What you learn in school, either through practice of books, stays with you for the rest of your life. It in fact shapes a child into the adult he or she becomes. School tourism is the latest introduction in changes proposed by the general council of Coruna. It aims to serve as a medium through which not just students but teachers too learn of practices in other schools, regions and share their own innovative methods or curriculums.
We are also interested in launching a service which offers students the chance to experience long-term vacations; up to two weeks. We are currently internally discussing the best vacations to take, although we have two on the cards; Florida and Mexico.
Who is it intended for?
The curriculum is primarily focused at the age group of 4 to 16 years in any of the school centres of Coruna.
What are the benefits of the program?
For students it offers them an opportunity to travel away from their locality or region and visit new destinations within Coruna. They get to see the history of the province, interact with the locality and learn social science in the process too. Not only are they seeping in much needed home culture and history but also learning what social science and interaction means.
Students who volunteer for school tourism will also be participating in the planning phase, if they are willing to take extra responsibilities. Teachers must provide students the say when it comes to what places to visit and explore. Yes, going to another school is a major part of the program but it is not the only objective of school tourism. Students must figure out, with the help of the teacher, what historical significance a region has within Coruna and ensure that they visit those destinations while on school tourism.
“Naturally, this involves all students as well as the teachers” said Dr. Barish Bellerin, a student psychologist. “You see, school tourism is less about travel and fun but it still has to be fun because we are taking kids who may not yet have the attention span for purely educational tours”. “Teachers therefore play a major part in ensuring that these excursions are not just educational but also entertaining so students actually participate and learn”.
How long is each visit?
A typical school tour will last for no more than two hours for children below age 10. For older students, it can go up to 4 hours. The routes and activities ultimately determine the exact duration of each visit. Students will have time to stroll, write, draw and seep in the culture and surroundings as much as they can.
What will it cost?
No cost is to be incurred by parents, it is borne by the school and the district itself. However, exact cost per tour is variable and needs to be passed by the school administration beforehand.