2020 has taught people to mend to live their life in new ways. Be it office, school or colleges.. People have started adapting to new ways. News ways of working, new ways of attending classes/meetings. But what if I tell you these parents from Hyderabad have been homeschooling their kids on road journey (Road Schooling) since over an year!
Yes! A Hyderabadi couple has travelled 13,000KMs, 15 states, 3 international borders, in a Tata Nano in the process of road schooling their twin duaghters and this is their story.
Gangadhar Krishnan and his wife Ramya Laxminath:
Gangadhar and his wife Lakshmi lived a fast paced life in the corporate world for over a decade. But then, the Hyderabad-based couple realised how important travel was for them and wanted their twin daughters to see beyond the grind of standardised tests and structured classroom learnings.
In 2018, Gangadhar quit his corporate career of 18 years, started a travel startup and hit the road.
Ever since, The family of four is “roadschooling” — homeschooling on the road — while sharing tips on their social media pages and networking with parents across cities who are on a homeschooling journey.
Their nine-year-old daughters Ananya and Amulya — who were pulled out of school last year — learn through these journeys.
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Last year, they went on a 90-day family roadschooling trip in their car (Tata Nano) travelling across 13,000 kilometres, 15 states and three international borders.
How does road schooling work?
In Cherrapunji, the girls learnt about the water cycle.
In Arunachal Pradesh, they ploughed a farm field and learnt about sustainable agriculture.
In another remote village in the Northeast, when they were stuck in the middle of nowhere, the girls learnt another life lesson when unknown villagers offered help — that kindness can be unconditional.
During their journey through the Northeast, they followed a minimalistic approach — pitching a tent and sleeping under it for many nights.
“We believe in unstructured education and travel is an integral part of it. When we are not travelling, we follow a child-centric schedule. The girls decide what they want to do every day.” Said Gangadhar.
The family follows a no-plastic, no-junk-food philosophy throughout their travels. “We carry our own drinking water containers which we fill up on the way. In the Northeast, we drank water from public taps, rivers or simply filled water at any homein the areas we travelled. We eat what the locals eat because that again is a big life lesson for the girls in their understanding of cultures,” says Gangadhar.
The pandemic has halted their plans:
The pandemic temporarily halted their journey, but soon they were back on track. Last month, the family set off on their first contactless travel from Hyderabad to Mysore.
Throughout their journey they maintained a contactless travel approach, carrying two kinds of tents — one each for changing and camping. “Every morning, we would set up our changing tent in the rural countryside. At nights, we pitched tents at different places — once even inside a petrol bunk,” Gangadhar said.
In their parenting approach, Gangadhar and Ramya strongly believe in focussing on life skills like cooking, cleanliness, self defence, handling fears, inculcating values, respect for animals, handling one’s own emotions and communications.
Here are details about their 2019 trip:
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Here’s wishing all the best to this amazing family
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