|Title||Learning beyond Boundaries – A Home Stay Programme|
Ms Anjali Handa/Global Co-ordinator at St. Mark's Girls Senior Secondary School,
|Venue||Meera Bagh, New Delhi, India|
St. Mark’s Girls Senior Secondary School, Meera Bagh organised ‘Learning beyond Boundaries’ in New Delhi from 11-20 December 2015 to connect and collaborate with students from Asia and Europe. The school initiated a cultural immersion programme where in 10 students from Boon Lay Secondary School (Singapore) along with their teachers Ms May Yong and Mr Umar Hamid, and Principal Mr Tan Chor Pang attended the programme from Asia. From Europe, 15 students from the Christelijk College Nassau-Veluwe (The Netherlands) took part with their two teachers, Ms Sarah Koopmans and Dr Eline Westerhout.
The main aim of the 10-day event was to connect students from Asian and European countries, promote cross-cultural learning as well as mutual understanding. The students were introduced to Indian art, architecture culture, education system and lifestyle. To incorporate the best practices in each other’s teaching and learning system, the students attended English and History classes, where they discussed their native languages and tribes around the world. A session on Coding and “Kwartet” was also organised for the students by the Dutch Online Collaboration coordinators, as well as a cooking session, where the students and teachers could get a hands-on experience of Indian, Dutch and Singaporean cuisine and cooking styles. The objective was to give a deeper understanding of the ASEF online collaborations being coordinated in 2016 by the teachers. The students and teachers furthermore participated in workshops on art and paper recycling, and enjoyed playing traditional Indian games. During the cultural programme, the students from all three countries showcased traditional dances, songs and music.
To have a glimpse of the flavours of India and to witness its rich heritage, the students were taken to Dilli Haat and for Delhi heritage tour respectively. They visited the SOS Children’s Village, a non-governmental organisation that provides family-based care for parentless and underprivileged children. They also went for a 3-day tour of Agra and Jaipur, which are famous for their architectural excellence. We believe that skills developed from such events benefit the students in the long term. Experiences of homestay programmes are fundamental in the students’ personal growth, helping them to adapt and live in a world without boundaries.
A special thanks to Mr Tan Chor Pang and Dr Adrian Elangovan for being a part of the event, and to the ASEF Classroom Network (ASEF ClassNet) for bridging students from Asia and Europe, and making such “face-to-face” collaborations possible.