UWC Mahindra College monthly newsletter

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Learning through adventure

United World Colleges provide unique experiences through thought, interaction, education and experience to young people from all over the world. It was one of Kurt Hahn’s visions to give emphasis on experiential learning for young people through outdoor adventures. Outdoor experiences not only provide active learning but they help us reflect and internalize whatever we learn. Mahindra College is trying to create opportunities to explore the unknown in a safe environment through outdoor adventure activities. Our programmes will focus on 

  • Reflection on doing
  • Decision making and problem solving skills
  • Engaging individuals on a more personal level by addressing the needs of each individual
  • Developing leadership qualities
  • Learning through fun
  • Creating a safe, secure and caring environment
This will take place through rafting, trekking, organized hikes, camping throughout the year, during the Project  Weeks, long weekends and exeats. Mahindra College will use the expertise of both external and internal groups to help organize these activities which will take place mainly in the Sahyadris region but also in the Himalayas. Apart from its focus on adventure students will be encouraged to get to know the people, culture and environment of the areas. 

The International Youth Award will provide an opportunity to have these experiences validated through an internationally recognized qualification. We would also like to develop ways to create internal assessment for our students which will help them gain credits for college admissions.

Harendra Shukla
Adventure Programme Coordinator

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