A field trip was organized for the students of the Support School to the world famous astronomical observatory on 9 October 2009.
The visit was a first for most of the students to this unique structure built in the heart of Delhi by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur (1699-1743).
The imposing structure fascinated the children and they went about exploring the various instruments and understanding their purpose.
The trip included a visit to the Children’s Park in the vicinity of India Gate. The older children having already done some ‘research’ on Jantar Mantar as well as India Gate on the internet during one of their computer classes at the Support School, guided and informed their younger colleagues. The visit was packed with outdoor games, and concluded with some welcome refreshments.
After the immense success of the visit to Humayun’s Tomb, a visit to Jahapannha Park, Delhi, was organized on 26th March ’09, for the Children of our Support School. The Park, a natural heritage site with plenty of flora and fauna was considered suitable for the Children as they could release their energy, run around, laugh freely and completely enjoy the open space – a catharsis indeed.
The children enjoyed playing educational games and refreshments which were planned for the picnic by the staff. They were taught of the importance of preserving ecology. They were also made aware of civic responsibilities like refraining from littering the environment and the ugly habit of antisocial people scribbling and defacing public property. The visit concluded with lively discussions and prizes to all, and to the deserving students.
As a part of Manana Support School Programme, we organized a visit for our students to Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi , on 28 th of January, 2009. Since this was the first outdoor trip, there was much excitement and anticipation amongst the children and staff. On the breezy, sunny afternoon of the 28 th , twenty five children and five adults set out to explore the magnificent monument and its spacious environs. As we wandered around, one of the Manana staff explained the brief history of Humayun, the monument and related anecdotes.
The students listened and observed keenly, and of course, thoroughly enjoyed running around in the complex. This was followed by an ‘on the spot painting contest’ in which the children gave free and colourful expression to whatever interested them in that space. The visit concluded with lively discussions and hearty enjoyment of the refreshments. The whole experience was so much fun that we are eager to organize more field trips in the future.