The school field trip or an excursion we normally term it as has a long history in our education system. For nearly decades, students have been packed into buses to visit cultural institutions, museums, theaters, zoos, and historical sites.
It is a well known fact that more-advantaged families may give such exposure to their children outside of school hours, but the underprivileged students are less likely to have these experiences if schools do not provide them.
Schools have realised that these experiences enrich students knowledge and therefore gladly endured the expense and disruption to their regular schedules.
When schools do organize field trips, they are increasingly choosing to take students on trips to reward them for working hard to improve their test scores rather than to provide cultural enrichment and the exposure they need to build a better future.
This shift from “enrichment” to “reward” field trips is reflected in an evolving generational change among schools which are extremely modernised in the current scenario.
However, we need to question if this paradigm shift does actually benefit the students? Are we imparting a holistic education to our kids? Are we guiding them in the right direction to build a better future for themselves and the generations next?
These are exactly the concerns we at Organo have raised and have come up with a wonderful concept of Rurban (rural+urban).
Rurbun refers to a geographic territory or a landscape which possesses the economic characteristics and lifestyles of an Urban area while retaining its essential Rural area features. Simply put – Rurban denotes best of both the worlds.
Kids from most of the reputed schools visit Organo to get a hands on experience of the concepts there.
Recently, kids from Meridian School visited Organo to get a comprehensive experience of the activities and discern various facets of urban and rural lives.
These kids were taken around to get acquainted with different components and themes at Organo.
For example, they got a perspective of the rural concepts like:
Animal Husbandry: It’s a traditional goushala model and the cattle are let off the ropes to promote a natural habitat. Kids get a fair knowledge of how traditional healthy milking and cattle farming is done.
Pottery: Kids could get their hands on the pottery wheel to learn one of the oldest techniques of making ceramic or clay ware. They get familiar with the entire process of kneading, shaping and drying the clay.
Farming: The icing on the cake is the farming concept which the kids enjoy, dirtying their hands. Organo whips up the concept of growing your own food organically without the use of any pesticides.
Bio-pool: There is a large bio-pool at Organo the first of a kind in India. This includes many aquatic plants and different types of fish without any chemicals added, which can be in turn used for irrigation.
In additional kids got familiar with Urban concepts like:
Solar Power Panels: Kids are taught how Solar panels absorb the sunlight as a source of energy to generate electricity or heat.
Bio Gas: One of the important products generated from waste products is bio gas, a fuel gas made from biomass such as human waste, animal waste, food waste, grass, straw etc.
Waste Management: Students get to know how to manage wet waste, dry waste and animal waste and generate power from the bio gas plant.
Not just that, there are lot of other activities such as Painting, Essay writing, Elocution etc coupled with the outdoor and indoor games. These competitions are held under the supervision of 2 -3 judges and the winners get rewarded!
Here are some of the comments from the judges during a painting competition held at Organo where kids from Meridian School participated:
“She did a good ….the imagery and composition are very good. And the sense of using forms is commendable. She deserves encouragement and should be encouraged to continue painting.”
“He has captured the learning about what’s happening in the world and v/s what’s happening in sight Organo well. ” Says Madhu Reddy.
“Mershitha has articulated the essence of what’s happening around now and what’s ideally should be happening in a Very nice info graphical way.”
Having said that, kids are also provided a discernment of protecting and conserving and recycling the natural resources like water, air, soil etc.
At Organo, kids are taught what life is outside and inside Organo. What are the dangers evolving due to pollution, technology advancement and a reckless human behavior.
Kids comprehend the importance of protecting the natural resources and environment for a better living.
Therefore, lets just not focus on our children to acquire skills from their education; we also want them to develop into civilized people who appreciate the breadth of human accomplishments. The school field trips are an important tool for meeting this goal.