A delegation of 10 students from classes eight to ten, along with a teacher, Dr.Atika Dayal attended the 11th International Children’s festival, ‘Let’s change the world for the better’ held from 22nd July to 1st August 2012 at Artek, in Gurzuf, Ukraine. Representatives from 54 countries attended the festival. Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram was the sole representative from India. The programme consisted of a host of activities for children. Manav Singh played the tabla in the ‘Planet of the Talents’ segment while Pooja Gupta was the Indian delegate in the students’ League of Nations, a forum that discusses world issues and the role of children in bringing about change. Vanya Jain was the representative in the Press Club, where the young journalists interview people and capture the pulse of the festival. With daily flag hoisting and the national anthem of the various countries, the students learnt a lot about the nations of the world. Their hobby classes kept them occupied. The Indian delegation had its national Day where they put up a beautiful stall, exhibiting all Indian items from Khadi soaps, incense sticks, wooden artefacts, Madhubani paintings and offered the visitors dry fruits, sweets and other savoury items which were a great hit with the visitors. The Indian girls applied mehindi and put bindis on the visitors while the boys painted small flags on their arms. The students performed on the stage, singing ‘Arziaan’. It was a great platform to showcase India and there was a lot of curiosity among the visitors and a desire to know more about the country.
The Peace Day celebrations opened with the Indian contingent performing ‘Dholi taro’ before the audience. The festival was a unique opportunity for the children to interact with students from 54 countries and they picked up many of the languages and learnt about the food, customs and music of these lands. They formed close friendships with the children from different countries. It was a great learning experience.