The DPSG society aims to aid in the creation of global citizens, by establishing systems to enable life-long learning, self-development and improved performance for continuous excellence. We also believe in making learning a joyful experience in a stimulating and intellectually challenging environment such that students develop intercultural respect and understanding. The world today is akin to a Global Village. Now International Borders are traversed through varied means of technology more than through physical boundaries. We ,at DPSG International ,firmly believe that the children of today’s times are Global Citizens whose thoughts, beliefs and culture create definite and deep impressions on the Global Landscape. Therefore, in the present era of Information and Communication Technology , it is imperative for the schools to possess a well-structured international Policy and a Curriculum to navigate the journey of students through world cultures and life patterns. The IB PYP Curriculum in the Primary Wing has shaped and oriented the thoughts and personalities of our primary wing students in a truly global dimension. The students research the focal theme in the international context and analyse the outcomes to understand the different perspectives of the inhabitants from different habitats on the global map. The inquiry based and students led learning is further strengthened through the customised home- grown Curriculum Design we have evolved. All the teachers of the school participate in discussion forums and are members of Professional Learning Communities across the globe via different projects like the British Council, Microsoft, Adobe, Wakelet and Apple. 90 % of the teachers are Microsoft Innovative Expert Educators and form a part of the Global Community of MIE Experts. They attend monthly meetings with the community, participate in events and competitions and lead conferences with them. The Model United Nations Conferences that the school organises and promotes participation of students outside school, open up new possibilities for the students to understand issues and challenges in a global context and explore solutions for the same. The school hosts students from different nationalities and cultures from time to time. Keeping in alignment with our mission statement, our 10 point international policy is focussed on:
1. Celebrating global by observing International Days and festivals.
2. Inculcating global citizenship through a tailor made citizenship curriculum.
3. Ensuring that students imbibe the value of global brotherhood by learning, respecting and discussing the diverse needs and values of people
4. Teaching and sensitising students about the 17 Global Goals
5. Creating opportunities to engage students in activities and projects focussed on SDGs, thereby motivating them to make a difference.
6. Developing Cross curricular dimensions involving languages, cultural diversity, Community participation and adding global dimensions.
7. Providing students and teachers opportunities to participate in International level events and competitions so as to offer them a wider platform to test and display their abilities
8. Learning from education systems across the globe and imbibing e the best of their visions, methodologies and procedures
9. Teaching Global languages to facilitate seamless communication and probability of creating influence beyond the dimensions of national borders
10. Exploring and exploiting the possibility of teacher and students exchange programmes and internships
The project, Dexterous Duennas aimed to broaden the horizons of the students and help them understand the necessity of Women Empowerment to achieve SDG 5 G. Through their research the students explored role of women in three major fields – Governance, Literature and Sports. They also appreciated the fact that the participation of women in these fields has increased over the past decades in the focus countries – India, South Africa and Britain. The students through their research into the lives of prominent Female Poets, Authors, Leaders and Sports Personalities, gained an insight into the resistance and prejudice that they faced during their professional and personal lives. They also compared and analyzed the role of women in society across the countries and across the decades which helped them prepare for their debate on the topic “Is Women Empowerment just a Fancy Slogan?”. The Inter House Debate was a keenly contested activity in which the students passionately put across their viewpoints and contradicted those of their fellow speakers. They supported their arguments with relevant facts and incidents. This debate also helped them delve deep into the real meaning of Feminism and Women Empowerment. They understood the struggle that women had to go through to win even the most fundamental right – of suffrage. Indian women though were blessed on that account as they did not have to struggle for suffrage rights and got it right after independence as compared to women of Britain and S. Africa. With their enhanced knowledge about the status and involvement of women in Literature, Governance and Sports they were able to appreciate the equal opportunities that are now available to women in these countries. They could also dwell upon and identify the fields where women have now made inroads like active duty in the armed forces which hitherto was considered a male domain. The increasing participation of women in sports like boxing, weightlifting and other sports of strength have also seen a major participation of women. This increased participation was seen across all three countries. The number of international fixtures for sports have also increased and the students also found the beginning of women’s cricket interesting. The increased participation of women in Governance was also highlighted by with examples of the formidable Prime Ministers of India and Britain. The students also highlighted the appointment of Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman as the first woman finance minister of India. The field of Literature was also explored as another predominantly male domain in which women have made their presence felt. The students showcased the works and lives of award-winning authors and poets from the three countries. They underlined the works and lives of J.K Rowling, Arundhati Roy and Angela Makholwa to name a few. The students displayed their aesthetic sensibilities as they drew impressive caricatures and sketches of women achievers. The entire project aided the understanding and necessity of Gender Equality and helped them look at the society with a fresh perspective. This will enable them to become sensitive global citizens of tomorrow who will not limit ability in any gender biased compartments and will respect everyone for what they are to build and inclusive society.
MERRY GO HARVEST
The IDS activity ‘Merry Go Harvest’ for Grade Nursery to III was aimed at developing an understanding of harvest festivals celebrated in India, Nepal and UK. The IB PYP approach of an inquiry based, experiential learning has aided in implementation of this international activity. The process was joyful, fun-filled and enriching for both the learner’s and facilitator. The research activity opened new vistas of knowledge for the learners to explore the areas of which were rather unexplored in routine classroom. The teacher in charges used various prompts like images, videos and PPT to initiate the research which was followed up by the students with zeal and enthusiasm. The quiz based on harvest festivals provided them to test their knowledge. The creative writing activity provided learners of Grade II an opportunity to reflect upon their understanding of harvest festival. The experience had also made the students become appreciated and grateful towards the farmer for being the food provider to all. The role play helped the students live the experience and joy of the farmers at the time of harvest of crops. Students analyzed and appreciated the similarities and differences in the harvest festivals of different countries. The students of Grade III participated and performed in a dance competition on various harvest festivals of India which helped them to get exposure of beautiful traditions and cultures around the world and also presented a skit on harvest festival in the virtual Assembly in which students understood the reasons behind the celebration of harvest festivals. It was amazing to see their enthusiastic participation the dress up, props and expressions taken up were a treat to the eyes. The learners of Grade III carried out the Tally mark activity and Grade II made a pictograph to present the harvest festivals of India, Nepal and UK which helped them to compare the way of harvest celebration in different countries. The students of Grade Nursery to III participated in kite decoration competition which helped them to enhance their creativity. Even the parents had great fun, while kite flying in school. The project helped the students to understand the value of learning and growing together for the common goal. The students analyzed and understood the reasons behind the celebration of harvest festivals in 3 different countries. Working on the project gave them a platform that enhanced the development in all domains such as Social, Emotional, Physical, Language, Cognitive and Creative with an international dimension.
Every journey has its fair share of ups and downs and our endeavour though painstaking was worthwhile because not only the students but also, we, the educators learnt many things about the healthy world cuisine and the regional cuisines. It was the energy and enthusiasm of our students that deserve all the credit for the success of this project. Our young learners located the countries on the map and found about the staple food that grow there that are part of their daily diet. The project educated them about the diverse cuisines of the world. They shared their knowledge with a school in Pakistan as a part of the collaborative activity where in our students ended up making friends for life. Our students revealed their artistic side when engaged in the parent-child Online Flameless Cooking Competition where they prepared different food items of the countries like Australia, Canada, India, France and Italy without the use of fire. It was an enriching experience for our students and they developed a sense of admiration for different types of cuisines around the world. The times have changed and our learners no longer stayed confined within the four walls of thinking and reckoning of healthy food but also go beyond taking action by making posters on Zero food wastage and Zero Hunger. The children made healthy recipe booklets based on their research of different cuisines from countries that are savoured around the world. This journey was beautiful and different and taught our students something beyond their academic curriculum. It was extremely satisfying for both teachers as well as students to be a part of this project.
The primary aim of the project has been to sensitize the students about the impact of shrinking river ecosystem on the socio-economic status of a country. The countries chosen were- India, U.K. and Switzerland. The project has helped the students to explore more about the rivers across the world and developing sensitivity about the human effects on the rivers. The project enabled the students to become responsible towards future generations and thoughtful about sustenance of Natural Resources, orient the students to identify themselves as worthy Global Citizens.
PROGRESS OF EVENTS
The activities created a positive impact on the attitude of the learners towards the natural resources particularly rivers. It brought forth a lovely amalgamation of intelligence, research and creativity. Parents’ support, involvement and enthusiastic participation of students made this event highly successful. Feedback forms from the students, parents and teachers were collected after each activity. Students were appreciated for their efforts. The activities left an everlasting impression in the mind of young learners and helped them to be more appreciative of the world and its contributions to the life we lead today.
THE CULTURE TALES OF THE WORLD
The IDS activity engaged the students in comprehending the world beyond their classroom. All the activities filled curiosity and zest among the students to explore the diverse cultures and gather information about the selected countries. Students enthusiastically participated in the activities and it turned out to be a fun filled learning experience for them. They maintained the same tempo during the Virtual sessions and PPT presentation activity on selected countries. The students were very enthusiastic about identifying the monuments and currencies of various countries. The virtual skype meetings helped challenge stereotypes about each other