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Worldview Education : Grooming for global citizenship

Around 120 kms away from the chaos of the city, at a hill near Jadcherla, a group of teenagers are on a biryani trek. The ingredients that go into making biryani are placed at different spots and through the trek, the participants need to discover, collate and prepare the dish to savour a meal for the afternoon. The adventure element aside, the students get to know the history of these ingredients and how even wars were waged for some of the spices.

Experiential learning has been the buzzword across institutions for many years now. Worldview Education goes beyond practical learning of subjects at schools or colleges, and encourages learning and application on-site. Their programmes are targeted at grooming a generation in arenas including urban sustainability, environmental conservation and global citizenship.

Nature lessons Participants at a session, Sampreeth Reddy, founder of Worldview Education By arrangement

Nature lessons Participants at a session, Sampreeth Reddy, founder of Worldview Education By arrangement  

These are programmes where rocks, mountains and forests foster learning through treks, and farming modules get teenagers to sync with surroundings. As part of their Future Sake programme that will begin shortly, they organise overseas expedition trips to understand a country’s sustainability, teaching them to make food, undersand culture, involving them in Mock UN Summits (MUNs), these ensure a holistic development on impressionable minds.

The founder Sampreeth Reddy Samala was inspired by the approach of student organisations like AIESEC in his college years. “I was part of initiatives and projects that deal with real problems. We interpreted the essence in a different demographic and wanted to see how pre-teenagers and teenagers get to know, experience these problems.” Changes in the education sector have focused more on infrastructure rather than the educational side. “Around 80% of our teenagers don’t have much exposure to the countryside. They miss the immersive experience that can come from such surroundings. We see this as a good opportunity to supplement experiences and help students stay connected with the current times. Most education boards aren’t in sync with trends,” he says.

Enriching sessions
  • Junk Musuem is a spot in their campus that has farming equipment that are not fit for use. A workshop propels students to make unique articles out of them.
  • A music workshop has students making unique musical instruments out of the natural resources they can spot in a wooded area closer to the campus.
  • Some workshops have participants focusing on ethnic cultural and physical activities including sports like lagori, kho kho. At Nani's Kitchen, students take recipes from their grandmothers and share stories behind ingredients used in the foods. Theatre and adventure being other activities.

They believe this generation of students need more than knowledge and can adapt to any new situation, “Travel is a good experiential tool. You move out of your comfort zone, there’s multi-sensory learning. Visiting another country, you learn about travel, food, culture and you adapt to a situation alien to you. Simulating real world problems is our domain. The teenage years define what a person is going to be in the longer run.”

One of the activities will see their campus near Jadcherla turn an urban forest by 2025, through which they want to see teenagers turn potential forest-developers. This will create a ripple effect and help participants come up with solutions surrounding healthcare, fitness, food in their community, neighbourhood in the long run.

Worldview Education : Grooming for global citizenship

The programmes also revolve around peer and self-reflection, and no participant is evaluated. Some experiences create parallel learning and ensure empathy building. “Outdoors are just a prop to develop one’s capacity. MUNs are also one way of wearing different hats and seeing the same situation from different perspectives. The global citizenship programme had students from Pakistan mentioning that our Hyderabad bears a striking similarity to their homeland during Ramzan.”

Worldview is looking at digital options to add value to the learning experiences. “Imagine learning about rivers and deserts sitting by one?”

(To register for the FutureSake programme including the Singapore learning expedition, check on www.worldview.global)

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