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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