On 18th and 19th of August 2018, Pathways World School Aravali witnessed 370 students (ranging from class 8 to class 12) playing the roles of corporate honchos, media house personnel and political party leaders in a conference which was held for the second year in a row and is designed and conducted by a Dehradun based company called “I Can.” which conducts such conferences with eminent schools across the country. This two-day conference gave them an insight on how the real world outside the four walls of the school functions. Students tried to identify their calling as they scurried around for two days trying to bid, negotiate, make advertisements, shoot news, formulate radio ads, make a newspaper, come up with new ideas for both for-profit and non-profit ventures. Eminent Entrepreneurs like (Mr. Pratham Mittal, Wharton Alumni, founder Outgrow) and Corporate Leaders (Mr. Viraj Shetty, ISB Alumni, Opera Solutions) to name a few, were invited to work with and guide students on their ideas and educate them in Intraprenerurship and CSR.
“I Can India” founded by Mr. Akshit Batra, an Alumni of Doon School, and run in partnership with Ms. Shradha Agarwal, an Alumni of Indian School of Business, is a Corporate Political Simulation that is designed to instill soft skills and life skills among students with the main focus to provide a platform to encourage public speaking. While the students are divided into Corporate Houses, Media Houses and Political parties, over the two days they see elections, a government being formed with a Prime Minister and an Opposition and the bills that has to pass in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha for the Government to stand.
The two days concluded with students performing and displaying their talents in dance, music and public speaking. The awards were given out to the best CEO-Corporate House & Media house, Leader of Political Party, Ad, News, Social media coverage, best speakers and cash prizes were given out to the best Entrepreneurship and Social-Entrepreneurship ideas to encourage the students to pursue it further. The ‘I Can’ Team, led by the operation head Mr. Achal Khare consists of young vibrant individuals who are passionate about improving the education systems in India. They work closely with students over these two days in a capacity of a friend and claim that Pathways Aravali are some of the brightest minds that they have worked with and are looking forward to the third conference next year.