Experiential learning programme for youth in Auroville

January 29, 2024 11:57 pm | Updated 11:57 pm IST - PUDUCHERRY

Jayanti Ravi, Secretary, Auroville Foundation addressing a youth conference in the universal township on Monday.

Jayanti Ravi, Secretary, Auroville Foundation addressing a youth conference in the universal township on Monday. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

A five-day youth leadership meet featuring experiential learning and field visits began at Auroville on Monday.

Auroville is hosting the event under the “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” nation-wide initiative that encourages youth as future leaders to raise awareness of global issues and exchange of thoughts, as it sees a convergence of objectives in its founding goal of striving for human unity in diversity and the promotion of mutual understanding between people from different regions and nationalities.

The vision of Auroville, with its international community and commitment to human unity, aligns seamlessly with the goals of the nation-wide programme, a press note said. The universal township’s diverse community, comprising individuals from various nationalities and cultural backgrounds, presented an ideal platform for participants to engage in more meaningful cross-cultural interactions, it added.

The event, inaugurated by Jayanti Ravi, Secretary, Auroville Foundation, also seeks to initiate youth into perspectives on spirituality and Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy and practical implementation of integral education that his collaborator The Mother had envisaged in establishing Auroville in 1968.

The period also coincides with the 150th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo and the 55th birth anniversary of Auroville.

Build a better future

The meet aims to utilise the opportunity to build a better future; to work towards building a system that empowers to address global challenges and brings prosperity and well-being to humanity. Another purpose is to deliver quality education and pursue environmentally sustainable and inclusive economic growth and development in an integrated, holistic and balanced manner while creating an inclusive world, the press note said.

Auroville’s emphasis on spiritual values, environmental sustainability, and community living, offer a unique backdrop for participants to not only learn about the rich cultural tapestry of India but also to experience a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity.

More than 100 students and faculty from institutions across the country are enrolled in the participatory and immersive learning exercise that includes visits to various units such as Sadhana Forest, a volunteer based organisation focused on reforestation and food security in arid areas; Botanical Gardens, a concerted effort towards conservation and preservation; Matrimandir; and Sri Aurobindo Ashram. In addition to exposure to waste management concepts, approach to education and architecture, art and culture experiences are also part of the programme.

Top News Today

Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in

Comments

Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.