Shiv Nadar School Sets a New GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (TM) title for the Most Contributions to Handprint Painting in One Hour with the Aim to Promote Water Conservation

On a crisp March Day, the Shiv Nadar School secured its place in history by accomplishing a remarkable feat. Gathering 2,232 students and educators at the Shiv Nadar School Faridabad on 14th March 2024, the school broke the Guinness World Record for the Most contributions to a handprint painting in one hour.

This extraordinary endeavour is a testament to the school's unwavering dedication to environmental stewardship and its mission to instil a sense of responsibility for our planet's well-being in the hearts of young learners. The record-breaking event served as a poignant reminder of the vital importance of water conservation.

Through the #EveryDropCounts pledge, participants aligned with the School’s core value of ‘Responsibility’ and renewed their commitment to UN Sustainable Development Goal 6: Ensuring availability and sustainable management of Water and Sanitation for all. Every handprint on the giant canvas symbolised a promise to cherish and protect our most precious resource: Water.

Renowned actor and environmental advocate Gul Panag commended the students for their noble endeavour, emphasising the pivotal role of education in shaping young minds into changemakers. She lauded Shiv Nadar School for setting a remarkable benchmark in environmental consciousness.

Col. (Retd.) Gopal Karunakaran, CEO of Shiv Nadar School, echoed Ms Panag's sentiments, highlighting the urgent need for collective action in the face of the impending water crisis. He spoke about the interconnectedness of existence and the shared responsibility we all bear as stewards of the earth.

Delivering a powerful message to students about the urgent need for conservation and highlighting the importance of responsible water use, Arti Dawar, Deputy CEO of Shiv Nadar School, emphasised that everyone can be a change-maker in solving this global challenge.

As the day unfolded, the school courtyard transformed into a vibrant tapestry of colours and aspirations. Under the watchful eye of the Guinness World Records adjudicator, participants meticulously crafted their handprints using super-washable, child-safe paints in shades reminiscent of nature—blues and greens echoing the colours of water, ocean, and sky, symbolising the collective power of individual actions.

The event was a resounding success, with everyone coming together to create a spectacular masterpiece. Ms. Vandana Marda, Director of Brand and Communication at Shiv Nadar School, expressed gratitude to all involved and stressed the profound impact of collective action in driving positive change.

Why does Water Conservation Matter?

The event underscored the growing urgency of water conservation. With half the world's population projected to live in water-stressed areas in the near future, inspiring responsible water use is crucial.

Shiv Nadar School is championing this cause by:

  • Educating students about water conservation through workshops and projects.
  • Implementing water-saving measures like dual flush toilets and rainwater harvesting.
  • Instilling a sense of environmental responsibility in their students from a young age.

The Takeaway

Shiv Nadar School's world record attempt wasn't just about the achievement; it was a masterclass in efficiency and resourcefulness. Students learned the importance of precision in creating their handprints, ensuring every contribution counted within the time limit. Careful planning ensured minimal resource usage – washable paints, organic wipes for cleaning, and a limited colour palette all minimised waste. This practical experience instilled valuable lessons about maximising impact with minimal resources, a skill that will serve them well in future endeavours. It is a powerful reminder that even small actions can make a big difference. By working together, we can inspire future generations to become responsible stewards of our planet and ensure a sustainable future for all.

Mar 14, 2024 by Shiv Nadar School

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