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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Patrick sanderson takes Halloween lesson

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    When Ms Amrita Malhotra visited St Michaels CE Primary School she took with her the story of two boys Ram and Ali who want to celebrate Diwali but one of them is poor and has to work in cracker factory to earn enough to feed himself and his family .She had a brought both the protagonist very close to children with her skilful narration and brought alive their dilemma and internal conflicts.

    She helped pupils in St Michael’s school identify with a situation which they had never experienced in real life .She helped them see both sides of the child labour and abuse and how difficult it can be break the vicious cycle poverty and debt. She helped pupils think creatively to find solutions to this situation through child protection and fair trade law enforcement .They also suggested compulsory education for children who may have to seek employment early .Most remarkable was their perception about the plight in pitiable conditions of cracker factory .They were quick to conclude that the cost of environment was too high to celebrate Diwali with Crackers.

    Mr Patrick Sanderson on his reciprocal visit to Bal Bharati Public School Dwarka decided to take the lesson forward and asked pupils about all the festivals they celebrate . He helped them link with seasons and foods associated with them .
    Children talked about Holi ,Diwali , Christmas and Halloween. They asked Mr Sanderson numerous questions about significance of traditions associated with Christmas and Halloween and he was never tired of answering them in each class where he went . Pupils loved engaging themselves in Diya thali as well as Halloween mask making in the process which they eagerly sent to children in their partner schools .All the children from Pre school to class 5 participated in the celebration of festivals of partner school and loved making thanksgiving cards and painting Easter eggs.

    Ms Sally Goggin ,Head Education ,British Council New Delhi and Mr Mike Hardy Program Coordinator Connecting Classroom who witnessed a couple of these lessons appreciated the ease with which teachers and pupils linked to each others classrooms and lessons and appeared to be part of one global school. Ms Rittika Parruck , Manager School Programs ,British Council ,New Delhi suggested that school should share their model of integration of international dimension in the school curriculum with others .