Monday, February 5, 2007

DAV International School supports anti-leprosy drive

DAV International School supports leprosy work

The concluding day of Anti-leprosy week which started on the martyrdom day of Mahatma Gandhiji i.e, 30th Jan. ended with a massive leprosy awareness programme arranged at DAV International School, Mulund, Mumbai.

Around 500 students from DAV School participated in the programme and got themselves updated on various scientific facts about leprosy. Curious children had lots of questions to ask. They could clear all their doubts during the interactive session.

Dr. A. R. K. Pillai, President, IDF and Dr. Narayan B. Iyer, National Co-ordinator, IDF spoke to the children on scientific facts on leprosy. Students were explained about the cause and cure of the disease. All patches on the skin may not be leprosy patches, only those with loss of sensation are the first sign and symptom of leprosy, said Dr. Pillai. Leprosy has been eliminated in India, thanks to the efforts put in by the government and various agencies. The signal contribution made by school students is stupendous, marked Dr. Pillai.

Dr. Narayan also talked to the tiny tots and helped in clearing all their questions. The children came forward and said that they are eager to participate in the national programme undertaken by IDF. They also assured of talking to their parents to lend support for noble cause.

Indian Development Foundation (IDF) (formerly Indian Leprosy Foundation) is a leading national NGO committed to health, education and development. IDF has also started 8 tribal schools in India catering to their empowerment and better development.

Mrs. Rajeshwari Vishwanathan, Principal of DAV International School said that children need to be told about social values. Our children are more empathetic towards such social causes. They will be more happy to participate in IDF programmes. She said that she would like her students to visit orphanages and leprosy homes to widen their understanding of social issues. Once they are out of the school, they become more independent and I think school is the better platform for the children to learn social activities.

Mr. Avinash, the Physical Training Instructor of the school made arrangements for conducting the health education programme.
DAV International School, Mulund set a shining example of participation for the national cause on the concluding day of Anti-leprosy week 2007.
IDF PR Division

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