November 22, 2008

Mumbai: Five city-based schools – Smt. Sulochanadevi Singhania School, Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) Powai, Gopi Birla Memorial High School, St. Columba High School and Udayachal High School, which have recently returned from UK, are planning to develop curriculum-exchange programmes with partner schools in the UK.

Revathi Srinivasan, principal of Smt Sulochanadevi Singhania School said, “Education is becoming increasingly global. We need to find the best features globally which can be integrated here in our curriculum. This interaction gave us the opportunity to understand many things through projects which we and our partner schools had incorporated in the curriculum earlier this year.”

The delegation was sent to the UK as part of the UK Government’s Department for International Development’s (DFID) Global School Partnerships (GSP) programme.

The faculty visited schools in Warwickshire in order to know more about their academics, curriculum, find out common features and differences and find practices which can be implemented within the Indian framework. This exchange programmes was facilitated by the British Council.

Sulochanadevi Singhania School had partnered with Myton School and Lillington School, while KV-Powai had Kineton School as its partner.

A delegation of teachers from UK schools is scheduled to visit Mumbai next February.
Cherian C George, principal of KV-Powai said, “We are identifying common platforms on which we can strengthen this exchange. For instance, our secondary school will be involved in projects related to the field of management.”

“This will broaden the exposure of students of both countries. It will also help us understand the different processes involved in doing such projects,” added Srinivasan.

She said that her school would also like to take this interaction to the next level through teacher and student-exchange programmes. “It’s very important for us to encourage such activities for the enhancement of our faculty and students,” said Srinivasan.


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