Welsh teachers connect with their ‘partner schools’ in state
From what is the Welsh national flag to what are Welsh school timings, Eleri Thomas, has spent the past week answering a barrage of questions from students in rural Maharashtra’s Zilla Parishad schools.mumbai Updated: Oct 30, 2010 01:28 IST
From what is the Welsh national flag to what are Welsh school timings, Eleri Thomas, has spent the past week answering a barrage of questions from students in rural Maharashtra’s Zilla Parishad schools.
Thomas is part of a four-member contingent of teachers visiting from the UK to connect with their ‘partner schools’ in Maharashtra.
On Friday, the teachers discussed the upcoming plans for partnerships with their counterparts in the education department. The British Council is facilitating the programme. “We saw schools here that were happy and effective learning communities. Hopefully, we can get more parents in our schools involved in the same way,” said Thomas.
They now hope to take the project further through video-conferencing between the partner schools’ classrooms.
In the second stage of the projects, students will exchange notes about each other’s festivals, dances, songs, and lives. So far, the project has involved teachers from both sets of schools visiting the other country and setting up emailing contact.
“It’s important for children now to become global citizens,” said Poonam Davbhat, a teacher from a Pune district Zilla Parishad primary school.
“Rural students don’t get the same kinds of opportunities as urban do, generally, so this is a great chance for them to learn. It will also help them develop their computer and English-language skills.”
The Welsh teachers have filmed classes and cultural activities in the rural schools, which they will share with their students, back home.
“It’s one thing to read about Indian culture, another thing to watch a video clip, which makes it more real,” said Thomas. “It’s all about breaking barriers and enabling children to learn about each other.”