Two local primary school teachers will travel to India this Summer where they will work as volunteers educating teachers with the charity, Global Schoolroom.
The charity seeks to promote the sharing of educational experience between communities worldwide to help eradicate poverty, promote economic development and build sustainable communities.
Caitríona Woodcock from Cuffsgrange and Aisling Small from Dunamaggin will spend two weeks in a remote area of North East India where they will work as volunteers.
“We will be headed to a tropical state called Tripura which is largely covered in forest and which has just one highway connecting it to the rest of India.
“Once there we spend two weeks giving intensive workshops in teaching methodologies, educational psychology and philosophy to a group of 45 teachers before spending another two weeks in the schools with the teachers,” said Aisling.
The teachers take part in this continual training for three years and upon successful completion, receive a diploma from University College Dublin.
The teachers may also continue training in order to pass on their expertise to other Indian teachers, making the work of the charity very sustainable and extremely worthwhile.
“Both Caitríona and I are really excited about travelling over. I heard about the charity in work and I thought what they do is really amazing. By engaging with the teachers out there the long term knock-on effects are more far reaching and you are casting a much wider net than if you were only teaching the children,” she added. A fundraising day of yoga classes will be held in the Castlecomer Discovery Park on April 5 at the Aanahata Yoga Centre to raise sponsorhip.
You can also sponsor directly by clicking onto www.mycharity.ie/event/caitriona_woodcock or www.mycharity.ie/event/aisling_smalls_fundraising
For more information see www.globalvillage.ie