The program concluded with a Parent Open House and Town Hall Meeting on Sunday, October 27 2013. A range of activities were organized for the parents to also engage in a fun, interactive ad thought provoking manner. A value wall, snake and ladder game, an oral history documentation kiosk, and a parent-child collage activity introduced parents to the idea of heritage, sustainability and the interconnections between cultural and natural heritage.
Each of the four groups was responsible for planning their presentations with their teachers guiding them. They presented their projects in a separate room dedicated to their project:
Tolerance: This group set up a circle of peace with jute strings and had people make paper peace flags in poetry or pictures and to create a circle of peace
Stucco: They presented how stucco is used in a very engaging way through pictures, and a stucco demonstration, and even giving a stucco motif to each visitor as a parting gift!
Water Systems: They created 3D model of the Kumatgi water pavilions and presented the site through a Powerpoint presentation prepared by Mr. Klous Rotzer with great confidence.
Lambani: This group surprised everyone by procuring a Lambani dress and a boy and a girl dressed as a Lambani and welcomed visitors with a traditional Lambani hospitality! Once inside visitors were given a powerpoint presentation of their experience at the Lambani village.
The afternoon ended with a Town Hall meeting which was attended by a panel of experts: Mr. Klous Rotzer and Mr. Ameen Hullur from Bijapur, Mr. Debashish Nayak (leading heritage management expert and Director, Centre for Heritage Management of Ahmedabad University), Prajakta Panshikar (a young and passionate consultant for Heritage Conservation and Promotion, Janwani, Pune), Prashant Mahajan (Environmentalist and Learning Manager, Earthwatch) and was facilitated by Prachi Dalal. In a Town Hall meeting style this was a forum to share the project, create awareness about heritage, the role of community in conserving heritage and why heritage is relevant today, it turned out to be a lively discussion between parents and the panelist.
The impact of the program was measured through evaluations collected from students and teachers. Students said that this program…
According to the students’ feedback, this program helped them develop the following skills
Site-based, experiential and interactive learning methods provide opportunities for integrated learning among students without dividing up learning into water-tight compartments. After the 6-day experience, students were asked which subjects the experience touched upon. Below is a diagram plotting their responses that the experience went across curricula, and also highlighted how these subjects are interconnected:
Prachi Dalal, Project Leader
Prashant Mahajan, Collaborating Environmentalist and Educator
Urmi Somaiya, Logistics & School Coordinator, CBSE School (Sameerwadi)
Ami Mehta, Program Assistant
Content Experts Anand Tirtha, Sr. C.A. ASI, Bijapur
Dr. Sujeet Nayan, Assistant Archeologist, Bijapur
Smitha Kumar, Assistant Archeologist, Bijapur
Klous Rotzer, Architectural Historian
Dr. Abdul Gani Imaratwale, Historian, Professor and Researcher, Anjuman College (Bijapur)
Prof. S. S. Dawalatkoti, Professor of Urdu literature, Anjuman College (Bijapur)
Ameen Hullur, Stucco Conservationist and architect
Pavithra Bhatt, Bharatanatyam dancer
Chandru Katigiri, Senior guide (Badami)
Parveen Shaikh, Guest co-facilitator for Teacher Training and Pre-primary Head, Somaiya Vidyavihar campus
Tim Reber, Intern, sustainable development, Godavari Biorefineries
Other Support Teachers, Staff and Parents of K. J. Somaiya English Medium School, Sameerwadi
Mr. Bakshi and Mr. Bableshwar for their organizational support in making the program possible
Mr. Goudar, Kiran Digital, Photographer & Videographer
Mr. Anand Kumar, Logistical Support, Godavari Biorefineries
Mr. Rajeev Rathod and Mr. Mohan for travel arrangements
Haveli & Guesthouse Staff
Drivers Mallu, Mehboob, Gangappa
Archeological Survey of India, Dharwad Circle - Mr. Mahadevaiah, Mr. Nagnoor and Mr. Ranganath
Archeological Survey of India, Bijapur - Mr. Anand Teertha, Dr. Sujeet Nayan, Ms. Smitha Kumar, and the entire staff
Archeological Survey of India, Badami and Pattadakal staff
Godavari Bio Refineries Ltd for their logistical, organizational and financial support
Mr. Samir Somaiya for his vision, conviction and leadership