India Day | Celebrating 150 years of Mahatma
Thu, 20 Dec 2018
Posted in Middle & Upper School

In conjunction with Ahliah’s articulation of global citizenship especiallyrecognizing and appreciating different cultures,and in collaboration with representatives from the Embassy of India and the respected Indian ambassador, the commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th anniversary was celebrated on Wednesday December 12th at Ahliah School. Our students continue to celebrate Gandhi's doctrines with every non-violent stance they will take. The event included lively activities that portray the latent cultural iceberg of India, interactive lectures regarding Gandhi's influential wave on the attainment of peace, educational quizzes, and a therapeutic dance workshop.

In her talk about Gandhi’s life journey, Ms. Ovessa Iqbal, first Secretary and Head of Chancery at the Indian Embassy, mentioned Ahliah’s history in fighting for rights to education; In 1924, under the ruling of the French Mandate, authorities tried to tighten their control over the school and ordered its closing. Ahliah students (mainly girls) organized a rally and walked into the Government Palace to defend the cause of the school before the High Commissioner. Ultimately the French authorities yielded to pressures and repealed the decision.

Ms. Iqbal described this rally as the “Gandhian”way to fight for one’s rights in a peaceful, non-violent manner. 

In addition to such a cultivating event, our very students had prepared a short performance that embodies the true struggle in the quest for peace. Not to mention the various authentic Indian dishes prepared by Grades 8 and 9, ready to be served!

To end such an illuminating celebration, the Embassy had granted generous prizes to the winners of the Gandhi quiz. The three winners were Rabah Safsouf, Mohamad Mhaidly and Leen Alaaddine. 

Take a look at some of the photos and videos we took below, or on our Social Media pages.

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