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Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) – The Nilgiris Biosphere
Students of Jain International Residential School were taken to the educational tour which was organized by Enviro Trips, an initiative by One Earth Foundation – An Ecological Action and Community Service Trust from 17 to 22 September 2018. The objective of the tour was to explore the biodiversity of Nilgiris, the lifestyle of the natives, to sensitize and connect students to the natural wealth and cultural diversity of India.
The first year students of International Baccalaureate Diploma Program traveled to Avalanche hills. Around 1800 years ago, a huge avalanche hit a region in the present Nilgiris and since then the place came to be called Avalanche. The students explored and understood the native ecology, biodiversity, and challenges faced in the conversation of native and exotic species. They trekked to visit the Toda tribe in the upper Nilgiris. Toda Tribe is the most ancient and unusual Dravidian ethnic group of Nilgiri Hills, which has its own language and own secretive customs and regulations. The students studied the tribe’s sustainable living styles and learned their artistic embroidery skills and animal husbandry practices.
The students indulged themselves in learning about the traditional medicinal system followed by the Kurumbas of Kotagiri. They learned the value of medicinal plants, which are an organic way of treating ailments of the human body.
Each day ended with a quiz regarding the day’s activities, followed by a discussion about the various activities they did during the day. In a nutshell, CAS tour was an experiential learning of the highest order.