June Orientation – Learning from eachother

Before the start of the new academic year at Hunar Ghar, we organised training for all Hunar Ghar staff.   Our French intern Megan shares some details of what happened and who was involved…

“Our June orientation has just ended.  This was a preparatory week for teachers leading up to the start of the new school year for Hunar Ghar. For 8 days from June 19, 14 people including all the teachers and Chandrakant Sharma, the Hunar Ghar Principal, Kanan Silvera, Hunar Ghar Project Manager, Ed the CEO and co-founder of Educate for Life and myself, an intern with Educate for Life, participated in a unifying week of training in Bakhel, where Hunar Ghar is situated.  It’s a peaceful and welcoming place. The training sessions were full of friendly moments and helped develop closer links between members of the team.

“I developed and organised this year’s orientation under the direction of Ed, CEO of Educate for Life, and with the help and the valuable support of Chandrakant and Kanan.  The animation of the sessions was brilliantly performed by Chandrakant who was able to create a real enthusiasm within the educational team throughout the week. Other sessions were provided by the teachers themselves, developing their leadership skills and self-confidence. This year, the June orientation was designed to actively engage all participants through different workgroups, activities and games that promote learning of 21st century skills.  These skills are confidence, responsibility, creativity, teamwork and are a key focus at Hunar Ghar.  We want teachers and their students to develop these skills and the June orientation has enabled all of the educational team to understand what is expected of them and ways to focus on getting there. The objective is that they can draw on the experience and activities experienced during the orientation in their own way with children. They are now ready and motivated to start this new academic year.”

On a more personal note, Megan shares her reaction to arriving in Bakhel and being involved in the orientation…

“For a month I arrived, I live an extraordinary adventure, which never ceases to amaze me every day. Places, landscapes, people are exceptional, it’s true! After a few weeks to adapt to the weather and the food, I can now enjoy my adventure. Regarding my work and especially the June orientation, I was really impressed by the commitment of the teachers during the week. They lived away from home, with sometimes their children to their side. But despite the constraints, all were invested in their work and genuinely happy to share together this new adventure. So it was a great joy for me to have contributed to this week. My next task now is to assess and analyze what has been done during this week, and to reflect on areas for improvement next year.”