HANDS AROUND THE WORLD

HANDS AROUND THE WORLD seeks to help vulnerable children around the world, encouraging enthusiastic and well-prepared volunteers to offer practical help, skill-sharing, support and friendship.
Mar 24, 2015

March 2015 Update

In the Workshop
In the Workshop

Kaliyangile is a hive of activity!

The new computer course is very popular. There has been an increased demand for the tailoring and carpentry courses.

The agriculture activities are also progressing well. We now have the first swarm of bees populating one of the hives and hope to encourage more to join them soon. Piglets should arrive soon and they will be fattened for market. The fish have been breeding and it is hoped that the fishponds will be lined – probably with concrete – so that they will get a new home and the students will be able to become more involved in the business of fish farming.

Persis the manager writes:

"Hi Chris, Hope you are enjoying good health.

We are progressing well with training and more youths are still enrolling for training.  You have no idea how the new course has changed the outlook of things at Kaliyangile. Currently, the number of tailoring students has gone up to 12 and Computer students is at 16. Interestingly, we have a lady training in carpentry bringing the number of carpentry students to 6.

Training in bee-keeping is not excluded. It is part of our Agricultural programme. 

We will be very grateful if you could help us source some computers so that our training could succeed. We have finally received the curricula for both tailoring and carpentry from Teveta. It is also noteworthy that their curricula contains computer lessons, hence the need for us to have a computer library. Meanwhile, we are using the laptop meant for administrative work.

We are very keen to hear positive development in regard to computers which will definitely change the face of Kaliyangile for good. The programme has helped to market the centre to most of our youths who are completing grade 12 but can not afford to pay for further college education. For this, the youths are very happy and hopeful. It has given new and brighter hope for a future to our local youths .

How was your meeting?  Any hope for us? I hope they will reconsider us for now because we cannot afford to shatter the lives of these poor youths who have found a new reason to make a difference.

All staff is eagerly waiting for your next visit of assurance and they send their regards.

Persis."

Studious Students
Studious Students
One shy Pig?
One shy Pig?
Mar 19, 2015

March 2015 Update

Older boys, pupils at the New Life Centre
Older boys, pupils at the New Life Centre

 

Alindra Naskar started a school in a small village in West Bengal in 2005 with 35 children. Today there are about 450.

His 'New Life Centre' school has recently been awarded Secondary school status and this will have a huge impact on its future.

It has taken him years to have this status confirmed, involving many visits to government departments and numerous forms to be filled in, but following his vision of educating the children of this poor region, Alindra has been relentless in this pursuit.

This will mean that the children in his school, such as these older boys, will not have to transfer to the government school where 90% of them leave without any qualifications, but can stay at the New Life Centre and leave with qualifications, equipped to sustain themselves and their families.

By comparison, the government schools in this region of West Bengal appear woefully equipped and are left to their own devices. The New Life Centre provides a higher standard of education and a better chance of securing further education should these children want it.

This is the whole point; education is the key to a better future and Alindra has made that possible for these children who until now had little hope of escaping the poverty trap.

Wouldn’t you like to join with us and help create a better future for these children?

 

Mar 19, 2015

Thank you

Ceri Thomas, TEFL teacher volunteer
Ceri Thomas, TEFL teacher volunteer

Dear friends,

I personally write to you to thank you for Muko and HATW partnership. I am one of Muko teachers and I have been observing your different aids to Muko since 2010.

“Little by little an egg will walk” Muko was unknown school in terms of performances but due to your support: teaching and learning materials you give our school, different trainings you give teachers from our sector, aids for nursery, renewing the classes, painting rooms, the wall you recently started…

In Rwanda before 1994, English was not taught at primary level and only a few secondary schools taught it. This was due to the fact that Rwanda became a French speaking country after the Belgian colonization.

After 1994, many Rwandans came from exile with English language background in the way the government of Rwanda realized that there was need to teach English in schools at all levels. The government further decided to consider English as one of the national languages and a medium of communication in line with globalization because English is widely spoken in the world.

However teaching and speaking English encounter some problems like lack of text books, teaching and learning materials and well trained teachers.

Ceri’s visit to Muko was needed to enhance our capacity to teach and speak more efficiently English language. We were first nervous to speak to Ceri but two days later every teacher was excited to be trained by him. He is a skilled teacher with methods that were encouraging us to participate actively. He developed our speaking, listening, writing and reading skills. I appreciate how he uses the learner-centered method. I would like to ask you to send him again in November to help us.

I would also like to invite HATW to look how you can connect our school to one of UK schools whereby our students can exchange ideas through letters and emails later.

Thank you!

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