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Meldrum Rotary enjoy talk on teaching trip to Nepal

Oldmeldrum Rotary Club President Richard Thomson; Jenni Rees-Jenkins, Hilary Gordon and Mick Gordon.

Oldmeldrum Rotary Club President Richard Thomson; Jenni Rees-Jenkins, Hilary Gordon and Mick Gordon.

Oldmeldrum Rotary heard a talk recently from a group of teachers who travelled to Nepal last month to provide training.

The team jetted off to rural Nepal to train teachers in some of the poorest and most remote areas of the country.

Meldrum Academy teacher, Jenni Rees-Jenkins along with retired teachers Mick and Hilary Gordon from Methlick formed part of the seven members within the Vocational Training Team sponsored by the Rotary.

Around 130 teachers from 30 different schools across Scotland went to workshops, which focussed on leadership skills in head teachers and on ‘active learning’ techniques in languages, science, numeracy and IT.

Group Team Leader Hilary Gordon said: “Children in rural Nepal do not attend school regularly, often because they are needed to help on the family farm. In addition, school buildings are often poorly equipped, with limited resources.”

In the sessions teachers deliberately used local items, which could include improvising.

Hilary added: “The commitment the teachers showed was incredible – many had given up their holidays to take part, while some were walking for as many as three hours in order to reach us.

“We were only there for a relatively short time, however, if we’ve learned one thing, it’s that a small amount of money and time can make a huge impact in somewhere like Nepal.”

 

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