Anada Mela (Tagore’s Fair)
In the early nineteen hundred, Rabindranath Tagore a Nobel Laureate poet (1913) of India established a school for young children in Santiniketan (about 100 km from Calcutta) to give a concrete image of his educational philosophy This institution reflected his belief that children should grow up in harmony with nature and deserve to develop their full potential to become a “whole” child, the concept so prevalent in modern day education in the western world.
Every year on a shiny Autumn Day (around September, October) the children of Patha Bhavan, the school for Primary/Junior students in Santiniketan, organize a fair with the help of their teachers (similar to a science fair). This was started by Tagore over 100 years ago and continues to thrive. There are many advantages for holding this fair besides being a source of great joy to the children. This gives them an opportunity to display and be proud of their year’s work (projects) in all subject areas of the curriculum including arts and crafts displays for sale.
Students set up small booths/shops which not only teaches them the concept of money transaction as a first- hand knowledge but also the money realizes is given to the “poor fund” to teach them the act of generosity.
To celebrate Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary, a group of teachers in Toronto and Mississauga are endeavouring to introduce this concept with the hope students here in this part of the world will learn about Tagore and his contributions to the humanity and will have the opportunity to “showcase” their accomplishments as well.
Ananda Mela Tagore’s Fair Registration Form. Please register by May 18th, 2011.
Ananda Mela (Tagore’s Fair) on Monday, June 13th 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the North York Central Library Auditorium. (K-8)