Today a huge red and blue balloon popped up in the morning behind western Zabarwan range carrying some children. It was DPS Srinagar who has started Hot Air Ballooning for their students. DPS Srinagar has become the first educational institution in the Kashmir Valley to start this adventure for their students.
Hot Air Ballooning is very expensive adventure activity which was earlier prerogative of only elite institutes or rich segment of the society. Balloon has a huge envelope which is filled with hot air through jet stream burners. A basket is attached to the envelope which carries the passengers. Once hot air is pumped , the basket is lifted by the huge envelope. DPS has started this activity with the technical support of IISM Gulmarg. Adventure activities are very essential to develop those traits of personality in our children which are not possible in the protective environs of classrooms. As these are very expensive activities, only few reputed schools of the country used to undertake these activities. Hot air ballooning for school children was unthinkable so far due to high operating costs. It was on the initiative of Sh. Vijay Dhar with the active support of principal IISM, Gulmarg to bring this activity to DPS Srinagar.
Through this activity, we educate the children about a new skill of adventure and they develop courage, confidence and love for nature which are difficult to inculcate in a normal classroom . Said principal IISM who supervised the first day activity and advised on safety aspects of the activity.
School will continue this activity for the next few days depending on the demand of students as this is a volunteer activity and only those students who have consent of their parents are permitted to fly in the balloon.
With this DPS Srinagar entered a new chapter of education which will develop all round personality of their students.
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