On June 16, 2020, City Montessori School (CMS), Gomti Nagar – I, convened a virtual World Parliament Session spearheaded by the students of Class V. Carried out closely on the lines of the Model United Nations (MUN), the session saw representatives from 10 member nations of the United Nations assemble to discuss “What kind of world we wish for after this pandemic is over.”
Dr Bharti Gandhi, Founder Director of CMS, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. The session also witnessed the eminent presence of distinguished Guests of Honour Mrs. Sushmita Basu, Head, Quality Assurance and Innovation Department (QAID); Mrs Manjeet Batra, Senior Principal, CMS, Gomti Nagar-II; Mrs. Abha Anant, Principal, CMS, Gomti Nagar-I; Mrs. Saba Husain, Headmistress, CMS, Gomti Nagar-I, among others.
The Corona virus Covid-19 pandemic is the defining global health crisis of our time and the greatest challenge humans have faced since World War-II. Since its emergence in Asia late last year, the virus has spread globally.
The moderators began the session by stating the grim situation the world has been facing in the wake of the outbreak of this global pandemic. However, it was hope that they focused on, rather than despair.
The young minds spoke with conviction and articulated their views about the life-lessons this lockdown has taught them with reference to the current scenario in the countries they were representing. They also elaborated on the measures their countries are taking to recover from the pandemic.
The Delegate from Spain emphasised on the importance of investment in healthcare as a priority. The Delegate from India, the second most populated country in the world, remarked how their Government has warned people with the portentous statement, “Coronavirus won’t be casual, even if the lockdown is lenient.”
A common, underlying thread of hope, humanity and cooperation ran through the speeches delivered by the Delegates from Italy, Iran, France and Germany. The representative of City Montessori School, though representing just a school and not a country, talked about how even a fairly small institution can make a difference in a period of crisis.
As the first segment of the convention drew to a close, all the Member Nations took a solemn vow to rebuild trust and cooperation within and among nations, and between people and their governments, to stay home and follow the government guidelines and to help provide the underprivileged with basic needs and essential services. They acknowledged that it will require all of society to limit the spread of Covid-19 and to cushion the potentially devastating impact it may have on vulnerable people and economics.
The Honourable Chief Guest, Dr Bharti Gandhi, lit up the session with her endearing child-like enthusiasm as she marvelled at the capabilities of the young students from the Primary Section. Greatly appreciative of their efforts, she showered them with her blessings.
The Principal and the Headmistress of the host school applauded this unique endeavour of the students and remarked at their well-researched and articulate deliberations. They also expressed gratitude to the attending dignitaries.
To culminate the session, the Principal, Mrs. Abha Anant, reiterated the message of hope in the face of crisis, and encouraged all to look at the silver lining. She concurred that this different time has given us a chance to do something extraordinary. As we head out of this pandemic, we can change the world. We are going to create a world of love; a world where we are kind to everyone.
As Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam said, “Let difficulties know that you are difficult.” Crisis does not only bring the forces of regression to the fore; it can also create greater solidarity. When people unite, miracles can happen. The world needs solidarity.