Visit of Mr. Farooq Wardak

Minister of Education, Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Delhi Public School R.K. Puram hosted the visit of His Excellency Mr. Farooq Wardak, Minister of Education, Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on 10 December 2011. He was accompanied by Mr. Abdul Wassay Arian, Director General (Planning), Ministry of Education, Government of Afghanistan; Mr. Mohammad Azeem Sahak, Second Secretary, Embassy of Afghanistan (Education) and Mr. Srinivas, Adviser to Mr. Wardak.

The event opened with a melodious orchestra presentation, after which the Principal, Dr. Saini welcomed the gathering and highlighted the educational ties between India and Afghanistan. A lively Apsara dance performance by the senior students followed. The DPS Shiksha Kendra students put up an energetic patriotic dance, to an enthusiastic applause by the audience.

Raghav Gupta and Ishita Batra talked about DPS R.K. Puram and how it provides a holistic education to every student on its rolls. They showcased the achievements of the school in the academic session 2010-2011.

Mr. Ashok Chandra, Chairman, DPS Society, spoke next of the emphasis laid on both academics and co-curricular activities at DPS R.K. Puram, and called the students the ‘ambassadors, messengers and products’ of a great institution.

Beginning his address with a few lines in Hindi, Mr. Wardak was warmly received by the audience. Drawing on his experience in various leadership positions, he discussed the educational situation in Afghanistan, and very lucidly outlined the steps that his country was taking to meet the Millennium Development Goal of Universal Primary Education. He proudly discussed Afghanistan’s recent membership to the Global Partnership for Education, and believed it would make ‘the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children in hard-to-reach areas’ a priority. ‘Nothing will be sustained unless and until it will be owned by a global community’, he added. He concluded his speech by advising the students to identify, recognize and find solutions to their weaknesses.

The vote of thanks was given by Ms. Shobha Mehta, Vice Principal, who saluted the planning and determination of Mr. Wardak, and addressed the students, telling them to ‘accept whatever comes your way’.

The national anthems of India and Afghanistan provided a fitting conclusion to the programme. The delegation was then taken on a round of the school and the Sports Complex.