A 22-member group of students, teachers and parents from AK Joshi English Medium School in Thane has completed a unique educational tour of Britain.
Led by educationists Vijay Bedekar and Sudhakar Agarkar, the ten-day tour included visits to colleges, libraries and museums in Oxford, Cambridge and London. Most of the students who participated in the tour, which is now in its 12th year, were from Class 10.
Thrilled with the opportunity to learn about major historical and scientific events, students Atharva Kadhe and Bharati Maitreyi told HT that enriched with the knowledge and other lessons from life in Britain, they would leave for home on Sunday.
“One of the lessons we learnt was in public etiquette and cleanliness. We will try and replicate it at home,” Maitreyi said, at one of the daily evening sessions, when the students recount in detail the activities through the day.
Atharva said the tour brought home some of the lessons of history and India’s long relationship with Britain. It also highlighted India’s ancient strengths through artifacts in museums, as well as Britain’s contribution to India over the centuries.
The students have maintained a diary with detailed records of information, insights and lessons learnt during the day.
Bedekar said the idea of the tour originated during visits to the school by British teachers. The visits stopped after 2003, reportedly owing to cuts in funding. He then suggested an educational tour to Britain from India, which was enthusiastically received. “We started the educational tours in 2004, with support from teachers who visited us. It has been a rewarding experience for our students and teachers. The knowledge gained and lessons learned stay for life,” said Bedekar, chairman of the Vidya Prasarak Mandal, Thane, which runs the school.