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Apply Textbook Knowledge In Real-Life Situations, Sonam Wangchuk’s Advice To SAI Intl Students


30 October 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das


Bhubaneswar: The combination of Bright Head, Skilled Hands and a Kind-Compassionate Heart (3H) is the very essence of education, said Innovator and educationist Sonam Wangchuk while addressing the students of SAI International School on Wednesday.

Wangchuk, a Ramon Magsaysay awardee delivered a lecture on '3R to 3H: The Next Learning Revolution', where he stressed that education, or grooming any person, is not about the head or the 3 R’s (Reading, WRiting, ‘ARithmetic), rather it is all about the 3H.

He outlined the importance of hands-on learning and inspired students to strengthen themselves by applying their text book knowledge in real life situations to bring in a positive difference in the society.

Interacting with the students, Wangchuk spoke on how the increasing student drop outs and failure rates stimulated him to start the famous eco-friendly and self-sustainable Alternative School, Students' Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL), which has become a role model for various educationists.

He elaborated on how he harnessed the latent potentials of the students labelled as failures and helped them to stand in their life. By creating a supportive environment, he enabled students to excel and even attain national and international acclaim in their chosen field. Wangchuk opined that students should be taught the way in which they learn better, not in the existing standard system of education.

He spoke about how he used simple knowledge from his school science books to experiment and created the famous ‘Ice Stupas’, which has brought in greenery to the land and solved the water crisis of Ladakhi people. He also detailed on how SECMOL was designed, built and run with and by the students and made self-sustainable by blending ancient wisdom with modern science. He inspired the students to try and make innovations with the help of earth, Sun, ice and fire.

Speaking on the importance of conserving energy, Wangchuk said that unless each and every citizen feel the responsibility and pledge to lend their contribution for a cleaner and greener world, the planet will continue to deteriorate.

He also spoke about his latest movement, ‘I live Simply’, which was launched as a tribute to Gandhiji, inspiring people to live a simple life by changing their mindset, attitude and way of living, so as to make the world a better place. He asked the students to pledge not to waste food, use a bicycle, switch off lights and fan if not in use, use staircase etc. He inspired them to become role models in their own community and spearhead the movement.

Wangchuk was accompanied by Gitanjali Jain, Founding CEO of Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh (HIAL). The team went for a guided tour of the school with the students.

Sonam Wangchuk

Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder, SAI International Education Group