Seven Roads Junction, PO Box 25, Kodaikanal 624 101, Tamil Nadu, India tel: (91) 4542 247 500 fax: (91) 4542 241 109 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
KIS Social Experience
The KIS Social Experience program aims to blend a comprehensive classroom teaching program with a variety of community oriented activities providing students with abundant opportunities for enriching personal growth, enhanced civic awareness, and a progressive global outlook. Classroom teaching focuses on topics as diverse as climate change, child labour, tribal culture and village justice, the digital divide, animal rights, deforestation, women's issues, through seminars, video presentations, "take a stand" activities, story-telling and lectures. The emphasis is on sustainability and empowerment. Students are encouraged to develop an approach of mutual and reciprocal interaction with the community.
Activities include visits to the local orphanages where students play games with the little ones, read to them, do maintenance work and gardening. The green team focuses on environmental issues and is involved in tree planting, developing nurseries for seedlings from the indigenous "shola" forests, recycling and waste management. Food distribution teams distribute excess food from the school kitchen to the needy. Computer classes are conducted on a regular basis for students from local schools that lack computer facilities. The "English for Ayahs" program is involved in teaching English to the school's support staff [ayahs, security personnel].
A very successful dining hall supervision program has resulted in a dramatic reduction in tray wastage. Visits to organic farms orient students towards alternative farming techniques and healthy eating. "Mercy Home", a residence for the elderly destitute, is a popular weekend destination where students check blood pressure on residents, learn about their health problems, massage aching limbs, work in the kitchen garden, help collect firewood and do plumbing and other maintenance work. Students are encouraged to take ownership and plan fund raising ventures and campaigns for these projects.
The creative aspect of community service is always encouraged. Students are assigned to teams and tasked with developing multi-media presentations on topics of interest. This develops team building, communication skills, and leadership qualities and is of great value in nurturing interest in community service. Students view the KIS social experience program as a refreshingly different subject and the majority involve themselves in the various activities to a far greater extent than is required of them.
The social experience department also oversees and co-ordinates the annual field trip week when all students leave the school environs with staff chaperones to widespread destinations for a fun-filled week of social experience involving special needs schools, hospitals, rural health programs, wilderness excursions, drama programs, ancient ruins, endangered coral reefs, business and management tours, cultural tours, canoeing trips, building houses, spiritual retreats – the list goes on.
KIS social experience seeks to walk with its' students along the road to self-discovery, nurturing at every opportunity the immense potential that unfolds within them during their school years through the vast palette of community service and social interaction.