Field visits have been one of the key elements in Amics del Nepal projects to link classroom experiences with the outside world in order to provide both the learner and educator valued practical experience and improve overall learning. However, COVID-19 and the lockdown in 2020 and the beginning of 2021 made it difficult to organise such exposures and visits. Finally on 4th December 2021, the students of the Amics Experiential Sessions were able to take part in a field visit to the national museum and Kaushi theatre after a long gap.
This particular visit was aimed at improving the children’s knowledge on the history of Nepal and providing them with external exposure. Narayanhiti Palace is a palace in Kathmandu, which long served as the residence and principal workplace of the reigning monarch of the Kingdom of Nepal. This palace was named a public museum in 2008 following the 2006 revolution in Nepal (People’s Movement II aimed at removing the monarchy system). The museum consisted of the royal belongings and cultural history of Nepal.
On the same day, we were able to take the children to watch a play based on a story by George Orwell (Animal Farm) in Kaushi theatre. The play was contextualized in Nepali real life socio-political scenario where everyone is fighting for a revolution and yet nothing changes.
The children were excited to see the wonderful spectacles of the museum and experience live theatre. Through these visits, we are hopeful children will not only learn and get exposed to certain things but will also develop motivation and respect for the arts as well.