Monthly Archives: January 2014

Culture Shock – Non-formal education ICL module Session 3

Culture Shock – Non-formal education ICL module Session 3

On the 18th of January 2014, the Youth Development Programme (YDP) of FSL-India hosted its third and

final session  of its three-part series on culture. This time, the session took place at Cubbon Park in Bangalore,

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Karnataka.

It was a perfect Saturday afternoon for a gathering of 22 individuals (college students, young professionals and FSL-India staff), along with Shalini Menon and Bopanna (Educators Collective) and Shreya Talwar (YDP).

 

Again, using methods of experiential learning, participants were taken on an exploration of diversity, discomfort, acceptance and appreciation.

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“India – Multiple Ethnicities (Dis)order” – Non-formal education ICL module Session 2

“India – Multiple Ethnicities (Dis)order” – Non-formal education ICL module Session 2

On the 11th of January, the Youth Development Programme (YDP) of FSL-India hosted the second part of its three-part non-formal educational series on culture at our head office in Bangalore, Karnataka.

Being in a country that consists of paradoxes, both ends of any extreme, contrast and differences, the YDP realised the significance of exploring this further. Shalini Menon (founder of Educators Collective and facilitator of the session) joined us again, along with Shreya Talwar (YDP), to present participants with an opportunity to take a closer look at various different diversities and realities that exist within India. This was explored using experiential learning techniques, such as having conversations with complete strangers, and more.

All together, 18 participants from different backgrounds, attended this session. This time, our participant pool was a mixture of university students, young professionals and FSL-India staff. This provided for a good range of diversities that fit well with the theme of the workshop.

This Saturday (18th January) the YDP will be hosting its final non-formal education session on culture at CubbonPark. This time, we’ll be going beyond the boundaries of India and looking at world cultures and the importance of cultural relativity in our globalised world. Below is a link to the Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1431319463768390/?fref=ts

For any more questions, don’t hesitate to contact the YDP at fslydp@gmail.com

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After going out and striking up conversations with strangers, participants were asked to make short presentations on the insights they gained.

 

 

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The Amoeba activity asked participants to find a way to fit all 18 of them into a deflated tyre – a metaphor for making space for everyone in the world. After much trial-and-error, they found a way!

 

 

See you soon for the last part of the Module !!

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“Keeping an “I” on Culture” – Non-formal education ICL module Session 1

“Keeping an “I” on Culture” – Non-formal education ICL module Session 1

On the 21st of December, the Youth Development Programme (YDP) of FSL-India hosted its first non-formal education session at our head office in Bangalore, Karnataka. The 13 participants consisted of college students and one of our very own FSL-India staff members.

The YDP decided to launch non-formal education sessions because we truly believe that significant learning takes place outside the classroom, and off the desks and chairs.  Through activity based methods of experiential learning, 13 participants were invited to begin exploring concepts of cultural identity and the self.

Besides the 13 participants who attended the session, Shalini Menon (founder of Educators Collective and facilitator of the session) and Shreya Talwar (YDP) worked to bring this session to life.

We are looking forward to hosting more such sessions in order to encourage holistic self-development.

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In the first activity; Milling, participants gradually moved closer to each other, physically and emotionally, as they responded to questions to each other; ranging from the vague to the personal.

 

 

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Over here, over there, the second activity, asked participants to take a stand (literally!) on national issues hitting close to the heart. Taking a stand on issues that we all have very personal opinions on in a safe space encouraged participants to understand each other. It also shed light on the cultural and identity variations amongst the group as each participant explained why they thought the way they did.

 

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The Mask activity gave participants a chance to take their hidden arts and crafts skills off the dusty shelves and put them to good use! Using different mediums and methods of learning spurs in individuals different self-discoveries. The masks were intended for participants to represent themselves to the rest of the group, and in the process, through group discussions, understand an outsider’s perception of them.

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