One who reads — leads. In to-day's world of ever changing circumstances, unpredictable life styles, poor inter-personal relationships, small family structure, nuclear families replacing joint family system and explosion of knowledge, to which we have access either through the Internet or the Silver Screen, to keep in touch and keep abreast of knowledge one should get into the habit of read-ing. We should also instil this habit of reading in our youngsters; children should be taught the value of reading the Newspaper to know what is happening in the world, our country, our state and finally in our own city. Unfortunately, we confine ourselves to a very small circle of friends and family and hence our vision becomes myopic. We are unable to see things in the larger per-spective and hence the contents of our conversation also become restricted — tunnel vision. 

    Let us not be evaluative of the actions of others — only highlighting their weaknesses and failures, whether this be of the Local Leaders or the National Leaders. We discuss them in great length, within the comforts of our own drawing room. 

Now is the time to step out and do something for someone other than ourselves. The greatest work force any country has is its youth. 

Nelson Mandela — There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children. 

   'Children are hero worshippers', let us as teachers, parents and responsible citizens of the country, commit ourselves to spread goodwill rather than hate, to light a candle and dispel darkness. Whether it be illiteracy, economic constraints of others or just a lecture on hygiene, home economics or the development of noticing and enjoying God's creation, guidance and counseling; you make the effort to identify the problem and surprisingly you can either find the solution or be the solution. We, as parents or as friends of society, should learn to identify a problem, review the task at hand against the purpose and find the solution. 

  Planning the entire exercise — whatever project we take up, we should work in co-ordina-tion and co-operation with others, not always in competition. We should also budget our time, how much time we can give regularly towards enhancement of that goal. When we use the word budget we always think in terms of money, but that is not always the case, budgeting can include time, effort and personnel, to name a few. Each one is a little leader in his own steam. If you start a project you are the-leader. Time and again you should have a reporting session, see the need to evaluate the performance of those who are part of your team, see whether some changes have to be incorporated and do what is necessary so that your work progresses. Then go into minute details and see whether it is all taken care of and finally organize all the facts and figures and review the work and you are your best judge and you can view and review every thing you have done so far. 

 Children will model after. Parents and Teachers, knowingly or unknowingly - the way they talk, the way they walk and the way they perceive life. We, as torch bearers of society, have to handle every action of ours very discretely. We may be faced with challenges at every twist and turn - how we analyse a problem; how we take the decision and even minute details are being closely watched by our children. Hence we have a moral responsibility towards them. We at Mary Lucas School & College, try and have succeeded in instilling a positive and honest way of life which is the rarest commodity in to-day's world. 

 We ought to think ahead - what are we giving our children, what are we leaving behind for them? Loads of money and property or a legacy of good will on which they can survive all their life, with some efforts on their part? Do you know where a child goes when in trouble — it is either to his / her parents or the teacher. It is this person in whom the child trusts, who has the unique opportunity to tell him/her to choose the right path, the right person and the right profession. 

Never be satisfied with the statement stay-close to the shore; unless you dive into the deep, have big dreams and work on fulfilling these dreams, you will be where you started. We have to work hard to achieve our dreams, whether they be big or small, but always have confidente in yourself and move on ahead, seeing and feeling the wind and setting your sail accord-ingly. 

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world. — Malala Yousafzai 

  My sincere thanks goes to the Chairman of Mary Lucas School & College, Rt. Revd. Dr. Peter Baldev, the Bishop of the Diocese of Lucknow who has always visited the School and encouraged the Teachers and the Students and upheld our school in his prayers. Mr. Vinod B. Lal the Diocesan Education Board's Honorary Secretary is the guiding force, the motivator and anchor to enable the School to grow. He is always ready to help and listen to us inspite of his extremely busy schedule, both in and outside Allahabad. My heartfelt thanks to him. I take this opportunity to thank the Members of the Managing Committee of Mary Lucas School & Col-lege who have always extended their prayerful support. 

  I would also like to thank the teaching and non-teaching staff of the school, and the par-ents who have trusted us with the future of their children. Parents please co-operate with us, to enable us to bring out the best in your children. 

  My God, how wonderful Thou Art, Thy Majesty how great, You have been the sustainer and guide for our Mary Lucas School & College. Accept now our sincere prayer of thankful-ness, and Lord we stand before Your throne of Grace for the corning years, to bless us as You have blessed us earlier. 

  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven, - Holy Bible

Dr. (Miss) Lydia Rajam Anthony