Social Learning - India
A Project of Grade 10
Every year in spring, our grade 10 students go on a school trip to the Indian state Kerala for two weeks. The "India Charity and Social Learning Project" originated in 2004 and illustrates the importance the school places on sustainability. The project's theme is GESS' guiding principles of "Learning, Living, Giving".
For both students and parents, this project is a great challenge. It was brought into being in cooperation with the catholic congregation, and this reliable partnership helps to instill trust in students and their parents. Every year, six months prior to the school trip, important development projects are agreed on-site. Alternatively, projects that were started previously will be continued. This way, a street has been built over the course of four years. Furthermore, a 150,000 liter water tank for the village community and a refuge house for mentally ill women have all been constructed.
Afterwards, our 10th graders are always thoroughly impressed about the contact to this totally different world, in which meals consist of "rice, rice and more rice". They internalise all previously mentioned aspects of C.A.R.E through this project. It is an adventure that shapes them for life, changes their perspective and induces courage and humility - an "antiquated" word, which, however, can certainly add value to today's "fun generation's" idea of life.
How do the students deal with this profound experience? Maturation can only take place when space and time for reflection are given. Intensive talks take place after the trip. A presentation for parents and the following 9th grades is a fixed component of the programme as well.