Boycott Global Harmony 2007 to Protest Against De-focus on Education & Wasteful Self-Glorification sign now

As a mark of protest against the school trustee and management for their lack of focus on quality education and undue wastage of school funds on self-glorification, we, the parents of GIIS school children, would like to boycott the "Global Harmony 2007"!

The school is getting increasingly de-focussed. Here are some clear examples

1. Hardly any attention is being paid to improve the quality of education and investments in quality teachers and facilities. For instance:
- Teachers are generally hired at low salaries and at times without proper qualification i.e. B. Ed/M. Ed + relevant teaching experience, compromising the overall quality of education in the school.
- No major enhancements to existing school facilities while investment is being aggressively made to add new school branches (almost like opening McDonalds chain)

2. GIF management and trustees appear to be more interested in diverting (wasting) funds for self-glorification and marketing promotions which DO NOT SERVE THE CAUSE OF QUALITY EDUCATION. For instance:
- Glossy hardbound book on Dr. L. M. Singhvi (A Diplomatic Sojourn) was published by Global Indian Foundation and distributed free to children!
- Significant marketing $$ being spent on promoting the school and its new branches through regular and expensive advertisements on TV channels.
- Significant time, effort, energy and resources are being spent on organizing Global Harmony 2007 to support self-promotion & show-off!

3. Parents are being increasingly taken for granted and no respect is being shown for our time and money. For instance:
- Parents are being asked to pay for the above marketing tamasha (Global Harmony 2007) event. The school expects us to pay ~$120 including the kids costume (even if some kids have the costume, the parents are being asked to pay).
- Parents invited to attend a PTM in the East Coast Campus were asked to spend time on a discourse arranged by the school authorities (without any advance warning or option).

4. Etc. etc. I am sure other parents can add many more such examples to this list!!

Dear Fellow-Parents,
If you share the above concerns, please make your unhappiness known by saying YES and boycotting this latest self-glorification extravaganza (Global Harmony 2007)!

Many parents have been very worried with the state of affairs at GIIS for sometime. Yet, most of us keep quiet and feel helpless since the lives of our children are at stake! The problem can not be simply wished away. We need to take a stand and do something that will make the school authorities and trustees wake-up and start focussing on the right things. YOU CAN HELP -start by boycotting the above event and encouraging other GIIS parents to support this petition by circulating it to people you know personally.

A meeting is also being planned for interested GIIS parents to further discuss ways to deal with these issues. If you would like to join the meeting, please indicate so in the petition response (you can also email to [email protected])

A word of cautionthe objective of this petition email is NOT TO MALIGN the school since our children will be the first ones to be impacted. The idea is to simply stop doing nothing, give school authorities a wake-up call and discuss how best to help the school get back to its rightful focus i.e. quality education for our children. WE HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN MAKING THE SCHOOL SUCCEED FOR THE SAKE OF OUR CHILDREN.

HENCE, PLEASE ENSURE THAT THIS EMAIL/PETITION GET CIRCULATED ONLY TO BONAFIDE GIIS PARENTS KNOWN TO YOU & NOT TO ANY OTHER PERSON WHO MAY INTENTIONALLY OR UNINTENTIONALLY MALIGN THE SCHOOL PUBLICLY. THANK YOU.

Sincerely,

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