by Yashvi Gada
There are five field trips at Shishuvan, and as an Economics student, this was our last trip to Konkan.
The trip to Konkan wasn’t particularly unmatched, nor was there a sense of completeness, what with only half of Grade 9 going to Kuppam, but it was indeed the best learning experience I have had.
We went to varied placesacross the district of Sindhudurg, from the beaches to aluminum industries and from mango processing factories to co-operative banks. Yes, the kids must be thinking Oh, banks. How boring! But it really wasn’t. As Commerce and Economics students, banking is a vital chapter for both the subjects, and that’s where we went on our very first day.
The banks were really wonderful, giving loans to farmers, planning other schemes for their benefit, the kind of work they were doing and the level of customer satisfaction was great. Another place I liked was the Aluminum Industry where aluminum utensils were being made. The process was absolutely fascinating, and the best part was that they recycled all their scrap. They let nothing go to waste!
There were also places like the Kharidi Vikri Sangh (which was an organization that acted as the middle man between the seed and fertilizer companies and the farmers of the taluka), Gokul Dairy (yes, we visited the factory) and the taluka school where our Economics chapters came alive. Things like the Public Distribution System, Industrialization, and Human Capital were seen by us in practice. All the Eco students were thrilled.
The cashew and mango processing units were lovely – the perfect mixture of food and the economy of a small-scale industry. We saw so much, learned so much. The circle times and assemblies were full of discussions, and to add to the talking- we had recap sessions at the end of the day where students formed groups and took a class on one of the places visited on the day. We got to catch up on missed points and understand other’s points of view. It was very useful.
The entire trip was full of learning, even more full of fun, and for me- the early morning bus journeys where I blocked out the noise from the bus and let the mountains nurture my mind. It was the perfect closure trip, the last trip.
One activity we conducted on the last day was the best- the Warm Fuzzy notes. Each of us had to send each other (by choice, whoever we wanted to send it to) appreciation notes. I wrote notes for many people and I received many notes as well. It was so heartwarming, the feeling that I was loved by so many and the feeling that I was making another feel as loved as I was feeling.
I believe that the trip deepened many bonds, enriched many minds, softened many hearts, strengthened many bodies, and most of all- brought in more smiles than ever.