India & China Teacher's Guide

June 24, 2000 Update
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The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:

Abeja - Inspirational Auroville, A Photo Journal

The team visits several community projects at Auroville community in Tamil Nadu, including schools, health clinics, after-school projects, and a water harvesting organization.

Try giving your students a "free progress" assignment, like the curriculum at the Auroville school. It can relate to anything included in this Odyssey update. Ask them to research it in the Internet. Afterwards, ask them if they liked the experience of "free progress" learning. Could it work for them? Why or why not?

Abeja - The Road to Auroville - An Experiment in International Community Living

The team visits Auroville, a 32-year old international community in Tamil Nadu, India. They meet members of the community and learn about the growth of the community, the reforestation, and the alternative building methods used by Aurovillians.

Ask your students to visit the Auroville website Abeja links to at the end of her dispatch, and ask them to answer the questions she asks, "What do you think of Auroville?"

Abeja - What I learned from Gandhi

Team visits Mahatma Gandhi's ashram in Sevagram, Maharshtra, India. They participate in the community and learn the lessons of Gandhi's teachings including non-violence, truth, village self-reliance, equality of all people and all religions, and the importance of doing physical labor. Also, dispatch briefly covers the independence movement in India and the resistance to British textiles through making homespun khadi cloth.

Abeja points out that many of the activities in the Ashram may not be important in themselves, but they are important for what they represent and the reflection and social time that result from them. Do your students have any activities like this where they can escape the constant stimulation of modern life? What are they? Do they value these activities and the time it gives them, as Gandhi did?

Andrew - Fistful of Bananas

The Team is in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, and visits the most recognizable landmark of the city, Swayambhunath, affectionately known as The Monkey Temple.

What do your students think of a temple which pretty much belongs to the monkeys? Do they think it is an unholy contradiction? Do they find it strange that the monkeys are so highly respected? Are they aware of the close evolutionary link between humans and primates?

Kavitha - Memories of My Days in Nepal

The team revisits Nepal and discusses the rich opportunity of studying abroad, both for learning about a new culture as well as for learning more about your own.

In this dispatch Kavitha talks about the wisdom to be gained from spending time in another country. Consider the quotes Kavitha includes here. Has reading this dispatch inspired any of your students to take time to study abroad? Do your students have access to any study abroad programs? Encourage them to apply, go abroad, and enrich their lives.

Kavitha - Return to Nepal

Kavitha revisits Nepal for the first time in five years and notices the dramatic changes that have taken place. The effects of modernization on village life are discussed.

Here Kavitha brings up the catch-22 of development in the Third World. Roads and electricity allow Nepali villagers many things they did not have access to before, but at the same time these things adversely affect their village environment and erode their traditional culture. Discuss this dilemma with your students. Can they think of any ways to avoid these problems? If so, please share them with us here at Worldtrek.

Team - Making a Difference - Do As I Say, Not As I Do, And No, You Can't Have Any of My Weapons: Getting MAD About Nuclear Proliferation

The Team wants students to Make A Difference on nuclear non-proliferation by learning as much as they can and contacting their representatives. Includes information on India, Pakistan, North and South Korea, nuclear weapons and non-proliferation.

Ask your students to follow the advice presented in this dispatch and learn about nuclear proliferation and try to help stop it.

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