This year’s Social Science Symposium was inspiring and thought-provoking. We had the opportunity to meet three commendable leaders – Dr. Randeep Guleria, Dr. Rukmini Banerji, and Mr. Bezwada Wilson. We were also joined by six other schools from NCR. Dr. Guleria spoke to us about how young children can battle the spread of communicable diseases by raising awareness on general public health and improving their sleep schedules. Dr. Banerji described her endeavour to lift the dreams of underprivileged children in the 14-18 age band through education. Mr. Wilson gave a passionate speech on how we as students must use our rights as citizens of a democratic country to raise the population of underprivileged women out of the horrors of manual scavenging.
It was exciting to witness a completely in-person event after two whole years. All three talks painted a picture of India as it stands today. Our country was able to get through the ongoing pandemic and drastically improve its literacy rate over the last 75 years. However, millions of people still clear out human excreta from manholes on the streets of our country. The speakers highlighted the importance of the students’ voices in lifting our country out of the clutches of poverty and human rights violations. Children will be at the forefront of this movement when given the opportunity to spread their wings and soar.