Hongirana always tries to bring the society into the campus or taking the classroom to the society with an effort to develop connectivity between the two. As an effort to develop this connectivity, the Class Ninth students of Hongirana have been taken to Belaguru in Hosadurga taluk on 23rd and 24th of December, 2016. The main purpose of this visit was to reinforce classroom learning with a meaningful engagement of the students with the community and to develop a sense of community feeling.
It was not just an educational trip. It was an attempt to know the social condition, economic status and the way of life of the people in and around Belaguru. Hence a survey was organised by the students. After visiting a number of houses and having a meaningful conversation with the villagers, the students were asked to submit a project report on the total trip. They visited the houses of seven thousand population in three different groups. The support of the village people was marvellous. Hence our students were able to complete the task without any problem.
Our students not only surveyed the village but also performed many street plays to develop social awareness among villagers . The themes of the street plays were ‘the ill effects of tobacco’, ‘women empowerment’ and ‘child labour’. They even tried to create awareness among the village people regarding the effects of plastic by distributing the paper bags to the local shops. To entertain the villagers a cultural programme was also organised in the form of dances and Yakshagana which entertained the villagers. Hence they opined “they had never seen any school like Hongirana which helps the children to achieve all round development”. Even all the children were happy feeling that, ‘this visit helped them to develop their communication skills, language, body language, vocabulary and gave a very good exposure’. Finally one could say that the total project got success because of the co-operation given by the local people, involvement shown by the children and the initiation taken by the staff members.