Gyalshing, 10th January, 2019 (IPR): A group of 39 meritorious students from 33 schools across West Sikkim have embarked for a student exposure program, “Explore and Learn” to Kerala from Sikkim between the 3rd of January – 17th of January 2020.
The exposure program has been initiated as per the vision of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim to provide such exposure visits to the rural children of Sikkim. The Hon’ble Chief Minister also had flagged off the exposure tour on 30th December 2019 during the Kanchenjunga Tourism Festival at Pelling, West Sikkim.
The exposure program has been facilitated by the Office of the District Collector, West Sikkim with an objective to provide exposure to the students and showcase to them the larger world outside Sikkim.
The exposure program is being funded by REC Foundation as a part of their Corporate Social Responsibility
“It was our endeavor to instill upon the young and meritorious students, a sense of larger purpose, a spirit of higher competition and sharpening their abilities to be able to compete with the world outside. For this, we believed that the best platform would be to send these students for an exposure program to places where they could learn more. We zeroed upon Kerala as it is one of the model states in terms of education in India and we are positive that the students would learn and explore various facets and come back sharper and more confident through the engagements,” says Karma Bonpo, District Magistrate, West Sikkim, also the brain behind the exposure program to Kerala.
The 15 days program entails visiting reputed schools across Kerala, student exchange programs and cultural programs with local schools, classroom interactions at schools, interactions friendly football matches with local school schools and visiting places of historical significance apart from the visit to places of local tourist interests. The students also during the travel have had the opportunity to visit places of historical significance in New Delhi.
Speaking about the exposure program, Rinchen Ongmoo Lepcha a student from Darap Senior Secondary School says, “My exposure during this educational tour has been very good and educating. This is a blessing for each one of us to be here and learn things beyond our text book. It has been a very engaging and a fascinating trip so far.”
Another student, Bindass Chettri of Soreng Senior Secondary School speaking on the experience stated, “The one thing I learnt from the people of Kerala is their mannerisms and decency. They are very committed and that I believe is the reason for their continued progress. We as students have to learn more from them for our progress in the future. The idea of simple living high thinking was captured effectively by a student Bijay Dahal of Buriakhop Senior Secondary school when he observed, “The people are friendly, students more confident and interactive and the concept of simple living high thinking not only in words by also in action.”
The student exchange program has been highly effective in opening up newer vistas of learning for the students and the District Collectorate Office has two more student exposure trips, one to Odhisa and one to Gujarat lined up in the month of January 2020.
The entire exposure tour is being managed and coordinated by Mr. Dewakar Basnet, Chief Learning Officer of 24hr Inspired, an Education Company based in Sikkim.