The journeys of the mind

Aditi Mathur and Ratnesh Mathur

At Aarohi there are two kinds of travel that we do.

star-fish Outdoor visits: Every alternate Friday we go on local (day) visits to factories, shops, museums, scenic spots, and also to specific people’s house/office.

Outstation trips: Three to five trips in a year ranging from a few days to a few weeks.

To know why we undertake these trips, what we like about them, how they help us learn, we present here thought capsules by some of the children from Aarohi.

I learn by going to the local people and asking about their daily life and their profession and asking questions for our learning. I learn the value of money. I also get to know how much should I spend on what. I learn the distance and the route while we are travelling and also learn to prepare myself to pack suitable stuff and care for my food and health. I prepare myself to be in the place by researching about the place. I also learn by thing’s I didn’t do – example didn’t send a email in advance to book some activities we wanted to do. – Yashas

So when I travel I can learn from different people by going and meeting them, so in my home I can’t do that. So when I went to Pune I learned how to make geometric dome and how to chop cabbage in different styles and my challenge was to live without luxury. So if I would have been in my home I could have not learnt to do these things so I would like to travel more.

Before I used to learn from books and now I’m learning from travelling. When I use to read books and learn then I could only read and when I am travelling then I can talk to people: what is it, how it is made, etc.; I can ask questions. So when I went to Pondicherry I learned to talk with different people of different countries. I will suggest other people to also travel and learn. – Ansh

The authors run an open unschool called Aarohi and invite all readers to visit and see how open learning can be an amazing way to work with children. They also conduct training retreats and online training for teachers and parents. Visit www.aarohilife.org.

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