THE CALORX SCHOOL STUDENTS VISIT CHINA
Life is like a canvas, you can paint bliss or you can paint sorrow. These were the words which echoed the Lotus Hall at the Grand Epoch city in Beijing on 5th August 2010. 20 students of The Calorx School were present to witness this historical opening ceremony of the WE-MUN that bought together 8 different International Model United Nations (MUN) under one roof. The students visited China as part of an educational tour from 4th Aug, 2010 to 17th Aug, 2010.
The keynote speaker Ms. Jing Crystal Wu, who lost her vision when she was fifteen months old, started the address by joking about her Chinese origin. She informed people that she is “Made in China.” Students from The Calorx School participated in this Model United Nations, which went on from 5th August to 8th August 2010. They actively took part in debates and discussed issues of International concern. The students were part of committees like World Food Programme, The Somalian Cabinet, The Committee of Economics and Finance, Committee of Social Development etc.
Three students made their presence felt at this international Conference by bagging various awards. Master Tarunn Toprani won the Outstanding Delegate award in this committee, whereas Devam Shah and Raj Mehta were declared as the Honorable mentions. If the conference got a conclusion on 8th August, a new fervor started from 9th August 2010. The students were a part of an interesting academic exploration event called as WEXPLORE. The students did various activities during the days of explore like learning Chinese language, exploring Beijing as a local, to camping on the Great Wall.
Singing our national anthem on the Great Wall of China on 15th August was a very proud moment for the students and the escorting faculties. Devam Shah, a student of Grade 10 reflects “China is totally different from India, the government is all together different the people. The culture, everything differs from India, especially a normal layman in China must know 5000 characters of Chinese language and for the foreigners it is a great achievement if they learn at least 300 characters. One thing which I noticed is that they work like anything to achieve their goal and they are prepared for anything.” Whereas according to Devam’s peer Zubeen Agarwal “China, the land of people taught us an important lesson that the world is not what it seems like. In China we learnt that everyone has their own place. In spite of having such vast population, China still has annual growth rate of 8.2%. What we learnt was that the cultural shocks can be both negative and positive too.”
Programmes like this indeed teach the kids that traveling a mile is far better than reading thousand books.