Over the hills and far away…

Field trips and study tours more effective than classroom learning say students and teachers

l Tashi Tobgay, Thimphu


A class outside the four rooms of a classroom is a breather for all students, especially young ones. And this is exactly what happened yesterday, as 64 students of Druk School’s Scout group (Cub Group), comprising children from classes IV to VI, went on a field trip to Tango monastery.

Talking to the Journalist, Lopen Choeki Nima, the teacher-on-duty said that the children could learn and grasp more during their field visits rather than always impart knowledge through textbooks, which is obsolete and boring.

“We take our students for regular field visits as it is more effective than teaching in the classrooms. Children can also have first hand experience of what they learn and thereby, remember it for a longer period of time,” Choeki Nima added.

The children were also excited on the initiative and said that they were already looking forward to similar field trips in the future.

“It is quite boring to learn and rote from our textbooks everyday for six days a week. In fact, I and my classmates learn more and remember what we learn if we practically see and experience it,” said a fifth grader, adding that it was the first time she was visiting the monastery and was a experience worthy of her time and effort.

Similarly, the parents of the students said that they always support the school’s initiative especially when their children were taken for field trips and study tours.

A mother of a ten-year-old, and whose daughter was studying in class V, said that she makes sure that her daughter gets up early and prepares herself mentally before going to any fields trips.

“I think it is a very effective way to teach our children as they can see and experience it for real. Instead of telling them and explaining about rural life, it would be better if we take them to the villages to show them the reality,” she said.

Pelzom, a fourth grader, said that she was shocked to see round and green dung-like stuffs along their track. “Later my teacher explained that it was actually horse dung. I was seeing it for the first time in my life,” the nine-year-old said.

Lopen Choki said that the children were very excited about the trip and that he will propose to the school management to conduct similar trips in the future.

“Our school system must encourage teachers to give more practical lessons to their children as it is more effective. The education ministry should have to invest more and encourage schools to conduct more field visits and study tours for our students,” Lopen Choeki said.


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