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### South Asian Cultural Project in NHS’ International Baccalaureate Programme CAS

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a demanding academic curriculum available to students worldwide. According to the International Baccalaureate website, the Diploma Programme is designed to cultivate well-rounded individuals with a profound understanding across various disciplines, fostering physical, intellectual, emotional, and ethical growth.

Students enrolled in this program undertake advanced coursework akin to college-level studies. Additionally, they are required to complete an extensive research paper and engage in “CAS” activities encompassing creativity, activity, and service.

The CAS component involves a diverse array of pursuits, from artistic expressions in visual arts to physical well-being through sports participation, and community service initiatives that promote social responsibility. Students are encouraged to reflect on their weekly CAS experiences and embark on a self-initiated CAS project that showcases leadership qualities within at least one of the three strands.

While CAS projects typically align with one strand, students often undertake endeavors that span two or all three categories. Past projects include organizing youth sports camps, conducting donation drives for various causes, fundraising for charitable organizations like the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, culinary activities, and facilitating creative workshops for youngsters. The duration of a CAS project is typically one month, although students at times engage in projects lasting 3-4 months from inception to completion.

One notable ongoing project is the South Asian Cultural Event organized by Neharika Bhandari, a junior participant in the program. Bhandari, of Nepalese descent, conceived this event to celebrate the rich cultural tapestry of South Asia and promote cross-cultural understanding. She envisions an inclusive environment where individuals from diverse backgrounds can appreciate and share cultural traditions.

The event will showcase South Asian cuisine and performances, aiming to bridge cultural divides and foster a sense of community. Bhandari’s mission is to raise awareness about different cultures, including her own, and provide a platform for community members to express their heritage.

Scheduled for Saturday, April 20 at 5:00 p.m. at the Boulder Elks Lodge, 3975 28th Street in Boulder, the South Asian Cultural Event requires a $5 entry fee, with proceeds allocated towards event expenses and charitable contributions. While the specific charity beneficiary is yet to be determined, Bhandari anticipates making a meaningful impact through her donation.