Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin
Involve me and I learn - an ideology that I love about DLRC. With hands-on and project based learning, DLRC actually makes learning fun. It’s not only about the textbook, the board exam grades, or the number of certificates - it’s about how learning is integrated into our life.
DLRC provides the perfect space and resources to grow as an individual, academically and internally. The new Farm campus has a conducive environment that helps explore and learn with involvement and “doing.” For example, the students spent a month in building classrooms on the farm with manual labour while having our daily lessons under the trees. So, we received learning in two ways: the curriculum and life lessons. By doing this, DLRC incorporates life skills into their program. Learning in closed classrooms doesnt open your mind as much as working in the sun, rain, and cold.
I arrived at DLRC in January during final assessment time, and catching up to the 9th grade curriculum in two months was no problem, thanks to the excellent facilitation that I received. Subjects such as math were taught beyond the textbook, with concepts applying to situations we encounter often. It pushed us to challenge ourselves and think. I also loved the process of Peer-to-Peer learning. In History class, I had a Peer mentor, who was a student a year older than me who had already learned certain concepts. So instead of having the facilitator explain everything to me, my peer mentor would explain the chapter in his own way. This helped him to strengthen his concepts and answer my queries by researching. This has also brought a fresh perspective into the lesson and broadened my way of thinking.
The Career Guidance program offered by DLRC is another plus point. A facilitator takes the time to discuss your future with you. Kids and teenagers do not necessarily have the time, energy or direction to plan their career. Therefore, DLRC provides the guidance where they assess the interests, capabilities, and inclination of an individual. Personally, I had picked a career of my choice, but wasn’t sure how to get there. However, Pavan bhaiya (my facilitator for the Career Guidance Program) was able to illustrate my future with the help of mindmaps and other resources. With this information, he was able to find me several companies or organizations where I could do my internships. This was a gigantic leap for my future endeavors, brought in many new opportunities for me, and clarified my doubts.
Apart from the wonderful learning experiences I’ve had at DLRC, there were a few minor issues that can definitely be improved on. DLRC has a great space to learn, but this year, there was a lot of noise and in-class distractions at the previous venue. I really hope the new farm campus will be a great place to learn and focus on work. For my 9th and 10th grade, I had signed up for the Art and Design course. There was no facilitator to guide me and I missed out on a good headstart for the program. It would have been nice to start the course earlier, so that I wouldn’t have to rush this coming year to complete the curriculum.
In summation, my year at DLRC was hectic and packed with fun learning experiences through the many projects, talks, workshops, out-of-school visits, and working at the Farm. With new students coming in next year, I hope the decorum and learning experience is maintained. I am looking forward to the new school year!