|Title||MI.World to New Delhi, India|
Ms Shamala/Teacher at Millennia Institute
The objective of the Millennia Institute (MI) world trip to New Delhi, India is to expose MI students to the finer aspects of North Indian culture – dance, education system, food and cultural activities. The exposure to North Indian culture took place at different levels; from the students’ homestay with their host families, to immersion in school activities, to educational visits to historical sites. Educational tours of significant architecture and historical sites including Qutub Minah in Delhi, Taj Mahal and the Jaipur fort in Agra provided students with an opportunity to understand and appreciate the historical and political structures in India. MI students also participated and presented about Singapore and its cultural acceptance and tolerance with students in St. Marks.
The students enjoyed themselves thoroughly and formed strong bonds with their exchange partners, maintaining contact through Facebook and WhatsApp both prior to and after the trips. The itinerary was varied and enriching, allowing students to experience New Delhi from different perspectives.
This programme not only reinforced cultural bonds and personal bonds between Indian and Singaporean students but more importantly served as a platform for students to acquire cross-cultural and collaborative skills which will stand them in good stead for the future.
Shareen Kaur (Class 13B2): “Our host families’ means of hospitality towards their guests and their overall family structure is different from ours. They see guests as messengers of god and therefore treated us with the utmost hospitality. Our compatriots from New Delhi possess strong family bonds where under one roof, there could be different generations all living together.”
Siti Nasuha (Class 14A5): “The students do not have canteens in school. All the students end school at 2 pm regardless of what level they are in. What may seem to be obvious and normal practice in Singapore is actually a culture shock to the students from India and vice versa.”
C. Vinita (Class 13A2): “I have really enjoyed the India trip. Firstly the structure of different building is astounding and very unique. Besides that, the food in India is really delicious. It’s better than the Indian food in Singapore as it is authentic. Furthermore, the vibrant culture and rich history intrigues me. I found Jaipur and Agra a must to go if anyone is going to visit India as the scenery is breath-taking and I hardly could believe what I was seeing. This is new to me as in Singapore we don’t get to see such magnificent and historical places like in India”.
Delcia Lim (Class 13A2): “My buddy (Pragya) and their friends were very friendly and hospitable towards all of us. They showered us with love and concern and I felt as though I was treated like a princess there. All in all going to India has broadened my perspective. I have learnt to embrace the vibrant culture in India and see that it can be applied to Singapore too”.