Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Away From Home

Twenty Award participants from Manav Vikas High School, Jamshedpur completed their Adventurous Journey from 23rd to 26th January 2017 to Bisindha. Kalyani Chakraborty, the Award Leader from Manav Vikas High School is sharing this report with us.

The Award participants of Manav Vikas High School were buzzing with excitement very early in the morning at the school grounds, eager to get away from the monotonous classroom study and ready to embark on their IAYP Adventurous Journey. There were twenty participants and two mentors. The journey started from Tata Nagar station at 7:30 am and we reached Asansol at 12 noon. The further journey was through a local train up to Ranigunj and then by bus to Bisindha. 

Award participants from Emmanuel Ministries, Kolkata were also attending this camp with us. We were all guided by Soumitra Ganguly up to Bisindha. Bisindha turned out to be a perfect place for camping, far away from the maddening crowd. There were many tiny hills in the surrounding area. We reached the campsite around 2 pm. After lunch Asim Nath, the instructor from the Institute of Climbers and Nature Lovers (ICNL) started the camp activities. He explained and demonstrated the different kinds of knots, rope obstacles, jungle etiquette and how to behave with villagers. The participants were happy to find all this new information and kept sharing this new learning throughout the night with their other team members and new friends. The students of Emmanuel Ministries also joined these lively discussions. Though the night was very cold, it didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the young students, who sang and played background music (Hukka hua). The night experience was indeed memorable and thrilling.

On 24th January, the day activities started at 6 am. All of us trekked to the surrounding areas, climbed small hills and did some morning exercise. Exhausted after all these activities, we took a deep breath of fresh air and saw the sunrise, before we returned to the campsite. After breakfast, we started our journey to Bandwan Dam, which was 8 kilometers away from the campsite. We reached Bandwan Dam at 10 am and our instructor, Imran divided all the participants into 7 groups. This was an SOS activity where the participants were asked to make food for themselves. The participants gathered firewood and fetched water from the dam and made an oven with mud; then they cooked their own food. After completing all these activities, we returned to the campsite at 3 pm. A theoretical class was scheduled for the evening, where the ICNL instructors detailed the Do's and Don'ts of camping.

On 25th January, we all trekked to the surrounding areas in the early morning. After breakfast, we all went to Susunia Hill for rock climbing under the guidance of Somnath Saha, Soumitra Ganguly and Partha Sengupta (all ICNL instructors). The participants enjoyed their evening around a campfire. Everyone participated, performed and enjoyed themselves. On 26th January we left Bisindha after breakfast.

This Adventurous Journey empowered the participants to develop the ability to focus and be determined to achieve any goal and be ready to face any challenges in the real world.

Award Leader Reflections on the Award

Mayank, Snow Leopard Adventures Pvt. Ltd., Gurgaon 
"I had absolutely no idea what this Award was all about before I joined it. I credit the organisation that I have been associated with that led me to join this Award Programme as an Award Leader. I can firmly say that the things I do in my life are similar with the working of IAYP, but now that I have received my Award Leader Training, I understand and appreciate the programme."

Pramjeet Kaur, TGT Science, Sat Paul Mittal School, Ludhiana 
"Attending this two-day IAYP workshop was an enlightening experience for me. As teachers and educators, it's very easy for us to make complaints about the issues faced by us in classroom settings. But after attending this workshop, I feel that most of the issues could be addressed if we can empower, equip and engage our students through this Programme. I feel, through this Programme, the youth will not only be able to identify their own potential and hone their skills to sustain livelihood but would also be able to channelise their energies collectively to lead the whole nation on the path of progress. This programme would give the right platform to channelise the youth of India and provide them the opportunities for growth."

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Award Leader Reflections on the Award

Shefali Chawla, Chemistry Teacher, Chinar Public School, Alwar 
"The IAYP Award Programme provides ample opportunities to the youth. It helps in enhancing their skills and builds their self-confidence. It exposes them to different things in their lives by providing experiential learning, which stays throughout their lifetime."

Amit Jain, Director, Oakridge International School, Visakhapatnam 
"India is a country of youth and the youth are a bundle of super energy. This two-day workshop made me realize that IAYP is the right magnifying lens to make the youth focus this energy in achieving not only their personal goals but also to make India a super power."

The Award programme underscores the social component of education

IAYP organised a two-day National Training Workshop (NTW) on 9th - 10th February 2017 at the Lalaji Memorial Omega International School, Kolapakkam, Chennai. Eighteen participants from Lalaji Memorial Omega International School, Kolapakkam, Chennai; Canadian International School, Bangalore; and Olcott Memorial School, Chennai attended the workshop.

During the workshop, Dr S Bhavanishankar, Senior Principal, Lalaji Memorial Omega International School, Chennai spoke about how the Award helps young people discover themselves and unleash their potential. "The best part of the Award Programme is that the participants get exposure to essential skills and they also understand the social component of education. The International Award for Young People focuses strongly on the social element, which I feel is essential for a young person to become a citizen with the empathy needed to show towards his fellows and to the community. This also affords senior students the opportunity to explore who they are as emerging adolescents, and try to understand what their capabilities are, what their specific avocation and their interests are. It also raises levels of awareness, teaches them how to engage productively and with a mode of consciousness in taking risks. Effectively, it’s a programme that offers all-round development of a young person.

This workshop underscored the importance of this Leading Youth Programme for the development of youth, channelising their energy, shaping their personality and building their character by engaging them through different sections of the Award and preparing them for a bright future. Click here for pictures...