Junior School students celebrate Navaratri | Aga Khan Academies

Junior School students celebrate Navaratri

12 October 2022

Our Junior School students had a fun and colourful day celebrating Navaratri! Students dressed up for the day and during the morning assembly, they learned more about the significance of the festival through song and dance, which wrapped up with everyone participating in garba in the quad! Junior School Principal, Nuala Alibhai, tells us more below.

Diversity as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts. At the AKA Mombasa, pluralism is at our core. Organising opportunities to understand and embrace cultural differences, such as our Navratri celebration, help us develop a pluralistic disposition. The Hindu / Gujarati community is a significant demographic at the Academy and so informs our overall culture and ways of being. So it is only our responsibility to learn more about their customs and traditions and join in their festivities, as a way to develop a deeper understanding and grow in acceptance of differences.  

The phrase “think globally, act locally” has inspired us to recognize that the world is a multicultural society of which we are a part. The systems of the world — its governments, economies, religions and cultures — are increasingly dependent on interdependence. Differences become strengths in a collaborative effort. All of this — and more — makes diversity something to celebrate.