Topic of the Project Week from August 20th to 25th was „Nature Ganesha“ – very suitable as on 29th the yearly Ganesha Festival was celebrated (Ganesha, the elephant god, symbolizes a good start, success and protection). This festival is after Mahashivaratri (festival of Shiva) the second important one in India. Originally it was a spiritual event, but nowadays it is a commercial celebration mostly, with people drinking alcohol and making a lot of noise. The Ganesha statues presented on rallies - mostly prepared of chemical materials - are put into the water at the end of the day. Like this every year again a huge pollution is caused – especially in this drought area with less water, the district in India with the second last rain fall.
Debate about Nature Ganesha and chemical Ganesha before starting the Project Week
Some days before starting the Project Week a debate about Nature Ganeshas and chemical Ganeshas was arranged by Headmaster Raja Sekhar. The children who had been busy with this topic class wise had selected leaders to present their arguments in the debate. Three guests had been invited: Doctor Govind, Priest Raghu and Electrical line man K. Bala Raju who had shown the preparation of a Nature Ganesha to students and teachers in the last year already.In the debate a big number of aspects worth to think about were brought into the minds of the participants (see photos). Our guests were impressed by the creativity and sharp mind of our students.
Project Week Plan
20.8.: Team and work distribution
21.8.: Preparation of the exhibition
22.8. Preparation of exhibition and rally
23.8. Rally in Mudigubba
25.8. Exhibition at the bus stand
Project week plan
Clay Ganesha under construction
Preparation of plant colours
The rally of the students through Mudigubba – with many different slogans for consciousness rising – was a colourful event attracting a lot of attention.
Ganesha rally of the students through Mudigubba
On the last day of the Project week (August 25th) the exhibition took place at the bus stand in midst of Mudigubba – the very first time outside of the school premises. A big variety of Ganeshas was presented to more than 2500 visitors (adults and children from Mudigubba and the villages around): Ganeshas made of clay, seeds, leaves, coconuts, CD’s, fruits, vegetables, grass and cotton. Our students explained the preparation of Clay Ganeshas and as well of natural colours. The main differences between chemical Ganeshas and Nature Ganeshas were clearly pointed out. The responsible team was very happy and satisfied to get the chance to inform so many people about our exhibits and activities. Balaji Naik, a 6th class student, asked the people to protect Nature and to buy Nature Ganeshas. The feedback of the visitors was positive, many visitors appreciated our activities. Some Sai Baba students coming from Puttaparthi (40 km distant) for the exhibition asked us to show it there as well.
Ganesha exhibition in a tent at the bus stand
The press responded very well; within one week eight newspaper articles were published in different newspapers – about Project Week and Karate event. After the Project Week a success meeting was held by students and teachers to reflect the week.
Crowd in the Ganesha tent
The realization of this week was a dream of Headmaster Raja Sekhar. When he studied for B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) being very unhappy about the ‘Chemical Ganesha Festival’ he had the wish for more nature awareness and spirituality already. He is very satisfied about having brought some knowledge about Nature Ganesha and more awareness to the people.
Students enjoy their activity as awareness bringers
I am very impressed and very satisfied with this week as well and would like to see many more interesting and conscious widening project weeks realizing the dreams of students and teachers. I am deeply convinced that aim and goal of a good school are mainly to enable the students to realize their dreams. Shall all of us realize our most beautiful dreams!