From crisp mornings under the mango grove, to toiling in the afternoon heat, to engaging community meet practices - the past two weeks at DLRC's new sustainable campus have been a refreshing and wholesome experience.
When this initiative was brought up, I was apprehensive about how we were to occupy ourselves while learning and helping on the farm. However, as the work progressed at the Farm, I learnt and discovered some things that go beyond the textbook such as values, friendships, and the importance of pure hard work.
Our week started with filling and leveling the high school classroom - a big plot allotted for the students to work on. We were told to pack up the area with as many rocks and loose soil that we could dig. Faced with a mammoth task ahead, we students couldn't seem to figure how to finish the task efficiently. Then, a bright idea struck all of us - let's form a chain! Students from middle and high school organized themselves into a line, which stretched from the rock pile to the unfinished classroom. "Gamelas" or flat pots of rocks and soil were passed down and packed into the plot. This task taught us a very important value - teamwork, which is an integral part of the regular school environment.
Working together under the 40 degree Celsius conditions developed into something special, which brought the DLRC community closer together. Friendships that started out from fleeting interactions in the classroom evolved into endless conversations of similar hobbies or interests. Being a comparatively new student at DLRC having arrived during exams, I didn't have much time to interact with all the students. Now, I have made even more friends with students of different age groups, as we bond over art, music, and other hobbies.
These two weeks have passed without us even realizing how time flew. As we busied ourselves with work around the Farm and community meet practices, we accomplished more than we ever expected! Along with leveling the high school classroom, we: leveled the pipe trench to enable students to walk across, fenced the boundaries of the premise, made circles around trees using tiles for watering and mulch, created a cemented ramp from the garden to the classrooms, made a fruit and vegetable patch with compost, constructed a "chullah" or mud stove from scratch, sieved piles of sand, and assisted in general construction of the site. Alongside these tasks, we made sherbet and cut fruit or break time, fetched water from the tank, took art classes in the newly-built classrooms, did basket and mat weaving, and marble paper printing. Practices for the DLRC Community Meet showcased the various talents of students in music, dance, and much more. We achieved this all while having our lessons under the mango grove or gazebo in the afternoon.
These past two weeks have truly been a sensorial treat with the birds chirping, leaves rustling, masons scraping cement, electric saw droning, and cool morning breeze. Through all the laughter and camaraderie, the days flipped by. As we dirtied our hands and feet, received several blisters and cuts, we grew in-sync with nature as an individual and community. We shared priceless moments, conversation, thoughts, and tasty food. And most importantly, this experience has brought the community closer with our heads, hearts, and hands.
Siya is a Junior HighSchooler at DLRC. She loves Badminton,Music and talking with people.
Had a wonderful class today @ The Mud Pit on DLRC's Learning Farm campus . Shade provided by the trees brought some degrees down so optimal learning could take place. We discussed about Waves,Reflection,Refraction and Diffraction . Also about the difference between diffraction and refraction.
Question : What would you call sunlight passing through a dust cloud ? Diffraction by the dust particles or refraction through the dust cloud ?
Encountered on the way is the #StroboscopicEffect which will be used in next weeks class to make a ripple generator tank. The Stoboscope will be used to measure the frequency ofthe waves generated.
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We have successfully lasted one whole week on the farm. It is a different experience - heat and dust can be overwhelming for many of us, yet we persevered to get our tasks done.
This week the kids have managed to -
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Prachla, Rajendra and Sarita for tirelessly working with children to achieve tangible outcomes. THANK YOU!!
We also thank Nilesh for taking the initiative to lovingly help build our very own Chullah completely eco-friendly and children friendly.
Thank you to all parents for coordinating transport perfectly.
Deep gratitude for all facilitators who put aside personal discomforts to be there for the kids. Every day fruits and drinks were lovingly prepared without any fuss and served with joy in addition to looking out for them. All high school lessons were successfully held on the farm. So many blessings!!
I am sure there were many challenges too, but I think successes clearly outnumbered them. So time for celebration!
Please continue to send a fruit for the basket, plate and a glass.
Looking forward to week 2 on the farm :)
Now to end my post here is a poem by Sarojini Naidu:
HONEY, child, honey, child, whither are you going?
Would you cast your jewels all to the breezes blowing?
Would you leave the mother who on golden grain has fed you?
Would you grieve the lover who is riding forth to wed you?
Mother mine, to the wild forest I am going,
Where upon the champa boughs the champa buds are blowing;
To the köil-haunted river-isles where lotus lilies glisten,
The voices of the fairy folk are calling me: O listen!
Honey, child, honey, child, the world is full of pleasure,
Of bridal-songs and cradle-songs and sandal-scented leisure.
Your bridal robes are in the loom, silver and saffron glowing,
Your bridal cakes are on the hearth: O whither are you going?
The bridal-songs and cradle-songs have cadences of sorrow,
The laughter of the sun to-day, the wind of death to-morrow.
Far sweeter sound the forest-notes where forest-streams are falling;
O mother mine, I cannot stay, the fairy-folk are calling.
MD is Co-Founder and CEO (Chief Education Officer) @ DLRC .
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Pavan Iyengar (or PI) is co-founder @ DLRC . He loves to delve in Physics , Society , Sustainability and Learning .