A pas­sage to In­dia for pupils

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ben Ramage

St Ai­dan’s High School pupils have just re­turned from a once-in-al­ife­time trip to In­dia.

The group of six S6 stu­dents trav­elled to Ban­ga­lore in the Kar­nataka re­gion for two weeks as part of a global ex­change pro­gramme.

They worked with the As­so­ci­a­tion of Peo­ple with Dis­abil­ity (APD In­dia) to learn how they are mak­ing ed­u­ca­tion and work more ac­ces­si­ble to dis­abled peo­ple in towns and vil­lages across Kar­nataka.

So­cial sub­jects teacher Caro­line McHenry said:“The pupils had a very eye-open­ing trip.

“They were mainly work­ing in schools where APD sup­port dis­abled peo­ple; tak­ing lessons, help­ing teach­ers and shad­ow­ing health work­ers.

“For the pupils in­volved it built their con­fi­dence, gave them a greater un­der­stand­ing of dif­fer­ent cul­tures and gave them a bet­ter world per­spec­tive.

“They ab­so­lutely loved it and said it was a life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The pupils had to fundraise £16,500 for the trip col­lec­tively, and raised the to­tal through host­ing dif­fer­ent events in­clud­ing race and bingo nights and dif­fer­ent events in school.

As well as learn­ing about the work of APD, they also man­aged to take in some of the lo­cal sights and sam­ple au­then­tic In­dian cui­sine.

Caro­line, over­see­ing her fourth trip to Kar­nataka, added:“This helped to show the pupils how im­por­tant it is to make ed­u­ca­tion and work ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one.

“As well as the se­ri­ous stuff, they also had lots of cur­ries and loved see­ing lo­cal land­marks and learn­ing about In­dian cul­ture.”

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