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An Introduction to British Council's International School Award (ISA)

The world is gradually turning into a Global Village and it is quintessential to understand, adopt, appreciate and adjust with Global Culture which is a confluence of myriad cultures existing around the world. A school is a veritable learning field and we gain and gather a great deal both in active and passive manner but in a continuous manner. The learning is of different kinds, scholastic and co-scholastic and now a novel dimension has got added i.e. learning about the world which we popularly term as Global Exposure. This kind of exposure is highly important and completely unavoidable as only those are able to thrive who have its understanding and experience.

Shri Ram Centennial School is firmly determined to transform each and every student into Global Denizen of tomorrow. British Council’s International School Award (ISA) is an ambitious measure taken by school in this regard and the outcomes are phenomenal. Under this drive, the school has undertaken seven progressive projects approved by British Council. The projects are diverse in nature and bring great level of understanding to the students regarding different areas, in fact; they act as eye-opener for teachers and students alike.

The activities undertaken under each project involve a lot of interaction not only amongst each other but with the counterparts in different parts of the globe. Moreover, the activities involve great deal of hands-on practice and complete involvement of each student at all the levels. The amount of research, efforts and fun involved is inspiring and open the new gateways to everyone participating.

The school has decided to adopt and implement many such initiatives in due course of time for the development and benefit of all.

About the Project- "Indigenous Games around the World"

It is a sad saga that our young generation is unaware of several games which used to rule the alleys of the nation and the world at large. Our children are only aware of some popular games that are dominating the sports arena across the world. In order to infuse familiarization with domestic games played around the world, the school wisely selected the Project titled, Indigenous Games around the World for British Council’s International School Award (ISA) and the students learned a great deal about the local games.

Traditional Games were not just games, they were designed in such a way that one can develop lot of skills like logical thinking, building strategy, concentration, basic mathematics, aiming, and lot more. Traditional Games act as learning aids. They teach us many things while playing like to learn to win and lose, develop sensory skills, count, add, improve motor skills, identify color, improve hand-eye co-ordination and finally to have fun, naturally one play or watch a game to have fun.

The students were remotely aware of them but when they took part in a series of activities related to the Project, the level of pride, enthusiasm, energy and interest increased manifold and with all of it, the learning dimension was well-covered.

The students took part in all the properly and carefully designed activities in the most active fashion and are now seeing playing these games along with the contemporary ones.

The related activities undertaken in this regard were:

Kabbadi League

In order to bring the students closer to the traditional roots via games, Inter-House Kabbadi League was organized. Kabbadi has been a highly famous and sought-after game of India and is gaining grounds at a great pace in the country and around the globe once again.

The teams of all the four Houses of the school-Newton, Darwin, Einstein and Edison participated in the League and the teachers, parents and other students were the most enthusiastic spectators ever who kept cheering till the end. Newton House won the League but each one learned a lot. The parents highly adulated the measure taken by the school.

                                         Documentary Showing & E- Booklet Making Activities

The students of the school had a special day as they unearthed and excavated volumes about the games prominently played in the past through the guided research and from the documentary shown by the mentor as a part of British Council's International School Award Project, Indigenous Games Around the World. On the basis of it, they prepared an E-booklet mentioning the origin and prominence of the games not only in India but in Pakistan and Sri Lanka as well.

The students were able to gauge that how values were imbibed through these exciting games.

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