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     CultureQuest India is an initiative of students and teachers from schools under the Directorate of Education, Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi.
      CultureQuest aims to foster understanding and appreciation among school students from diverse cultures of India and the world. It encourages students to set up channels of communication with each other, to learn about each other’s cultures.
     CultureQuest looks at global cultures to explore beliefs, customs, capabilities and habits, the arts in different societies. It provides a platform for students’ to explore their interest in different threads of culture which form our web of life.


OBJECTIVES OF CULTUREQUEST INDIA

     CultureQuest India meets the growing demands of today’s classrooms by integrating technology into the curriculum, benefiting both teachers and students. It enhances literacy, and provides students with research and interpersonal skills to function effectively in a global environment.
     By enabling exchange of ideas among different cultures it fosters cultural understanding and awareness among students. This project can help teachers and students to gain a more global perspective and help them to take full use of the vast resources of the internet.

BACKGROUND

     CultureQuest India has been adopted from CultureQuest - USA (www.culturequest.us), which is a project developed at the Centre for School Development, School of Education, the City College of the City University of New York.
     The idea of CultureQuest was first introduced in India by Dr. Ravi Kalia, City College of New York, in January 2003. Twenty Teachers from ten RPVV (Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya) were trained in the CultureQuest project by Dr. Sheila Gersh and Ms. Rhoda Peltzer of the City College of The City University of New York. The training was coordinated by SCERT (State Council of Education Research and Training) Delhi. The project was originally funded by the New York-based American India Foundation (AIF).

THE ROAD AHEAD

     In the new phase the project is being undertaken by the Directorate of Education, Delhi (www.edudel.nic.in). The core group of 20 teachers from RPVV schools will be given additional training to function as master trainers in their respective school zones. CultureQuest will not only make learning more enjoyable for children but will also make teaching more dynamic, participatory and meaningful.

 
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