ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION 

Any education is not complete without taking cognisance of what is the need of the hour. Designed to complement the academic curriculum, alternative education widens horizons, maximises learner’s participation and potential, thus leading to increased learning and enhanced cognitive development. Recognising the need for this, the following domains provide that and more: social opportunities and opening a child’s mind to new interests.

The Meraki (Creative Expressions) program helps students to explore creation and expression through Art, Music, Movement and Photography. The department nurtures an inclusive environment for students, allowing for a fluid engagement with the art forms from Grade 3 onwards. Through an immersive experience in art making, creative process and reflections, Meraki aims to go beyond the product, to promote artistic process. We strongly believe that it is the process of art-making that gives a child the creative confidence, not merely the final product. Folk toy making and play, junk instruments and music making, puppetry and theatre- are some of the projects planned for junior school.

The department also stands apart in its consistent efforts to integrate visual arts with other art forms and disciplines—the environment, culture, mental health, and the body.

For the senior school, Meraki is offered for the students of the NIOS stream. The 11th and 12th Grade students may opt to take up an area in greater depth to create a body of work or a portfolio in art, music or photography. While this course is geared to nurture creation and free expression, some students have gone on to pursue art and music on recognising their core abilities. 

Alumni of the program now find themselves in institutions such as Srishti School of Design and KM College of Music and Technology.

This is a movement that was started in 2017, by working with APL students to create a garden campus that is edible. We follow regenerative agricultural practices where there is minimal cost and external inputs and maximum benefits such as harvests, a permanent ecosystem with bio diverse flora and fauna, and a closed loop system. As a part of the APL garden, our students across grades have created two Miyawaki Forests that are now self sustaining with over 20 varieties of trees, shrubs, and other vegetation. Over the years, our practices have attracted fauna such as earthworms that are indicative of a healthy soil, garden lizards that keep our insects in control, birds, butterflies, bees, and even tree frogs and toads. We have also started what we call a sky garden, where we have vines, both ornamental and edible growing on the topmost floor edges of our building that also double up as natural cool curtains for our classrooms there. The main aim of the Eat Your School Garden movement is to impart Education for Sustainability (EfS) and share our best practices with other schools to encourage more schools to create such learning gardens. We are also active on social media with Eat Your School Garden pages on Facebook and Instagram, along with a blog page with student contributions on medium.com.

The Responsible Citizenship Program in APL has been initiated to help students practice the various aspects that an individual needs to possess in order to lead a sustainable and responsible life while being an informed, law-abiding citizen, recognising their civic responsibility. The student members have taken good practises to their communities where they speak about recycling; spreading awareness about signs and symptoms of infectious disease to name a few.

Real Time issues within the school community were studied and members of the RCP sensitised the student body on mindful use of water, tissues, and segregation of waste. Their campaign on reducing wastage of food within the school community delivered a phenomenal response.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or Global Goals, an initiative by United Nations Member States (2015) was a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. Members of the RCP have bestowed upon themselves this goal to discuss prevalent issues and discuss possible solutions.

SnapShot, APL’s e-magazine is created by the students, for the students. It is a platform that gives them an opportunity to voice their opinions, showcase the events of the school and the world around them. Contributions cut across students, teachers and even parents making it a diverse magazine.This yet another student-centered program provides the opportunity to students to try and experience different tasks and roles such as writing, proofing, art directing, designing etc. Snapshot is an exemplar of the synthesis between academic learning, experiential learning and the print industry.

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