MurthyNAYAK Foundation Hosts Agastya Educators12 Jun 2012
Last weekend, the MurthyNAYAK Foundation, the philanthropic heart of the Murthy Law Firm, hosted a delegation of educators from one of our favorite projects based in Bangalore, India. The Agastya International Foundation is a nongovernmental organization (NGO) whose mission is to spark creativity in the children of rural India. Agastya is known for its innovative approach to teaching science and math, using hands-on, experiential learning and peer teaching, in an atmosphere that encourages questioning and experimentation.
Agastya sent four enthusiastic leaders to the United States – one from the Bangalore office, and two from the campus in Kuppam, A.P. An Agastya board member accompanied them. The trip began in New York City with visits to two schools and the American Museum of Natural History. In Baltimore, the team checked out the Maryland Science Center. They also ventured down to Washington D.C. for a guided tour of the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum.
There was a day of sight-seeing in Washington, photos in front of the Capitol and White House, gazing across the National Mall from the Lincoln Memorial, and a stop at the Martin Luther King Memorial to pay their respects to America’s great civil rights leader, a disciple of Gandhi. The next leg of their trip takes the group to the Exploratorium in San Francisco, which, like Agastya, is a pioneer in hands-on science instruction.
Sent to the United States on a journey of discovery, these individuals have done some experiential learning of their own. Before they left India, Agastya Chairman Ramji Raghavan charged them with this mission: explore, enjoy, and bring back some good ideas. All signs make it clear that the journey is a resounding success!
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