Hyderapals and the children, parents and teachers of Patashala School in Hyderabad send seasonal greetings and very sincere thanks to all the wonderful friends and kind anonymous donors who have supported us over the years. We could not possibly manage without you.
A recent exhibition was held at St Martin-in-the-Fields reflecting the support their International Committee has given over the last few years to six overseas projects. One of these has been Patashala School.
As a result Hyderapals has been able to improve the quality of teaching provided by the school. Teachers and other local women have been trained to enable them to gain recognised national qualifications, and the head teacher, Lavanya, has been supported to standardise the quality of teaching including the provision of the same work books as those used at the leading schools in India. With support from a local NGO a new mentoring scheme has greatly increased the confidence and abilities of the teachers.
The children have also enjoyed trips to the zoo and an amazing local fort called Golconda providing memories they will never forget.
This time last year our children had a wonderful surprise. Photographer Peter Knight had forged links between Patashala and the Stoke Poges School in Buckinghamshire where pupils organised a huge collection of Christmas gift boxes. Peter arranged for them to be sent out to our school. Follow the link under ‘New Link with Buck school’ below to see a delightful video of our children receiving those presents!