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DN Wisdom Tree Global School: Nurturing sustainable development goals through holistic education

EducationWorld February 2024 | Magazine Spotlight Feature

SDG-3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
SDG-4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
SDG-5 is to: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
SDG-11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.
SDG-13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts by regulating emissions and promoting developments in renewable energy.

“Education is a global, common good, a fundamental human right, and the basis for guaranteeing the realization of other rights.

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) promotes the development of the knowledge, skills, understanding, values, and actions required to create a sustainable world, which ensures environmental protection and conservation, promotes social equity, and encourages economic sustainability.”

The DN Wisdom Tree Global School is a state-of-art English medium, co- educational CBSE School in Bhubaneswar, Odisha that aims to provide quality education for children up to Grade 12. It is committed towards benchmarking education at the highest level by making available the best student development practices. The DN Wisdom Tree Global School nurtures a holistic and progressive curriculum wherein age-appropriate challenges and extra-curricular activities foster knowledge along with inculcation of values, thereby empowering children with all necessary life-skills. Our education system stimulates intellect, hones all-round abilities, ignites passion, and shapes character.

The DN Wisdom Tree Global School rests on the foundation of Transformational Learning through global best practices. The vision is to create a world-class education space for children that enables learning through joyful experiences. While the infrastructure exudes the magnificence and expansiveness of the spirit of learning, the curriculum is a harmonious blend of scholastics and co- scholastics that fosters life skills and value systems along with academic knowledge.

We believe that every child is born with unique and distinguishing qualities and as an institution that imparts learning, it is our duty to unravel these innate qualities, polish the potential and guide it towards excellence, while also motivating children to venture into unexplored zones, expanding horizons of the mind. This is keeping in line with our core philosophy of creating cohorts of well-rounded and multi-skilled global citizens.

The CBSE curriculum is deployed through a child-centric methodology. It is mapped with an experiential learning approach, in order to move out of the rote learning process. Independent Learning is highly encouraged. Learning is imparted through mentoring instead of instructions, questioning and curiosity are encouraged and every child is enabled through the learning process without discrimination.

Mentors are trained with latest global pedagogies and are also encouraged to bring in their own style of mentoring while imparting lessons. The Research & Development wing, led by an experienced, national level educator, is engaged in the process of continually upgrading and maintaining a well-balanced cycle of curriculum and pedagogy.

Students are always encouraged to participate in a wide array of sporting activities like football, golf, tennis, horse-riding (with basics of horse polo), target-shooting, swimming, athletics, yoga, rock climbing, and martial arts, under the tutelage of professional coaches and trainers. Dedicated studio spaces for art and craft including pottery, sculpture, wood carving as well as sessions on art-appreciation, music, and dance (both traditional and contemporary), theatre, instrumental music, communication, and public speaking are available for every child to explore. Etiquette, grooming and personality development, heritage, culture and traditions, bonding with nature are activities that encourage collaboration and empathy – these are some of the many co-scholastic skills that are imparted within the day-boarding time frame, with a unique Wisdom Finishing School Programme, currently in its fourth season. Reusing, recycling, upcycling, and a focused use of organic material is consistently promoted through these activities.

A balanced diet and appropriate nutrition are both crucial for the health and well- being of growing children. At The DN Wisdom Tree Global School, a very special focus is maintained on the nutritional needs of growing children. Meals and snacks are carefully selected, under the watchful eye of dieticians and nutritionists, monitored by parents and staff, keeping healthiness as well as taste in mind, in order that children eat well not just at home but also during school hours. Taste buds satiated and bellies full are two key factors in The DN Wisdom Tree Happiness Quotient.

The institution has a unique Heritage Code embedded in its functioning, which fosters the practice of using and promoting handcrafted products and artisanal services, inculcates green practices for promoting conservation and information dissemination on our natural resource heritage, engages the extended community in preserving cultural heritage, ensures equality and equal opportunity in the workplace, and works to lessen social divides in the community. This demonstrates that we care – about ourselves, our stakeholders, humanity at large, and the planet we call home.

Nature and environment are in the DNA of the institution. Trees figure prominently, not just in the articulation of the school’s values but also in its physical spaces. The campus architecture reflects how age-old trees on its grounds become points of attraction and engagement for young, seeking minds. Planting trees, shrubs, and herbs are a regular part of school seasons. Mission Palash has brought back several hundred trees of an endangered species, and the work of greening continues with the making of a Miyawaki forest in the pipeline. The school has a specially designed rainwater harvesting system that collects rainwater in a specific pit, after which the water is channeled and re-used for green spaces. Use of solar power is planned for outdoor lighting, and will be implemented soon.

Green habits and awareness of the ecosystem are an integral part of the curriculum. A lot of activities are based outdoors, in order to allow children to soak in the natural surroundings and observe the co-sharers of natural resources, so that, as they grow, they begin to understand the interconnectedness in the universe and the need to safeguard natural resources.

As a CBSE school we might sound like we are saying the same things but we do the same things very differently, with honesty of purpose and with a commitment to sustaining the vision. We are a school as unique as your child. And the focus is continual – on unlocking that kernel of wisdom in our children so that each one of them emerges as a beautiful and noble tree, striking the perfect balance between the 3Es – Empathy, Empowerment, Excellence and the 3Rs – Respect, Resilience, Responsibility.

Transparency and integrity across all functions, walking the talk, reaching the last mile to get the best available resources on a sprawling 12-acre state-of-the-art-campus equipped with cutting edge facilities is our identity. We benchmark ourselves to be better than what is currently available.

Therefore, it is with pride and joy that we claim our own small contribution to achievement of Sustainable Development Goals, to enabling an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable journey for our children and for ourselves, and all stakeholders.

Also read: Schools of Eminence: The DN Wisdom Tree Global School, Bhubaneswar

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