It was indeed a mesmerizing sight on 30th October 2015 at Auxilium Bandel with 103 NCP ( Neighbourhood Children Parliament) students and 15 animators from Kolkata zone consisting of Bandel, Barasat, Monsada, Kalyani, Gobra and Dum Dum. The day started with a meaningful physical training conducted by Sr. Leelamma and the animators of Bandel which was followed by a prayer moment by Sr. Sherley. The formal welcoming and the inauguration began at 8.30 am with lighting of the lamp by the superior of Bandel, Sr.Elizabeth, Sr. Teresa, Mr. Bikas Lakra and two NCP children.
The resource person of the training was KSSDS staff from Barasat, Mr.Debarshi Bhowmick who dealt the role and the goals of NCP and also briefed out the role of different ministers of NCP such as: Prime minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Home Minister, Education Minister, Environment Minister, Health Minister, Sports & culture and Finance Minister. Later he explained at length the servant leadership. In his speech he brought forward the meaning of servant leadership and the ways to implement it. He focused on the need to Give, Gain and Grow and quoted that, “to be a leader you need to be a slave first”. He also brought forward some motivational stories of Gandhiji, Swami Vivekananda and APJ kalam. The second half was for their workshop where all the students took an active participation. The day ended with a meaningful Holy Mass and the Rosary to conclude the month of Mary.
The next day’s resource person was Ms. Chumki Sengupta, the Past Pupils president of Dum Dum Unit. She highlighted the aspects of child rights, safety and protection.
The most important programme was the candle prayer procession in which the children took an active participation. Filled with joy and enthusiasm they went around the campus of Auxilium, Bandel. The day came to an end with the cultural programme were all the children from different centres participated and presented dance, song and skits as per the theme. The eye catcher of the programme was the morning mass held at Bandel church, were all the children went and prayed and also got the scope to take a tour of the whole church. The day concluded with the prize distribution where all the winners and participants received prize.