The Wheel of Friendship completes its seventh successful round as the Russian Cultural Exchange Program culminates at a valedictory function held at DLF Public school. The school played host to a group of 10 Russian students and 2 teachers of Secondary School Number 14, Cheboksary, Russia from Nov 19 to Dec 1, 2017.
The Russian students enjoyed being a part of the effervescent DLF culture while engaging in gamut of activities and trips that made their stay memorable. Visiting students enthusiastically took part in cooking sessions, Indian dance, Mehndi art, sculpture classes, candle making, yoga, painting and craft sessions. They were enchanted by reciting the Sanskrit verses, which mark the essence of Indian culture. The Russian students also visited the President House, the Lotus temple and Akshardham. Their visit to Agra and Jaipur gave them a glimpse of the cultural heritage of India.
Principal, Seema Jerath while appreciating the visiting Russians said, that the ripple effect the exchange program created has been amazing this time, as the Russians adapted themselves to the Indian ethos very well. Commenting on the importance of Intercultural exchanges, she said that education is not complete without international mobility and developing power skills like tolerance, resilience and capacity to compromise. To become holistic one needs to spend some time in a foreign environment. She expressed her concern saying that, xenophobia is on the rise in the world and cultures need to overcome conflicts, to build a more just & peaceful world. She quoted Mother Teresa while stressing on the dearth of understanding and tolerance around us that If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
Irina Sarapulova, the visiting teacher thanked the Principal and her team for making their sojourn a memorable experience. What she talked the most about the school is the terminology ‘Mother Teacher’ used for a class teacher and she decided to adapt the practice at her school in Russia. Russian Buddies shared how their stay in India would be the most cherished memory of their lives. The program saw a beautiful amalgamation of both the cultures. The ceremony ‘Shubhkanksha’ conveyed a warm sentiment ‘that we part to meet again.’