Kannarpady, Udupi, March 8: International women’s Day was celebrated in St Mary’s English Medium School, Kannarpady by honoring an eminent woman achiever. In the formal program that was held at Mother Teresa hall chief guest Ms. Saraswathi Shankar, the president of Kadekar Village Panchayath was felicitated by school Management Committee for her outstanding social works as people’s representative. The certificate of appreciation was read by Mr. Jagadeesh Acharya, the art teacher. The correspondent of the institution V.Rev.Fr Charles Menezes congratulated Ms Saraswathi Shankar for being an inspiration to women achievers. He added that education plays a decisive role in enhancing the dignity and self-esteem of women. Principal Rev. Fr Johnson Sequeira in his message said “Men need to develop more sensitivity towards women’s rights to facilitate a healthy atmosphere in society”. The women representatives of the school Management Committee Ms. Janet D’Souza, Ms. Benedicta Fernandes; the women teacher coordinators of the school Ms Usha Poojary, Ms Helen Cornelio, Ms Smitha D’Souza, Ms Roopa K.S, Ms Eunice Anchan , Miss Prathiksha , Miss Poornima Amin; Vice Principal Ms. Rita Quadros also shared the stage with the chief Guest. International Women’s Day was symbolically inaugurated by lighting the lamp. Correspondent presented special mementos and gifts to all the women staff as a mark of school’s gratitude and appreciation. A special cake was cut to wish women staff great success in their future endeavors. Chief Guest Ms. Saraswathi Shankar in her speech recollected how she made use of the leadership opportunities and built her political career. A brief video made by male staff featuring the power of womanhood was screened during the program. Mr Renold and Mr Walter D’Souza conducted quiz and entertainment games for the women audience. Program ended with a fellowship lunch arranged at St Mary’s auditorium. Correspondent V.Rev.Fr Charles Menezes graced over the meals.
The members of school Management Committee Mr Gracian Bothelo, Mr Maxim D’Souza and Mr Walter D’Souza; The senior priest Rev.Fr William Martis were present on the occasion. Mr Wilfred Mascarenhas presented the note of welcome. Mr. Bhasker spoke on the history and significance of feminist movements in India. Mr Sundar proposed the vote of thanks. Mr Lancy Mendonca and Mr Vinay anchored the program.