Learning from Ladakh: Class 12 Students’ Learning Journey to SECMOL


In October 2016  Class 12 students went on a very unique and memorable trip. The trip, which was conceived and facilitated by Journeys with Meaning (JwM), a Mumbai-based group that facilitates responsible tourism, gave students a first-hand experience of Leh and Ladakh.

The students stayed at the sustainably-built SECMOL (Students Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh) campus, located on the banks of the Indus River. The SECMOL campus is entirely student-driven; IHS students were paired with their counterparts to understand a day in the life of a Ladakhi student. They participated in various activities, including conversation classes and reflective sessions, and explored the Leh Market and Sham Valley. The commitment of the SECMOL students to their community was palpable.

One of the highlights of the trip was a guided walk of the Hemishukpachan Village with Mr. Namgyal, a retired teacher who shared his knowledge of the Ladakhi way of life. Students stayed in a guest house and observed sustainable living in practice. Students were astounded by the level of self-sufficiency and collaboration of the community, and the efficiency of water and waste management.

The natural and stunning landscapes left a permanent imprint on them. A visit to Pangong Lake was the icing on the cake. Many students expressed that this was by-far the best trip that they had ever been on, and recommended that every student should have this experience.