The Modern School ECNCR organized a student exchange program with Wirtemberg Gymnasium, Germany from October 19 to October 29, 2018. The general purpose of the program was to promote globalisation, develop understanding regarding cultural diversity and social responsibility, encourage educational and cultural exchange and propel acceptance for an array of different cultural and community perspectives among students.
The program began with the reception and welcome of a group of 14 students lead by their teachers- Mr. Rolf Linse and Ms. Stefanie Alber, by the school representatives and host families at IGI Airport, New Delhi on October 19, 2018. The weekend encompassed magnanimous Dussehra celebrations that exhibited the rich traditional and religious heritage of India and visits to various historic places of Delhi and Jaipur, organised by the host families.
The guests were welcomed in the school with a special assembly that celebrated the cultural heritage of India. The German delegates were then taken on an informative school tour and were introduced to the curriculum and functioning of the school. They passionately and enthusiastically indulged in Yoga, Pottery Making, Classical Dance and Music workshops on October 22, and 23, 2018. They immensely enjoyed the interactive session on Indian education system and English Literature class. . After school, the students visited Rajghat, Gandhi Darshan and Tibetan Monastery. They paid homage to the father of the nation, who was their favourite, most revered character, in their History textbooks.
The delegates along with the host students visited the magnificent Taj Mahal on October 24, 2018 and were enthralled by its beautiful architecture. The history of the monument intrigued them.
Delhi with plethora to offer, was once again explored on October 25 and the group visited Lotus temple and Balwant Rai Mehta Vidya Bhawan, a vocational school for inclusive education, where the delegates took part in various activities related to fashion technology, sculpture, paper technology, candle making, cloth weaving etc. They were enchanted by the work presented by the students of that school and performed on stage to express their gratitude and elation for the same. Thereafter, they also visited the national association for blind and shared some insightful thoughts and moments with the inmates. The trip culminated with the visit to Goethe institute, an organisation that promotes German culture and language in India.
October 26 was marked by their visit to Koshish, a school for differently abled children and a tour to a textile industry in Kundli, to experience the process of manufacturing printing and packaging in Indian industries. The evening offered a spectacular show of mesmerizing performances by the students of Modern School Barakhamba Road, New Delhi, on their 98th Founder’s Day in the school auditorium.
On October 27, the group visited Rashtrapati Bhawan and witnessed ‘Change of Gaurds’ ceremony there. Later, they visited important religious places like Bangla Sahib Gurudwara and Akshardham Temple, where they were left spellbound by the serenity, exquisite architecture and awe-inspiring light and sound show.
On October 28, German delegates spent their day with the host families, who took them to visit various places of interest in the city such as Jantar Mantar, Qutub Minar, Humayun Tomb, Old Fort and Delhi Haat .
October 29 was the culmination day of the exchange programme that commenced with Valedictory ceremony. The scintillating performances of the German students on Indian folk songs captivated the audience and the heart warming farewell speeches, where they highlighted the praiseworthy hospitality showcased by the Indian hosts, moved them. In the latter half of the day, the students indulged in a basketball match with the host students and mingled with the host families who were invited for a farewell lunch with the delegation. The evening witnessed heart wrenching goodbyes and parting woes, as the delegation left for Germany with a treasure trove of memories.
The exchange was an enriching sojourn for the students. As they experienced the vast cultural and traditional difference across borders, they moved a step closer to globalisation.