COLLABORATIVE LEARNING PROGRAM
THREE CONSECUTIVE YEARS OF SUCCESSFUL COLLABORATIVE LEARNING PROGRAM BETWEEN IES, KUWAIT AND UNICENT SCHOOL, HYDERABAD
Indian Education School, Bhavans, Kuwait, under the aegis of the Department of Social Science, had taken the initiative to be a part of a collaborative learning program conducted by UNICENT School Kompally, Hyderabad with great enthusiasm and zeal.
Instead of being distant observers of questions and answers, or problems and solutions, students become immediate practitioners while taking part in a collaborative learning program. Rich contexts challenge students to practice and develop higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills.
The resourceful virtual event was organised on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, via Zoom Platform from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The students of Grade 5 presented a seminar on the topic ‘Epidemics and Pandemics’. The objective of the activity was to make the children learn about the history, causes, and effects of various diseases, outbreaks, and the mitigation measures taken in by five different countries such as India, China, France, Somalia, and Kuwait.
From the UNICENT school the Principal Mrs. Rama Devi. C.V. with a team of teachers, Ms. Annapurna, Ms. Kavitha, Ms. Karunashree, and a group of students attended the program. Mrs. Rama Devi addressed the gathering and shared her views with the young audience.
The meeting began with a welcome speech and was followed by presentations from both schools. The session of the UNICENT school began with a welcome note, sloka recitation, PowerPoint presentation on Science, Math graph analysis, Social Science Map pointing, mitigation measures, and interactive activity for the audience. The Indian Education School, Bhavans, Kuwait, presented a dance, a skit, a PowerPoint, and an interactive session. The program ended with a thought-provoking and mind-boggling quiz based on diseases. The vote of thanks was delivered by Dhyuti Manu of Grade 5.
From Indian Education school, Kuwait, Ms. Meenakshi Nayyar the Vice Principal addressed the gathering and spoke about the importance of collaborative learning platforms. Such interactive sessions, she said, will help in the exchange of thoughts and ideas for the holistic development of the students not only to gain knowledge but also to achieve life skills and confidence. Mr. Binoy Mathew, Vice Principal, Ms. Hajira Banu Head of the Department, Social Science, IES, and the program coordinators Ms. Ramila Miranda and Ms. Aswathy Rengan, with the students of Grade 5 attended the meeting and exchanged their views with the students of UNICENT school.
Alvin Viljo, Avanthika Balaji, Anjalikka Balaji, Purvika Shrinivas, Sudarshan Karthik, Dhyuti Manu, Jamaluddeen Azgar, Anushka Sudarvelan, Shreevardhan Pratheep Krishna, Anagha Suraj, Hannah Shino, Jonatan Jojo Kadavil, Dutt Brijeshkumar Patel, and Siddharth Zubin Nair of grade 5 were the selected presenters for the collaborative learning program.
Learning collaboratively demands responsibility, persistence, and sensitivity, but the result can be a community of learners in which everyone is encouraged to join, participate, and grow. Through defending their positions, reframing ideas, listening to other viewpoints, and articulating their points, young Bhavanites gained a more complete understanding as a group than they could as individuals.