From October 2 – 12, Wasatch Academy hosted five students and two teachers from the Kasiga School in northern India. For the past several years, the Kasiga School and Wasatch Academy have been engaged in a formal partnership, with a theme of water resources and sustainability in Northern India and the American West. Wasatch Academy students and teachers had a wonderful visit to the Kasiga School last spring, and now it was their turn to visit Wasatch Academy and explore the American West through the lens of water and sustainability.
The Kasiga students spent several days on campus, shadowing Wasatch Academy students in their classes and hanging out in the dorms. The Kasiga teachers also observed classes and met with administrators to learn about the history of Wasatch Academy and how things are managed on a daily basis. On one of the evenings, the Craighead Auditorium was full of Wasatch Academy students who came to see the Kasiga students do formal academic presentations and share the findings from their research into water resources and sustainability.
After a few days on campus, the Kasiga students left campus to embark on a 4-day exploration of the American West, including a visit to Bryce Canyon National Park, a behind the scenes tour of Glen Canyon Dam, and shared in discussions with guest speaker Jason Nez from the Navajo Nation. Nez shared his perspectives on water and sustainability in the West. Overall, the Kasiga group gained valuable insights into the similarities and differences between water issues in the American West and Northern India. Kasiga’s visit became an exciting new chapter of this very rich institutional exchange. Wasatch Academy expects to stay in touch with its partners at the Kasiga School and is envisioning the structure and focus of the partnership’s next phase.
The GD Goenka World School Exchange
Dr. Joel Barnes, Wasatch Academy Director of Experiential Education and Sustainability, along with Dr. Zeb Engberg, Math Department Co-Head, have begun communication with the GD Goenka World School in Delhi, India (GDGWS). Dr. Neeta Bali, the GDGWS Head of School (and former Head of School of Kasiga), is excited to develop a partnership with Wasatch Academy centered on collaborative student projects that address issues around waste management and small-scale agriculture.
GDGWS has been experimenting with different variables that affect composting, including temperature, moisture, soil type, and specific organic materials. Both schools have shared recent experiences with community gardens in regards to growing seasons, different types of vegetables, and composting. Wasatch Academy sees potential with GDGWS and is hopeful that these exchanges grow into robust partnerships that include on-site visits, both there and here.