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India presentation

  2. 2. George Abbot School and Boxgrove Primary School were awarded the British Council International School Award in September 2003. We were then linked with Maharaja Sawai Man Singh Vidyalaya (MSMSV) in Jaipur by the British Council in December 2003. We were asked to act as mentor schools for MSMSV as part of initiative to launch the British Council International School Award in India. MSMSV was one of seventeen selected schools in India. These will be the first schools outside the UK to apply for the International School Award as part of the newly established scheme.
  3. 3. George Abbot and MSMSV launched elearning projects in 2004 in RE, Geography and also began work on other subjects such as French, History and Sport topics. George Abbot launched a Creative and Expressive Arts course in Drama, Dance, Music, Art and Textiles on the theme of India in September 2004 with the help of ‘Trishul Dance’
  5. 5. Year 7 Creative and Expressive Arts course ‘India’ – Dance and Textiles
  6. 6. In January 2005 MSMSV Headteacher Neera Mathur and International Coordinator Ritu Sharma visited George Abbot and Boxgrove Schools Picture below – Mr Moloney, Ritu Sharma, GAS governor Mr Owen and Neera Mathur
  7. 7. Neera Mathur helps with a Drama lesson on the Mahabharata as part of the year 7 Creative and Expressive Arts ‘India’ course
  8. 8. Neera Mathur with Mr Moloney in Year 7 Assembly
  9. 9. Neera Mathur and Ritu Sharma with George Abbot Students in the school library and meeting year 13 student Francesca Freeman for an interview for the George Abbot International Newspaper
  10. 10. In February 2005 five George Abbot staff and four Boxgrove staff visited MSMSV in Jaipur. Eight teachers were funded by TIPD. SEMLAC and CILIP and the British Council contributed funds for the additional place for George Abbot’s Head of Information Centre to join the trip
  11. 11. Maharaja Sawai Man Singh Vidyalaya (MSMSV) opened in 1984, it was started by the Sawai Ram Singh Shilpa Mandir Society, a trust set up by the Late Highness Maharaja Sawai Man Singh. It is an English Medium Co-educational Senior Secondary School affiliated to the Central Board of Education in New Delhi. The school has approximately fifteen hundred students aged from three and a half to seventeen years of age.
  12. 12. Staff saw a variety of lessons during their visit and had the opportunity to talk to staff about the curriculum and school management. George Abbot and Boxgrove staff were impressed by the high standard of teaching and innovative projects taking place at MSMSV
  13. 13. Conservation is an important theme at MSMSV, this links to a number of lessons. It is an increasingly important theme in India and it is of considerable international importance. Students have not only designed, but put into practice several innovative conservation schemes.
  14. 14. Water conservation schemes had been put into practice.
  15. 15. There were schemes to enhance the frequent recycling of soil.
  16. 16. Fabric remnants are recycled to make paper. Hand made paper is then used by students to make folders and bags. The use of polythene bags is not allowed in school
  17. 17. Visiting staff were given a demonstration of paper making and asked to take part!
  18. 18. Students were keen to talk about their projects and explained their work to visiting staff
  19. 19. Staff were visited a number of lessons, in this lesson students were working in groups on an article for a newspaper
  20. 20. MSMSV students are outgoing and ready for anything….even abseiling!
  21. 21. MSMSV students have been working with George Abbot students using the Digitalbrain facility on the George Abbot website.
  22. 22. More traditional methods of teaching are also evident, in this lesson students recap on the previous lesson’s theory on hydrocarbons in science.
  23. 23. Visitors were shown textiles lessons using traditional Indian wooden blocks for printing, and students also had ‘hands on’ experience in construction in wood
  24. 24. MSMSV students have a varied curriculum and take an active interest in current affairs, they are encouraged to express their own ideas, support one another, work as a team and take on many responsibilities. There was one initiative that particularly impressed visiting staff and we would like to support this project. MSMSV has a commitment to support a village school on the outskirts of Jaipur.
  25. 25. Lalitya Kumari Bal Niketan The village school at Jaggo ki Bawri • The Jaggo ki Bawri village school Lalitya Kumari Bal Niketan has 320 students and offers classes up to the equivalent of GCSE level, but with few facilities and teachers life is very different. There are many talented students at Jagaonki Bawadi but they have few of the advantages that students have at MSMSV in Jaipur or those of George Abbot and Boxgrove in Guildford. • Life here, as in many villages in India, has hardly changed for hundreds of years. • The village school was started in the 1980’s by MSMSV’s chair of governors, Her Highness Rajmata Gayatri Devi of Jaipur. Until recently girls did not have the opportunity to continue education beyond the age of ten but now boys and girls learn together up to the age of about fifteen. MSMSV students teach at the school as part of their citizenship programme. The girls have played a particularly important part in setting an example and raising expectations for girls in the village who would previously have had no opportunities other than an arranged marriage at a young age.
  26. 26. Visiting staff from the George Abbot and Boxgrove were welcomed by students at Jagaonki Bawadi singing and dancing
  27. 27. George Abbot and Boxgrove staff are invited to join in the dance!
  28. 28. Jagaonki Bawadi does have some computers, although these are not connected to the internet. Boys may leave the village to look for jobs, but girls are still expected to stay in the village.
  29. 29. MSMSV has equipped a workshop with sewing machines so that the girls and the women of the village can learn to produce and sell textiles.
  30. 30. MSMSV would like to equip Jagaonki Bawadi with further opportunities such as a weaving workshop and gem cutting facilities, but there are no funds to do this…
  31. 31. George Abbot staff met almost all the students at Jagaonki Bawadi, but particular greetings were given to the youngest students in the form of pencils to represent the importance of education. We hope to work with MSMSV to support them and provide a few more opportunities in the future.
  32. 32. This little village school offers a real opportunity for its students. Life in the village has not changed for hundreds of years.
  33. 33. However in recent years there have been serious problems with the water supply, water shortages are becoming an increasingly serious issue in India and in Rajasthan in particular.
  34. 34. This stepped well used to supply the water for the village, but it has dried up.
  35. 35. There is another well in the village but this too has dried up. There are government water deliveries to the tank (below right). This is for the whole village. There is enough water for approximately one and a half litres per person, every other day.
  36. 36. The only other general water supply now is the village pump. Supplies are very limited indeed. The water table is dropping so although there is rain after the monsoon season, the supply of water is very low at other times of the year and is in danger of running out.
  37. 37. Water is carried home, cooking is done using traditional clay ovens.
  38. 38. There is not enough water to use for washing up so this has to be done by rubbing sand into the pots and pans to clean them.