Pathways School Gurgaon Successfully Hosts Festival of HOPE in collaboration with International Baccalaureate (IB)

The festival saw 38 schools pan India, creating a vibrant platform for impactful dialogues and inspiring action



Pathways School Gurgaon, in collaboration with the International Baccalaureate (IB), successfully hosted the Festival of HOPE, a ground-breaking event aimed at igniting young minds for a better world. The festival, which took place on May 29, 2023, brought together students from 38 schools pan India, creating a vibrant platform for impactful dialogues and inspiring action.

Capt. Rohit Sen Bajaj, the School Director of Pathways School Gurgaon, provided valuable guidance and support throughout the Festival of HOPE. His leadership and commitment to education were instrumental in creating an environment that encouraged students to explore their potential and contribute to building a better future. Acknowledging the presence of dignitaries on the school campus, he thanked all the participants and attendees stating, “It is indeed an honour for Pathways School Gurgaon to be among the two schools in Asia Pacific to host the Festival of HOPE in the presence distinguished guests, Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal Gurjar, Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director General of the International Baccalaureate, Mat Costello, Chief Business officer IBO. Nicole Bien, Chief Schools Officer IBO, and Mr. Mahesh Balakrishnan, Development and Recognition Manager, India and Nepal IBO. Their presence elevated the event to new heights, inspiring all of us to dream bigger and aim higher.”

The Festival of HOPE, hosted by the IB for the first time in India, witnessed overwhelming participation at Pathways School Gurgaon. The event featured a combination of in-person workshops, exhibitions, and engaging sessions that empowered students to express their views, share ideas, and take meaningful action for a better world.

Pathways School Gurgaon’s dedication to the success of the Festival of HOPE was evident as the event featured captivating sessions and thought-provoking dialogues, leaving a lasting impact on attendees. The “Hope Path Dialogues” showcased inspiring speakers who sparked meaningful conversations among the young attendees. Additionally, interactive performances provided transformative learning experiences, sharing valuable life lessons from around the world. The festival also included engaging panel discussions on topics like climate change, justice, equity, identity, belonging, and spiritual well-being.


One of the highlights of the festival was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Haryana School Education Board (BSEH) and the International Baccalaureate (IB). This momentous agreement was signed by the Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal Gurjar and Director General International Baccalaureate, Olli Pekka Heinonen. Education Minister Kanwar Pal Gurjar stated, “this MOU will ensure that teachers have access to international-level training from the IB, enhancing the quality of education and providing students with a world-class learning experience.” Mahesh Balakrishnan, Development and Recognition Manager, India and Nepal IBO, played a significant role in coordinating and overseeing this collaboration.

Pathways School Gurgaon, in partnership with the International Baccalaureate, remains committed to expanding the reach of their educational programs in India, investing heavily in initiatives that empower students and promote a brighter future.

About Pathways School Gurgaon: Pathways School Gurgaon, is a renowned educational institution in the NCR Delhi, that is committed to providing a holistic and international standard of education to its students. Pathways School Gurgaon is a leading educational powerhouse, holding prestigious accreditations from NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) and CIS (Council of International Schools). It offers the esteemed IB Continuum programme, encompassing the Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), and Diploma Programme (DP) and the Career Related Programme (CP). With a crisp focus on critical thinking, creativity, and global citizenship, Pathways School Gurgaon equips students with a transformative education that prepares them to excel in an interconnected world.



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