Noida, NCR, India, 31 January 2014 - The Step by Step School in Noida, across the Yamuna River from New Delhi, was host to His Holiness the Dalai Lama today. The school, whose distant origins lie in a nursery school begun in 1992, has grown since 2008 to being a school offering primary, junior and senior education, aiming to train students who are articulate, confident, socially responsible and ethical young people ready to meet the challenges that lie ahead when they leave. Step by Step, which explicitly seeks to provide a caring, healthy and challenging environment, currently has more than 1860 students and with a staff of more than 280 a remarkable student teacher ratio of 1to 8. The school prayer is Buddhim Dehi Namostute – Enlighten our minds.
His Holiness was invited to address and interact with students from Step by Step, and other schools in Delhi and Srinagar who have been participating in workshops organized by WISCOMP (Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace), a South Asian research and training initiative that facilitates the leadership of women in the fields of peace, security and international affairs, in conjunction with the school.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama with students and staff of the Step by Step School after planting a sapling in honor of his visit in Noida, NCR, India on January 31, 2014. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking to students from Step by Step and other schools in Delhi and Srinagar at the Step by Step School in Noida, NCR, India on January 31, 2014. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|A student asking His Holiness the Dalai Lama a question during his visit to the Step by Step School in Noida, NCR, India on January 31, 2014. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|