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The Heritage School,
Gurgaon

THS/2011-2012/ SP/ACAD/ 73
Date: 10.8. 11

Subject: KHOJ, An Outward Bound Learning Expedition

“The aim of education is to impel young people into value forming experiences.” * Kurt Hahn, Founder Outward Bound

We believe that teaching and learning is not confined to classrooms or schools, rather one learns best when he/she is part of an experience. Schools should be an extension of the outside world and strive to provide the child the environment from which he/she assimilates life-forming experiences. Khoj - is our initiative in this direction. Khoj, an Outward Bound Learning Expedition, provides children with settings for these real life experiences, where he/she is encouraged to rethink, re-look, rediscover and recreate his existing knowledge and hence make connections between classroom teaching and real life. Khoj, is a weeklong program which provides our children with learning opportunities through challenge, adventure and service, which motivates the children to go beyond their own limitations and discover the strengths he never thought he had. The wilderness settings encourage the child to push his own boundaries and limitations and to gain confidence in the process.

We would like to emphasize here that Khoj is much more than a collection of activities. It is based on the sound principles of Outward Bound, which represents a philosophy of education and applications in the method of learning. Outward Bound was first started by a Jewish German educator Kurt Hahn, who employed challenge and outdoor adventure not as an end in itself, but as a method of inculcating perseverance, skill, teamwork, leadership and compassionate service in the students of Gordonstoun, a school in Scotland that he founded in the 1930s. Through his program, he developed a sense of moral commitment to the community, demanding intent of personal responsibility to fitness, craftsmanship and service. The...
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