Creativity Action Service

CAS refers to Creativity Action Service. It is mandatory that IB Diploma students complete 150 hours of such activities to be eligible for the award of the diploma. The school provides opportunities to the students to work and gain experience in long-term activities such as Tribal School project, Orphanage project, Environmental Awareness project, etc. In addition, students also participate in cultural activities, adventure camps, dramatics, and symposiums.

 

The objective of CAS is to enable the IB students to develop a value system by which they enhance their personal growth. By participating in CAS, the students develop a spirit of open-mindedness, lifelong learning, discover and self-reliance.

 

CAS ACTIVITY AT AGRA - MAY 2015

 

As part of the CAS (Creativity, Action and Service) programme, 13 students of IB 2nd year volunteered at the Wildlife SOS organization sites at Agra. From 16th to 22nd May, the students were involved in a lot of activities, divided equally between the bear and elephant centres.

Wildlife SOS was established in 1995 by a small group of individuals inspired to start a movement and make lasting change to protect and conserve India’s natural heritage, forest and wildlife wealth. Today, the organisation has evolved to actively work towards protecting Indian wildlife, conserving habitat, studying biodiversity, conducting research and creating alternative and sustainable livelihoods for erstwhile poacher communities or those communities that depend on wildlife for sustenance.
Our school was the first Indian group of volunteers to be a part of such an endeavour with Wildlife SOS. On arrival, the students were divided into two groups. At the elephant centre, students had the wonderful opportunity to serve the gigantic and friendly creatures by feeding them, giving them a bath, going on a 7 kilometre walk with them, cleaning their enclosures and learning about them.
On the other hand, at the bear centre, they had the fun – filled experience of serving the needs of sloth bears by cleaning their enclosures, painting the cages, feeding them, building enrichments and learning about them too. On the whole, the work experience with the organization and serving the animals left the students spell – bound as they felt empathetic towards them. It was an enriching trip as the students learned to care for the creatures and were exposed to a whole new world of wonderments.

Reflection:
For once, after a long time in the realm of technology, we were bonded with nature and with each other much better in the Agra trip. Bonding with bears was an adventure! We built play pens for them and we fed them. We even got to know their names and their characteristics! The elephants episode was an escapade including long walks with the elephant and showering them! We were so fond of these loveable beings that we addressed them like a person with a name and attributes during our discussions over the dinner table. From just another class of students, we became a family.

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