Students teachers incorporate learning from a Hope placement in Kolkata into their lessons

Students teachers incorporate learning from a Hope placement in Kolkata into their lessons

In July of last year five Mary Immaculate students completed a month long placement in Kolkata with The Hope Foundation. The placement centred on supporting education initiatives for street children. On their return the students completed two separate School Placements in which they incorporating their experiences from India in to their teaching.

The first photo was taken during a class with infants which sought to tackle the negative stereotypes children can commonly hold about less developed countries. The lesson was taught thematically, covering a number of curriculum areas. The children were very engaged in the lesson and very interested in exploring the common aspects between life in Ireland and life in Kolkata. What is visible in the photo is the peacock which is the national bird of India and what is left of a sample of nan bread each child tasted!

The second photo shows a mapping exercise used with a senior class to discuss trade and explore the interdependence of countries in the global North and South.

Second year student teachers are currently preparing to undertake the same placement in Kolkata for this coming July.