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37 global storytellers join hands to promote peace

Ms. Komal Nathani, Headmistress, Apeejay Rhythms, participated in ‘Read for Peace’, a story-time programme for the children of Ukraine



Children are the world’s most valuable resource. They are our hope for the future. And, at a time when war is disrupting the state of peace and education across the world, students’ growth and development must not be hampered. Therefore, Apeejay Rhythms Kinderworld, Greater Kailash-II rose to the occasion to put in their efforts on bringing joy to the little kids who have been forced out of their home and school in Ukraine into temporary shelters.

In a 12-hour non-stop story-time session titled, ‘Read for Peace’, in association with Upschool and global education influencer, Gavin McCormack, 37 storytellers worldwide came together and connected with the children in a thread of love. The event was organised by Education Influence, a platform for educators around the world. Ms. Komal Nathani, an influencer at Education Influence, narrated a beautiful story, ‘What the ladybird heard’ by Julia Donaldson. She started the narration with a catchy and mesmerising song making the interaction lively. As the new characters entered the story, the excitement of the kids knew no boundaries. A story on animals and their sounds was the most appropriate choice since it was relatable for the children. As the story proceeded, they found themselves totally engrossed.  At the end of the story, Ms. Nathani asked the students to recall the names of the animals, their sounds and the sequence of how they appeared to tap into their thoughts and understanding.

In the session, Mr. McCormack explained that since we cannot describe the war to our youngest citizens, through this session, we aim to tell them the other side of the story, i.e. peace. Further, he thanked the participating educators for taking their precious time out for a noble cause.

The session was attended by a pool of students. They were enchanted by the enthralling stories told by the renowned storytellers. The session not only helped the kids forget their pain and suffering but also enriched their vocabulary. It truly gave them the wings of imagination to take a flight.

“Let there be love in our hearts, harmony in our homes and peace in the world. The children we teach may not remember us when they grow older but they will always have a part of us inside of them, this part that gave them hope and love and taught them to believe in themselves.”

Ms. Komal Nathani

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