18th November 2015: A Momentous Day for DPS:

DPS students hosted a Pakistani pageant sponsored by Engro Corp for Tracey Curtis renowned aviator and pilot, Ms Samina Baig mountaineer, Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark, and Mrs and Mr Hussain Dawood Chairman the Dawood Foundation.
The event was a display of the cultural diversity of Pakistan and women empowerment.
Students of government schools and Marium Adamjee School were also invited to the event.
To mark the occasion the school was decorated with banners, balloons and life size pan flex posters of empowered women who proved to the world that they are no less than men. Two models of bi- planes made by the art faculty were parked at entrance area. The guests were given a warm welcome by students dressed in traditional attires with traditional music playing in the background. They arrived on the venue at 09:00 am sharp. The faculty presented the traditional Sindhi Ajrak. A spray of colorful confetti delighted the guests. They were taken to the program area in a float specially made with important land marks of the four provinces of Pakistan. Representatives of the O and A level student council carrying the national flags of both the countries and the school flag, led an entourage of students dressed in traditional attires dancing to the traditional dhamal beat and four pre primary students dressed as armed forces personnel chaperoned the guests to the stage in their model biplanes. The national Anthems of both the countries, United Kingdom and Pakistan were played while the National and British flags were hoisted simultaneously.
Ms Sabrina Dawood welcomed the guests and said that it was an extraordinary day for the school to have women who had made history and she hoped that they would be a source of inspiration for the students.
Samina Khayal Baig the first Pakistani women to climb Mt Everest and seven important world summits and Tracey Curtis Taylor pilot and aviator who is on an epic journey spanning 23 countries. She aims to recreate British pilot Amy Johnson’s flight route, the pioneer who became the first women to fly solo across Europe. Addressing the students, both spoke of their harsh childhood and the obstacles they faced in life and how with determination and courage they realized their dream and proved to the world that women are as powerful as men and can play an equal role in the society. Ms Tracey said that visiting Pakistan and the hospitality she received at Dawood Public School was the pinnacle of her journey and wished that Amy Johnson was with her. The prince of Denmark and Greece, Prince Nikolaos motivated the students to take inspiration from Ms Samina and Ms Tracey and said that each one present was special. Mr Hussain Dawood chairman Dawood Foundation, in his motivational address advised the students to take inspiration from the guests, have a dream and try to realize it. His message to the students was ‘women empowerment’.
Students presented special souvenirs to the guests. The guests also planted neem saplings which will remind us of this festive occasion in days to come.
DPS feels pleased and honoured to be hosts to such personalities who have made the women clan proud.
We thank Engro Corp, our students and faculty for making this a memorable day for the honorable guests and children from government schools and Mariam Adamjee School. We also like to thank ITA for aligning government schools for us and respected fellows from Teach for Pakistan for being a part of this joyous occasion.

 

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