Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Ruben Maggi return...

After a brief stay, Maggi & Ruben returned on 14th November.
11th Nov (Sunday) we had a general body meeting: most people turned up to greet Ruben and Maggi: Maya, Rekha, Pawan, Kunwar, Rachit... We had a meaningful discussion about the organisation and future course.
Cyril sahab had his birthday on 12th Nov. Golu drove Maggi and Ruben around most of the time and was extremely helpful. Ritika too served everyone very well. Here are couple of group photos (Moti too is there):

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Visitors to SMTA...

Ruben, Sachin, Sultan, Kundan discuss and plan

Melanie from UK, Nagendra Kumar from Allahabad, Mangat Ram ji and Sohan from Tiuni, and now, Ruben and Magi from Bangalore have visited us - over last couple of weeks. Above all, 20 students from Jakhadhar visited us. Melanie told them about life and environment in UK; Nagendra ji told the children about the Kumbh mela (Compare Jogio mela with a Mahamela!). Golu took them to Asokan edict and Ashwamedh yagya site near Kalsi. Sohan and Mangat Ram ji are planning the second year of the RWP project, which has been delayed for a variety of unexpected reasons. Ankush is expected back any day, after a little deepawali break. Finally, we are breathing again..

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Of Words and Actions

Total Physical Response (TPR) is a fun way of engaging the fidgety minds and bodies of the young learners and introduce them to new words in English language, besides livening up the morning assembly. Here are a couple of samples of our morning 'workout' ;)

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Go Bananas!

We take a little break from studies and energize ourselves with banana dance. :)


Monday, October 29, 2018

Nothing like a train ride!

On 28 Oct, SMTA students go for an exposure visit to Vikasnagar and the nearby places. They take a train ride in Dakpatthar. They find a old smta teacher working in the park, who is very happy to give them a discount and a ride..

Children on an exposure visit at last!

Melanie, Marian's niece, visited SMTA on 27th Oct. Coincidentally, SMTA students also came down on an exposure visit, to our campus in Vikasnagar on 28th Oct. Twenty students from class 3,4 and 5. Along with two teachers (Mr Chain Singh and Ms Radha). Melanie told them about Europe, her country, her work and about environmental issues. She is working as Urban Ecology planner. Rekha, our president, also interacted with students, who later went to see Ashokan edict and Ashwamedha Yagya site near Kalsi. Both these sites are being preserved by archeological survey of India, as ancient sites of importance. Later they visited Dak Pathar. Next day, 29th. October, students went to Assan lake in the morning and left about 11 am, for  return to Jakhadhar, via Tiger Falls. Children seemed so excited, that even the adults around could not remain 'serious' for long!

Here are two videos, shot by Golu:
This captures the visit to Ashokan edict and Ashwamedh site, near Kalsi, where Chain Singh ji gave a commentary on the archeological importance of the sites.
Below, Melanie is explaining (sachin translating) the life in general, in a small town in UK,

Monday, October 22, 2018

English Medium School?

SMTA does not want to adopt that route of English Medium Schools, where children wear tie, greet "Good morning", say "thank you, excuse me" etc. Nothing wrong, but it was more practical for us to teach English as an academic subject as well as a second language- plus a lot more in English, as it opens a big world of discovery... but over all within our cultural concepts and milieu because here is a lot to learn and be thankful for, right here at home.. So, while we show them video clips of threatened Penguins in Antarctica, we also try and discuss the climate change nearer home in the Himalayas and how it is affecting cropping cycle in Garhwal. Just for example. The picture shows our new board, hinting at this.