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The Grades-X and XII Arts boarders of Livingstone Foundation Hr. Sec. School had a very interesting and wholesome interactive session with a visiting expert on Public Health, Ms. Angela Leon from Germany along with the school alumnus, Dr. Rhondemo Kikon on 26th of March 2019 at the school auditorium.
The brief interaction began at around 3:30 PM with introduction of the visiting expert by Mr. Zakir Hussain, Hostel Superintendent. Welcoming the resource persons, Dr. Andrew Ahoto, Chairman of LFHSS, thanked Ms. Angela for taking out time and visiting the school as part of her research work on public health all the way from her home country of Ecuador. He remarked that it was a matter of great courage and moral conviction on her part to leave her home and reach out to such an interior part of the country for social service. Addressing the students, he opined that the school’s motto of ‘Learn to Serve’ should act as a guiding principle in making them morally encouraged to give back to their community through the education that they receive. He also felicitated the guests with the school souvenirs.
Taking the stage next was the school alumnus and a frequent visitor to the school, Dr. Rhondemo Kikon, fondly called by the Stonites as ‘Mac’. He spoke on the sidelines of community service that highlights the motto of the school which made him reach out to the unreached in his quest for serving the poorer and unreached sections of the Naga society. He also highlighted why he and Angela were there. He also shared his ideas about his organisation’s plans of doing such community and rural health service in the interior places of Nagaland with the help of experts like Ms. Angela. He was of the view that the upcoming students have a lot to learn on how to hone their skills and choose a career which can help them build a better world in the lines of sustainable development. In this context he cited the example of Bhutan which has become a model country in terms of organic farming and sustainable growth.
Ms. Angela was very enthusiastic in sharing with the students her thoughts on learning about the rich cultural and social aspects of a different society like India and specifically on the Nagas. She shared her experiences on how she got an opportunity to do her studies in public health in Germany at Herdelberg University along with Dr. Rhondemo and how she got a rare chance of working with the doctors in Nagaland through Referral Hospital. She encouraged the students to take up careers which could lead them to serve as ambassadors of development through contribution in health and community service. She also spoke on how important it was to give back to the society in terms of what we have achieved and how the local and indigenous techniques of organic farming can contribute to Nagaland’s recognition at the international level. It may be mentioned here that Ms. Angela Leon is from Ecuador and has completed her studies from Herdelberg University in Germany. She is presently working on a Research Project with Referral Hospital, Dimapur on Health of Mother and Child in rural areas starting from Peren District. This is her maiden visit to India and Nagaland.
During the question-answer session with the students, the resource persons answered numerous questions on topics related to career, economics and public health.
The programme came to a close with Mrs. Ani Yepthomi thanking Ms. Angela and Dr. Rhondemo for their interaction and sharing while also remarking about God’s numerous providence upon the Stonites by which they are able to interact with so many scholars and resource persons from varied fields cutting across different parts of India and even abroad. She hoped that Ms. Angela would be able to visit and interact with the students on other occasions in the future too. She also led the gathering to a closing prayer.