Kings Academy Model United Nation

King’s Academy Model United Nation, Jordan

It was around 1 a.m. when we stepped out of the dorms into the warm night, our eyelids heavy, dawdling towards Takshshila, expecting like always, one more time, that the girls would be late. Slowly widening our eyes and increasing our pace, as we reached Takshshila, the girls were waiting there for us, punctual for the first time. The building was locked and we waited for Ms Allison to come and open her room so that we could get our luggage out and head to the bus that would take us to the airport. Finally, ma’am came to the room and opened it. We headed to the bus, waited for the driver for about 10 minutes and then we got on put the luggage at the back found a cosy spot sat and… huh? What? We’re already at the airport? Well, that was fast.

We slowly unloaded the luggage and spotted a bunch of trolleys and quickly went through the boring and annoying check in. We then wandered around for a while looking for food and water. Wow! These morning flights can be annoying, especially if you’re hungry and you can’t find much. Well, God bless Subway! We bought a dozen sandwiches, literally, and 1…2…3… Poof… they were gone! Wow, we were hungry.

We waited for about an hour to board the aircraft; I sat down and decided to watch a movie, and frankly I do not remember which one it was but I’m guessing it was Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeekwal. On the flight we all dozed off till the airhostess came and woke us up for the meal, then we fell asleep again and I woke up about an hour before the flight landed. Before I got on I had wondered what I would do on a 6-hour long flight; well, I guess that has a standard issue answer – eat, sleep, drink and watch T.V.

Soon it was time to land and we could see the desert from the window while landing. As we stepped off the flight and onto the airport, through immigration, received our luggage, we had people from King’s Academy waiting for us. When we stepped out my first question was, “Huh? Where’s the sand? Wow!”

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King's Academy Campus

Jordan is beautiful, amazing! We were escorted to our bus; accompanying us was the Doon School crowd who just happened to be sitting behind us on the same flight; I forgot to mention that, didnt I? I thought the 3 guys behind us were from the Doon School but I couldn’t tell for sure.

We left the airport and rolled out into the beautiful countryside. It was amazing and did not feel like a desert at all, it was like the New Zealand countryside.

King’s Academy. An impressive school sitting on 300 acres of land, with a student population of 400 kids. It was pretty with pleasing architecture. We left our luggage in front of the amphitheatre and went around school. We walked around and finally felt tired and asked if we could go to the hotel as we were tired and had been awake for about 23 hours.

We went to the library and picked a movie to watch till the other schools arrived. But again …zzzz! We woke up for lunch and went to the dining hall; the lunch room was beautiful, nice ceramic plates and nice cutlery. We were served rice and chicken and the food was delicious. We sat with a professor of King’s Academy who had been there for about 3 years, and was originally from Texas, USA. The meal was great and while we proceeded to the auditorium, we grabbed some tasty turkey sandwiches that were being served outside.

There we got our id cards and went into the amphitheatre to watch the opening ceremony. It was interesting.

Dinner was at a club in the countryside. It was opening night and a lot of fun and there were various games we played; a marshmallow eating competition, a “shaving the balloon” contest, and a “cake eating competition”. We also played Bingo and one of us won the full house and got a free ticket to Cyprus valid for one year.

We then had dinner and met some interesting people, who were not very different from us; we had a lot in common. We were then transported to the hotel.

The Kempinski Ishtar was a beautiful hotel, something we realised the next morning when we went down to the banquet halls where the opening ceremony was held. We sat down as the forum leaders introduced themselves and the conference was officially opened by a gong.

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Pathways World School Students at KAMUN

There was a coffee break and we left for our respective forum halls. Mine was the smallest, the International Court of Justice (ICJ); it had about 15 people. Then there were the Arab League, the Security Council and the General Assembly which were the biggest. After sitting for 2 hours we had lunch and then went back and sat through the meetings for another three and a half hours.

After the meetings we went back to our rooms and changed for dinner which was at a place called the “Adwan farm” at the Dead Sea. We all ate dinner and hit the dance floor; we danced like a bunch of crazies. And then it started raining, a natural rain dance party; it was a fun, mad night.

The next day we were to visit Petra. I realized that my laptop and TV had been on since the previous night. We bathed and met each other in the lobby and then went down for breakfast through the huge doors. These doors were epically huge. We went down and chewed slowly like slow pokes and finally we went back to the lobby to meet our teacher to leave for Petra. That’s where we were told, the sad astonishing news, “The tour to Petra is cancelled.”

However, we had a back-up plan, shopping. We left immediately in the cars and drove to Amman and shopped in many places; we went to a few local shops and to the city mall and shopped; we then went to the citadel in Amman and were seeing the sights, on the way listening to music – Armin Van Buuren, Asking Alexandria, Bring me the horizon, Oceanlab, Tiesto, Edward Maya. We came back just in time for the dinner at Dier Al-Amar at the Dead Sea.

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Students enjoying the beauty of Jordan

7:45 a.m.! I over slept again. I quickly got up and woke my roomie and went for a bath, I reached my forum at 9:15 a.m., and I was late, embarrassing. But well, I made it through, and sat through the other case. We sat for 5 straight hours, then lunch at 1 for an hour and back to the forum and we sat through the other 5 and a half hours. Eleven hours of conference and finally, the most awaited, the Beach Party! We all dressed up after the conference and went down to the beach to have dinner. It was amazing; we all danced with our friends and the other kids, whom we didn’t even know, it was an interesting night, it was a lot of fun; we left for the rooms and fell asleep.

Well, finally the last day, we were a few people less as a school from the U.S., the Northfield Mount Herman School, had to leave that morning; they had a 5 a.m. flight. However, we carried on with the MUN and in my forum we had the closing speeches and then the ICJ went into the voting procedure.

After 2 and a half hours we finally got out, and checked out of the hotel and left for the school. In the auditorium and we had the keynote speech and the closing speech during which many forum presidents had a lot to say. My forum president had the most interesting closing speech, her exact words were, “Things like facebook is out of order, laughing is out of order and decorum became white noise.”

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Enlightening experience for Pathways School Students

Subsequently, we had lunch with the prime minister. Finally, we left for the airport and again we went through the boring immigration and walked around the airport and shopped at the duty free, and ate food at this cafe in the hotel, don’t remember what it was called, but great pizzas. Then we went to the plane and sat in our seats, and took off, I saw a bunch of movies on the flight and ate a really tasty meal.

So, to summarize, I count my achievements:

Sitting through meetings, feeling like my dad does, Involving fun and laughter in our meetings, something every adult should do, Making new friends from around the world and finally Learning to make better decisions.

And something that only an MUN can teach best: CONFIDENCE.

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Save Food Save Life

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Save Food Campaign by students

In relation to the unit of Inquiry “Commercial Break” the students of Grade 4x designed a campaign on wastage of food. Their campaign was inspired by the note pasted in the dining hall of Pathways World School that the 33 kg of food was wasted the previous day.

The students were very self-motivated and enthusiastic about the campaign as they believed that their small step would make a giant leap in saving food from being wasted. After a lot of discussion amongst themselves they came up with a tag line, a logo and a mascot for their campaign. Their tagline was Save Food Save Life”w.

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Kids can make a difference

The busy bees of Grade 4 then got busy collecting facts and data on how much of food is wasted on an average per day. They applied the knowledge of different strategies used in an advertisement gained during the Unit of Inquiry “Commercial Break” to make their campaign more effective. It was a huge learning experience for the students.

The 2010 Food Crisis Means Financial Armageddon

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Food is precious atleast for these children

Over the last two years, the world has faced a series of unprecedented financial crises: the collapse of the housing market, the freezing of the credit markets, the failure of Wall Street brokerage firms (Bear Stearns/Lehman Brothers), the failure of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the failure of AIG, Iceland’s economic collapse, the bankruptcy of the major auto manufacturers (General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler), etc… In the face of all these challenges, the demise of the dollar, derivative markets, and the modern international system of credit has been repeatedly forecasted and feared. However, all these doomsday scenarios have so far been proved false, and, despite tremendous chaos and losses, the global financial system has held together.

The 2010 Food Crisis is different. It is THE CRISIS. The one that makes all doomsday scenarios come true. The government bailouts and central bank interventions, which have held the financial world together during the last two years, will be powerless to prevent the 2010 Food Crisis from bringing the global financial system to its knees.

Financial crisis will kick into high gear

So far the crisis has been driven by the slow and steady increase in defaults on mortgages and other loans. This is about to change. What will drive the financial crisis in 2010 will be panic about food supplies and the dollar’s plunging value. Things will start moving fast.

Overconsumption is leading to disaster

It is absolutely key to understand that the production of agricultural goods is a fixed, once a year cycle (or twice a year in the case of double crops). The wheat, corn, soybeans and other food staples are harvested in the fall/spring and then that is it for production. It doesn’t matter how high prices go or how desperate people get, no new supply can be brought online until the next harvest at the earliest. The supply must last until the next harvest, which is why it is critical that food is correctly priced to avoid overconsumption, otherwise food shortages occur.

The USDA—by manufacturing the data needed to keep supply and demand in balance—has ensured that agricultural commodities are incorrectly priced, which has lead to overconsumption and has guaranteed disaster when supplies run out.

An astounding lack of awareness

The world is blissful unaware that the greatest economic/financial/political crisis ever is a few months away. While it is understandable that general public has no knowledge of what is headed their way, that same ignorance on the part of professional analysts, economists, and other highly paid financial “experts” is mind boggling, as it takes only the tiniest bit of research to realize something is going critically wrong in agricultural market.

If small kids with right knowledge and guidance from Pathways World School can try to make a difference, we all can. Remember, it just takes one right thought to make the right difference. Save food, make people aware of the consequences of wastage.

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Hope For The Future

While the Global Warming debate (is it or isn’t it warming up?) rages on in the world, Pathways, Aravali, has decided to take no chances… just in case.

Although the theory of global warming was “invented” not very long ago, and we are still in the process of figuring out which side to believe on this issue, most of our teaching faculty grew up on the works of environmentalists like Gerald Durrell. Some of us were studying the general decapitation of the earth’s forest cover and dealing with high levels of pollution in cities when Gro Harlem Brundtland chaired the World Commission on Environment and Development (1983) which popularized that marvellous phrase “Sustainable Development“. Suddenly, it was as if the lines separating nations had disappeared off the map of the world – and there was growing realization that we had a “common future” and our “common wealth” needed joint and concentrated thought and action to preserve the planet.

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Gerald Durrell - The Mockery Bird

The Mockery Bird, by Gerald Durrell, (published in 1981) a delightful work of fiction, helped us to understand the very delicate eco-balance that exists between a bird, a tree, a moth and a human community on a little island called Zenkali. Having learnt such lessons early in life and grown up trying to do everything in one’s power to help preserve the environment, the world debate about Global Warming causes much concern – are we in danger of throwing the baby out with the bathwater, if the side opposing the theory wins out? If the idea is indeed a myth as many claim, or indeed if it is not being caused by CO2 emissions as highlighted by others, should we return to our earlier exploitative and potentially disastrous lifestyles and completely forget the wisdom of sustainable development?

Treading thus through this minefield of claims and counter-claims, it was heartening during the Middle School Science Fair to see a project called “My Eco-Friendly City” created by a student of Grade 6. Pancham Yadav, one of our editors, had built this model using scrap materials, putting the school’s philosophy of recycling into active practice. What makes the project exceptional is how well it is planned, including little details like how traffic moving along a road would set windmills rotating, which in turn would generate electricity that could be used for lighting purposes…

It is humbling to interact with students like Pancham. The vision, the drive and ambition to ensure that the planet and indeed the human race does not implode, infuses our daily lives with hope for the present and the future.

Making of “My Eco Friendly City

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My Eco Friendly City

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Model Eco-Friendly City

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One idea is all you need to change lives

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Make your city beautiful, The world will be beautiful

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Paragliding an Adventure Ride

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Paragliding - A thrilling experience

Since I joined the school, I have heard the loud noise of engines above in the sky whenever I was in the soccer field and at the horse riding area. Very often, I have seen the gliders in the sky and children waving at them.  I also wanted to fly. I wanted to see how our school, the Aravali hills, and the children playing in the field would look like from above. 

One fine day, when Cdr. Lochan called some of us for a visit to the farm house where the Para Gliders conduct the training and give provide adventure rides for visitors, I thought it was a dream.  I could not believe my dream was coming true.  But it was. Cdr. Lochan, Mr. Vijay Gholap and I went to the farm.  We met Mr. Varun, who is the owner along with his team of instructors.  They took us around and showed us the gliding machines and explained very courteously how it all worked and about its safety issues.  Listening to them I was felt confident and fearless.  I was given a helmet to wear and was asked to sit in the seat of the gliding machine with Mr Varun who sat behind me as the pilot.

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I was feeling very thrilled and excited, and the roaring sound of the machine started and it took off with a little run, whoooooooom …..  I am flying in the sky.  It was cold up there and my nose started watering.   When I looked down I could see the Aravali hills, lush green with patches of ponds here and there.  I was waving to the people below and shouting with joy like a small child.  It is very difficult to explain the feeling in words unless you experience it yourself by sitting in the hot seat of the gliding machine.

Powered or Motorized Paragliding

Powered paragliding, also known as paramotoring, is a form of ultralight aviation where the pilot wears a motor on his or her back (a paramotor) which provides enough thrust to take off using a paraglider wing. It can be launched in still air, and on level ground, by the pilot alone — no assistance is required.

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Motorized Paraglider

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A Peek into the World of Advertisements

The students of Grade 4 were treated to an informative and riveting presentation on the world of advertisements by Mr. Sandeep Lakhina, our guest speaker for the unit of inquiry ‘Commercial Break’.

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Workshop on the world of advertisement

The presentation began with a question answer session on the importance of advertisements. Mr. Lakhina introduced the students to some classic advertisements from all over the world. He then expounded on the role advertisements play in reducing costs of newspapers and cable television bills, apart from the apparent task of informing about new products. Students were introduced to the components of an advertisement and the strategies used in etching the message of the advertisement in our minds.

The students proved to be true inquirers and asked probing questions that were answered with finesse by the guest speaker. Many students had a query about the process of ad-making and Mr. Lakhina took them through the steps using an example. The forum was thrown open for more questions and the students posed some intelligent questions like honesty in advertisements, time taken to complete an advertisements, etc.

At the end of the presentation the guest speaker asked the students to design an advertisement for their school. The students worked in groups to come up with some stupendous advertisements with equally innovative slogans. Mr. Lakhina went through the work done by the students and was highly impressed by the creativity and thinking skills displayed by the students.

Color Splash Recycle City

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Grade 1 kids enjoying the project

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At Pathways we make sure LEARNING is fun

Students of Grade 1 learnt about various public places through the Unit of Inquiry “Public Places”. They worked on a project in which they made an entire city called the Colour Splash Recycle City.

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Starting young

They started planning the layout of the city and decided the position of each building in the quadrangle. Through this they learnt mapping skills.

They chose various public places like apartments, a church, an office complex, a bank, an airport, a railway station, a fire station, a monument and a police station.

Children worked in pairs and researched their public place. They shared their roles and responsibilities towards these public places with each other. In making this city, they used empty boxes/cartons, plaster of paris, paint, recycled cloth and paper. This activity also gave the students an opportunity to develop various skills: confidence, organization, communication, presentation and fine motor skills. They also learnt about recycling material and sharing resources.

Riding a New High

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Experience cycling like never before

A splendid experience came my way recently. It all started with a chance meeting with a stranger on 2 wheels up the hill on the Aravalli Retreat. The stranger sure had strange ways, in the sense that he roamed all over the landscape on his bicycle and checked out new trails every weekend.

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A whole new outlook

During this weekend, I too was roped in for such a ride. Geared with a helmet, tail-light, head-light and a bicycle with gears, I set off at the crack of dawn with the same strange stranger who has a group of enthusiastic cyclists from Gurgaon that explores new territory each weekend.

The ride was short and regular, according to the regular bikers… 35 kms only! We pedalled away from South City 2 and wheeled to the architectural landmark of Qutub Minar at Mehrauli as our destination. The round trip lasted from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. And it was amazing how the landscape and the fleeting images look so different from a saddle-seat as compared to the usual view through a car window. I was amazed at my own capabilities and how I was constantly stretching them in order to achieve this feat. It was incredible to see that there exists an actual bunch of people out there who defy the stereotype of how a “lazy” Saturday is spent and are completely ‘insane’ to be up at an unearthly hour to go around in circles on two unpowered wheels! Kudos to the Pedal Yatris who have sustained this initiative and would be only happy to have more in their fold.

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New Experience for Pathwayzians

The feel of the road, the initial discomfort of deciphering the gears, the excruciating pain of being glued to the ‘saddle’ are all beaten hollow by the overriding feeling of the wheels, the wanderlust and ‘chai’ during these cycling expeditions.

Visit these cyclists at and join them, if you really like your window seats and want to run away from home every weekend.

The Ganga Ek Antaryatra

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Ganga Yatra

Recently, 9 students from Senior School (Grades 9 and 11) embarked on a unique ten-day journey to discover our sacred river, the Ganga. With an open mind, like any amateur traveller, the students undertook the yatra that traced the river from its origin in the north of the country, downstream, to the north-east.

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Pathwayzians @ Ganga Yatra

From frost-bites to sunburns, subzero to the scorching forties, the “yatris” witnessed it all.

On this Ganga Ek Antaryatra, I personally could see, not only the diversity in our country, in terms of varying temperatures, but also the greatly diverse and rich culture that I now feel proud to be a part of.

I always used to say, ‘I am proud to be an Indian’ but after this yatra I realized that you understand the essence of just how much pride you have ,once you travel and get to know your country and its people.

The gist for the 10 days of yatra was discovery: discovery of the river, discovery of people, discovery of our culture. Yet, this discovery crossed all boundaries when it also involved a discovery of the self.

I was highly sceptical at the beginning about the idea that travelling for 10 days would actually help us discover ourselves; however, it truly was an antaryatra.

People do not change overnight…how about over 10 nights? I discovered things about myself that I never knew! I felt more spiritually connected with myself than I have ever felt before.

With a group of amazing people around me, I was proud to be just me. Many of the plans backfired while on the trip for various reasons like unreliable weather conditions and time. However, we always seemed to think of an alternative and enjoy it just as much. We truly learnt how to live in the moment.

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Life-changing Yatra with strangers

I went on the yatra with a bunch of strangers whom I had merely seen strolling in the corridors of Takshashila, but came back with a team, a close group of friends who had been with me in the best and worst of times.

Holding hands while walking through the densely-crowded streets of Varanasi made me realize just how much I cared about these people, who were so distant a few days ago. The people, the places, the experience… I am certain I will never forget.

The Can Effect – Yes You Can

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Obama - Yes We Can

Whatever else he may be remembered for, in history books or otherwise, Mr Obama will certainly be given credit for reminding the human race of the idea of its power to shape its own destiny. In three little words, spoken without melodrama in South Carolina in January 2008, he summed up the defining/distinguishing factor of human existence. Yes, we can.

As a facilitator of education, I thank Mr Obama for giving me this pithy phrase – for, in my calling, it has proved to be more useful than long pedagogical treatises… with a minor change in the pronoun. To innumerable students in the past few months I have said, “Yes, YOU can.” There was little Flora MacMaster, directing the first play of her life – frustrated by recalcitrant classmates unwilling or unable to work as a team. Then there were the IGCSE Drama students grappling with Brecht and the dubious joy of designing the production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle. One cannot forget to mention the highly befuddled IGCSE English group that had much trouble understanding a four-women-character play… My marvellous TOK gang had to wrestle with the concept of “truth” and come up with a smashing presentation on it. And finally, young Rahat who played the mime in Acting Without Words, directed by Ossama, last month: beset by doubts, Rahat wanted to drop out after every rehearsal.

To each of these students – in groups and individually – I said, “Yes, YOU can.” And indeed, in most instances, they proved me right. Rahat went further: he now wants to act in a “challenging” solo performance for Founder’s. “A BIG solo production,” he told me, and has asked me to write and direct it.

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Sporting culture of Pathways

However, the true power of those words have been brought home to me in my own learning over the past few months. Perhaps my friends and family thought I had taken leave of my senses when, shortly after turning 42, I decided to learn to play squash.

Whatever Gyanendra (our esteemed squash coach) thought of it, he kept to himself. What he did say, though, constantly and continuously was, “Yes, YOU can.” Gyanendra’s encouraging words have provided the impetus to continue to kick myself out of the house at 6 a.m. every day to practise my shots at the squash courts. And when you see the enthusiasm with which the school’s squash team practices well beyond the evening games time, it isn’t difficult to imagine that he often says, “Yes, YOU can,” to all his students.

Those who wondered about my sanity when I took up squash must have concluded that I should be certified the day I decided to learn to play the violin. Didn’t have a choice, actually, since my uncle gifted it to me with the stipulation that I would learn to play it. For quite a few weeks my daughter was in much auditory pain. Being a musician, my initial “bowing” must have been nothing short of Chinese torture for her – waiting for the next wrong note, with her auditory nerve being jarred horribly when I hit it. But she was supportive, teaching me to be patient, pulling out her flute and playing alongside. My neighbours too (both musicians – Jaki and Gemma) bore with it, though they must’ve heard every appalling practice session through the paper-thin walls. Finally, a visitor to the school compared the sound to that a cat might make when being strangled! I discovered then that playing an instrument badly is somewhat like having bad breath – other people are bothered by it although it’s right under your nose!

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Finally, much to everyone’s relief, Himalika agreed to give me regular lessons after the Mad Music Day on 22 April got over. The following weeks were complete bliss (for me). They were probably ghastly for Himalika. But, even as I was scratching and screeching with the bow (you had to hear it to realize how bad it was because adjectives fail me!) she smiled through it, made helpful suggestions and repeatedly said, “Come on, you can do it…” She even made excuses for the dreadful sounds by saying, “New violins sound like that till you have played them enough.”

Recently, I posted a violin rendition of “Annie’s Song” on Facebook for my friends. The comments ranged from “wow” and “great” to pas mal – and even Himalika said she was impressed. Of course, she did not realize the powerful effect her words had had on me each time she said, “Yes, YOU can.” It made me realize how vulnerable we are as learners: one negative remark would’ve probably had me hang up the bow for ever. When you notice the swelling ranks of violinists in the school orchestra, it’s not difficult to imagine how inspiring she must be for the children!

Last month Mr Tim Benton conducted an inspiring workshop for students of Grades 9 and 11 at PWS – on Goal Setting. Two things he said to them repeatedly, come to mind. The first: “You can, if you believe you can.” To this I humbly add – “You can, if just ONE other person tells you that you can.” The second: “Figure out who the fire fighters in your life are, and who the fire lighters are.” Those who say, “Yes, YOU can,” are your fire lighters; give the others a wide berth.

As this academic year draws to a close, I look back to evaluate my strategies and approaches to education. Without any empirical or statistical data to draw upon, I can’t of course claim anything with scientific certainty. But I’m quite willing to put my money where my mouth is and place the YES YOU CAN strategy right on top of my list.

Consider this: You lose nothing by offering this magical phrase to someone floundering in the shallows; it could, however, be the difference between sinking and swimming for the other.

Patauda Water Conservation Project

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Patauda Water Conservation Project

Nature of the Project

This Project is being launched by Pathways World School on the World Environment Day as an extension to our on-going efforts under the CAS (Creativity, Action and Service ) programme and also the activities of Round Square and the IAYP (International Award for Young People).
We are sharing this Project and the experience we have gained from it, residents of these locations, our students and our RS fraternity….to further spread the message of change and value the IDEALS, particularly of Environment and Service.


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We intend to develop this Project as a long term association with the region.


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Students at work

It is intended to operate this Project on a continuous basis for a period of at least three years, during which we intend to cover a periphery of 5 square kilometres that has been surveyed and identified by our enthusiastic young Geographers, as a field survey.

There are plans afoot to work with six schools in the region that are engaged in providing education to the masses in the neighbouring villages, on either side of the ridge.


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Community service is a priority for Pathways

Also, it is intended to develop a series of check dams and clear water channels (with the expertise of an NGO – Hariyali aur Rasta) who have the resources and skill set to guide us in this process.

While the full impetus of a regular Project lasts for a time barred period, here, we intend to continue upkeep and continued effort to happen right through the year as a part of the schools’ programmes.




Nature of Work – Project Patauda

The locally known ‘Patoda’ (in local language, to denote a Waterhole) is a frequented location where buffaloes and cows from the vicinity come to graze and sit in the swamp/low lying water that collects there.


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Project would involve de-silting the area of the pond


Over the years, the catchment to this waterhole have been blocked, due to commercial use of surrounding land area, and the silting of the area itself has made the place shallow, thereby depleting the water, much earlier than in the past.

The Project would involve de-silting the area of the pond and if possible, clearing up the channels that bring rain water to this lake, from the catchment areas.




This Project has the active participation of students and adults from not only the host school, but also from schools who are part of the Round Square fraternity and beyond. We have The Doon School, British School and St. George’s School, Switzerland joining us in this endeavour with three teachers and sixteen students working on the below mentioned dates.


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Active student participation



Proposed Location

Stay Location             : Pathways World School,  Aravali Retreat, Gurgaon, Harayana

Work Site Location : 2 kms radius from the camp, Off, Gurgaon Sohna Road.


Dates: Saturday, 5th June 2010 – Monday, 14th of June 2010
Age Group:
15- 18 yrs (open to both genders)