What we do in India
Teachers from Ireland and the UK act as tutors, working with Indian teachers for one month in the summer (typically in July). This process is repeated each year for three years. The teachers from Ireland and the UK make a commitment for one month only but may return for subsequent summers if they so wish. The local teachers participate over the full three years. This formal contact time involves lectures, seminars, workshops and classroom observation.
After this formal one-month session, the Indian participants carry out autonomous learning through tasks set by Global Schoolroom tutors for periods in between formal contact time.
Members of the Global Schoolroom team visit participating teachers from India in February of each year to carry out a mid-year review and to support their progress.
Meetings with Indian school principals and the Global Schoolroom team also take place at this time to ensure that the needs of the whole school community are being addressed.
Our strategy in India over the next three years is:
See through the successful graduation of 133 Indian teachers.
Start the next three-year cycle in 11 new centres in N.E. India, involving Irish, UK and Indian teachers working together to facilitate the programme.
Establish a local training programme for Indian Tutors in Assam Don Bosco University in tandem with our plans to secure local accreditation for the Global Schoolroom programme more generally.
Select 20 graduates from the 2011-2014 programme to train as tutors on the next programme (2014-2017). Select a minimum of 5 Indian graduates for a scholarship to Ireland.
See through the successful graduation of a minimum of 300 Indian teachers.
Launch further three-year cycles from July 2014 onwards in additional hubs following the same pattern, where possible facilitated almost entirely by Indian teachers.