'Travel is not reward for working, its education for living.'
Although commonly used as synonyms, the words learning, education and schooling don’t refer to the same things. They all vary in form yet keeping the intention intact, i.e. overall development of an individual. It doesn't have to be either-or; education should prepare young people for life, work while preparing them as better humanitarians.
Though the Indian government is committed in providing necessary primary education and certain subsidies for higher education, the lack of quality education is what the major issue is. There is no major shift in productivity as skills & talents are deficient to support economic activities, the qualified but not employable category.
This is where life skills or psychosocial competency comes into action.
Psychosocial competency is a person’s ability to maintain a state of mental well-being & to demonstrate this in adaptive and positive behaviour while interacting with others, his/her culture & environment.
Effective acquisition and application of life skills can influence the way we feel about ourselves & equally will influence the way we are perceived by others.
Travel offers one of the most obvious contexts, outside of education industry, to which lifelong learning frameworks might be applied. The best way to learn anything is to see it in its original state or gather experience that is first-hand & for that one needs to come out of their monotonous routine & comfortness; one needs to travel, travel to learn.Travelling is exploring and evaluation of self by self-directed experiences.
Now, how learning can be incorporated in tourism and travel experiences is by developing methods to measure the educational impact of such experiences. Stebbins’ ‘serious leisure’ concept aptly explains it; leisure activities that are an accumulation of experience & development of skills and knowledge.
So, here I’m, a Social Entrepreneur from Tata Institute of Social Sciences initiating my project ‘ViDYĀTRi’ and making students of Grade 8th & 9th from the Government Higher Secondary School, Marjeevi (Nimbahera) travel with me to explore themselves while exploring the world.
Though as we see that most of the trips are simply educational for namesake; this is where I wish to work. ViDYĀTRi offers trips that will encourage self-analytical abilities in an individual, each trip helping them become more self-aware about their life's purposes & goals, understand the tricky debate between development & sustainability & make one more resistant to uninvited challenges and help build up confidence.
ViDYĀTRi consists of three components-
- Regular sessions consisting of various simulation games & activities (50 students)
- Two Super Saturdays/Sundays (1-day outings for 50 students)
- A 10-day trip (Selection of 20 students based on critical need assessment)
We require your help for them.
Places we require funds -
A.) For regular classroom sessions and other activities
- Buying A4 sheets - 500
- Charts- 1,000
- Stationery - 7,000
B.) For two 1-day trips (50 students)
1. Transportation- 8,000
2. Food- 6,000
C.) For one 10-day trip (20 students)
- Transportation-6,000 (300*20)
- Accommodation-20,000 (100*10*20)
Total expenditure- 62,500
You can support this cause by either helping us in monetary terms or by collaborating with us for our trips.
Help us in giving them travel experiences worth cherishing lifelong and learnings worth remembering all along.