woman in U.S. history to hold that post. In 2002, after Gephardt resigned as minority leader to seek the Democratic nomination in the 2004 presidential election, Pelosi was elected to replace him, becoming the first woman to lead a major party in the House.

This is all where it started.She has been an inspiration for many and is known to be one of the strongest women ever.

Credits: Tarini Kaushik
Reach me at: 705tk@theschoolsocial.in for any questions, advice or feedback

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Inspiration 101, 4 Mins
We Create Aspirations. Students who Aspire, Inspire.
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May 22, 2020
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Young Change-Maker, 5 Mins

Day 5

Read Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 Issues here.

The Wrap!

Today we wrap our in-focus series on Ishaan with a short anecdote about his first experience of speaking about slavery.
Every year Ishaan’s school invites the Governers to what is known as The Deputation Day, a day most awaited by the students and the teachers alike.
For everyone wondering who governors actually are, they are like a board of directors basically a group of men and women who oversee the school and have four pivotal roles: that is to give the school a clear vision and strategic direction while taking care of the financial aspects ensuring that the school’s money is well spent. Basically they are very important people for the school Administration and the students.
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During the ceremony the deputation (which is the group of governors), spend the day at school participating in events having lunch with students and getting a perspective into the typical day of a boy at school.

April 2017 Ishan was asked to speak about human trafficking and slavery to the governors boys and staff present while touching upon the Dawson project which was the project that started his website and work on tackling human trafficking.

This was his first speech on human trafficking ever, he was extremely nervous, the head and Deputy head governors sat on tall blue chairs, alongside the headmaster with the blue coloured gowns and there were around 200 people sitting in pin drop silence in the hall.

For him, this was his first chance to spread awareness and to educate every single person in that room about this awful crime and how it is degrading to humanity. He shed some facts on human trafficking, how his website was born, he also talked about how the project allowed him to grow, he stated that the “project developed a side of him side of me that had never existed before”.
This was all about our first Young Change-Maker in-focus who is making a difference in the society.
We would like to thank Ishaan for being such a sport and being readily available whenever we reached out to him. We wish him all the luck, and more power to him. To end this series with Ishaan's tip on 'How can you help in the fight against Slavery and Human Trafficking?'
Here are his ‘Top 5 Tips’ on how you can get involved in combating this barbaric crime:

1) Ensure you are aware of the issue by looking at the 'What is Slavery?' section on this website.
2) Educate your friends, families and communities about this issue and how it is still existing today.
3) Meet with or write to your local councillors to show them you care about combating human trafficking and ask what they are doing to address it.
4) Be a conscientious consumer. Ask where you tomatoes are picked from, where the cotton in your hotel bed sheets came from and who made your clothes. Encourage companies to take steps to investigate and prevent human trafficking in their supply chains and to then publish this information for their consumers. Raise your voice, make yourself heard!
5) Finally, social media is a great tool in the hands of the wrong people. Perpetrators and traffickers will use social media to victimise you, so stay safe and be aware of your E-Saftey!

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

Check Out Ishaan's Work :@stolendreams

Follow him on Instagram :@_ishaanshah

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Understanding Biodiversity

Curiosity, 4 Mins
The Nobel Prize

After reading his own obituary (it was his brother who had passed away), which declared him The Merchant of Death, an upset and disgusted Alfred Nobel decided to leave a legacy for mankind. Nobel left behind his will leaving 94% of his fortune to be used to create a series of prizes known as the Nobel Prize. We bring to you some facts about this prestigious prize.

-> The Nobel Prize is not awarded posthumously that's why Mahatma Gandhi never received one though he was a strong opponent of non violence.

-> Austrian neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis Sigmund Frued was nominated 32 times for Nobel Prize in Physiology or medicine but was never awarded.
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-> The most common research field for nobel laureates in physiology or medicine is genetics. So far, there are 48 Nobel laureates from this field.

-> The oldest Nobel laureate in Literature is Doris Lessing who was 88 years old when he was awarded the prize in 2007.

-> Jean Paul Sartre was awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature, which he refused to accept saying that he always declined official honours.

-> Rabindranath Tagore was the first non-european recipient of the Nobel Prize. Tagore was awarded the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature.

-> In 2000,the Nobel Committee decided to award China's Gao Xingjian the Nobel Prize in Literature. Gao became the first Chinese recipient of the prize though he had adopted French citizenship in 1998. Unfortunately, his works were banned in China.

-> Two Nobel Laureates in Chemistry were forced by government authorities to decline the Nobel Prize. Adolf Hitler forbade two German Nobel Laureates from receiving the Nobel Prize - Richard Kuhn in 1938, and Adolf Butenandt in 1939.


Credits: Ipsita
Reach me at: ipsita@theschoolsocial.in
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Curiosity, 4 mins

May 22, 2020
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Challenge for the Day

Growing courage is not only about doing the scary thing - It’s about listening to your heart and doing the right thing, too.

Goal: To recognize and explore their fears, and come up with solutions.
Material Required: A cup/hat, slips of paper and pens.
Duration 10-15 minutes. 2-6 Participants.


1) Gather and give out a slip of paper and pen to each participant.

2) Write down one of your fears anonymously and put it into the cup or hat.

3) Now take turns, and draw one slip from the hat, read it aloud, and explain why it might be scary to you or anyone else. (For Example: Spiders can be scary because they can bite us.)

4) Now, as a group, come up with solutions to the fear. Evaluate the solutions based on the three courage questions, and choose the final solution based off.
The courage questions are:

● Will it break an important rule or is it against the law? (Like killing all the spiders will break the rule of nature.)
● Will it hurt someone? (Yes, killing the spider will hurt him.)
● Does it feel right for you? (Yes, if I can manage to put a cup over it or use a piece of paper to throw it outside my home, then it feels right.)

5) Based on the answers and the discussion, choose the best option that is both courageous and right. (Solution 3 is the answer here.)

Group Discussion

What other questions could help you determine what is the “right” thing to do? Can you think of a situation where what you think the right thing to do is might be different than someone else? Is it possible to have two different “right” answers?

Try Writing a story where you overcome your fears with your courage.

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




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May 22, 2020
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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

SWAYAM: Admission Open For Courses Offered By IITs, IGNOU, Others
Admission is open for various courses offered by IITs, IGNOU, IIM Bangalore, NCERT, and others on the SWAYAM platform. Courses like Analytical Chemistry, Animal physiology, learning interactive mathematics software GeoGebra, etc. are available for students.

Good news! Soon students can pursue two degree courses simultaneously.
Students will soon be able to pursue two degree courses simultaneously in the same or different streams, with the University Grants Commission (UGC) giving its nod to a proposal in this regard, according to officials. However, one of the two degrees will have to be pursued through regular mode and the other has to be through online distance learning (ODL).

The UN SOCIAL - UN Development Programme SDG 13 - Climate Change
The UN SOCIAL - UN Development Programme SDG 13 - Climate Change

Climate change is a critical issue that must be tackled exigently in order to create a sustainable future for us and the planet in general. Environmental scientists and geologists have stated that in order to revert the damage done due to climate change, we must halve emissions by 2030 and create a carbon-neutral economy by 2050. Already, millions of lives are threatened because of an indirect result affected by climate change and the average annual economic losses due to direct or indirect result of climate change are in the hundreds of billions of dollars.

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The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 aims to procure $100 billion USD from developed countries to assist the developing nations in tackling climate change and invest in development pathways, scientific research, and new technologies to obtain net-zero emissions by 2050. This is a collective effort to keep the global mean temperature increase at 1.5 °C.

The UNDP supports nations in delivering and designing their own ambitious climate action plans through Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Also, it’s climate adaptation and mitigation policy supports over 140 countries to assist them in integrating climate risk factors into national and subnational planning and developing carbon neutral and sustainable economies. This involves reducing the increased levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, afforestation, managing and conservation of forests, etc.

Activities for you -
a) Find out what climate change is and why it is imperative that it be addressed immediately.
b) Discuss the prime causes of said climate change with your friends. How many of these are relevant to India.
c) Find out why forests are important in tackling climate change.
d) Discuss ozone layer degradation with your teacher.

For more information, visit here.

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THE Happy Pill

Captain Thomas Moore — the WWII veteran who captured hearts around the world after successfully raising millions of dollars for healthcare workers fighting the novel coronavirus—has been officially knighted by the Queen of England in honor of his incredible campaign. Over the course of just one month, Moore’s fundraiser topped a whopping $40 million for NHS Charities Together—a new Guinness World Record for money raised on behalf of the healthcare system.

Credits :@goodnewsnetwork
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May 22, 2020
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Parent's Blog

A Series on Mommies


Jyoti Sharma

Mommies are people,
people with children,
when mommies were little they used to be girls,
like some of you,
but then they grew and now mommies are women,
women with children,
busy with children,
and the things that they do,
there are a lot of things,
a lot of mommies can do.
Some Mommies are dancers or Fashion designers,
or doctors or teachers,
or cleaners or bakers.
Mommies like acting or singing on tv.
Yeah, mummies can be almost anything they wanna be,
but no they can’t be grandfathers or Daddies.

May 22, 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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