Educational tours always have a major educational element, but the impact of educational trips can extend much further. The importance of educational trips includes giving students the chance to build closer bonds with their classmates, experience new environments, and enjoy a day away from the classroom and school.
Yet again, a group of 10th class students under the supervision and guidance of the teachers went on an educational tour to the Changthang region of Ladakh including the world famous Pangong Lake, Chushul village, Yaya Tso, and so on. While the purpose of such tours is essentially to educate the students practically, these trips is also a fun bonding experience for everyone involved including the teachers and the student both.
We asked some of the students about the trip and they shared some interesting and exciting experiences. Some of the important lessons students learned through this trip are as follows:
Jigmet Shesrab Lhamo shared “After interacting with the local villagers and people, we understood that material development alone cannot give real happiness, people in these villages have such limited resources, yet they are so contended”
She also articulated “To connect with people and friends, it's important to give them the most precious gift you can give, the gift of your time and attention, and it’s something I learned from this trip”.
Excited to share, Thinles Kunsal said “social media and technology connect us in ways that we have never been connected before and especially during the Lockdown, we have friends on Facebook and Instagram that we’ve never even met in person because we may have similar interests or ideas. But yet, it disconnected us more than ever because it takes us away from being present in the world around us and engaging with others who are right in front of us, we been to places during this trip where there are no internet networks and because of that we were able to connect with ourselves and be with ourselves”
We realized one of the important benefits of educational tours is subtly developing an understanding of various social issues in children, and they get a better grip on different issues. They become more empathetic and respectful toward other cultures, and environments as well as towards their surroundings. And it has empowered them with a new and enhanced perspective to look at things and develops them into considerate personalities, aware of the world issues at large and in-depth.
It was an extraordinary thing to see both the students and teachers working and taking forward the idea of oneness irrespective of their differences. The school administration would like to express our deep sense of appreciation and thanks to the teachers, monitors and all the students for successfully achieving the goals of the educational exposure trip.