Kodaikanal International School (KIS), plans to put its campus near Palani Hills for academic purposes. It plans to set up an experiential learning centre on the campus for research on environment and an outdoor campus experience.
“It is the school’s new mission to provide for a healthy planet and our commitment to the ecologically important Palani Hills,” said school principal Corleigh Stixrud. “Students can speak to local farmers on the effects of climate change, learn about the flora and fauna and we will invite experts to carry out work on environmental issues.”
This 92-acres of wilderness, which is currently used by students for hiking and camping, will soon be open for middle and high school students as a good four-month outdoor residential programme.
A curriculum has already been drafted, and children are most likely to be cut off from the internet and only work in natural settings. “We will also open it for other schools and students or any group that is interested in studying the environment,” said chairman Anil Henry.