Teacher training in Uttarakhand

Barbara Porter (Director, Volunteer Programme), who is visiting our projects in the Indian Himalayas, has just completed a three day teacher training seminar in Dehra Dun on behalf of our local partner, the Serve and Share Association. Nearly 30 participants from 16 different rural schools and interior districts of Garhwal (Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Tehri and Rudraprayag) participated and will hopefully return to their mountain schools with new ways of teaching English. Before 1947, these districts of Garwhal were ruled by a maharaja who did nothing for the education of his people.

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The workshop was funded by the Himalayan Education Lifeline Programme (H.E.L.P.) under the directorship of Jim Coleman and facilitated in Bhutan by Tshewang Choden, principal of the Druk School.


The participants were 17 teachers from Druk school, a prestigious private school in the capital Thimphu, and 7 teachers from three government schools – Babesa primary, Changbangdu Primary and Changzamtok Lower Secondary. There were originally 9 teachers from the government schools but two had to withdraw and their places were taken by teachers from Druk school.…

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Teacher training in Ladakh, September 2011

In September, our teacher trainer, Barbara Porter ran two one week seminars at the Lamdon Model Senior Secondary school, in Leh, Ladakh. The first seminar was intended for new participants who teach at primary level. The second seminar was intended for participants at primary level who had attended the course in 2009. In the event there was a mix of teachers from both the 2009 courses.

The following details have been extracted from Barbara’s report:


The feedback for both courses was very positive.…

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Teacher training seminars in Leh, Ladakh: September 2009

Barbara Porter, our teacher trainer, has recently returned from Ladakh, where she has run a couple of very successful seminars for local teachers. The first was for primary level teachers and the second, for secondary teachers. The aim of our teacher training programme is to develop long-term inprovements in the standard of English teaching in the schools we help.

These seminars follow on from the seminars held in Kalimpong and Sikkim in February 2007.

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Teacher training seminars (February 2007)

Barbara Porter has returned from India where she has been running two one-week seminars for English teachers on behalf of HELP. As can be seen below, the participants (school teachers from local private and state schools) were overwhelmingly positive about the seminars. However, there are some issues that need sorting out before we do this again, including finding an optimum time of the year to run the seminars (when the schools can spare the teachers), and making sure that the seminars are advertised effectively.…

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HELP is rare for an organisation offering volunteer teaching in that it puts the needs of the local people before the desires of the western person wanting ‘the experience’.
Alastair SkeffingtonSaraswatimata Yumahangma English School