Nepal 14 February: Pokhara
Peace Run Visits Five Schools in Pokhara
Today the Peace Run visited five lovely schools in Pokhara, each distinct and memorable in its own way:
1. Kantipur Academy
2. Baseline Academy
3. Bal Kalyan School
4. Oxford School
5. Social Public School
Apaguha, our Team Member from Czech Republic, uses his drone camera to take aerial photographs of the Run. He seldom appears in our reports because he is so focused on getting perfect shots for the Run!
Some bystanders were puzzled to see runners with a peace torch wending their way around cows, dogs, and busy streets!
One of the students at Kantipur Academy, Rasina Garbuja, sang a beautiful song about Nepal. Her voice was very subtle and beautiful. Even though the international team members needed to have the song translated for them, it was a pleasure to listen to Rasina's voice.
Students had to rate skits performed by the runners with a 'thumbs up' if the skit represented peace, or a 'thumbs down' if the skit didn't represent peace. Here, we get a thumbs up!
Prerana is carried off the field by Boijayanti and Shumbhani during the girls' skit for the students.
At the end of the ceremony, the Principal of Kantipur Academy expressed his gratitude to the Peace Run for bringing the school a boost of peace. The Peace Run thanks Kantipur Academy for welcoming us to their school!
Runners were welcomed in the traditional Nepali way: tika on the forehead and with khata, a ceremonial scarf.
Madhabi Shreshtha (not pictured), a student from Baseline Academy, spoke very inspiringly about the importance of peace in our world, quoting from Nelson Mandela’s famous saying, “An eye for an eye will leave the whole world blind.”
Stacey, our Team member from New Zealand, presents Bal Kalyan School with a painting by Sri Chinmoy, the founder of the Peace Run, entitled "World Harmony."
The artwork from Oxford School was incredible. One of the teachers informed us that no one individual student worked on each painting, but a group of students had to collaborate on each one, which made the final product all the more remarkable.
Roshani Tiwari, a student, spoke about the importance of peace: if we don’t have peace inside ourselves, we won’t be able to give it to others.
For our last school of the day, we were greeted by students at Social Public School several kilometers before we ran into the school.
We were greeted by over 900 eager and excited students! The energy in the air was electric. It was so much fun!
Mr. Prem Poudel (not pictured) is a driver from Pokhara who Sweta, our Team Captain, met several months ago while preparing for the Nepal Peace Run. He very kindly offered to help the Peace Run, and took two days off from work to serve as our guide, taking us from school to school. We are so grateful to Prem for his help. We couldn't have visited so many schools without him!