Reaching For The Sky

Some time ago I was lucky enough to visit Alpha Montessori, a school born of the vision and dedication of a number of remarkable people who are working tirelessly to improve the lives of children and their families through education.

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In the previous post I failed to give proper recognition to this team of visionary individuals that have made the school a such success. The school’s founder, Rajesh Batra, called me out on this oversight, and I must apologise to those people whom I ommitted to mention last time I wrote about the school.

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I want to draw attention to all of the people involved in the school who have worked selflessly and tirelessly to make it such a success.  Specifically, I would like to aplaude Mrs. Amita Bardwick  “who has prepared everything and put her heart into it,” and Mrs. Rajalakshmi Mohan and Mrs. Anita Chandel, “who have been associated with us for their kind and humble services for the children.” These women are heroes. We need more like them, everywhere.

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There are of course many other people involved in the success of the school. As Rajesh says, there are those who have “put their soul into it. We have our committed teachers and staff who have been with us for all the good and bad times. Facing the challenges and overcoming them with courage and commitment.”

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In September the school realised a long standing dream and opened a roof garden for the students. They can now grow gardens, nurture plants, observe and measure. It is open space in a congested city. There is blue sky in the schoolroom. It has taken many months and a lot of fundraising to get it built and I was asked to photograph the opening ceremony.

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What I witnessed took my breath away. The program was amazing, with many well rehearsed performances. So much work had gone in to making the costumes alone!

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The photos of the opening ceremony obviously tell the story of the work of the staff and the school community, but mostly they show the children’s joy and confidence, of their commitment to their school.

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These were kids so happy. This was something that they owned.

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I can’t even be sure that these are the best images. Every time I look at them I choose another batch to blog.

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I have choice paralysis when it comes to this event because each photograph in its own way tells of the joy and accomplishment of each child. Each image captures a split second of success.

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AM Roof Garden Opening Cem Lo-Res (505)Inspiring. We can change the world.

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One thought on “Reaching For The Sky

  1. Dear Mark, Its really awesome, you are very creative and a talented man. I am proud of you. Thank you very much for your efforts again and the time which you have put in making of this whole documentation about the school work. Well ! Mark, as you know we are meeting with many people ‘New and old’, but we are not able to provide them a detail view of the school functionality and our project for these children sitting in remote areas. We require a small documentary film for the school project. Kindly help us in this regard such that we can represent the actual work of the school to any person sitting anywhere in the world. Please come to discuss about it or call me at a place where we can sit and talk about it in detail like budegting and all. with regards n greetings, Rajesh

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