The Telegraph
Tuesday , April 8 , 2014
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British connect for Loyola students

- Teachers from Sussex visit city cradle

Study habits of students of Loyola School, Jamshedpur, might soon be adopted by their counterparts in a Sussex cradle.

Two teachers of Oriel High School, Sussex, are on a visit to the steel city institution as part of British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme, which covers over 50 countries of the world and offers partnerships between schools so that they can share positive learning methods of each another.

Nadia Farah Nathani and Rebecca White, who reached the city on Sunday, will leave on Friday. During their stay, the duo will attend a host of activities planned by Loyola School to gather a better knowledge of study habits and teaching methods in this part of the world.

Students of Loyola School had on Monday organised an exhibition and a PowerPoint presentation on commerce and economics for the overseas visitors. They also played kho-kho to acquaint the duo with Indian games.

These apart, Loyola School will host a quiz on April 10 and a fair the next day.

“The main aim of these visits is to imbibe good practices of one another. The level of dedication among students here and the way they prioritise their work is impressive. Also, every student of the school is involved in activities on campus. Once we are back, we will try to implement some of these things at our school,” said Rebecca, who teaches English at the Sussex cradle.

Rebecca and Nadia will also take classes in various cradles in and around the city.

On Tuesday, they will visit Xavier School in Gamharia and attend demonstration classes in maths and general knowledge to gain an insight into the teaching methods followed there. They will also take a few classes during their visit.

Notably, accreditation from British Council’s International School Award programme helped Loyola School to collaborate with the Sussex cradle in 2012.

As part of the collaboration, two teachers of Oriel High School visited Loyola School last year. In May, a two-member team from the steel city cradle went to the Sussex institution.

“After the exchange programme, we implemented activity-based learning here. So, in every subject, we try to implement the concept of ‘doing and learning’. The method makes them understand the subject better,” said Jayanti Sheshadri, co-ordinator of the programme at Loyola School.