Mahatma Gandhi is an epitome of inspiration. This year, the 2nd October, marked the 151st birth anniversary of M.K. Gandhi. To observe the occasion, EIS took the virtual route to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti in a way that reflected Gandhian principles.

Gandhiji’s Swadeshi Movement continues to inspire millions across the world, for it encapsulates the perfect example of sustainable living. Inspired by his values and principles, the Student Council and Willing Hearts, the community outreach team of EIS hosted a DIY mask making seminar that focused on sustainable development. Since we are in the middle of a global health crisis, fighting an invisible virus, it is imperative that we take the shared responsibility of environmental sustainability through our own small ways.

To understand sustainability, students watched a video on ‘sustainable development’ by United Nations Sustainable Development Group. It highlighted the 17 goals that were laid down in September 2015, which they are set to achieve by 2030. The video was followed by the DIY mask making session, where Iraa Korke and Dhwani Garg, students of EIS, took the opportunity to guide their fellow young school mates through the process of making masks out of old T-shirt and bandana or a scarf. In doing so, students learnt to be self-reliant, understood the meaning of ‘recycling’ and above all, understood the significance of ‘sarvodaya’.

The session also provided meaningful insight into the different kinds of masks that are available in the market today. Dhwani Gargi, through a well-thought out presentation, explained the many inconveniences and dangers caused to the environment due to disposable masks. Encouraging students to be self-reliant, resourceful and environment-friendly through small ways, the session was a successful attempt in promoting the use and making of cloth masks, which are environmentally sustainable.

Recollecting the words of Gandhi, “Be the change that you want to see”; the students of EIS are already on the path of embracing a positive change by living by the Gandhian values. EIS thus commemorated Gandhi Jayanti and paid homage to the Father of the Nation.