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Students of Apeejay School, Noida celebrated the International Day of the Girl Child on Oct 11 with the theme ‘Digital generation! Our generation!’

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“A daughter is one of the most beautiful gifts this world has to offer”- Laurel Atherton

The International Day of the Girl Child is celebrated annually on October 11 to empower and amplify the voices of girls around the world. In sync with this spirit, Apeejay School, Noida celebrated the day with the theme: ‘Digital generation! Our generation!’ The celebration this year was dedicated to the Founder-Chairman, Dr Stya Paul since he always supported girls to work hard and achieve their goals.

 The virtual celebration included various activities that recognized the rights and also the challenges faced by girls globally. The celebration aimed to increase awareness on the importance of education, healthcare and nutrition for girls. Students of class 4 and 5 designed placards, posters and wrote slogans to spread awareness about the importance of gender equality.

Eminent women from different fields such as medicine and law among others, were invited to guide the development of girls into empowered women.

Sessions were conducted by eminent gynaecologist and paediatrician Dr Manisha Tomar and Dr Gaurika Bansal respectively. They gave an insight into various social injustices plaguing the world such as gender unequal norms, cultural taboos among other issues.  They stressed that a girl at every stage is entitled to a safe and healthy life.  They also highlighted the significance of menstrual health and hygiene programmes for young girls.  These programmes, they pointed, equip girls with the confidence and essential skills needed to overcome barriers to health, freedom and development.

Women from other fields also shared their journey and promised to assist young girls towards growth and empowerment. They pledged towards building a world with equal opportunities for all.  

Head girl, Tavisha Sharma, Class 12 student shared her experience of tutoring Shahpur village (Noida) girls in Biology.  

Ereena Chaddha, student of class 12 addressed the students and shared information about the social work done by her towards ensuring menstrual hygiene and proper sanitation for women in Gejha village, Noida.

Manasvi Tyagi, student of class 5 and ambassador of ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Andolan’ shared her thoughts on the importance of this social mobilisation campaign, aimed at creating equal value for the girl child and her education.

“By addressing the inequity and exclusion that span geographies and generations and by believing in our daughters’ dreams we can make this day more meaningful and worthwhile.”

-Mr AK Sharma, Principal, Apeejay School, Noida

Arijit Roy is a trainee correspondent at Apeejay newsroom. He has done his masters in English literature from Delhi University and has a book of poems published by Writers Workshop India. He can be reached at [email protected]

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