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This Clap Global initiative helps you travel around the globe in a classroom

Clap Global recently conducted its first Story Slam in the city. HT speaks to the founders Aarti Chhabria and Shirin Johari on the initiative which exposes students to foreign cultures.

pune Updated: Feb 11, 2018 15:43 IST
Anjali Shetty
Anjali Shetty
Hindustan Times, Pune
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People from different countries share their travel stories at the story slam event.(Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)

Having started its journey two years ago, Clap Global’s story slam initiative aims at enabling travellers to visit local schools and share their experiences. The exchange between students and travellers works as a platform to build emotional and cultural intelligence among students. Till date, the initiative has seen the participation of 970 travellers, 100 countries, 239 classrooms and 78 schools.

Clap Global recently conducted its first story slam in the city. Foreign residents, students and Puneites were invited to the open mic storytelling event where true stories were told live. Storytellers took five minutes to tell their personal and true to life stories related to the theme ‘stereotypes’.

Shirin Johari, co-founder, Clap Global says, “The idea is to help travellers share their immersive authentic experiences with the students of a school. The Pune session, in particular, was to have stereotypes broken and to introduce new ideas and perspectives from the viewpoint of a child.”

She adds that a major chunk of middle-class children are not exposed to cultural differences and idea variations in the global populace. According to her, these events help one break the shackles of stereotypes and give them a better global perspective. Over 19,000 students from around 11 cities of India have attended a ‘Clap Talk’ till December 2017.

Aarti Chhabria, co-founder adds, “The travellers in classrooms (initiative) platform lets children learn about different cultures through real stories and real people. Travellers also witness a slice of real life in a foreign land.”

The initiative is a huge success as it helps travellers experience a location from the viewpoint of a resident and also helps children in understanding the various cultures across the globe. The idea is to offer children and travellers a dais where the two can interact and share experiences, thus breaking taboos and stereotypes.

Aarti shares that only 0.1 percent of students can actually afford an international exchange programme, which itself allows exposure to only one foreign culture. But if each student in school attends at least six Clap Talks in a year, then from the age of 3 to 15, she will gain exposure to over 80 different cultures from across the world

First Published: Feb 11, 2018 15:41 IST