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School Kids to Make the World a Tranquil Planet


As a part of leadership initiative and global outreach programme, Modern School will organize its 10th Community Development and Leadership Summit – 2016, an educational programme for school children from Sunday, the 20th of November 2016 to Friday, the 25th of November 2016. It was started in 2006 and this year CDLS will celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Modern School is pleased to inform that this year for the same, confirmed participation from 18 [eighteen] countries including India, Australia, Bangladesh, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, UK and U.S.A. have already been received.

The key objective for organizing the CDLS is to encourage mutual exchange of ideas among students from different parts of the globe and help develop leaders who will grow and provide such experiences that will help the young leaders of tomorrow to make informed choices about their roles in the world communities. In an increasingly globalized world, they need to dream big for their own country and for the world at large. Modern School wishes to make a meaningful difference towards this grooming and care.

The participating contingents in this summit, spread over eight days, generally consist of four students from one school accompanied by one teacher. All participation, boarding, lodging and local transportation expenses related to the programme at Modern School, Barakhamba Road, shall be borne by the host school.



here PICTORIAL DAY TO DAY CDLS 2015 REPORT

Our 10th International ‘Community Development & Leadership Summit’ (C.D.L.S. 2015) on ‘It's all in Us : Integrated Intelligence’ an educational programme for school children from Sunday, the 22nd of November to Sunday, the 29th of November 2015. 21 schools from 18 countries across five continents are participating in CDLS 2015.

hereList of schools participated in CDLS 2015 :

Sr. No. Country School
001 AUSTRALIA PYMBLE LADIES COLLEGE
002 BANGLADESH SCHOLASTICA SCHOOL
003 CHINA BEIJING NEW ORIENTAL FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL
004 CHINA LIAONING PROVINCE SHIYAN HIGH SCHOOL
005 GERMANY LIEBIGSCHULE GIESSEN
006 DELHI, INDIA MODERN SCHOOOL, VASANT VIHAR
007 DELHI, INDIA MODERN SCHOOL, KUNDLI
008 DENPASAR, INDONESIA SMA Negeri 4 Denpasar
009 ITALY THE LICEO FOSCARINI
010 LAOS KIETTISACK INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
011 PENANG, MALAYSIA ST. GEORGE GIRLS SCHOOL
012 MEXICO FUNDACIÓN CULTURAL BAUR
013 PHILIPPINES PHILIPPINE SCIENCE HIGH SCHOOL
014 ZOLOTOY PESOK, RUSSIA THE COORDINATING CENTER
015 SERBIA MATHEMATICAL GRAMMAR SCHOOL
016 SOUTH AFRICA CLIFTON SCHOOL
017 SWEDEN KÄRRTORPS GYMNASIUM
018 THAILAND Matthayom Watnairong School
019 KENT, UK TOWNLEY GRAMMAR SCHOOL
020 USA GREENSBORO DAY SCHOOL
021 HOST SCHOOL MODERN SCHOOL, BARAKHAMBA ROAD, NEW DELHI

hereDAY-0 : 21ST NOVEMBER 2015 - ARRIVAL OF TEAMS, INTRODUCTION, ICE-BREAKING AND VISIT TO RAJGHAT

Most of the countries had arrived by November 21 of the CDLS. On the morning of November 21, 2015, all the students came to the HLL auditorium of Modern School where they were first introduced by the teachers about the concept and dos and don’ts about rules and regulations. In charges, Mr Firoz Bakht Ahmed spoke about the purpose of CDLS and Ms Sonal Bedi briefed the delegates on rules and regulations besides introducing the overall in charge, Mr Gautum Sarkar and other in charges — Ms Harpreet Khattar, Mr Sanatan Roy, Ms Manju Vujra and Mr Jitendra Munjal. After that all the delegates introduced themselves in two sentences each. In the afternoon, the “Ice-Breaking” session was conducted in a jovial spirit. In early evening, all the delegates went to Raj Ghat, the place where Father of the Nation, Mahatama Gandhi’s last resting place is. All the delegates paid their homage by laying floral tributes.

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hereDAY-1 : 22ND NOVEMBER 2015- INAUGURATION BY SALMAN KHURSHID, EX-MINISTER AND EMINENT LAWYER, INTERACTIVE SESSION

Followed by very scholarly opening address on, “It’s All in Us — Integrated Intelligence” by the Principal, Dr Vijay Datta, where he implied that ultimately it is left to the individual to make the best use of his/ her creative genius, the inauguration done was by Mr Salman Khurshid, ex-Foreign Minister of India and an eminent lawyer who spoke on the need of love and caring and sharing in the present ambience tinged by the aftermath of French terrorist attack. It was followed by an interactive session on creative intelligence and leadership by eminent people including Mr Salman Khurshid General (retired) GD Bakshi, Mr Siddharth Luthra (lawyer), Dr S Chaudhary (eye surgeon) and Ms Navika Kumar (TV anchor, Times Now). After lunch, a creative art and craft session was conducted where the delegates indulged in the best of their creative muses.

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hereDAY-2 : TATA DAY AND MUSICAL/ DANCE PERFORMANCE BY MADHAVI MUDGAL, RENOWNED ODISSI DANCER AND HER TEAM

This day began with the TATA DAY that had a plethora of interesting activities like —un-jumbling the word and finding a solution, true meaning of heroism, cut outs of hands to make what the world would be in 2050, video clips without audio. The delegates to speak dialogues with the topic, “Cross Culture”. The effort was to be tolerant with regard to inter-cultural sensitivities and activities. It was conducted at the SS Hall where the teams were divided into 20 tables. In the evening, the entire gathering thoroughly relished the dance/ musical extravaganza by Madhavi Mudgal, Indian classical dancer renowned internationally for her Odissi dance style. She was accompanied by an expert team of dancers and musicians who enthused the audience. At the end of the dance cum lecture session, Madhavi was asked many questions which she answered to the satisfaction of all.

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hereDay-3 : THE STATE BANK OF INDIA FIELD TRIPS ON COMMUNITY SERVICE WORKSHOP AND INTERACTIVE SESSION

At the behest of the State Bank of India, all the delegates went for community service at four different places, namely — Palna (Orphanage), School for the Visually Impaired, Ozanam (Old Age Home) and Cheshire Home (Old Age Home). At all the places, it was a very fruitful interaction with the inhabitants of these institutions. It was on the basis of caring and sharing. Based on the aspect of community service, a variety of activities were conducted to sensitize people in general about the problems of the underprivileged/ hapless and the ways to find a solution to salvage their predicament. Ms Sreedevi Pilli, the Deputy General Manager of the State Bank of India was the Chief Guest for this interactive. She was accompanied by Mr Vijay Verma, the manager at Modern School branch of the State Bank of India. She was very appreciative of the creative work done by the delegates to make this planet a better one to live today and for the posterity. She said that the Stat Bank of India will support Modern School even in future for such projects.

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hereDay-4 : THE INDIAN RURAL SPORTS, SCHOOL TOUR, VISIT TO DR RADHAKRISHAN SCHOOL, THEATER SHOW AND PRESENTATION ON INDIAN MONUMENTS

The theme of the day was to put forth the traditional values that our country upholds. The day began with a toiling session of ‘Indian Rural Sports’ organized for recreational purposes. There were several sterling sports matches between the host school and the delegates of other countries in sports like football, rugby, kabaddi etc. The delegates enjoyed the rural sports session thoroughly and inculcated the spirit of sportsmanship, as was aimed for by the organizers. The tiresome session of toil and frolic was followed by a rejuvenating breakfast. Post breakfast, the delegates were taken to Dr. Radhakrishan School for attending a traditional function held at the same. The function incorporated various gigs and fanatics that aimed at piquing the interests of the delegates into Indian culture. The program consisted of various folk dance performances, singing performance etc. as well as several stalls for entertainment. The stalls entertained delegates interested in pottery making, palm reading, henna tattoos etc. To add to the element of the Indian culture, the school also provided the delegates with elephant and camel rides. The energy of the event had each and everyone dancing to even the strangest beats. The event even provided traditional Indian food, reconciling with the theme. All these various embezzlements kept the gathering alive till the very end. The event culminated in an endearing group photo session. Post lunch, the delegates were taken back to school premises where a skit performed by the British Council awaited them. The comical rendition by the council had each and every chap in the audience laughing hysterically. After the hilarious play the delegates were shown an informative presentation on Indian Monuments. The presentation included the history, trivial facts and other values associated with various monuments like the Taj Mahal, The Qutub Minar and The Gate of India etc. After a devastatingly long day visiting the school in the morning, being audience to the play in the afternoon and watching the presentation in the evening, the delegates finally departed for dinner with their respective host families.

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REPORT: CDLS 2014


The cross-border fire exchange at the Radcliffe Line between India and Pakistan was forgotten for a while when four boys and a teacher from Aitchison College, Lahore, were happy to be in India on a ten day visit to be part of the International Schoolchildren Summit in Delhi.

When the cultural cauldron of positively energized ebullient students from 18 countries and 22 international schools starts wafting the aroma of fraternal feelings and mutual trust, one can vouch that the world is going to be a “Planet Peaceful” one!

Modern School, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi, organized its ninth International Summit on‘ Community Development & Leadership’ (CDLS 2014) from Saturday November 15 to November 23, 2014. The topic that year was, “It starts with us: The Power of One!”

The opening session had experts like Mr.Mukul Rohatgi, the Solicitor General of India, Mr. Pankaj Vohra, eminent journalist,Mr. Maroof Raza, defence analyst, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, the celebrated quizmaster, and Mr.Ashok Pratap Singh, President, Board of Trustees, Modern School. Ms.Kiran Bedi had a very absorbing session with the students.

Mr.Mukul Rohatgi, India’s Auditor General and an ex-Modernite, stated, “The main aim is to create global citizens who will look beyond the geographical boundaries and look at the world as the global village it is now becoming. ‘Cultural shocks’ at such a summit give way to cultural assimilation.”

Schools from Russia, South Africa, Italy, Germany, UK, Nepal, USA, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Philippines, Australia, Pakistan, China, Malaysia, Singapore, India etc were interacting with each other at Modern School in purposeful activities.

Stated the Principal Dr Vijay Datta, 'the summit aims at inculcating leadership qualities and a sense of social responsibility towards the community amongst the youth of today for giving a better tomorrow to the world'. He added, “Living, learning and immersing yourself in another culture will widen your prospective and give you a competitive edge in this inter-reliant world. Experiencing a completely new culture, making new friends and doing new things, enjoying different food, knowledge, skills, and insights about other people and other countries will prepare you for an international career. ”

James Cafferky from Australia commented that his presumption about India was that it was a country of snake charmers, magicians and backward people. However, on his arrival in India, the impression has completely changed. “It’s a nation on a fast track!” says James.

Veronica Harkins from Italy has almost fallen in love with India and sees similarities between India and Italy. ‘I don’t know why, India is akin to Italy,” states Veronica, “Maybe that we both are backed by history and civilizations.”

It is expected that the ideas exchanged during the summit will empower students to understand the role of leadership in community development. One of the greatest contributions that education can make is to help evolve a society that has young adults with big dreams for their community and country. We wish to make a difference.

Pakistan’s Ismail Khan Afridi was of the view that India and Pakistan can be the best of neighbours only if politicians let people interact in a peaceful ambience. However, he quipped, “Why do you have paneer in everything? Paneer in sandwich, roti, daal and almost everything. Also, the food here is a little spicy.” Ismail’s teacher, Iqbal Haider stated, “I’ve come to open the door to Indian students.”

Before coming to India, Canada’s Julianna thought that it was a land of black magic but having arrived here and seen massive malls, designer hospitals and state of the art metro, her view has taken a u-turn and now according to her India is numero uno!

According to Mr.Ashok Pratap Singh who had floated the idea of this summit, a trend-setter, some 10 years ago, the world today is in need of a new set of leaders. The youth of today needs to step up to the challenge. The future rests on their young shoulders.

Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff, told students, “Whether its broadmindedness, openness to new people and experiences, or amplified independence and accountability; you’re your family and friendship will find that you will change in many positive ways while you are on exchange.”

According to Mr.Gautam Sarkar, the livewire behind the project, various events have been included in the CDLS to fulfill this objective of instilling leadership.

To set the ball rolling the students had interactive sessions with eminent political leaders, social workers, industrialists, entrepreneurs, lawyers, quiz masters, journalists, artists and celebrities. A fun filled day of leadership through experiential learning brought out the leader in each one of them.

The second major aim of the CDLS is community development and social responsibility. As we all know today the world is faced with multiple issues that lie in the path of development. These issues need to be addressed.

To sensitize the students to different aspects of community development, the summit includes field visits to Gandhi Samadhi, a session with the President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, SOS Village, Prayas (an NGO), the Taj Mahal, and The Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI) besides many other places of interest in Delhi. The Multimedia Session gave students an opportunity to express their views over Global concerns such as terrorism, Global warming and world peace. A cultural evening was the fitting finale to the CDLS 2014.

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here PICTORIAL DAY TO DAY CDLS 2014 REPORT

Our 9th International ‘Community Development & Leadership Summit’ (C.D.L.S. 2014) on ‘It Starts with Us : The Power of One’ was held from 15th November to 22nd November 2014.The participants of the CDLS-2014 were students and teachers from twenty-two schools hailing from eighteen countries across five continents.

hereList of schools participated in CDLS 2014 :

Sr. No. Country School
001 AUSTRALIA BRISBANE GRAMMER SCHOOL
002 AUSTRALIA PYMBLE LADIES COLLEGE
003 BANGLADESH SCHOLASTICA SCHOOL
004 CANADA GOLD RIVER SECONDRY SCHOOL
005 CHINA LIAONING PROVINCE SHIYAN HIGH SCHOOL
006 CHINA BEIJING NEW ORIENTAL FOREIGN LANGUAGE SCHOOL
007 GERMANY LIEBIGSCHULE GIESSEN
008 DELHI, INDIA MODERN SCHOOOL, VASANT VIHAR
009 DELHI, INDIA GENESIS GLOBAL SCHOOL
010 DENPASAR, INDONESIA SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
011 ITALY THE LICEO FOSCARINI
012 LAOS KIETTISACK INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
013 PENANG, MALAYSIA ST. GEORGE GIRLS SCHOOL
014 MEXICO COLEGIO CAROL BAUR
015 NEPAL MALPI INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
016 LAHORE, PAKISTAN ATICHISON COLLEGE
017 PHILIPPNES PHILIPPINE SCIENCE HIGH SCHOOL
018 RUSSIA ZOLOTOY PESOK
019 SOUTH AFRICA CLIGTON SCHOOL
020 THAILAND VAJIRAVUDH COLLEGE
021 RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, USA COLEGIATE SCHOOL
022 HOST SCHOOL MODERN SCHOOL, BARAKHAMBA ROAD, NEW DELHI

hereDAY 1 - ICE BREAKING

The delegates had arrived. To make them comfortable and appease them there were many games that were played and many activities that were done. There were rounds of questions and answers which made everyone laugh, think and grow in knowledge. The first day was settling down time for the delegates.

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hereDAY-2- SIGHT SEEING

The delegates and school children were all excited for the inaugural ceremony opening of the CDLS. The delegates went for sightseeing. They saw a couple of monuments like the Humayun’s Tomb, the Qutub Minar, The Red Fort, India Gate and Agrasen ki Baoli. By seeing the intricacy of art done on the walls of the Humayun’s Tomb, the delegates were totally floored.
The evening that day was followed by the visit to Rajghat which is a memorial of Mahatma Gandhi and other great leaders of the country. All the delegates were very enthusiastic about knowing the leaders of India. They saw Samadhis or cremation sites of Jawaharlal Nehru, Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi.

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hereDAY-3-INAUGURATION OF CDLS AND PANEL DISCUSSION

>All the delegates assembled in the HLL auditorium and the Chief Guest, Mr.Mukul Rohatgi addressed them. Mr.Mukul Rohatgi, a distinguished Modernite of the Batch of 1972, presently Attorney General of India, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and inaugurated our International Summit on 15th November 2014. Mr.Ashok Pratap Singh, President-Board of Trustees, Modern Schools, delivered the ‘Vote of Thanks. Eminent speakers during Panel Discussion Session on ‘Leadership’ were Mr.Maroof Raza, Mr.Pankaj Vohra, Maj. Gen. G.D.Bakhshi and Mr.Parnab Mukherjee. The delegates took extensive interest in the discussion and made full out of it.

After the discussion the delegates then had their lunch at the boarding house, where they really liked the Indian food and some of them even asked for the recipes as well. Then were the creative sessions in which the students put their thinking caps on and indulged in creative pursuits.

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hereDay 4: SBI DAY - I

‘SBI Day-I’ was celebrated on 16th November 2014. The delegates enjoyed Indian rural sports in the morning. An Interactive Session was organized engaging the delegates in various activities such as dialogue writing, advertisement production etc. The delegates experienced a unique moment of bonding when they performed together, reflecting the sense of fraternity.

The delegates were taken to the RadhaKrishnan School where they were shown specially created glimpses of traditional India.

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hereDay 5: SBI DAY - II

SBI Day-II’ was celebrated on 17th November 2014 which was observed as the Community Service Day. Delegates visited various NGOs in the morning. To sensitize delegates towards community service, a Panel Discussion Session was held with panelists - Dr.Kiran Bedi, Ms.Minna Kapur, Ms.Pinky Anand and Dr.Puroshottam Lal.

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hereDay 6: LEADERSHIP SESSION AT ROSHANARA CLUB & VISIT TO AKSHARDHAM

On 18th November 2014 in the morning, all the delegates attended a leadership session on social and environmental concern, interactive games etc. at the Roshnara Club. On the same day, they visited Akshardham Temple, an epitome of Hindu culture, spirituality, architecture and laser light fountain show.

The delegates were taken to Radha Krishnan School where they were shown specially created glimpses of traditional India.

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hereDay 7: TATA DAY

19th November 2014 was celebrated as the ‘Tata Day’ with interactive activities viz. ‘What Bothers Me’, ‘One Act of Kindness’, ‘L’Innovation’ and presented a skit on issues such as racism, crime against women etc. Mr.Sanjay Singh, Principal Resident Representative, Tata Sons Ltd. graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

During the Cultural Session on that evening, Arushi Mudgal and Sawani Mudgal renowned Odissi dancers, presented a lec-dem and left audience spellbound.

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hereDay 8: VISIT TO TAJ MAHAL, AGRA

The delegates were taken for a tour to the Taj Mahal in Agra on 20th November 2014.

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hereDay 9: LEADERSHIP SESSION AT ROSHANARA CLUB & VISIT TO AKSHARDHAM

n 21st November 2014, the delegates visited ‘Dilli Haat’, an open air bazaar cum food plaza in Delhi. A ‘Cultural Exhibition’ was put up by the delegates of all the schools exhibiting culture of their country. Later, they also presented cultural performances during the dinner hosted by the President, Board of Trustees, Modern School.

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hereDay 10: VALEDICTORY FUNCTION

On 22nd November 2014, tree plantation was done in the morning by the delegates of all schools to signify their participation in the summit. To culminate the event, a Valedictory Function was held in the evening. Mr.Amitabh Kant, a distinguished Modernite 1973 Batch, presently Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Govt. of India, was the Chief Guest on the occasion and delivered the Valedictory Address. Reflections of the summit were presented by the delegates. A photo album, CD and the CDLS brochure were released on this occasion.

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