“DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality” is the UN theme for International Women’s Day, 2023. This day is commemorated in a variety of ways worldwide. At St Aloysius Gonzaga School,8 March 2023 was a special day with a programme dedicated to the women staff of the school hosted by men staff.
At the outset,the Principal greeted every female staff in the morning with a smiley badge which brought a smile to everyone’s face. The students too were not less in showering their appreciation to their teachers in the form of wishes and greetings. An assembly was themed on women’s day where the significance of this day as well as facts relating to the achievements of significant womenpersonalities in various fields was shared. Rachel Iona Alvares of class VII A recited a poem written by her, on Women.
End of the day a special program was conducted for all the women staff which was hosted by all the male staff for the first time in the history of Gonzaga School. Dr Deepa Kotari, Asst Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Psychology at St Agnes Centre for Postgraduate Studies and Research, Mangaluru was the guest of honour. The program was graced by thePrincipal Fr Melwyn Anil Lobo SJ and Vice-principal Ms Laurel D Souza.
Referring to a book by John Gray titled ' Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus.', our dear Principal spoke about the diverse way in which a woman thinks. He said that women are more passionate about things and their problem-solving technique is way different from that of their male counterparts. He also said that 21st-century women have the ability and courage to walk hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder with any man.
The resource person Dr Deepa Kotari conducted a fruitful session for the staff on the topic ‘Wellness is all within you.’ It was very infusing and inspiring for the women flock as the topic was delivered with much practical learning. Furthermore, the men staff conducted spot games with On SPOT prizes. Inthe end, there was refreshment for the staff. The programme was coordinated by Ms Akshata Kudla and Ms Betila Sequeira.