Ket­tles switched on to visit

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A Stir­ling teacher spent four weeks liv­ing and work­ing in east­ern Rwanda as part of The Wood Foun­da­tion’s Global Learn­ing Part­ner­ship (GLP) last year.

Les­ley Ket­tles, prin­ci­pal teacher of de­vel­op­ing the young work­force at St Mo­dan’s High School, spent part of her sum­mer break work­ing in schools in Ki­ra­mu­ruzi, Gat­sibo.

Teach­ing pro­fes­sion­als are able to un­der­take place­ments through the GLP, which is be­ing run in part­ner­ship with Redearth Ed­u­ca­tion – a char­ity who aim to give ev­ery child in de­prived African coun­tries an ed­u­ca­tion.

Those em­bark­ing on a place­ment can share their ex­per­tise in class­room prac­tice while in­creas­ing their knowl­edge and aware­ness of the is­sues fac­ing those liv­ing in dif­fer­ent coun­tries and cul­tures.

And Les­ley said: “This ex­pe­ri­ence en­abled me to get first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence of life in an­other coun­try and has re­stored my pas­sion for ed­u­ca­tion.

“I have grown as a per­son both pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally and would en­cour­age oth­ers to step out of their com­fort zone and take up an op­por­tu­nity like this.”

Prior to em­bark­ing on her place­ment, Les­ley and her col­leagues at St Mo­dan’s ded­i­cated a full day look­ing at Rwanda and the is­sues go­ing on their with their se­cond year pupils.

She added: “The day was a great suc­cess, de­liv­er­ing an aware­ness of why we were study­ing Rwanda and why global aware­ness is im­por­tant.

“We looked at stereo­types, ask­ing stu­dents ‘what do you think of when you think of Africa?’

“This was a great base­line ex­er­cise pro­vid­ing an in­sight into some very in­ter­est­ing stu­dent views.

“The his­tory depart­ment also de­liv­ered a lesson on the Rwan­dan Geno­cide, help­ing stu­dents re­flect on the con­flict and, most im­por­tantly, how Rwan­dans have moved on to re­build their coun­try.”

There are still places avail­able for pri­mary and sec­ondary school teach­ers who wish to get in­volved this sum­mer.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Kelly.work@ the­wood­foun­da­tion.org.uk.

Ex­pe­ri­ence St Mo­dan’s High teacher Les­ley Ket­tles spent time in Rwanda

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