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Indo - German Exchange Program
JIRS hosted a delegation of twelve students and two teachers from Braunschweig - Wolfsburg, Germany from 18 to 23 January 2019.
JIRS students and the German students prepared a sumptuous meal for the residents of the Thirumurthy Rural Development Centre Blind School. After this, the students with their respective teachers participated in the Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) activity. They visited the Blind School and cleaned the various areas of the school building and surrounding.
The evening was the time to indulge the students and guests in sports. The two teams comprised of students of both schools. The football tournament was an ice breaker.
On 20 January 2019 JIRS and the German students visited the silkworm factory to learn and understand the process of silk production and the practical business implications of selling silk. After a whole day of self-exploration and gaining knowledge, the students gave feedback that the learning was engaging and impactful because it provided the relevancy they wanted.
On 21 January 2019, was the date set aside for the Visual Arts Program. The students visited the Mysore Palace, also known as the Amba Vilas Palace. The architectural style of domes of the palace is commonly described as Indo-Saracenic, with blends of the Hindu, Mughal, Rajput, and Gothic styles. The students were awestruck by the grandeur of the Palace. The paintings in the Palace depict the glory of Mysore Dasara and the royalty of the kings and queens of the Wadiyar dynasty has been captured on canvas. At the end of the day, the students were content that they had experienced a world of rich cultural heritage.
On 22 January 2019 began on an academic note wherein sessions were conducted on Theory of Knowledge, Business Management and Computer Science by the respective subject teachers. On 23 January 2019 was a regular school day, wherein the German students attended all the classes as per the school timetable in order to experience what is the schedule of a JIRS boarder. The evening was spent on the sports field, with each of the guest playing a sport of his or her choice. They played sports like football, lawn tennis, horse riding, bowling, swimming and much more.
The evening saw a gala event unfold with our students performing folk dances of various Indian states. The guest students also sang their school prayer and song. The Indo - German Exchange Program concluded with the students spending some quality time with each other, exchanging ideas and building long-lasting friendships. Through this program, the students of both schools enhanced their understanding and acceptance of different cultures and perspectives. The German students got a glimpse of the way of life in India, and our students could appreciate the thought process of the German students. This program truly helped turn all students into global citizens.