Mangaluru: Slum Kids of Vidya Jyothi School Rock the Crowd with their Talents during School Day

Mangaluru: Until last evening I thought that only the children belonging to the Rich/NRI/high-class families were smart and talented in co-curricular activities-but I was wrong. Looking at the school children belonging to Vidya Jyothi School-Jyotinagar run by the Apostolic Carmel nuns, where 99% of them come from the slum society, unleashing their hidden talents during the the Annual School Day proved that they too have talents and can entertain the crowd. The show was marvellous and glittering-and was a non-stop extravaganza of children performances which lasted for nearly four hours. Thanks to Sr Melissa-Principal of Mount Carmel Central School-Mangaluru for introducing me to this school which located in the outskirts of the city- I was very much touched by the respect these children from the low-class society showed towards me. Thank you-I appreciate your kind gesture.

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Talk about Annual School Day-this one was much more than that- it was a Showbiz, a Extravaganza, a Entertainment, a Mega Nite- all full of music, dance and act- and the students enthralled the audience with their hidden talents which was spectacular and mesmerizing. These students went beyond their capacity and to the maximum in entertaining the audience which was predominantly a mixture of rich people, entrepreneurs, businessmen,well-wishers, nuns, laborers, low-wage workers, and majority of them hailing from the surrounding slum areas. The children gave their best performances to please the management, teachers, staff and especially their parents who applauded them throughout the programme.

The Annual School Day of Vidya Jyothi School was held on Sunday, 13 December from 2pm onwards until 6pm comprising of entertainment and sheer fun. The dignitaries for the occasion namely chief guest B. Shekar Shetty- Senior Manager,Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank Mangaluru, guests of honour Mohammad – Corporater Kunjathabail Grama, Roshan Monteiro – Secretary United Friends-Bejai were escorted to the event venue by the school marching band. Headmistress of the School Sr Premika AC and Sr Asha-the Correspondent of the Institution also joined the dignitaries on the dais. The function began with invoking God’s blessing through a prayer dance, followed by the welcome address by Sr Premika AC-the headmistress of Vidya Jyoti Higher Primary School.

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Following the school report, students were honoured for their achievements in academics, sports and co-curricular activities by the chief guest and guests of honour. The three dignitaries addressing the audience praised the school run by the Apostolic Carmel sisters for their service, dedication, commitment and care towards the children in providing them the best education and manners. The school management and teachers who nurture the students right from the primary till SSLC have received high compliments from the community for their service and love towards the children hailing from slum and low-class families.

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Following the formal function, the cultural programme comprised of various dances, songs, music, and skit in Kannada, Tulu and Konkani, which was brilliantly performed by the students which received high applaud from the crowd. The performers ranging from tiny kids to youth gave their best act to impress their teachers and parents. The formal part of the function was compered by Lolakshi, while the cultural part of the function was compered by Amaresh and Rekha. The vote of thanks was delivered by teacher Lavina. Everyone enjoyed the programme, including the parents went home with happy faces feeling proud of their children talents.

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  1. Dear Sisters & Teachers,
    Congratulations. Happy to see the performance of your students.May God bless your hard work with your students.

  2. Dear Sisters, Staff and Students.
    Hearty Congratulations for the excellent performance! Your labour of love and dedication is rewarded. May the students who acquire self confidence through such events bloom and bring out the best in them in every field.
    Sr.Rose Agnes A.C.

  3. Excellent write-up by Mr Alfi Dsouza-which has spread the message that even children from slum/low-class families can also fair good and show their hidden talents.

    May God bless these AC nuns who are taking care of these kids irrespective of caste or creed. The saffron activists should know about this.

    Thanks for spreading the news of this school.

  4. No doubt the Annual School Day of Vidya Jyothi School was a special event- and the students must have enthralled the audience with their hidden talents. May the efforts of the Sisters and Teachers develop knowledgeable, creative and able citizens of our country.

  5. That’s right Sr. Rose.
    I was told by quite a few teachers,”You will not amount to anything greater than walking behind the ploughing water buffaloes.”!
    A word of encouragement with empathy can alter the lives of less fortunate. Thanks to Fr. Alfred Roche.

  6. Great Show, I always admired the students of Vidya Jyothi for their Talents. They have once more proved that are par excellence. Congratulations to all the staff and Sisters for the excellent job they are doing in the backward area, so that they will also bring forth responsible citizens and future leaders of our great nation

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