Muscat: The Indian School Ghubra has been selected to host the Round Square Regional General Meeting that takes place tomorrow.
Round Square is a worldwide association of 120 schools that are committed beyond academic excellence, to personal development and responsibility through service. Papri Ghosh, principal, Indian School Ghubra, stated that it is for the first time, a school in the Middle East will be hosting such an event that will bring delegates, heads and representatives of Round Square schools from US, Germany, South Africa, Turkey, South Asia and India. "It is a matter of pride for us," she stated at a press event held at ISG on Monday.
Round Square is based on the thoughts that Robert Hahn, a German educator and philosopher believed in. Hahn believed that schools should not just prepare pupils for higher education, but should in fact be places to prepare them for life. The meeting will bring together over 71 delegates who will discuss new ideas and experiences which they hope will make a difference in the future.
Papri, said ISG has been a member since 1996, and it is now a global member of the Round Square association. "Being a member gives a lot of privileges; including student exchanges, teacher exchanges, access to regional conferences, regional projects, international conferences, workshops and Round Square International Service programmes," which she said are essential for students' moulding. Only three schools from the Gulf region (UAE) are members of the Round Square, whose patrons include: King Constantine II of Greece, Nelson Mandela (South African anti-apartheid activist and politician), Prince Andrew (Duke of York, UK) and Sonia Gandhi (Indian politician) amongst others.
"We host international students who are part of the Round Square sphere," she added.
"A number of exchanges take place every year and it gives students the interaction they need to understand each other's culture as well as the environments they live in and most importantly they learn the teachings of life," she explained. A number of technological developments in the field of education are also shared amongst member schools. "There is a global learning taking place, in addition, Round Square is creating an alumni, to build its outreach and work towards causes that are noble," said Papri.
A number of students from ISG have undertaken community and humanitarian service programmes which include hard labour that students and teachers have performed towards constructing schools, painting of an orphanage across the Indian sub-continent and in Oman, disclosed Papri, and added that the school does not wish to hog the limelight on the charity and community service programmes that its students take part in.
The Kurt Kahn prize is awarded annually for a student from any Round Square school for an act of bravery or service. Sai Prateek Narayan from ISG won the prize in 2009-2010 becoming the first to do so in the Middle East, boasted Papri.