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International pat for city tots

- St Mary’s juniors enthral Burundi & Prague visitors with musical skills for ISA tag

Two guests from different continents had one common compliment for Jamshedpur students: amazing skills in extra-curricular activities.

Armel Twizerimana (31), a physician from Burundi in Africa, and Villiam Stanek (26), a social worker from Prague in the Czech Republic, visited the junior section of St Mary’s English High School in Bistupur on Thursday.

At the cradle as a part of an international exchange programme, the duo were thoroughly impressed by the dancing and singing skills of the tiny tots.

Twizerimana and Stanek have been in town for the past few months, working as volunteers at St Joseph’s Hospital in Bhilaipahari on NH-33, 15km from the city.

The cradle’s invite to the doctor and social worker is an essential prerequisite to earn the International School Award (ISA) accreditation from the British Council.

“We have applied for the ISA accreditation this year. So, we have to hold international exchange programmes. Both the guests are excited about their participation,” said St Mary’s principal Father David Vincent.

Speaking about his experience, Stanek said: “The energy level of these children is simply amazing. I not only wish to bring students from the Czech Republic here, but also facilitate trips for students of St Mary’s to Prague.”

Stanek pointed out that there were too many students in each class here. “We have free schools, but the average student strength is between 20 and 30,” he said.

There are 50 in each class at St Mary’s. Twizerimana showered praises on teachers for managing such a large number of students and helping them get well versed in English.

“Most students in our country are not good in English at such a young age. Students speak in Swahili and French there,” said the doctor.

The ISA authorities recognise and celebrate exemplary practices of internationalism in schools. It provides a framework for schools to develop an action plan and implement international activities round the year. Last year, seven city cradles had earned this accreditation.

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