The Nanhi Chhaan Foundation, in a historic collaboration with three of India's foremost educational institutions - The Welham Boys’ School, The Welham Girls’ School, and The Doon School, successfully concluded the 10th National Schools Essay Contest. Themed "Diversity – The Essence of India," this monumental event highlighted the insightful perspectives of young minds from all corners of the nation.
Over three illuminating days, the program fervently reinforced Nanhi Chhaan's core objectives: the protection and empowerment of girls, the promotion of environmental sustainability through tree planting, and the advancement of inter-faith harmony. This occasion marked a significant milestone as these prestigious institutions united for the first time, highlighting the pivotal role of collaboration in addressing the challenges that lie ahead.
The event commenced with a mesmerizing play 'Tansen,' an exploration of the legendary musician's life and the essence of his greatness. The play offered a captivating journey through Tansen's life. Additionally, students from Welham Boys’ School, Welham Girls’ School, and The Doon School performed short skits, effectively conveying Nanhi Chhaan's noble objectives.
The pinnacle of the event was the culmination of the nationwide essay contest, 'Diversity - The Essence of India.' Fifteen finalists from schools across India engaged in a spirited and moderated group discussion on this theme. The presence of the esteemed Chief Guest, Dr. Karan Singh, added gravitas and prestige to the event. The finalists engaged in thought-provoking discussions, evaluated by distinguished judges, including Ms. Chitrangada Raje Singh, Dr Navtej Sarna, and Dr. Sudipto Mandal, who ultimately determined the contest winners.
During the closing ceremony of the Nanhi Chhaan All India Essay Writing Competition on September 30, 2023, 12 students from Welham Boys' School delivered a powerful Hindi street play titled "Kya Hai Meri Pehchan?", based on the grave issue of female foeticide. The play tackled the sensitive issue of female foeticide, shedding light on its consequences. It left a lasting impact on the audience and dignitaries in attendance.
The event also featured a dance by Welham Girls' School on environmental conservation titled 'Ten Tyaktena Bhunjitha' and a Nukkad Natak by The Doon School promoting interfaith harmony, titled 'Sarva Dharma Sambhava.'
The event concluded with a memorable short film by Welham Boys' School. This three-day program, a collaborative effort between these prestigious schools, not only celebrated diversity but also championed the protection and empowerment of girls, environmental sustainability, and interfaith harmony - embodying the core values of the Nanhi Chhaan Foundation.