“To acquire knowledge, study. To gain wisdom, observe.”
Educational Trips give the ideas and opportunities to visit important places that help to visualize what students are learning at school. It helps to develop the overall personality of the students since social graces and etiquette are also learned by experience. Moreover, it is beneficial for every student since it is a part of the learning process to acquire more knowledge through actual exposure to different places.
Staford School organized an educational trip to Imambara, Lucknow on December 14th, 2017 for the students of Class VII A. The trip aimed to expose the children to new experiences so as to arouse interest in social science and understand the blending of Indo-Islamic architecture, life style, ancient water harvesting techniques adopted during the Mughal period.
“Trips to historical places enable the students to relate the textbook learning with the real life experiences, thereby creating a long lasting impression upon their minds with an effective learning outcome and breaking the monotony of long history lessons” quoted their Social Science teacher, Mr. Saeed.
The trip began with the visit to Bada Imambara which included the real life architectural examples of true arches, hemispherical domes, magnificent gateways, beautiful garden outlay and elevated platforms in Indo-Islamic architecture of the Mughal buildings. The students witnessed Asia’s largest hall built without any support of pillars or beams.
Next part of the trip was the visit to Asafi Masjid to understand the importance of mihrab, minarets and direction of qibla in the structure of the mosque. The students had a closer look at the baoli which serves as glaring example of ancient water harvesting system and a structure that helped to provide relief to the royal family during the harsh time of the weather.
The trip concluded with the visit to the Chota Imambara which houses the royal hamam used by the female members of the royal family.
“I was surprised yet excited to learn the importance of various structures in Imambara which till now were in a closet for me.”, said Ibad Ur Rahman. Overall, the trip was a nice practical learning experience for the students of Class VII.