“I am not afraid of STORMS, for I am learning to sail my ship.”
Louisa May Alcott (Little Women)
February 22nd to 24th, 2018
Ridge Valley School, Gurgaon organized an eco-adventure trip to TERI’s Himalayan Centre, Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand for students of Grade 5 from February 22nd to 24th, 2018. This was done in collaboration with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) which firmly believes in experiential learning in addition to traditional classroom teaching methods. It regularly organizes field trips for students to enable them to learn from outdoor settings.
The excitement of the journey by train and bus spilt over even after our arrival at Mukhteshwar when the children saw that they were going to live amongst the mountains for the first time, away from home, along with their friends and teachers for 2 nights and 3 days!
Each day was carefully planned to include hands-on activities like interacting with the locals and eating sumptuous food. The children went to a local school and participated in their assembly. They interacted with the students in their classrooms and got to know how tough life can be for some. As a part of their outreach program, the camp brought to light the difficulties the local children face to pursue their education and their sincerity of purpose which keeps them going.
At TRISHA (TERI's Research Initiative at Supi for Himalayan Advancement), the children were exposed to agro activities, and even planted Rosemary saplings. Their enthusiasm gained a new height when they were chosen to record a Radio Show that would be broadcast on Kumaon Vani- India’s award winning biggest Community Radio Station of the region, by a local RJ. Buying the local products that are manufactured and packed by TERI, saw them independently managing their money and making informed decisions about their purchase. A gift from TERI to each student added to the excitement.
The evening of 23rd February saw them explore adventure sports such as Rappelling, Archery, Flying Fox and Rock Climbing- all under expert guidance.
A befitting closure to the mesmerizing three day camp was the bonfire accompanied by a talent hunt show. The Ridgeans wished the mountains adieu with a heavy heart hoping Mother Nature would be kind enough to call them back again to savour more of her bounties.
Please find attached the link to view the photographs of our amazing adventure.