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Time Travellers: Apeejay’s IB students embark on a Red Fort odyssey

Young minds unfold the past to ignite a future of learning



In an endeavour to unfurl the pages of India’s storied past, a cohort of students from Apeejay School International, Panchsheel Park embarked on a voyage of enlightenment to the venerable Red Fort, an emblematic bastion of Delhi’s historical legacy. This educational odyssey was meticulously curated to offer budding minds an immersive plunge into India’s opulent history, while bestowing upon them the opportunity to fathom the architectural opulence that once echoed through the halls of this imperial citadel.

A contingent of 37 students spanning various academic grades, accompanied by a trio of erudite mentors, participated in this revelatory sojourn. Seasoned in the annals of history and art, the teachers ensured a guided, perceptive narrative, enabling students to glean insights of paramount historical relevance.

Architectural magnum opus 

As the ochre sun cast its mellow glow upon the timeworn ramparts, the students embarked on a journey through time. The Red Fort, an architectural magnum opus, bore witness to the grandeur of the Mughal era, its foundations laid by Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century. Once a hallowed abode for Mughal emperors, it now stood as a sentinel of a bygone era, its red sandstone façade etching tales of imperial grandiosity.

Within its precincts, the students stood in awe of the intricate craftsmanship that graced every stone. Majestic archways beckoned, whispering tales of imperial proclamations and public audiences in the Diwan-i-Am, while the Diwan-i-Khas whispered secrets of private conclaves, the walls steeped in echoes of emperors’ counsel.

Venturing deeper into the fort’s enclave, the treasure troves of knowledge lay within the hallowed halls of the archaeological museum. A sepulcher of Mughal antiquities, it cradled relics from an era steeped in opulence and cultural effulgence. Miniatures, weaponry, and regal vestiges were met with eager, discerning eyes, as students forged connections with local savants to unravel the tapestry of Independence Day celebrations held on these very hallowed grounds.

Echoes of a storied past 

The resonance of this academic trip reverberated through the students, leaving indelible imprints of insight and reverence. The Red Fort unfurled a tableau of India’s history, painting vivid strokes of the Mughal era’s impact on culture and architectural marvels. It became an ode to the country’s kaleidoscopic cultural heritage, immortalised in the strokes of art, artifacts, and monumental architecture.

Here, on this hallowed ground, the young scholars found their hearts swelled with a newfound sense of belonging, a patriotism ignited by the echoes of a storied past. The intricacies and magnificence of the Red Fort ignited sparks of inspiration within budding architects and artists, sowing seeds of aspiration for generations to come.

Beyond the sensory immersion, the academic venture bears fruit in the form of reflective essays. These compositions, germinating from seeds sown amidst the hallowed halls of the Red Fort, will bear witness to the depth of insight and newfound appreciation cultivated within the hearts and minds of the students. Through these narratives, the rich cultural heritage of India shall find voice and resonance, resonating through the corridors of time.

Fostering inquisitiveness 

A tour to the hallowed precincts of the Red Fort stands as an eloquent testament to the International Baccalaureate’s profound vision of nurturing lifelong learners. The Red Fort, with its architectural grandeur and historical resonance, serves as an enigmatic canvas, inviting young minds to decipher its intricate tales and glean timeless wisdom. This educational sojourn fosters inquisitiveness, critical thinking, and a thirst for knowledge – quintessential attributes that resonate with the very essence of the International Baccalaureate’s ethos of producing lifelong learners. Through this experience, students are not mere spectators, but active participants in their own education, forging connections between the past, present, and the boundless horizon of their intellectual pursuits.

This excursion, a fount of learning and cultural immersion, imparts lessons that transcend the confines of textbooks. It is an exhortation for the young learners to partake in the living, breathing history that shapes their world. For, in the embrace of such monuments, lies the key to understanding their roots, their identities, and the indomitable spirit that defines the land they call home. 

Mrini Devnani is a Principal Correspondent and Marketing Coordinator at Newsroom. She covers student achievements, conducts interviews, and contributes content to the website. Previously, she served as a Correspondent specialising in Edu-tech for the India Today Group. Her skill areas extend to Social Media and Digital Marketing. For any inquiries or correspondence, you can reach out to her at [email protected].