DBC Celebrates 59th Goa Liberation Day

Valerie Carvalho e Abreu
07 Jan 2021
Don Bosco Panjim

DBC celebrating 59 Goa Liberation Day at Panjim

Don Bosco College (DBC) Panjim celebrated the 59th Goa Liberation Day on the theme, Mental Health on Saturday, December 19, 2020 with the hoisting of the National Flag and singing the National Anthem at the school quadrangle at 8:15 am.

Chief guest Vice Provincial, Salesian Province of Panjim, Fr Clive Telles connected with the attendees by linking liberation to the current scenario of Goa, especially the current migration situation from Goa which went against the principles of being liberated in one's own state.
Fr Telles, reached out to the teachers by guiding them on how students should be taught to become critical thinkers, to question themselves and question if their freedom is being invaded. Every individual has to be taught to be a contributor, who not only takes in information but also contributes equally to society he added.

Many meritorious students were felicitated on the occasion for their outstanding performance in their respective field of studies as well as extra-curricular activities.

To express the multifaceted love for Goa, the students of Don Bosco expressed their sentiments by releasing a music video on the YouTube channel, Goa Oxem Sodanch Uronk Zai by Remo Fernandes.

A session on Mental Health by Counsellor and Member of Psychologist Association, Philippines Regina Lomarda was also held on the occasion. Lomarda spoke on the importance of mental health and wellness especially on feeling liberated in its true sense in the pandemic times which kept all in a lockdown. She also elaborated on the need to come out in the open and seek professional help when one experiences mental issues. Physical health and mental exercise in terms of kindness, sharing and disconnecting oneself from overwhelming information spread across social media is important in shaping one’s mental health she added.

An online video skit on the effects of depression and how the society can help prevent it was staged on the occasion. Asst. Professor Nigel Baretto also spoke on the occasion.

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