Our mission is to provide a world-class outdoor and environmental education programme that develops responsible citizens by exploring and celebrating the Himalayan environment through physical activity, art, literature, environmental ethics and leadership training.
The curriculum at the Hanifl Centre is best described as dynamic. Lessons come to life as students make direct contact with their subjects and studies. Resources for classroom study include maps, subject-specific texts, audiovisual material, scientific equipment, and information technology. Outside of the classroom, students develop projects, take part in nature hikes and participate in local field trips. The Hanifl Centre staff act as consultants to Woodstock staff across disciplines to develop appropriate experiential learning opportunities. In addition to building a resource of teaching materials, the centre staff network with experts from outside the school to provide curricular enrichment.
Woodstock is known for its long-standing relationship with the Garhwal community, as much a part of the school's heritage as the hills themselves. With this in mind, we look forward to extending the Hanifl Centre's resources beyond the school. Plans have been made to relocate the school's numerous existing community outreach programmes to the Centre, while also inviting students from many surrounding areas to utilize newly-created resources. Other materials developed at the Centre will take the form of mobile exhibits to be shared with surrounding schools. Schools, churches and alumni groups within India and from around the world are invited to participate in programmes that incorporate the vibrancy of a timeless region with a knowledge and responsibility necessary to tomorrow's world. In these ways the Hanifl Centre seeks to positively impact the Himalayan region into the future.