Life skills and community projects begin at middle school and are a part of the school curriculum. Skills required at that particular stage of development are honed during the Life skills classes. At The Orchid School we expect students to be a part of the community projects so as to be able to connect the skills learnt to real life situations.
The Twinning Program is a collaboration planned between The Orchid School and the Wablewadi Zilla Parishad School. As per the program, the students of class VIII of the Orchid School traveled to Wablewadi School on the 14th of September and stayed with their host families. They returned back on 15th September evening after a lot of hands on experience of village life.
Over the 2 days the students were engaged in planned agricultural activities apart from other fun learning activities like milking the cow, tractor ride etc. They also actively participated in Ganesh festival celebrations along with their host families during their stay.
The objective of this program is: • To help students engage in an enriching teaching- learning process • To interact with each other on an equal platform • To have mutual respect for each other through the amalgamation of different socio-economic strata • To be open to acquiring new skills and broadening their horizons • To implement the unique concept of peer-tutoring in which establishing a rapport with each other is easy, the advice given by the peer is more accepted and is less threaten
After the return to the school, the students shared their experiences with their teachers and friends and said that through this program they learnt: • To appreciate, be grateful and value whatever one possesses • To have mutual respect for each other • To co-operate as a team member for the effective functioning of the entire team • To work with complete dedication and commitment
Few of the students have also beautifully penned down their experiences which are attached below.