Learning through Outdoor Education
Outdoor education has an intrinsic connection within the UWC movement, seeking through experiential methods to explore not just the local landscape, but also the relationships with self and others. This year, Mahindra College will focus on the notion of journeying in groups, gaining insight into these relationships, as well as interpreting the landscape in terms of its social, cultural and ecological dimensions. Through technical skill acquisition and the learning of group responsibility, societies aim to develop student led frameworks for independent expeditions, providing opportunities to support academic achievement by taking part in intellectual, physical, emotional, aesthetic, and spiritual learning and development. The outdoor projects focus on providing 'place specific' experiences, which directly support a variety of other Triveni activities, taking place on and off campus.
This newly developed society has been established by student members with an overall aim of producing a framework for purposeful journeying in the local Sahyadri Hills and further afield. Opportunities are available for students to become a college Mountain and Hill Leader, through an award that focuses on the development of basic navigation skills, first aid skills and expedition leadership skills.
The paddle association is currently exploring ways of designing and constructing self-propelled crafts, from local 'Duong' craft (basket boats) to traditional Greenlandic kayaks and Canadian canoes. Once constructed and tested for floating purposes, the paddle association will seek to explore bodies of water in the local area. Through this association students are provided with the opportunity to gain the UWC Mahindra College Paddle Leadership Award, which includes developing skills in paddling a variety of craft, understanding water hazards, rescue techniques and further leadership skills.
The Climb Committee was recently established, with an aim to increasing the opportunities for climbing on and off campus on a regular basis. Meetings revolve around developing funding proposals for equipment and developing methods of integrating programmes of climbing with Triveni activities.