Merriment at Middle School’s Mufti Day 2018 Pathways World School, Gurgaon
"Cultures grow on the vine of tradition", says Jonah Goldberg, a political columnist for the L.A. Times. Pathways World School maintain the annual tradition of celebrating the Mufti Day with enthusiasm. An event enabling all to come together and contribute towards some significant causes, it has built in the school a healthy culture of social consciousness and charity. This year it was celebrated on the 31st of October.
Apart from the tradition of allowing students to wear their home clothes to school, Pathways encourages them to lunch on a special meal, the proceeds from which are used to contribute to various noteworthy NGOs.
This year PWS, Gurgaon is proud to associate with organizations such as MLNS (Make Love Not Scars), an NGO which is working towards women and children who are impacted by violence and conflict; MKP (Masti ki Paathshala), an NGO which is using education, healthcare and livelihoods for broader rural development; the Nanhi Chhaan Foundation, an NGO collectively addressing the issues of gender ratio, environmental degradation and secularism; YouWeCan, an initiative towards combating Cancer and spreading awareness about it amongst the masses; CAN KIDS INDIA, The National Society for ''CHANGE FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER IN INDIA."; and finally, the Interact Club – which is the service initiative club under the aegis of International Rotary Club.
Both academic buildings, Bhaskara and Aryabhata were filled with students attending morning lessons dressed as spooky characters. They launched to a filling meal of Veggie burgers, Paneer Tikka sandwiches and Blueberry filled muffins from Binge, which, unlike their regular meal was enjoyed in a more casual setting in the respective form rooms.
The students then proceeded to the Panini auditorium for a special cultural showcasing. An event organized entirely by the Middle School Student Council, this year's Mufti Day featured performances by the Grade 10 clubs – the Band Club, 'Algorithm', the Drama Club, 'Not Your Average Theatre Club', the Dance Club, 'Delle Arti' and the A Cappella Club. Keeping in mind that each club had absolutely no specialized coaching towards their performances, the clubs' recitals were awe-inspiring.
With the aim of inculcating an inclusive mindset in the students, this initiative went a long way in creating an environment of environmental consciousness and social sensitivity.