Project-Based Learning

The concept of Project-Based Learning (PBL) has been around for a while now, but most schools and educational institutions still don’t implement anything remotely like it. In most cases it’s business as usual: just fill out the worksheets, practice for the test, and if you’re good you get to play on the iPads at the end. There is a better way …

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Sri Lankan Karawila Curry

The bitter melon (Momordica charantia) is a type of cucurbit (pumpkin and melon family) widely grown in tropical and subtropical regions of Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Also known in English as bitter gourd, bitter squash, or balsam-pear, it grows as a vine and has several varieties which differ in shape, skin texture and bitterness of the fruit.

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Tria e Ciceri

Tria e ciceri (pasta with chickpeas) is a classic pasta dish from the Salento area of Puglia in Italy, and the signature dish for that area’s provincial capital Lecce. It is a wonderful example of cucina povera whose name reflects the historical influences in Puglia and southern Italy: tria is an old southern Italian word which derives from itriya, an Arabic word for pasta, while ciceri derives from cicer, the Latin for chickpea.

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Kapittha Tree

According to the PTS Pali-English Dictionary, the Pali word kapiṭṭha (or kaviṭṭha) refers to the tree Feronia elephantum, better known today by the alternative scientific name of  Limonia acidissima. The tree is known by a variety of popular names including wood-apple, elephant-apple, monkey fruit, and curd fruit. A large tree growing to 9 metres, kapiṭṭha has a wide variety of culinary and practical uses.

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The City of Sagala

Sagala is an ancient name for the modern city of Sialkot in northern Punjab, Pakistan. In ancient times Sagala was the capital of the Indo-Greek King Menander during his reign from 160 to 135 BCE. Literary accounts suggest that Greek and local Indian populations in cities like Sagala lived in relative harmony, with some of the local residents adopting the responsibilities of Greek citizenship, while many Greeks converted to Buddhism and adopted local traditions.

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