A unique `Education First’ initiative between schools in Mumbai in India and Leicester will boost interaction….reports Asian Lite News
The initiative between a school in Mumbai and the ones in Leicester will seek to interact between each other, once a week through Skype link, in an attempt to improve their understanding of cross cultures.
The Abbey Primary School in Leicester has a total number of 734 pupils aged from 3-11 years of age and the Rushey Mead Academy–a senior school has 1,415 students aged from 11-16 years of age. These schools will link with Sharada Mandir High School in Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra in India via skype. Sharada Mandir High school has 253 students ranging from 2 years -15years and they hope to increase the intake to 600 by end of 2016.
The communication link will give the children and teachers an opportunity to interact with each other about their cities, culture and teaching methods. Once a week the schools will skype lessons with each other. This is the first step in the twinning arrangement that will bring together these educational institutions.
The Leicester City Football Club is at the top of the Premiership in the English Premier league and it is hoped that a number of children from Mumbai will be able to come to Leicester to watch one of the matches, taking this twinning arrangement further.
The Skype Link took place on Friday 22 April 2016 at 9 AM (UK time) (1.30pm India time).
Leicester East MP Keith Vaz said: “I am delighted at the twinning of these two Leicester Schools with a Mumbai School in India, as children and teachers will be able to take part in lessons and hopefully broadening everyone’s horizons to different methods and techniques of teaching, exchange of ideas and work together on a specific project. I am certain that strong bonds will be built between the children and teachers during this venture and they will have a better understanding of each other’s cultures and lifestyles.”