January saw another visit of teachers from schools in Derbyshire to CRS as part of the long-term partnership between Derby Diocese and the Kolkata Diocese. The teachers spent time at the CRS Education Centres paired with their school back home.
Those who had visited Kolkata before were delighted to meet old friends and see how children have grown and developed. Those on their first every visit to India were overwhelmed by the welcome and the experience.
The photos below are of (clockwise from top left) Bibibagan, Topsia, Brace Bridge and Hastings.
In October, a group of sixth-formers from Derby High School visited Kolkata. They spent time at various CRS Education Centres teaching English and doing fun activities with the children.
Watch a video that they made about their trip and read about their impressions of Kolkata and CRS in an article published in the Derby Telegraph.
The annual celebration of Teachers’ Day was held this year at the offices of Larsen & Toubro, the company that supports CRS through its Corporate Social Responsibility programme.
Some of the pupils from the school at Hastings presented teachers with gifts, then there was a lamp-lighting ceremony and speeches, dancing by some of the children, and a play performed by one of the teachers.
The birthday of the poet, artist, musician, and nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, is celebrated every year with great pride by Bengali people.
For this year’s 157th anniversary, children at CRS schools dressed up, paraded through the streets, recited poetry and performed dances in his honour .
Children attending the CRS Education Centre at Topsia now have new uniforms, shoes and socks, wool cardigans for the winter, lunch boxes and water bottles thanks to funds raised by children at Ashgate Primary School in Derby. The school room will also be equipped with a ceiling fan and shoe rack. This follows the visit of two teachers from Ashgate to Topsia earlier this year as part of the Derby Diocese partnership.