Day 8– Final Day in SNEHA
As Jo reminded us this morning, ‘we have had many firsts on our trip, but this is our first ‘last’.
Our time in Dehradun was brought to a close with a wonderful celebration of both culture and gratitude in SNEHA Doon Academy. As we entered the gates of the school for the last time, the first thing I saw was the school stand crowded with green and white uniforms, and the very familiar and welcoming smiles of the special students.
As the assembly commenced we offered some Irish culture to the students through dance and song. Although there was a great response from our audience, our attempts to entertain were nothing compared to that of the SNEHA pupils!
To be greeted each day by such well–mannered, pleasant and eager children is a gift in itself but the students presented us with ‘Thank you’ cards and a gift to show their gratitude for our contributions to the school. There were performances from students of all ages and all backgrounds. There was traditional Indian dancing from students and teachers, songs in English and an outstanding martial arts performance by students from the Sikh community. We were overwhelmed by the talent in the school and began our teaching day inspired by their energy.
It is amazing how you can build such a strong and passionate relationship with students in such a short space of time and this of course made saying goodbye quite hard. I know that our time in the school affected the students that we taught but it was also a very educational experience for me and I said my goodbyes with the hope that I will one day return again.
‘‘We may not remember everything you told us, but we will never forget how special you made us feel’’ – written in a card from a student.
We now embark on the final stretch of our travels with a 6 hour train back to Delhi!
Corrie Murray, St. Mary’s University BelfastPosted in College Team – April 2018
on Monday 16 April 2018