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. The consequence is that the schools remain backward in comparison with the schools in those districts that were under direct British rule and many of the teachers have not received any training at all.
HELP provided the teacher trainer and also covered the participants’ expenses to enable them to attend. The money to do this important work comes from our donors. Without you we could do nothing!