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Steel city cradles eye global recognition
- Three institutions line up for international awards from British Council

It is a global village out there, and hence the motto of most English-medium schools in Jamshedpur is to groom its students into world citizens and not just bookworms.

Three cradles have applied for the International School Awards (ISA) from British Council as a part of their endeavour to seek global recognition and exposure.

ADLS Sunshine School, Jusco School, South Park, and Jusco School, Kadma, have applied for the coveted award and are gearing up to win the title this year. It is a three-year accreditation scheme that recognises and celebrates exemplary practices of internationalism in schools.

It also provides a framework for schools to develop an action plan and implement global activities throughout the year, encouraging schools to collaborate and innovate with overseas counterparts to create a rich learning experience.

The three schools are abuzz with innovative activities. The students are working on various projects that all have a global outlook.

“Nowadays it is simply not enough for students to read the textbook thoroughly. It is in fact way beyond it. I think it was very important to provide an international exposure to the children since these days they learn through activities,” said Indrani Singh, principal of ADLS Sunshine School.

Singh along with principal and vice-principal of Jusco School, South Park, and Jusco School, Kadma, Loyola School and J.H. Tarapore participated in the three-day leadership programme that was organised by British Council in Calcutta from July 18 to 20.

The participating school representatives from across the country attended lectures and took part in activities based on leadership style, building teams, creating a vision and building a positive ambience.

“The award celebrates internationalism. Students get a chance to think differently. I think awareness has increased enormously in Jamshedpur. The award can also be used as a marketing tool for schools,” said Mrigank Mouli Mukherjee, manager, school programmes (east India), British Council, Calcutta.

If these three cradles manage to bag the prestigious award, there will be total 12 schools from the steel city with the ISA tag bestowed. The 10 other cradles that have already won the award are Motilal Nehru Public School, DBMS English School, Kerala Samajam Model School, JH Tarapore School, Loyola School, Narbheram Hansraj English School, Gulmohur High School, Hill Top School and Dayanand Public School.

These schools avail a range of benefits that the three-year programme offers.

Schools that have already been accredited are availing a number of facilities, one of which, is being a part of British Council’s ‘Connecting Classrooms’ programme where students and teachers can learn and share ideas with other schools abroad.

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