Social justice is concerned with how benefits and burdens are distributed among the members of society. This includes the fairness in which society provides, protects, and recognizes the means and qualities individuals require to both determine a conception of and live, a good life.
“It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act.’
– Dalai Lama
Keeping this concept in mind, a Virtual Assembly was conducted on 27th August 2021, by the students of Grade 2, on the topic ‘Social Justice’ to be encouraged, enlightened, and equipped to do our part to make this world a better place for those who are suffering.
The assembly commenced with the Morning Prayer which is believed to provide peace and serenity to our minds and souls. Students of Grade 2 were excited to bring in their best thoughts and reasoning of the demands of the underprivileged, marginalized, and exploited workforce, especially children. Napoleon Hill’s quote “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way” set the ball rolling and drove the attention of everyone towards the tiny tots as they shared their views on Social Justice, Bonded Labour, Children’s Rights, Right to Education, and Child Labour.
To acquaint children with the Rights of Children a heart-touching Video was presented. This enabled the students to comprehend this perplexing topic in the most unpretentious manner. Justice, equity, and equality were stressed to instill a sense of responsibility and empathy in the students towards a social cause that is so prevalent and requires their small yet profound role in our society.
Many of us believe that children don’t see the outside world or other people, the way adults do, that they only view the world from their own eyes and in their way. But this is not true and it was displayed by the children who shared their experiences through videos on being magnanimous and showered their concern in little ways, to those in need.
It was truly a privilege to have amongst us Ms. Ancy Susan Alex, a Social Worker and a voluntary employee of a reputed NGO, to inspire and motivate young minds on Social Justice. Her work involves the upliftment of the poor, helping and rehabilitating bonded laborers, liberating the child labor, and allowing the underprivileged children to study.
Finally, our Head of School, Ms. Shubhra Sinha, in her address, conveyed her thoughts and suggested innumerable ways in which every child can play a small yet pivotal role in addressing this grave issue that needs to be confronted in the best possible way. Her words with sincerity and earnest plea have truly touched the hearts of everyone.
The assembly came to an end by paying due respect to the National Anthem. This assembly was a great learning experience for both students and teachers alike.