Vasudha 2021 - The Year that was

Letter of Invitation

Dear friends,

“The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved.”

Richard Rogers

We had a dream,to initiate a movement that would sensitise our tender young minds towards the environment and society via making consistent efforts towards sustainability and we are glad that almost every academic Institution that we know of today has started making conscious efforts towards training young minds about the importance of Sustainable Development.

Mrs Shameem Singh

Convenor, VASUDHA International, Chapter II &
Principal, Rajendra Nagar Campus II

Chairperson's Message

Dr Roger D Kingdon

Dr. Roger D Kingdon

Dr Roger Kingdon is a computational physicist with a lifetime’s experience working on scientific research-and-development projects in the civil nuclear, environmental, defence, and information security domains. In 2011 he retired from full-time employment in order to spend more time developing his own contributions to artificial intelligence and classical philosophy. He is the author of ‘Principia Intellegentia’ (2009), ‘How to Make a Mind’ (2015), and other ‘gems’ from his ‘treasure trove of original writings, programs and other works’ published on his website, idealectic.com.

The inaugural Vasudha International ‘Quest for Sustainable Development’ in 2021 was a revelation. “It’s about time we prioritize action oriented study,” announced Principal and Convenor Ms Shameem Singh; and so we did. With its unique focus on practical projects referencing the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Vasudha International has been an entirely new experience for seasoned CMS journeymen such as myself. What next, though? More of the same?

No. ‘More of the same’ suggests laziness in place of vitality, complacency in place of urgency, and disinterest in place of concern. It suggests precisely the opposite of the heartfelt passions that motivated Vasudha International in the first place. A passive acceptance of ‘More of the same’ would be a betrayal of all that has been achieved thus far.

Rejecting ‘More of the same’ doesn’t mean that we discard a promising formula after just one season. Rather it means that we learn from that first edition, building on its strengths, and mitigating its weaknesses. In particular, it was clear that the most impressive projects were undertaken by schools in collaboration with local voluntary organisations. So this time round let’s see if this exception can become the norm, with an expectation on school teams to use Vasudha International as a means of building meaningful partnerships with local groups dedicated to the well-being of society and the environment. Then in future years I’d like to see the same schools engage with other local organisations, while continuing to strengthen their ties with the previous ones, in a cumulative process whereby they fulfil their vital role as the beating heart of ‘civil society’. Now that would be something to celebrate!

What is Sustainable Development and
does it involve Schools and Students?

Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” — Gro Harlem Brundtland

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

The objectives are important and world changing and require cooperation among governments, international organizations and world leaders. Still, there is a lot an average person or a small group can do.

From reducing waste, switching off the lights when not in use, and walking, using bikes or public transport, to raising voice against gender discrimination at home or in our workplace and sharing social media posts about women’s rights or climate change, to holding activities like workshops, demonstrations, conversation with a field expert, panel of speakers, or any other event where people can interact in an informal atmosphere and share experiences — there is so much each individual can do to make an impact!

Schools deemed as the lighthouses of society are the only hope of this planet as they can build bridges and connect the dots by making sustainability, curricular and pragmatic.

Education for sustainable development empowers learners to take informed decisions and responsible actions for Environmental Integrity, Economic Viability and a just society.

The CMS Legacy - Changemakers worldwide

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City Montessori School (CMS) is the world’s largest school, with over 57,000 students and 3,000 staff across 21 campuses in the city of Lucknow. Founded in 1959 with 5 children on a borrowed capital of Rupees 300 by Drs Jagdish and Bharti Gandhi, CMS, today, is affiliated to ICSE and Cambridge school boards and is among the best schools of the country known for delivering excellent results. Beyond these achievements, Drs Jagdish and Bharti Gandhi started CMS with a vision to inspire generations of children to become socially motivated and conscious citizens of India and the world. Their motto “Jai Jagat” - 'Hail the World', in contrast to the popular post-Independence greeting 'Jai Hind' ('Hail India') at the time of CMS's foundation - has been the school's greeting from the beginning. The efforts of CMS in building a better future for the children and people of the world have been universally acknowledged with the City Montessori School Society being accorded NGO status by the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN-DPI).

CMS places great emphasis on children's all-round development, moral character, and international exposure and has created a stimulating learning environment that both supports and challenges the individual student. In line with the Peace Education agenda of India’s National Curriculum Framework 2005, CMS has had a commitment to Global Citizenship Education. The school has included and integrated global citizenship education in its curriculum, teacher training and assessments.

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
17 Goals to Transform our World

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