“Don’t be encumbered by history. Go out and see something wonderful.”
Educational Trips give the ideas and opportunities to visit prestigious 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.
A great way to explore and gain experience, Staford School organized an educational trip to Residency, Lucknow on September 3rd 2019 for the students of Class VIII . The trip aimed to expose the children to new experiences that will help them increase their interest and engagement in social science regarding the involvement of Lucknow(the then Awadh) in the great sepoy uprising of 1857 which is also named as the First War of Independence in the Indian Freedom Struggle.
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. This is what happens when the students cross the limits of the classroom boundary and experience history.
The venue itself is a glaring example of the courage and valor of the soldiers who fought for their lives against the imperialistic British policies. The cannon balls and bullet marks on the walls of the residency buildings, the preserved cannon balls, swords, spears, guns, shields , soldier’s uniform the site map of Residency all are the evidences of the massive destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the revolt of the time.
The students were spellbound and somewhat lost in the royal architecture and various complexes of Residency and realized the luxurious life offered to the British Resident during the rule of the Nawabs.
The trip brought the entire chapter on the Revolt of 1857 to life during the visit and it took no time for the students to relate their classroom learning with the real time experience. It was really a wonderful and learning experience for the students. It will also develop a liking for the material heritage and feel proud of the rich heritage possessed by them.