Trip to India

In February this year a group of twenty students and three teachers travelled to northern India as part of their year 3 studies. They visited a variety of institutions involved with education, empowerment, gender equality and human rights. They visited a secondary school, Raman Munjal Vidya Mandir in the state of Haryana, south of New Delhi. The school is entirely funded by charity, under new Indian laws that require all Indian businesses and corporations to offset 2% of their profits towards charity work. The school in its turn has an outreach program where they, amongst other things, run a vocational centre teaching basic skills and trades to local women with no previous education, and volunteer at village schools that work towards the Sustainable Development goal of universal primary education.

The group also visited Bal Ashram in the state of Rajasthan, a home for children rescued from child slavery by Nobel peace prize winner Kailash Satyarthi. The group stayed for two days experiencing how the children live, and also spent some time teaching English – and learning Hindi from the kids!

The trip was a great success, and there was also time for educational sightseeing, a hair-raising bicycle tour through the narrow alleys of Old Delhi, a visit to the Taj Mahal and plenty of shopping. An added bonus was that no-one got sick! 

Gavin Malavolta