This fact is truly acknowledged by administration and staff of SOS Herman Gmeiner school. Therefore, students and teachers are provided enough opportunities to experience this sense of competition by arranging different contests throughout the year. The greatest event of all is the annual debate. Which used to be an internal avocation till the year 2016. But this year, it was different.
The chair person of SOS village and Herman Gmeiner School, Mahnaz Fareed Sheikh decided to test abilities of her own students by bringing the very best of institutions to compete with them. She was confident that students of SOS H.G. school, can win over the students of Beaconhouse school and she proved it.
The mega event of the year 2016 took place on 26th November, at SOS Herman Gmeiner school. The students of Beaconhouse were invited for the competition, which they graciously accepted. Chief guest was the vice chancellor of Nawaz Sharif university of agricultural sciences, Dr. Asif Ali Khan. Whereas, the distinguished judges were Mr. Syed (director MIMS), Dr. Imran Sharif (director economics dept, BZU) and Dr. Amna Awan.
After recitation of holy Quran and verses in admiration of the holy prophet (peace be upon him), the program proceeded. Superb rounds of debates took place. The confidence of both the teams was remarkable but high notes and passionate tones of SOS. H.G. school represented their vehemence. Which the judges seem to enjoy the most. And out of Eight teams sent by Beaconhouse, only one team was able to bag a trophy. Rest, according to the decision of esteemed judges were secured by SOS. H.G. school. This sweeping victory, astounded everybody who heard of it but not those, who witnessed the battle.
There were also different episodes of entertainment for the audience during breaks between debates. There was an ode to Edhi. The children of SOS village saluted this great philanthropist and social worker with an excellent poetic and musical tabloid. There were plenty of other activities too, which kept the gathering glued on their seats.
A good number of distinguished guests attended the event. Among those present were, Mr. Shahid Khokar, Mr. Fareed A. Sheikh, Mr. Mughees A. Sheikh, Mr.Najeeb and Ayesha Najeeb, Mrs. Rubina Arshad (principal Beaconhouse school), Mrs. Saadia Yaqoob (headmistress A-level branch Beaconhouse), Shazia Fareed, Hajra Shah, Iram Mudassir, Ms. Rubina Baddar.
The judges announced the results and admired the spirit of both the teams. Also delivered some wise words for the students to follow. The prize distribution ceremony took place. When the chief guest was invited to speak, he expressed his amazement at the quality of life he witnessed at SOS village Multan and SOS H.G. School. He said, these children at SOS village have an excellent living, full of opportunities and that he is sure, a brilliant future awaits them.
Mahnaz Fareed Sheikh also addressed the gathering at the end and said, both the teams are winners. SOS H.G. school competed well and Beaconhouse provided them an opportunity by accepting the challenge. Both the teams performed very well but SOS excelled and proved themselves as the best of the best. It speaks volumes about their hard work and effort.
As analysed by us, it is an incredible morale boosting win for SOS and will go a long way. In the future, if Beaconhouse students and SOS H.G. school students meet at any platform. Whether debates, other competitions or even for job seeking purposes, SOS HG school children will never get intimidated by them. They will look at them as equals. And this unbiased education system should be pursued everywhere as ideal. Hats off to Mahnaz Fareed, who thought of it and made it possible.
|Adina Shahid lead the only winning group from Beaconhouse school.|
|Nadine Fareed was among the only winning team from Beaconhouse|
|Participants from Beaconhouse gearing up for competition|
|The passionate debaters|
|Few of the judges for the semi finals,|
Sara Alamgir, Hnia Shahi and Saira Khakwani
|Saadia Yaqoob and Ayesha Najeeb with Mahnaz Fareed|
|All rise for the national anthem|
|Hajra Shah, Fariha Munir, Shazia Fareed and Saadia Yaqoob.|
|The honourable judges|
|The chief guest, Dr. Asif Ali Khan,|
Vice chancellor of Nawaz Sharif university of agriculture Multan
|Dr. Amna Awan and Rameen Anus awarding students|
Mahnaz Fareed presenting the shield from SOS to the chief guest
|Mahnaz Fareed with the principal, SOS H.G school|
Hania Shahid gifting the shield from SOS to Mr. Imran Sharif, director of Economics department BZU
|Mahnaz Fareed giving away the prize for stall competition|