International Programmes And Collaborations
Connecting Classrooms is a global education programme brought to schools in India by the British Council in partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID). It offers a free learning journey that helps teachers to improve classroom practice and develop their ideas with like-minded teachers internationally.
By developing and networking with thousands of teachers across the world, the British Council aims to help young people develop the knowledge, skills and values to live and work in a globalised economy.
Under the same project, a team of 4 teachers were nominated from across the country for a STEM study visit to the UK. This initiative was enabled by the British Council, India and supported by Bharat Petroleum, India Services Private Limited. Mr Ashish Mittal, the then Senior Math teacher, and Head Examinations was selected to represent our school. The tenure of this visit was from January 21-28, 2017.
The study visit focused on the improvement of the teaching of critical thinking and problem-solving in science subjects in middle school. During the visit to the UK, the delegates visited the world's top-ranking universities such as the University of Oxford and Cambridge University. Also, they visited important spots like Birmingham Science Museum and the BETT Show 2017.
It was a great matter of pride as our school found itself selected as one of the eight privileged schools, across the country for one of the most prestigious programs - The Australia-India Bridge Program, sponsored by the Asia Education Foundation and coordinated by the Melbourne University from January to December 2017. The Bridge programme recognises that cultural understanding is essential to equip young people to live and work successfully as responsible global citizens.
This year-long initiative includes a 10-day homestay and school visit by the nominated teachers of the partner school. In the first phase, it was a pleasure to have Ms Tina Seckold, the Curriculum Leader, English, at Nambucca Heads High School, Australia as part of the exchange programme from January 11 to January 21 visit our school. The primary aim of her visit was to interact with the students of all classes and the able teachers of the English department. A partnership plan was prepared related to activities, events and academic schedules. This partnership was aimed at Collaboration, Narratives and Interpretation of Literature. Expressions through Art and Exhibiting and Sharing the Learning with the Community. As part of the ClassroomExchange program students of grades 8 and 11 interacted with students to exchange and share their works and ideas through the use of digital tools, primarily the use of EdModo. Sharing and interacting was done on a regular basis between the partner schools.
In the second phase, Ms Anjali Verma the then Vice-Principal visited Australia and the school of Ms Seckold located in Nambucca High in Coffs Harbour from May 16 to May 27. She understood their school structure and interacted with students to understand their attitude towards India and their own culture and traditions. She also showcased our traditional art forms and shared the creative expressions of our students with them during her visit.
Our aim for this program was to enrich ourselves to develop global collaboration skills and groom our students as responsible citizens of the twenty-first century.
The Swiss-Indian Classroom Exchange program upholds organizations between Swiss upper Secondary level schools and their Indian partners. It was financed by Movetia - the Swiss organization for trade and portability, which was supported by the Swiss Foundation for the Promotion of Exchanges and Mobility (SFAM).
For a whole school year of the session 2018-19, our school along with the Swiss partner school Kantonshule Wohlen worked together on a jointly chosen project Young People against discrimination and intolerance, using emails, internet platform or social media to create a virtual classroom. This partnership was rounded out with real-life exchange when 20 students from our school visited Switzerland between 17th August to 28th August,2018 as a part of the classroom exchange program. Later, 19 Swiss students of Kantonschule Wohlen made a return visit to India between 9th October to 21st October 2018. The program gave partaking classes travel grants for the visit and return visit.
During the undertaking cooperation our students alongside their Swiss accomplices investigated different sub-topics related to the project. The project collaboration helped student's international learning and knowledge and helped students in accepting and understanding different cultures and communities. Students were able to identify the similarities and differences between the two countries. The final project was presented in the form of an e-magazine.
As a team Indirapuram Public School Indirapuram and Kantonsschule Wohlen Switzerland were able to utilize the various opportunities to understand each other's education system, work culture & alternative teaching methods. Both the schools are very hopeful that the friendship and bond which was created during this collaboration will be everlasting.
The "Schools: Partners for the Future" (PASCH) initiative creates a global network of more than 2,000 PASCH schools with particular ties to Germany. The Goethe-Institute supports around 600 PASCH schools in the national education systems or even 100 countries.
This initiative provides the German Academic Exchange Service and the Educational Exchange Service of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Lander in the Federal Republic of Germany.
In the year 2018, Director Principal, Ms Rita Singh was honored to be a part of the German Educational Tour- Information visit for "Schools: Partners for the Future" (PASCH) initiative in Educational Cooperation German (BKD) from Berlin; as a part of a delegation of Principals from South Asia. It was an intensive learning platform as well as a felicitation of the Principals for being global leaders and pedagogical mentors.