/An International State of Mind

An International State of Mind

The process of learning how to learn is a crucial, and often the primordial step towards developing students into lifelong learners – for it is only when we imbibe healthy values for assimilating information, can we treat the pursuit of knowledge as a privilege rather than a burden.

This initiative was addressed by our teachers and interactively explored by DP1 students through the various Learning to Learn sessions conducted. These sessions were dedicated to discussing the various aspects of being a learner, such as being able to acquire information, maintaining integrity in academics, managing time, being open-minded, being empathetic and sundry other necessities.

One of these essential sessions was about International Mindedness and Intercultural Understanding. To be responsible individuals in a global community, it is important to practice empathy, inclusivity and respect for all cultures and identities of people. The teachers helped us explore these objectives in an easy-going manner for it to be enjoyable for us all.

The activities planned for this session included comparing different traditions from across the world, with the traditions from our native land and finding similarities between them. This helped us develop a sense of appreciation for the cultures around the world, as we found gladdening similarities between our cultures, and those across the world.

The activity was followed by a video where people discovered their ancestry through a DNA test, and upon reflection, I realized how interconnected our world truly is, heightening my sense of acceptance and appreciation for the diverse community around me.

The discussion ended on a lighthearted note as we attempted to pronounce phrases in languages, we were unfamiliar with. Even though this activity made us all laugh to the point of tears, somewhere, our respect and receptiveness to different languages increased as we understood the barrier of expression we create, when we mock people for their unique ways of expression, discouraging them from communicating freely. I am certain we all introspected on this issue because as the activity progressed, we tried helping each other pronounce the phrases correctly to maintain the integrity of the language – truly an example of the year’s theme: Dignity and Collaboration.

To me, this Learning to Learn session was beneficial in allowing me opportunities to acclimatize to the in-school environment, resumed after the pandemic, and get comfortable in the Senior School space while acquiring knowledge on different skillsets which will prove helpful in my journey through Diploma Programme. I am grateful to the teachers and my peers for making the session fruitful and providing insights on being a global citizen.

Saara Parijaat