Transformative Learning Placements with CQU, Australia

   

The program focuses on hands-on learning through field visits and working sessions related to the respective disciplinary areas of the participants. These group of 20 students of Bachelors degree belonged to the Environmental Science, Digital Media, Science and Teacher Education streams along with their two faculties participated in SEP. Divided into groups of two, the Environmental Science and Science students visited the Mahila Housing Trust (MHT), to understand their work by observing two slum based models, one where there is an ongoing intervention and another where the intervention has successfully led to a visible impact. They also visited Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and interacted with the officials of Solid Waste Management (SWM) division to learn about urban waste management and were invited to visit Pirana landfill along with the waste segregation plant of Let's Recycle . Thol Bird Sanctuary and Sundarvan , a Nature Discovery Centre, provided them with insights on the biodiversity in and around the city along with awareness sessions on conservation. AMC's Sewage Treatment Plant was the last subject based visit where they were briefed about the working of the site.

The Teacher Education students visited three schools - Mahatma Gandhi International School (MGIS), IQRA Primary School and Red Bricks School to understand the difference in curriculum and pedagogy in the education systems of India and Australia. The Digital media student was engaged in documenting the entire process visually along with creating a blog and share reflections on the program.

Common visits for the two groups included CEE's Bakore camp site and Vikram A. Sarabhai Community Science Centre (VASCSC).

As they were just in time for the celebration of Uttarayan in Gujarat, they enjoyed learning how to fly kites and experience local festivities in the heart of the old city area in Ahmedabad. A cultural experience through a Heritage Walk was planned for the participants. This was in addition to a special Bollywood evening to showcase a popular movie with dance and music, followed by a dance session to the tune of Hindi and regional film songs. This unique experience was rounded off by a dinner at well-known village themed restaurant.

A Warli painting session along with Gujarati language lessons were specially arranged for them to grasp a few common phrases and terms. The fortnightly program was culminated in a valedictory session on January 18, 2018 where the participants presented their learning and shared their feedbacks. The presentations were reflective of their journey and experiences in the program along with comparative study of the methodology of education India and Australia. They also presented their views on the field visits. The outcome was a positive feedback with appreciations for the organisation.

The link below gives an overview of the program and how it was beneficial for them.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-vMp2Tc0QU

 

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