Displaced Hindu students at our free coaching centres gain more than academic support. They also get oriented with the Indian values unique to this land. For example, recently, we celebrated Teacher’s Day at our centre with various events for refugee students.
For the first time, Teacher’s Day was celebrated at the Sewa Nyaya Uththan Foundation (SNUF) centre in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Children were introduced to Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan’s life and works.
The foundation’s mission is to educate displaced children in academics and acquaint them with Indian values and culture. Hence, various programs are organised for the children, whether it’s Teacher’s Day, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, or Independence Day.
The program began with the singing of the national anthem. Following that, the children recited poems and even delivered speeches in honour of their teachers. The children also crafted greeting cards and small gifts for their teachers.
Why do Indians celebrate Teacher’s Day?
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the first Vice President and second President of India, was also a renowned teacher, a great philosopher, and a devoted Hindu scholar. He was honoured with the Bharat Ratna award in 1954 for his qualities. His birthday is celebrated every year in India as Teacher’s Day.
Who are these children at SNUF’s Jodhpur Centre?
These children are displaced Hindu migrants who have been forced to flee from their homes in Pakistan because of the relentless religious persecution there. They are from economically backward tribal communities. Their families generally spend all their money on visas, passports and related paperwork to cross the border to India.