Rob Lynes at the awards ceremony.
Picture by B. Halder
The Heritage School became one of 18 schools across the country and the only one from the city to win the British Council’s School Enterprise Challenge.
The award is given away by British Council’s partner organisation, Teach a Man to Fish, that encourages schools to engage students in business enterprise education.
“We have been winning this award three times now. We started this project of growing mushrooms on the school premises three years ago. Not only has the project created employment opportunities for people living around the school but also helped children learn how to set up and run a business,” said Seema Sapru, the principal of The Heritage School.
The project has been so successful that Sapru has also been to a village in Tanzania to make a presentation of the project before an audience of 500 people from across the world.
“Our interaction with authorities at various schools has led us to believe that schooling isn’t all about spreading literacy. It is more about grooming better global citizens who will spread the word,” Rob Lynes, director (India) of the British Council, said at the British Council School Awards ceremony.
Several city schools received the International School Award on the occasion. The award is a way of recognising the schools’ efforts at organising diverse activities such as exchange programmes or projects over Skype.
“While working on various projects and exchange programmes with British Council we have learnt quite a few things like team work, researching a project in detail, understanding the perspective of another country about certain issues typical to our country, etc. It has opened a whole lot of opportunities for our students as well as our teachers. Our English teacher Paromita Chowdhury was one of the 10 teachers in the country to have got the Global Teacher Accreditation,” said Indrani Ganguly, the principal of Shri Shikshayatan School, which also won the award in 2010.
Akshar School, Birla High School and Calcutta International School were among the other winners this year.
Sujata Sen, the director (east India) of British Council, said teachers had come down from different corners of the country to be part of the programme. “This year it is special because the International School Award completes 10 years in India,” she said.
The award ceremony began with a musical performance by students of Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy (IICP) who sang I have a dream. This was followed by performances by students of Birla High School, The Heritage School, St. Thomas’ Day School and Adamas International School.
South City International School staged a fashion show on theme Reduce, Recycle, Reuse. Students of Sushila Birla Girls’ High School presented Rabindranath Tagore’s Pujarini in Hindi, English and French.