All nine of us arrived home this evening, tired but exhilarated after our trek from Donk. Our time there was short but it gave us great pleasure. Fifteen new desks and benches had just been delivered the day before. Jacqui, principal of Priory Integrated, was delighted that the money her staff and pupils had contributed the week before had been put to such good use so quickly. Donk and Northern Irish teachers encouraged the children as they played ‘tigers and monkeys’ in the yard before the formal school dismissal led by a hugely confident nine year old.
We have had wonderful experiences each day on this trip and today was no exception. We began our morning with a visit to Kaplani High School, an MGVS school which hosts Saphara teams each summer. Although it was cold outside we received a very warm welcome from each class we visited. We were so impressed with the confidence of the pupils as they stood to greet us in English. We visited classes 6 to 10 and gave each pupil a small gift to acknowledge their endeavour. Christine, on behalf of Saphara, presented the principal with a new office computer and printer. It was great to have the opportunity to meet up again with the Kaplani teachers and speak about the workshops we attended together on Tuesday in SNEHA.
We got another insight into the extending work of Saphara when we visited the neighbouring primary school run by Himalayan Torchbearers.
Saphara is developing links with this school and already provides a mid–day programme for its pupils. Here the pupils sang to us about ‘joy in the Lord’.
How fortunate we have been to have experienced so much in one short day.
DominicPosted in Principals Trip 2015
on Thursday 19 February 2015