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Our first visitor of 2018 was none other than Dr PC Biaksiama who came today to give a seminar about career guidance.
He was able to bring an engaging and beneficial message drawing from his illustrious career in the Police and Civil Service, as well as his rich academic experiences and biblical insights following the ten years he spent single-handedly translating the King James Bible into Mizo. He encouraged the students to identify their talents and seek to use their talents whole-heartedly for the benefit of the Mizo society, people and economy.
We are currently in our final week before the Christmas vacation, and all the children are working hard for their third unit exams. Class X hostellers will stay back for an extra week. However, that doesn’t mean the excitement has to stop, and we have been blessed with two groups of special guests just in the past week.
First, last Monday two veterinary doctors visited to give a fascinating presentation about a variety of issues relating to animal welfare, conservation and ecology. Dr Lallianpuii Kawlni and Dr C Lalchhandama raised awareness about issues that are sure to make the children think about their role both as they look after their pets and care for Mizoram’s precious but delicate natural environment.
Second, last Friday a team of enthusiastic young people predominantly from Nagaland visited to lead a praise and worship afternoon. This included plenty of lively singing and two short but meaningful messages. We do hope they will come again some time.
“Ignorance of the law excuses not.” In the spirit of such a principle, we were most fortunate to have a visit from members of Govt. Mizoram Law College today. They presented an awareness programme about cybercrime and child sexual offences (POCSO Act) sponsored by Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA). It was highly relevant to the lives of the Class III to Class X students.
Participants included the principal Dr Rualkhuma Colney, Hmingthanpuii Ralte, Rebecca Lalrindiki and Zoparliani Khiangte. They also distributed refreshments; a welcome gesture on such a hot day!
Mizoram is a State that struggles with a high rate of HIV/AIDS incidences. As such, it is the responsibility of every school to ensure its young people are well-informed.
We were fortunate to have an excellent team of visitors today representing CARE – World Vision India and Living Hope Ministry, including Lalchuanzuali (CZ) Ralte who shared her testimony and personal experiences. Through participatory activities, they explained to Class V – X the important aspects of HIV and AIDS. They also promoted awareness about basic reproductive health pertinent to teenagers going through puberty.
It was an excellent programme and the kids also appreciated the distribution of Waiwai and juice!
We are very proud to have established an Energy Club at Divine Intervention School in 2016, headed up by Miss Chhanpuii. More details can be found at this page. The Class IX (now Class X) members worked hard conducting audits in their local areas and taking part in awareness campaigns. They were even very successful at the state level, winning several awards in the year 2016-2017. Thanks to Miss Chhanpuii and all the students who took part:
Individual Prize: Lalruattluanga and Lily Lalenkawli Sailo won Consolation Prizes in the Essay Writing competition and received cash of Rs.1000 and a citation.
Club Prize: In the overall state-level competition, the Club won 8th position / Consolation with a cash Prize of Rs 2000 and a citation.
On Friday, 25 November, five representatives from Zonuam Police Outpost visited the school to present an awareness campaign about a variety of issues. In an entertaining and interactive presentation, all the students learnt about the importance of local police outposts and the correct procedure for reporting an offence by filing an FIR. Particular emphasis was placed on sexual offences with reference to the POCSO Act of 2012. The children were also reminded about road safety and traffic rules. It was a valuable campaign for the school and our local Zonuam community.
On the afternoon of Friday, 18 November, Divine Intervention School’s new Energy Club was inaugurated at a gathering of students from Class V to Class X. The club is established in accordance with central and state government recommendations, which encourage every school to run such a club so that school students can be involved in auditing and raising awareness of energy consumption in their local area.
The event included speeches by the Principal and Maggie (a Class IX member of the club), and a powerpoint presentation by Miss Chhanpuii who is leading the club at Divine Intervention School. The club consists of twenty enthusiastic members of Class IX who have each received materials with which to conduct their audit. It is hoped that they will make a difference they can be proud of in the future, and that they will be able to pass the baton on to other students in the following years.
For more information about school energy clubs in India, click here.