The third installment in the series of articles written by our friend, Solomon Rajaram Hariharan, a member of the “Dream team 2012” of “Sri Lanka Unites”( A youth movement for hope and reconciliation).
The first Workshop of the School Relations Tour was held in Basilica College, Ragama. The Gampaha workshop saw 7 schools. It was all in Sinhala. I spoke in Sinhala at a public programme for the first time. It was a nervous moment. The workshop was well organized. The host school had made a video presentation on the teams in the workshop. We were warmly welcomed with the Kandyan Dance. Basilica College is a Catholic school. The school said that for the “Champions of Change” project(A project in which two schools are partnered according to several criteria. These partnered schools will have to collaboratively work projects in their communities that bring about a change in the society.), they had decided to work with Udupukkulam Maha Vidyalaya instead of having the Christmas Carols. It was inspiring to see the whole school coming forward to help their partner school make progress. Then we headed towards Ratnapura.
The Ratnapura workshop was hosted by Dharmapala Maha Vidyalaya. The hall of this school is used as classrooms. 8 schools participated in this workshop. The concepts on leadership and proactive thinking were taught by games. The human knot game was interesting as there was a time limit this time. When playing reaching for the globe, I saw the students trying various methods. Some were funny while others were logical. Some paved way for other groups to learn from the mistakes and obtain the goal. I realized that it’s the contribution one makes toward the society that enables the community as a whole to reach the goals. We had a welcoming tea in the school. We then headed towards the guest house.
- The “human knot” game has a deep meaning behind it. For those of you who are unaware of it, here’s how it goes:
A group holds hands and stands in a circle.
Then one hand is broken and the person whose hand is broken is made to go through the other teammates in a very random manner so that it forms a messed up knot.
Then the broken hand is tied with the other left out hand and then the team has to figure out how to form the same circle without breaking hands.
It’s all about team work and it also means before the war, there was peace(symbolized by the complete circle).
Then the war gave way to confusions and issues which resulted in a messy knot.
So if we are to form the same circle again, we need to listen to others while telling our views to get the circle done.
- The “reaching for the globe” game is another interesting game which goes like this:
A globe is placed at a reachable but a not too close distance.
The teammates have to somehow try to get the globe without crossing the border (a line that they should not cross).
Any wacky ideas can be used as long as they get the target without touching the space between the globe and the line. People usually have one person to reach for the globe, but I have seen two or three people reaching like a bridge to get the globe.
The meaning is that there are goals in life like the globe.
There are barriers like the border, and rules to follow in life.
One person cannot get the goal. It is only with the help of his or her teammates that it becomes possible to get the goal.