“Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of
experience.” – Francis Bacon
According to Francis Bacon, travelling is a part of education. An excursion is not just a pleasure trip, it enhances the knowledge of students beyond the four walls of the classroom.
To provide an enriching experience such as this to out students, an excursion to Delhi’s new theme park ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ (Waste to Wonder) was organised for the students of class 1 on 28th August, 2019. The “Waste to Wonder” park is home to replicas of the iconic seven wonders of the worldlisted as some of the most visited monuments across the globe. But what makes these structures unique is that these have been created from waste material like scrap iron, discarded auto parts, metal waste like fans, rods, nut-bolts, bicycle and bike parts, defunct sewer lines and aged appliances procured from landfills in the city.
The replicas on display include the Taj Mahal (20 ft), the Great Pyramid of Giza (18 ft), Eiffel Tower (60 ft), the Leaning Tower of Pisa (25 ft), Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer (25 ft), Rome's Colosseum (15 ft) and New York' the Statue of Liberty (30 ft).
The Eiffel Tower, the veritable symbol of Paris is the tallest among the replicas .The Taj Mahal is fashioned out of industrial and other waste including used cycle chains and its striking motifs are ingrained using laser-cut technology.
Students were in awe of the magnificent replicas built using 150 tonnes of industrial and other waste. They observed carefully as their teachers walked them through the park. They seemed to look in disbelief that such life size replicas could be made of waste!
The students walked through the entire site enthusiastically as they were thrilled to see the eye-catching clones and how artists from across the country had come together to create them.
Students learnt about the solar panels installed on the rooftops of the washroom the solar trees which capture energy from the sun to produce electricity making the park self-sustainable. They were also shown a wind mill that adds to the park’s ability to generate green energy.
Students soaked in the beauty of these world–renowned monuments, we and absorbed the message that the park imbibes – recycling waste and embracing renewable energy for a sustainable and environment-friendly future.
It was this an extremely informative and knowledgeable experience for the students. It was a break from daily routine and the students came back to School with excited happy faces discussing about how they can reuse/recycle their own resources at home and at School in the best possible way and become responsible citizens of the future.
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