Assam Government Decides to Keep Schools Open on Gandhi Jayanti

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Assam Government Decides to Keep Schools Open on Gandhi Jayanti
Assam's Educational Institutions Unite to Celebrate International Day of Non-Violence 2023
Guwahati, Assam - September 30, 2023:
In a momentous decision that underscores Assam's commitment to peace, inclusivity, and the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, the Department of School Education, under the leadership of Secretary Narayan Konwar, has declared a state-wide observance of the International Day of Non-Violence on October 2, 2023.

Every October 2nd, the world unites to celebrate the International Day of Non-Violence, a date that coincides with the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. This global observance serves as a tribute to the enduring values of non-violent resistance and the advancement of harmony, principles deeply cherished by the revered leader.

The journey towards recognizing Mahatma Gandhi's birthday as the International Day of Non-Violence commenced on June 15, 2007. It was on this historic day that the United Nations General Assembly made a momentous decision, formally designating October 2nd as the International Day of Non-Violence. This significant declaration underscores the global acknowledgment of Mahatma Gandhi's profound philosophy and his pivotal role in advocating non-violent means of resistance and fostering peace on a worldwide scale.

The directive mandates that all schools under the purview of the Department of School Education will remain open on October 2, 2023. The decision to keep schools operational on this special day is intended to facilitate a wide range of programs and activities that aim to instill the values of non-violence and inclusivity among students.

A pivotal element of this observance is the administration of a "Non-Violence Pledge" in all schools. This pledge serves as a reminder to students of the enduring importance of peaceful coexistence, respect for diversity, and the rejection of violence as a means of conflict resolution.

By keeping schools open, the government seeks to promote a culture of inclusive unity and involve all stakeholders, including students, educators, parents, and the broader community.

This initiative underscores Assam's educational institutions' commitment to nurturing well-rounded individuals who not only excel academically but also uphold the values of tolerance, empathy, and non-violence.

Copies of this order have been diligently distributed to key educational authorities, including the Mission Director of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), the Directors of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Director of the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT). These measures ensure a seamless and coordinated observance of the day throughout the state.

Assam's proactive stance in celebrating the International Day of Non-Violence reinforces the enduring relevance of Mahatma Gandhi's principles in today's world. It sends a resounding message of peace, unity, and the importance of non-violence that resonates not only within the walls of educational institutions but across every facet of society.

As Assam eagerly prepares to celebrate this important day, it embodies the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi and serves as an inspiring example for the nation and the world.