This programme was originally run in partnership with the Faculty of Education, Cambridge University 2008 – 2013 and was time-limited. It re-started in partnership with Oxford University in 2016 and with Oxford Brookes joining in 2018. On graduation, volunteer PGCE teachers, in pairs, spend seven weeks (including holiday time) in all-through 5-18 Indian schools in the July/August time-slot between PGCE qualification and first appointment.
The purpose is to offer young teachers the opportunity to experience a very different culture through working with schools and teachers, and to give them the chance to pass on some of their own skills. Our partner schools have been in Pune, Dehradun, a Pestalozzi Village centre, Chennai, Shantiniketan, and Baru Sahib near Solan.
The Foundation is committed to this programme which offers a unique opportunity to young teachers from the UK.
The brief is:
- to work with primary, secondary or 17+ students in the classroom
- to work with local teachers to help develop pedagogy
- to organise informal teacher training workshops.
- Improved confidence in spoken English was of course another valuable outcome for the Indian teachers and their students.
What volunteers have done?
- Taught children in the Hindu Model school at Baru Sahib
- Hand painting
- Joined a school trip
- Weekend trips to Amritsar, Kolkata,
- Visited other volunteers
This project has been very successful with both volunteers and schools benefitting; awardees have had unforgettable experiences and have formed a UK alumni group to stay in touch. Some maintain links with their host school and teachers.