Seminar on Leadership, Critical Thinking, and Self-Discovery

On August 20, 2023, a group of eager BA social work students from St. Xavier’s College, had come to NJSI to attend the session on Leadership, Critical thinking and Discovering Identity which were conducted under the guidance of Fr. Roy Sebastian,SJ and Mr. M.C. Pereira.
Fr. Roy navigated the participants through an exercise of discovering oneself in this immense universe and to become aware of one’s true purpose of being created as a human. Based on these fundamentals the students were oriented to understand individual’s role in designing and forming the future where everybody has a leadership role knowingly or unknowingly. The input on critical thinking was precisely to eliminate myths and superstitions along with misconceptions that is used by modern leaders to use citizens for their own benefits other than developing universal goodness.
Throughout the session the students learned that Leadership is a catalyst for change, a catalyst for growth, and a means to empower those in our circle. Engaging dialogues and real-world examples reinforced the idea that leadership is, above all, a responsibility to elevate our communities and better our world. Likewise he defined critical thinking as the ability to assess information, dissect problems, and make well-informed choices
Amidst these enlightening conversations, to broaden the horizons, Mr. M.C. Pereira took the example of Cambodia’s political history. Cambodia, a land steeped in cultural heritage, bore the weight of the Khmer Rouge regime’s horrors in the 1970s. This dark chapter serves as a poignant testament to the Cambodian people’s fortitude, as they’ve since rebuilt their nation and embraced optimism.
In a nutshell, the session ended with the hope of being a profound experience for the participants and help them become aspiring Social workers. Fr. Roy and MC Sir steered a transformative journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Meanwhile, the narratives of Cambodia and Afghanistan served as poignant reminders of human resilience and hope.

Empowering Youth through PDC and ECO club at KRC

In a vibrant gathering of young minds, Personality Development Camp and Eco Club was conducted from 2nd August 2023 to 4th August 2023 at Kavre Regional Center bringing together 20 enthusiastic students from five different schools. This camp aimed at fostering holistic personal growth and not just academic development. Four students each from Shree Indrawati Secondary School, Shree Janata Secondary School, Shree Bhagawati Madhyamik Vidhyalaya, Shree Narayansthan Aadharbhut Vidhyalaya, and Shree Ram Madhyamik Vidhyalaya converged at the event engaging in various discussions, activities, and self- discovery sessions.
The heart of the event was the Personality Development camp (PDC), covering a wide range of essential topics. It empowered students with the tools of self-confidence, conflict resolution, and critical thinking. It also addressed the contemporary issues like social media use, the consequences of smoking and drinking, and the significance of discipline, teamwork and time management. Along with the sessions, the students were also made core members of ECO club for their respective schools.
The formation of eco club push the students, one step forward to preserve and be responsible towards the environment. Additionally, they were also involved in different activities relevant to the sessions, and arts for them to explore their creative side. This holistic approach to education and development left these students not just enlightened but also more confident and responsible, ready to contribute positively to their communities and the environment. The event demonstrated the transformative power of education in shaping the leaders of the future.