Every country has a different educational system but how about adopting teaching methods from other countries and incorporating them in educational systems to improve it further?
With the mindset to exchange ideas, techniques, teaching experiences and resources with Indian teachers, a group of six teacher trainees along with a group leader from University of Melbourne, Australia, have come to The Daly College (DC) on an educational training programme.
Led by Danie'a Acquaro, the programme is an ‘International Internship Programme’ initiated by the Australian university for its students of ‘Master of Teaching' in the year 2012. Jessica Jones, Chayna Stanfield, Lisa Adam, Nathan Welsh, Rebecca Kerr and Steven Bambrook reached Indore on September 24.
Their training programme will conclude on Friday and they will head back to Australia. In this programme, teacher trainees are asked to visit and work in schools in different countries that include China, Thailand, Hong Kong and India.
With Daly College has the only school chosen for the programme in India, this is the third consecutive year that the Australian group came to Indore to study and learn from the Indian educational system.
"The DC was chosen by one of our professors, Fazal Rizvi, who was doing a research on elite schools of the world," said Acquaro. The six trainees have been teaching the pre-primary and primary classes of DC. They also have been interacting with children through various other cultural and co-curricular activities as well.
Speaking about the similarities that the two educational systems have, Acquaro said, "Both Indian and Australian education systems have a lot in common. Similar to India, we have external assessment for gradings by the national curriculum of Australia." However, there were also certain differences that they found in the two systems.
Stating once such difference, Rebecca Kerr, one of the teacher trainees said, "In India you have different teachers in a class for different subjects even at the primary level. On the other hand, in Australia, we have a general teacher who teaches all the subjects to a class."
Although this is not an exchange programme of teachers, Rashmi Ahuja, head mistress of Junior School (DC), finds it a good idea to start a similar initiative at the DC. "It is great learning for both the sides. We get to learn a lot about Australian teaching techniques by hosting them, but it would be even better for our teachers to go to Australia for something alike. The exposure there will definitely be more."
As a part of the programme, the six teacher trainees were asked to participate in community service as well. They visited Sanawadiya village, the Mother Teresa Orphanage and an Old Age Home.
"These trainees will have to submit their research work on 'Service Learning'. They will have to write about how DC assists underprivileged communities and organisations and also about how children can be benefitted with community service, in terms of learning," said Acquaro. The trainees will also be celebrating Gandhi Jayanti and Dusserra with the students and teachers of DC.