In an effort to take education beyond the four walls of the classroom, the students of St Xavier College, Jalukie in Nagaland have started a ‘bicycle outreach program’ where the students visit villages and communities on bicycles ‘to learn, interact and teach, depending on the occasion’. The Sociology Department of the college, termed the new outreach program as ‘a new track’ and an effort towards ‘education beyond the four walls’.
The students visited the villages, making a survey through interaction with the people. The students spent quality time through these activities. Apart from the academic trips, they will also make an effort to reach out to the students in the villages on Sundays, using the opportunity of the trips, to train and teach the children.
The faculties of the department explained that such activities help the students of the college grow a sense of responsibility. The students have also realized, with joy, that these are genuine ways to compliment the classroom learning with experiential learning.
It has been further maintained that ‘the initiative’ comes in response to the repeated demand of educationists to enable learning in the context of social reality, and therefore with the success of the initial trips, the students are determined to make regular visits to different villages in the days to come.