The CMS school prayer resonates through halls and assemblies in all twenty campuses where students with one accord chant in a melodious tone, “I bear witness, O my God, that Thou hast created me to know Thee and to worship Thee…” With the aim of enabling the students to understand the profound implications of knowing God and worshipping Him, CMS has over the years integrated a special curricular programme into its middle school, called “Junior Youth Empowerment Programme” (JYEP). The curriculum empowers our young minds to understand the two-fold moral purpose of transforming self and society in order to create a new race of men - individuals who think, speak and act positively and constructively. Service to the common good is the crucible in which one’s aim and motive of constructing a peaceful, united world is tested. CMS endeavours to provide that service opportunity to its students.
Through JYEP animator training programme, students of senior section learn about the great responsibility of contributing to the betterment of society. They understand that on them also rests the duty of fostering an environment in which the younger members of their school community can attain the spiritual and intellectual powers needed to become builders of a new civilization. The task is no doubt immense. To counteract the powerful social forces that threaten to sap their powers and distort their purpose, youth can rely on God’s unfailing assistance. They also have to enhance the ability to create an atmosphere of mutual support and assistance among themselves and in their communities in which their powers to transform society are multiplied.
These fledgling efforts need to multiply and develop further. It is with this vision in mind that CMS is raising a call for volunteer youth from across the world and India to come and offer a year of service to strengthen and consolidate the Junior Youth Empowerment Programme and its outreach.
City Montessori School (CMS) would like to invite you to apply for a period of service at one of its campuses in Lucknow, India.
CMS, which has over 53,000 students across 18 campuses, has integrated a programme for the empowerment of junior youth, inspired by the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Programme, into its school curriculum. This is a unique opportunity to empower and nurture the capacities ofliterally thousands of youth and junior youth who would otherwise not be able to benefit from this kind of education. The success of this programme will depend on youth who can volunteer to serve as teachers and trainers for a period of service ranging from 6 months to one year. Serving in this capacity will, undoubtedly, bring immense joy and gratification to the youth volunteers who would experience this as part of their contribution towards the betterment of society.
Therewill beone timetabled period each week of moral education classes and/or junioryouth groups for each section of students, which will be facilitated by the volunteer youth. Each section consists of roughly 40-60 students, so the experience will be noticeably different from a typical junior youth group of 15 participants. As this is a new scheme, it is likely that the full extent of the involvement of youth volunteerswill develop and evolve during their time here. Other potential service opportunities includeacting as general teaching assistants, helping with the community outreach programmes, visiting homes of the students who serve as animators, and other service activities. The main role, however, will be to runjunior youth groups within the school timetable. Thus, a youth volunteer’s typical daily schedule would be attending school in the mornings and afternoons, and in the evenings being engaged in activities ranging from participating in study sessions organized by the Office for Youth Empowerment and Capacity Building as well asservice activities with the wider society. Youth volunteers will of course have some leisure time to spend as they wish, whilst remembering that their actions represent CMS and their parent community.
City Montessori School is officially recognised as the world’s largest city-school, with over 53,000 students aged 2-18 and 18 campuses in the city of Lucknow. CMS strives not only to educate intelligent, hard-working, knowledgeable pupils, who achieve the highest possible academic excellence, but also to inculcate in its pupils a spirit of service and to nurture their inherent capacity to contribute towards the betterment of society. The school’s underlying philosophy is the principle of “The Earth is but one country and mankind its citizens”, and all CMS pupils chant prayers in their morning assemblies bearing witness to the reality that the purpose of their life is to know God and to worship Him. Understanding the implications of that is the utmost effort of CMS community in its goal of nurturing visionary leaders and proactive world citizens committed to working towardsworld peace and unity.
(for further information, please visit http://www.cmseducation.org)
CMS organises 28 international events and conferences on a regular basis, which aim toenrich the school’s pupils and staff, and benefit the development protagonists in the wider society. Youth volunteers would havethe opportunity to attend and take part in these events as much or as little as they would like. These events include the International Conference of Chief Justices(World Judiciary Summit).These gatherings resonate with the school’s motto of “Jai Jagat” - meaning “Hail the World”.
Youth volunteers will be expected to come to the city of Lucknow by their own means, preferably in March if intending to stay for 6 months, and July for one year. Oncethey arrive in Lucknow (either at the train station or the airport), they will be the guestsof City Montessori School. CMS will take care of their accommodation and foodrequirements, and will offer a modest stipend to cover any additional living expenses. CMS willensure that all the youth have access to basic medical care. All youth should come with medical insurance. In addition, youth will have access toCMS facilities whenever they are not in use by school pupils or events - including social spaces,work spaces, outdoor spaces, libraries, and facilities for music, sport, art, computing and Internet access. Accommodation will be in the form of an air-conditioned en suite hotel-style room shared by two youth of the same gender and similar age.
In addition, volunteers should be willing to adapt to a new culture and surroundings,handle large class sizes, and, most importantly, be willing to learn while serving.
Prior experience of facilitating children’s classes and junior youth groups is preferable. In addition, those applicants who have completed the institute books 3 and 5 - which containtraining for children’s class teachers and junior youth animators respectively - will be favoured. The orientation programme will include the study of the Junior Youth Empowerment Program materials, refresher on some institute materials, Discourse on Social Action, and relevant materials of youth conferences.
The Junior Youth Empowerment Programme attracted an additional 400 students going to class 9, who volunteered to serve as animators for 3 years, into its circle of over 1000 animators. The students from 9 campuses, namely, Aliganj I, Gomti Nagar I, Gomti Nagar II, Indira Nagar, Kanpur Road, Mahanagar, Rajendra Nagar I, Rajajipuram I and Station Road participated in the training program from 9/10 March 2018 soon after the examinations. The resolve, enthusiasm, and active participation of these students during the study sessions, consultation and planning, cooperative games, arts and crafts, and memorization of prayers and quotations was exemplary. The spirit of service permeated all. The high sense of purpose and the conviction that they could bring about a transformation, not only, in their own lives but also in the life of the junior youth of their own campuses and consequently in the school community, brought the spark of light in their beautiful eyes that one saw day after day. CMS is, indeed, proud to have introduced this international programme as an integral component of its curriculum of education.
500 animator students of standards 9 to 12 from the 9 JYEP campuses attended the Animators’ Conference organized by the Office of Youth Empowerment & Capacity Building on 7th and 8th October 2017 at WUCC, Kanpur Road. The animators came from Aliganj 1, Gomti Nagar 1, Gomti Nagar Extension including Cambridge, Indira Nagar, Kanpur Road, Mahanagar, Rajendra Nagar 1, Rajajipuram 1, and Station Road.
The programme consisted of the study of materials on the characteristics of the period of youth, the need for special attention to the 12-15 age groups, the imperative duty of educational institutions to imbue the youth and junior youth with a high sense of purpose in order to lead holistic lives and contribute to the dual process of individual and collective transformation. In addition materials on the forces of investigation of truth and thirst for knowledge, understanding the service projects designed and undertaken by the junior youth themselves and of the need to be humble in our attitude towards service were discussed at length in various groups. Artistic activities, cooperative games, reflection and planning were other elements of the two-day programme. At the concluding session the students made presentations of their plan for their schools, as well as songs, skits and nukkad natak. One of the highlights of the conference was when three volunteers who have taken a gap year before entering college shared as to how their association for over 4 years with the JYEP in their own campuses motivated them to come and serve as volunteers for one year. One of the animators also spoke about how she has started a junior youth group in her own neighbourhood and encouraged others to partake of that joy of service with children of their own neighbourhood. The animators also reviewed the texts that they are using for enabling the junior youth in their respective campuses understand concepts and enhance their analytical thinking and observation skills.
All the animators reached the venue WUCC by 9:00 a.m. After registration (through attendance sheets) they began the proceedings with devotionals comprising prayers presented by Animators of CMS G.N I. The whole atmosphere became spiritual and set the tone for the rest of the day. Next on the Dias was Dr. Geeta Gandhi Kingdon who spoke about the importance of JYEP and how it amalgamates the philosophy of CMS in its fold-viz- the three realities of man and the three kinds of education required to help him reach his true potential. Her words, full of encouragement were well received by the audience. Next to come up and address the Animators was Mr. Roshan Fownhi Gandhi, Director of Strategy, C.M.S. He broadly highlighted the aims of this conference and how the JYEP would help them look at their lives with fresh perspectives. Thereafter the participants were divided into 6 groups of around 60 students each and began the study of the JYEP Training Manual Part II.
Post Lunch session had a segment wherein the Animators had to make a presentation (Drama, Poem, Song, Art work, etc.) showcasing all they had learnt during the day. Between 5 and 6:30 that evening the presentations were on show in the Auditorium. Each group (of 60) had between further divided into n4 smaller groups with their facilitators and each such group had to make a presentation. There were 24 presentations in all:- right from Skits, Songs, Collages, Art work, Image maps.
In between the sessions Angela and Harsh had taught the Animators two prayers and in the evening they learnt a new song.
From 8:30 to 10:00 p.m. the Animators gathered in hall No. 11 for an evening of fun and frolic, wherein an informal setting they interacted with each other and forged bonds of friendship. The Animators retired at 10:30 p.m.
The day began with Breakfast and then was a Joint session with all the Animators before they broke up into smaller groups. The Animators shared their experiences regarding their journey of being an Animator. They spoke about their groups and the changes they have witnessed both in themselves and their group members. It was a truly humbling experience as we heard the profound transformation that was taking place all around our campuses.
Manoneet upadhyay a class XII Animator from CMS Aliganj 1 shared with everyone how he has managed to stay on top of studies, manage the Head Boy cap and be a part of JYEP activities. This was very helpful was the animators who faced a lot of pressure from both their parents and teachers.
The last two days of December 2014 were very special and memorable for the animators, volunteers, teachers and facilitators of Junior Youth Empowerment Programme at CMS. 120 student animators of classes 9 and 10 fromfive campuses of CMS (Gomti Nagar Campus 1, Aliganj Campus 1, Gomti Nagar Campus 2, Rajendra Nagar Campus 1 and Kanpur Road Campus) gathered together with fifteen adults at WUCC, LDA. The conference objective was for the animator youth to study together and reflect on the two-fold moral purpose of transforming self and society, and sharpen their vision for the construction of a New World Order.
The conference started with prayers, a video documentary showing glimpses of some service projects of JYEP animators and students,followed by inaugural addresses by our respected founder manager, founder-director, President of CMS, and senior principals -Dr. V. Kamran and Ms. DeepaTewari.
The four workshop groups were facilitated by volunteer youth, with JYEP teachers and facilitators working behind the scenesto ensure that the sessions run smoothly. The materials focused on the immense potential and capacity of youth and junior youth and the imperative need of empowering them to arise in acts of service for the betterment of society. Among other things, the material dwelt on identifying and analyzing the positive and negative forces of society; of building moral structures to assist in making responsible and constructive choices; of enhancing the innate thirst for knowledge and attraction to beauty of excellence in all things; and of acquiring an integrated and coherent vision of reality. The animators reflected on the effect of animating junior youth in their schools on their own intellectual, spiritual and social capabilities, as well as on their power of expression and eloquence. The animators created charts, composed poems, made skit presentation and performed Happy Hippo Shows depicting the concepts in the materials they had studied.
With the enhanced vision of the kind of society they can create, and the role that these service activities play in that creative process, the animator youth made plans of action for the next year both for the junior youth sessions in their campuses as well as for their neighbourhood communities. The conference ended with the presentation of the plans and artistic activities; gratitude to our volunteer youth; and words of wisdom from Dr. Bharti Gandhi, our respected founder-director.