A few weeks ago, when the school sent an email announcing the beginning of Learning From Home (LFH), it felt like a brave new world. We quickly juggled to adapt to new schedules and new technologies. Who knew that lockdown would mean LFH for all of us – just of a different kind. We’ve learnt how to make bread and idli batter from scratch;
we’ve learnt how to play new online games, and enjoy age-old games (Monopoly, Pictionary and Scrabble have had rousing revivals in our house); we’ve made multiple Zoom “play dates” and had virtual “lunches” with friends; we’ve learnt how to count the stars and actually hear the sounds of birds on the trees. We’ve also learnt how many people we
depend on, every day: the people who bring us our milk every morning; and help us clean our homes; and clear our trash; and grow our fruits and vegetables; and transport our food; and deliver our groceries; and bring our medicines to our gates. Most importantly, we’ve learned how to look after other people – many families in our Neev community are
providing meals, groceries and essentials every day to families in need.
We’ve had lots of time to think and reassess. Shared here, are some reflections from our parent community…
Our Big Learning
Neev launched Learning from Home and all of us were elated. The current unit for PYP on How the World Works was perfect for LFH. As my 3rd grader read the book Life on Earth and mapped life on Earth’s timeline from 4.5 billion years to date, she realised humans came into existence only 130,000 years ago and remarked – We have lived here for the shortest period and created so much havoc by being mean and selfish. While humans, with their superior intellect have made seemingly impossible things possible, they have also endangered millions of other species that have inhabited the Earth by being selfish. As the Earth heals and we start to see the positive effects of the lockdown, it looks like a best laid plan to wake us up from deep slumber. All our Grade 3 learnings from art work, language, UoI, Novel study culminated and we got a better understanding of the Central Idea – Life is a process of change and the Key question here is Are we willing to change for the better? The Universe has given us a trailer, a glimpse of a better life, one that encompasses values of love, empathy and living in harmony. We have an opportunity to display our IB learner
profiles of being caring, reflective, open minded, balanced, principled thinkers and put to use our communication and leadership skills to make the world better. Live and let live…
SRIRANJANI BALAJI (Parent of Pratyush – 8B & Prakriti – 3C)
Going Nature’s Way
As we express an utter helplessness to change our circumstance, the Corona virus keeps on pummeling us. We are plundered of our resources because we are left with only a few: our family, food, potable water and shelter. These few are the important ones it turns out. But all the non-essentials, those items that express our surplus identity, our commodified selves, are but a whisper amongst the trees. We don’t have a car, but we have a mask, to show our solidarity with mankind and get a wink of approval from the others. Each Sunday since lockdown we have methodically exited our home and walked around. But our non-negotiable items that we carry are: mask, sanitizer, water and chopstick. These walks have been such cornerstones of breaking the monotony of a week.
As I ponder over time, control and discrimination on what we thought we knew, and what we actually know, I can say a crowning achievement in this time of universal astonishment
is an insight into the true meaning of value. On what is dispensable and what is indispensable. Because with little we grow wise, we get creative, we can move mountains. Well almost, but we can bring the dolphins back to the canals of Venice!
VERONICA DE VOS (Parent of Risamaya – 6B & Rishan – 2C)
Some Thoughts… Some Realizations
2020. What a weird year. In a world that felt increasingly dystopian, this pandemic and the subsequent lockdown has been eye-opening. I’ve realised that:
Health – physical and mental is the most important.
Nature is all powerful. All it took was a virus to bring this world to a standstill.
All I truly needed was pretty basic. Coffee, food, clothing, shelter, family and friends.
Technology is a lifesaver. If it weren’t for the storytellers, the musicians and artists, life would be hard. Imagine no books and music. Kids are most creative trying to get out of chores. The people we never really think about are the ones who make our lives easy. I’m privileged. I’m grateful for that.
The lockdown for me meant staying safe at home with a salary coming in, not walking home 500 kms away because I lost my daily wages.
We need more women leaders. Countries led by women have handled the pandemic marvellously. The human spirit is indefatigable. Despite iffy political leadership, ordinary people rose to the occasion- doctors and nurses on the front and citizens making masks, sanitizers, raising money to feed the poor, buy ventilators and keeping senior citizens safe.
The pre-COVID 19 world was working itself towards extinction. This pandemic has starkly shown issues of economic disparity, the lacunae in the health care system and the clarity of what we need to do- for ourselves and this planet. May we pause, reflect, live mindfully and never lose the lesson.
MAYA JAIN (Parent of Dhruv – 6A & Shreya – 4C)