Shar­jah school­child­ren sail their way to a world record

Khaleej Times - - NATION - Dhanusha Goku­lan

shar­jah — Break­ing a pre­vi­ous record set by a Bri­tish cur­ricu­lum school in Hong Kong last Novem­ber, 4,882 stu­dents of a school in Shar­jah en­tered the Guin­ness World Records for cre­at­ing the largest hu­man im­age of a boat.

On Tues­day, stu­dents from kinder­garten to Grade 8, gath­ered at the In­dia In­ter­na­tional School Shar­jah’s foot­ball ground wear­ing colours of the UAE Na­tional Flag to cre­ate the new record. Stu­dents from 12 dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties, and a few dif­fer­ently-abled stu­dents took part in the record-break­ing event.

Speak­ing to Khaleej Times on the side­lines of the event, school prin­ci­pal Manju Reji said that the event was held to mark Chil­dren’s Day in In­dia, which also hap­pens to be the birth an­niver­sary of Jawa­har­lal Nehru, In­dia’s first prime min­is­ter. The ad­ju­di­ca­tor for Guin­ness World Records Ahmed Gaber de­clared of­fi­cially In­dia In­ter­na­tional School ‘Amaz­ing’ for break­ing the world record.

Since the UAE Na­tional Day is fast ap­proach­ing, the school de­cided to hold the event as part of early cel­e­bra­tions, said the prin­ci­pal. “Pan­dit Nehru (a fond so­bri­quet for the for­mer prime min­is­ter) was said to be very fond of chil­dren. We thought that his birth an­niver­sary would be the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate this achieve­ment,” she added. School of­fi­cials also said that stu­dents be­gan prac­tis­ing for the event 12days ahead of the big day.

The boat also rep­re­sents the stu­dents’ jour­ney in ed­u­ca­tion, said Sal­man Ibrahim, di­rec­tor of PACE Group, the par­ent or­gan­i­sa­tion of

The stu­dents are the real heroes today. They cul­ti­vated these thoughts into an un­pre­ten­tious for­ma­tion of a boat in the colour of UAE’s Na­tional Flag.” Zubair Ibrahim, di­rec­tor, PACE Group

the school. He added: “We’re ex­hil­a­rated that our school has achieved this feat. Shi­fana Muiz, the head­mistress came up with the idea and ex­e­cuted it bril­liantly. I think the stu­dents have truly ex­pe­ri­enced a once-in-a-life­time ex­pe­ri­ence as well.”

“We’re hop­ing that with this, we can look for­ward to break­ing more world records. The full credit goes to the stu­dents who worked very hard to make this a re­al­ity.”

Mean­while, Zubair Ibrahim, di­rec­tor of PACE Group, said: “The stu­dents’ are the real heroes today. They cul­ti­vated these thoughts into an un­pre­ten­tious for­ma­tion of a boat in the colour of UAE’s Na­tional Flag.”

dhanusha@khalee­j­times.com

Stu­dents of In­dia In­ter­na­tional School Shar­jah form the largest hu­man im­age of a boat to make a Guin­ness record on Tues­day.

Photo by M. Sa­j­jad

A teacher shows Guin­ness World Record cer­tifi­cate to the stu­dents af­ter their vic­tory in Shar­jah on Tues­day. —

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