IISD celebrates 36th Foundation Day

Indian envoy calls for more interaction with community


Saudi Gazette

— Indian Ambassador Ahmad Javed has urged for enhanced communication and interaction between parents and the school management to achieve higher standard of education and transparency in the management. The ambassador was delivering keynote address at the 36th annual Foundation Day of International Indian School in Dammam recently.

The ambassador exhorted that the school and the management should simultaneously follow the guidelines and the directives spelled out by the Saudi Ministry of Education as well as other government agencies related to school.

“The school and Indian citizens should respect and adhere to the law of the land,” he said, adding that this spirit will inculcate sense of responsibility among our children who will learn discipline and in the process will become model law abiding citizens. He praised the generosity and greatness of the leaders of Saudi Arabia and its people for hosting foreigners with respect and dignity.

He made special reference to the Ministry of Education for its support, guidance and motivation. He specially appreciated and congratulated the teachers, students and the parents and the management for the meritorious achievements of the school in both academic and extra-curricular activities during all these years.

He also stressed on need to support students by the parents in opting their field according to their interest. One should not impose his or her choice on their wards.

Sunil Mohammad, chairman of the managing committee, welcoming the ambassador, distinguished guests and parents assured full commitment of his team for the growth and development of the school and keep pace with modern technology and new academic standards. He disclosed that the new management would soon be launching several new programs that will enhance transparency, increase interaction and communication.

These programs will include a grievance cell on the school website for the parents and students; performance evaluation of teachers; improving the teaching skill based on the new challenges, and new strategies will be instituted to keep the channel open and transparent for the welfare of teacher and the parents.

The school Principal and HOI Dr. E K Mohammed Shaffe presented a comprehensive report on the academic performance of students, scholastic and non scholastic achievements during the year 2017-18.

Later the ambassador presented service awards to the senior teachers and administrative staff, who have rendered 25 years, 20 years and 10 years dedicated service respectively to the school. Among them Biju Daniel from boys senior secondary section, A. S. Shareef and Abdul Basheer V. S. from administration department had served the school for the last 25 years. Q. Ansari, finance officer, Mrs.Memoona Tabassum head mistress upper primary girls’ section, and four other senior teachers and three admin staff were among those who received award in recognition of their 20 years service to the school.

Twenty-five senior teachers from various sections and two from admin section were among the group who received award for their 10 years services.

The Ambassador distributed special awards and scholarships to the students who were nominated as the best sportspersons of the year, and the Principal’s Award for the best outgoing student of the year.

A special award of recognition was given to the Principal and HOI Dr. Shaffe, who has been rendering voluntary services as a telecounselor for the Gulf region for the last 10 years.

Among those who attended the Foundation Day were Mrs. Shabnam Javed, wife of the Indian Ambassador, Awad Al Maliki, director, of foreign education, Hussein Al Maqboul, assistant director, Col. Rashid Mubaraque Al-Otaibi, director Civil Defense in Al-Khobar, Abdulaziz Hasan Maliki, supervisor foreign education, members of the managing committee as well as past members and principals of several other international schools.

The budding artists of the school from various sections presented a colorful and melodious entertainment program, which included musical dramas, plays, dances and orchestras depicting various shades of Indian ethos and culture with emphasis on unity in diversity.

The vice principal boys section, Mrs. Mehanas Fareed proposed the vote of thanks.

The program was compèred by Aman Hussain of XIIC and Aznan Mujeeb Ahmed of XIIF. Rita Ibrahim managed the entire program under the guidance of their teacher Mrs. Sherly Abraham.