Moral science lessons at schools are no longer restricted to morning assemblies. Schools are nowadays taking lessons outside classrooms to give students a hands-on experience.

Recently, 43 students of the Cathedral and John Connon School, Fort, visited a school in Mahad for three days, during which they interacted with teachers and principals who are engaged in construction of sanitation facilities at the school. The students also worked on science projects at the school, while providing career counselling to the kids there. “Working to help the less fortunate ones gave us the lessons that no textbook could have given. Every urban student should, at some point, partake in service learning and voluntary work to understand the circumstances people face in our country, “said Shreyas Raman, a student. The Fort school visit was facilitated by the Swades Foundation, which is looking to tie up with over 100 schools to adopt schools in rural Maharashtra. “Such exchanges give students the chance to be socially conscious and develop empathy as well as help develop aspirations among the less privileged, “said Ronnie Screwvala, founder, Swades Foundation.

Students of Goregaon's VIBGYOR High School have been spending four days a year in Kashid for the past five years. Apart from understanding the daily living and culture of the locals, the students visit the government school and provide them assistance.

Closer home, some students of the school have been teaching financial literacy, use old have been teaching financial literacy, use of technology and spoken English to people at nearby slums. “The goal is to reach out and get out of the comfort corners to understand the real life in the real world, “said Shim Mathew, principal of the school.

In Santacruz, Child Reach School has found support in students from Oberoi International School in Goregaon. Under the programme, 25 students of the Santacruz School attend a two-hour workshop at Oberoi International School every week, wherein class XI pupils teach them.